VII Diplomatic Seminar. The second day. Participants of the Gorchakov Fund’s programs are on the air for the first time!

07 May 2015

Participants of the VII Diplomatic Seminar of young professionals were hosted by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation on May 7. 


The program of the day was opened by a lecture of professor of Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University Ovannes Nikogosyan.


The expert shared an assessment of challenges and prospects for expansion of the Eurasian Union. Having underlined the Armenian experience in participation in this integration process, he mentioned that for his country the Eurasian choice had become a conscious step towards economic development and security. Ovannes Nikogosyan stated that countries, which had become independent on the post-Soviet space, found it difficult to develop their economy individually. 



It is important to understand for further integration what values our countries have in common. He stressed a need for accurate media coverage of the processes taking place within the EEU.



A meeting with partners of the Gorchakov Fund has become a tradition of the Diplomatic Seminar. This time representatives of Rossotrudnichestvo, the Fund for Support and Protection of the Rights of Compatriots Living Abroad, Russkiy Mir Foundation, Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation, Russia Council on Foreign Affairs, AEESEC and Youth Time organizations presented their programs and projects to the participants of the forum.


A central event of the second day of the seminar was a visit to the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. A meeting with Chairman of the Upper House Committee on Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev turned out to be memorable – for the first time the event organized by the Gorchakov Fund was broadcasted live on the Russian television.


During the meeting, Konstantin Kosachev talked about discussions going on around the Victory Day. “This is fine because, of course, we do not know the complete story of that war and nobody does even now. It was too complicated, too multifaceted. It is good that scientists continue studying this topic and politicians keep arguing about it. When there are questions left, they need to be asked and the answers should be found”, said the senator. 


According to him, Russia is ready to support this discussion on an international level. “However, it is unacceptable to use history for modern opportunistic, pseudopolitical purposes when not discussions of questions are involved, but provocations, and when everything is made to erode, discredit, distort, wrench and vulgarize the story of that war”, said Konstantin Kosachev.


The senator characterized major integration processes taking place today on the planet and told the audience about influence of these processes on policy of the states on the post-Soviet space.


Konstantin Kosachev argues that the peak of anti-Russian hysteria, artificially provoked over the past years, has already passed. “An increasing number of people followed by political parties and states are beginning to understand that the model when one state is saying “I know what is good and what is bad, and I will coordinate any problematic situation in your own interests” in reality turns out to be an illusion, and, perhaps, even a lie”, believes the senator.

 

He stressed that our integration projects are not built on slander of other projects. Competition of ideas in regards to the world order is not competition of gas pipelines or tanks, noted the speaker.


He highly evaluated diplomatic seminars held by the Gorchakov Fund. According to Konstantin Kosachev, it is important to involve a civil society into work performed by diplomats and politicians and attract people, not burdened by the heritage of the cold war, into professional discussions.


The senator believes that creation of join NGOs, representing not a country, but an ideology, could become an effective step.

 

When completing the meeting, Konstantin Kosachev congratulated the attendees with the coming 70th anniversary of the Great Victory. “This is our common victory”, he concluded.

 

A full video of the meeting can be found here.


The second day of the seminar ended with a visit to the Memorial Complex of the Great Patriotic War and laying scarlet carnations in front of the Eternal Flame.





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