The Gorchakov Fund’s conference was opened by Russian Ambassador to Hungary Vladimir Sergeyev
International conference “Problems and Prospects for Cooperation between Russia and Countries of Central Europe” was opened in Budapest on April 21. The organizer of the event is the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund.
Guests and participants of the forum were welcomed by Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Hungary Vladimir Sergeyev, as was reported by observer of Magyar Hírlap publication Mariann Er.
According to the diplomat, the conference provides an opportunity for an open dialogue on the most burning issues, which define the current agenda of cooperation between Russia and other countries of the region. A list of these issues includes confrontation in the area of sanctions and information, providing security (including extension of the NATO’s borders and build-up of the global Ballistic Missile Defense System), some “chronical” discrepancies conditioned by peculiarities of historical development, but most importantly – an outlined crisis of trust. Moreover, communication channels, which have been structured during numerous years and helped to support a regulative trustworthy dialogue, raise coming issues in advance and solve them on a timely basis, are currently being artificially blocked.
Vladimir Sergeyev noted that under certain political pressure there is a need not only to consistently solve coming problems, but work for the future – support promotion of cooperation in trade, economic, humanitarian, cultural and other spheres (due to counterproductivity of the policy of isolation).