Successful interaction in the fields of culture, science, and education has a positive impact on relations between Russia and the UK even when ties between countries are practically frozen on political level. This opinion was expressed by the special representative of the Russian President for international cultural cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoy in an interview with a TASS correspondent on Monday.
Mikhail Shvydkoy is participating in a two-day conference entitled “British and Russian identities and cultures in a comparative and intercultural perspective, XIX-XX centuries”. The roundtable organized by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council gathered many Russian and British scientists.
In parallel with the participation in the conference, the special envoy held meetings in the House of Lords on Monday, and on Tuesday he plans to hold talks in the British Foreign Ministry with the director of Eastern Europe and Central Asia Department, Martin Harris.