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On June 6, RIAC jointly with MGIMO-University received political directors of foreign ministries of Visegrad Group countries to discuss opportunities for cooperation between Russia, the EU and Visegrad Group. The event was attended by RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov; MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, RIAC Member; MGIMO Pro-Rector Artyom Malgin, RIAC Member; RIAC Program Director Ivan Timofeev; Political Director of Czech Foreign Ministry Pavel Fischer; Political Director of Slovak Foreign Ministry Lyubomir Rehak; Political Director of Hungarian Foreign Ministry Peter Sztaray; and Political Director of Polish Foreign Ministry Jaroslaw Bratkiewicz.

On June 6, RIAC jointly with MGIMO-University received political directors of foreign ministries of Visegrad Group countries to discuss opportunities for cooperation between Russia, the EU and Visegrad Group.

The event was attended by RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov; MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, RIAC Member; MGIMO Pro-Rector Artyom Malgin, RIAC Member; RIAC Program Director Ivan Timofeev; Political Director of Czech Foreign Ministry Pavel Fischer; Political Director of Slovak Foreign Ministry Lyubomir Rehak; Political Director of Hungarian Foreign Ministry Peter Sztaray; and Political Director of Polish Foreign Ministry Jaroslaw Bratkiewicz.

Opening the gathering, Dr. Kortunov described activities of RIAC, underlining it role in formation of Russia’s foreign policy. The event participants spoke on defining the barriers to cooperation between Russia and Visegrad Group, development of a strategy for improvement of relations between Russia and Central European countries, and generation of a clear vision for future cooperation between Russia and Europe. “Russia is a part of Europe, with no alternative to the European track in existence,” pointed out Dr. Kortunov.

Dr. Malgin said that the shortage of trust in relations of the parties is something they could overcome, given their political and social specifics, through advancing bilateral ties at the expert level. The guests mentioned the strategic significance of Russia as partner for Central Europeans underscoring the need for promotion of the dialog.

The participating analysts from MGIMO, RAS Institute for European Studies, Russian Institute for Strategic Research and Institute of Contemporary Development made a series of proposals aimed to upgrade the relationship between Russia and Visegrad Group.

RIAC jointly with MGIMO-University received political directors of foreign ministries of Visegrad Group countries

 

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