Eugenia Troitskaya: The situation in Ukraine by no means is affecting our cultural ties with partners and compatriots
Has the crisis in Ukraine damaged Russia's ties with its compatriots abroad? We discussed the current situation with Eugenia Troitskaya, advisor for the Program Implementation Department of the Government Commission on Affairs of Compatriots Abroad at the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation.
- How would you describe the current state of cultural links between Russia and EU countries?
- We are deeply concerned about the situation in Ukraine. Nevertheless, this mess by no means is affecting our cultural ties with partners and compatriots. The only change is the status of Russians in Crimea, who have acquired citizenship of the Russian Federation.
Of course, the current instability is leading to fewer activities carried out by the Agency. But our representatives are continuing to build relationships with our friends and compatriots, since our mission is to ensure that they are taken care of and their rights are upheld.
Cultural events are going ahead as planned. Some future activities will have to be changed, although according to a standard schedule.
- Do you believe Russia's image has been tarnished?
- In my opinion, the situation offers Russia another opportunity to enhance it.