Working group "mass media" forum "Petersburg Dialogue" held a meeting in Sochi
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The discussion was attended by the special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for interaction with the forum of gas exporting countries, the chairman of the Petersburg Dialogue forum from the Russian side Viktor Zubkov, the general director of the Public Television of Russia, the head of the working group “media” of the forum Vitaly Ignatenko, the editor-in-chief of Rossiyskaya Gazeta Vladislav Fronin, editor-in-chief of the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper Pavel Gusev, editor-in-chief of the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper Olesya Nosova and other media leaders. The guests were greeted by Sochi Mayor Alexei Kopaygorodsky.

The German representatives of the forum could not come – they are under terrible pressure. Nevertheless, the Russian side does not close the doors of the Petersburg Dialogue. By the way, the flag of Germany remained in the discussion hall, which is very significant.

Alexander Dynkin, President of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Alexei Gromyko, Director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, set the tone for the discussion, defining the vector of development of the modern world.

– Life goes on, and we are holding another meeting, – said Viktor Zubkov. – The Forum is once again going through difficult times, but the “media” working group remains.

He noted that the forum’s newspaper was not published this year and urged to resume its work, dedicating it to the common world agenda.

Vitaly Ignatenko said that in March next year, a meeting of the “Media” working group of the “Petersburg Dialogue” will be held in Istanbul. And German journalists will probably take part in it, albeit in their personal capacity. Turkish journalists also intend to participate. Doors are also open to journalists from neighboring countries.

The discussion in Sochi this time went beyond the problems of the professional workshop. The conversation was about both politics and economics. And this is not accidental: after all, it is the working group of “Media” – one of ten that has preserved traditions and, despite the difficult situation, continues its “Petersburg Dialogue”, leaving a “window” open for European colleagues.

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