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Prospects of cooperation between Russia and the Balkans were discussed with the support of the Gorchakov Fund

On November 24, a brainstorming session with the participation of experts in cultural studies, political sciences and economics from different regions of Russia and countries of the Balkan region (mostly from Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, and Macedonia) has taken place as part of the opening of the Youth Project on Preservation of Slavic Heritage "Ancient Cities" and discussion platform "Russia and the Balkans: A Dialogue of Civilizations".

Topics of the brainstorming session included opportunities for expansion of cultural cooperation between Russia and the Balkan countries, ways to overcome political and economic obstacles, and techniques allowing to increase efficiency of the cooperation framework between Balkan and Russian institutions of higher education.

Also, during the discussion platform, the participants of the project covered several topics with the experts: "Political and economic conditions for cooperation between the Balkan countries and Russia", "Information technologies such as soft power", and "External interference as a direct threat to the Balkan region".

The following experts attended the event:

  • Sandra Stoilkovic, Project Director of the Gorchakov Fund;
  • Oleg Sulitza, Chairman of the Ryazan branch of NGO "All-Russian Interethnic Youth Union";
  • Marco Gutal, Vice Rector for International Cooperation at the University of East Sarajevo;
  • Andrey Minayev, Rector of Ryazan Yesenin State University;
  • Dr. Yekaterina Entina, Senior Research Fellow, Head of the Department of Black and Mediterranean Sea Region Studies at the Institute of Europe RAS, Professor at HSE University;
  • Dr. Anna Alexandrova, Senior Research Fellow and Scientific Secretary at the Department of Modern History of Central and Southeastern European Countries;
  • Tatiana Stojanovic, correspondent of Regnum;
  • Dr. Nikita Bondarev, Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations of Russian State University for the Humanities;
  • Dr. Noela Makhmutay, Professor at the University of Tirana;
  • Dr. Kerim Has, independent expert in international and Russian-Turkish relations;
  • Dr. Yuri Tolmachev, Associate Professor at the Institute of History, Philosophy and Political Sciences at Ryazan Yesenin State University.