Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The public chamber wants to discuss with the Segal public diplomacy

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The public chamber of the Russian Federation intends to invite the American actor Steven Seagal to participate in the final «Community» forum to discuss possible steps to improve relations between Russia and the United States, told RIA Novosti the head of Commission OP of the Russian Federation on development of public diplomacy [JB emphasis], cultural cooperation and preservation of traditional values Elena sutormina.

Earlier it became known that Segal was appointed the special representative of the Russian foreign Ministry on issues of Russian-American cultural ties. Its mission is to promote the further development of Russian-American relations in the humanitarian sphere, including cooperation in the sphere of culture, art, public and youth exchanges and so on.

«In November, the Russian Public chamber will hold a final «Community» forum that will traditionally sum up the results and outline plans for the future. We also organize a round table dedicated to public diplomacy, its achievements and problems. Be sure to invite the newly appointed special representative of the Russian foreign Ministry on issues of Russian-American humanitarian ties Steven Seagal together to identify steps to improve relations between the two countries,» sutormina said.

She noted with regret that political relations between the U.S. and Russia are in the stage of deep crisis «due to Russophobic sentiments in a number of state structures of the States, but this needs to change».

«And here is a special part to play in those areas that unite the citizens of any country: the culture, arts, sports. Mr. Segal is all well known, he has many years promoting the martial arts among young people, he is loved by many generations of Russians and Americans. I’m sure that together we will be able not just to form an image of the real Russia by American citizens, but to convey real information. Similarly, in the attitude and perception of Americans and the Russians,» — said social activist.

She believes that artists will continue to «connect to build a normal relationship between two key players of world politics.»

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