Ambassador meets with the director and staff of the Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies

April 4. Ambassador Mark Entin and  his wife visited the Luxembourg Institute for European and International  Studies, and met with its director and staff. Ambassador began the conversation  by saying that the institute is well known in Russia. It enjoys authority. Its  articles are widely known. The Institute is perceived to some extent as the  visit card of the Grand Duchy, along with the rapidly growing University of  Luxembourg and popular Pierre Werner Institute. The Ambassador stressed that  Russia would be happy to continue the old tradition of cooperation with Armand  Clesse.

Part of the conversation was devoted  to the discussion of concrete joint projects. In June in Belgrade the Institute  organizes a conference devoted to the development on the post-Yugoslavian  territory, with the participation of Russian experts. Scheduled for October is  conference on partnership between Russia and the European Union and its Member  States. The Russian cultural and scientific centre in Luxembourg will take a  direct part in its preparation and conduct.

The lion’s share of time was devoted  by the Ambassador to the trainees and graduates, passing the practice at the  Institute. Traditionally these are young men and women not only of the EU  states, but also from other countries who conduct research here. Ambassador told  about the main directions of Russia’s policy in relation to Luxembourg and the  EU and answered numerous questions. Especially nice was the fact that the  question and answer session quickly turned into a lively discussion on the  issues that primarily concern the European public. Among them — the eurozone  crisis, a package of financial aid to Cyprus, changes in the global  architecture, protection of national minorities, and many  others.

In conclusion, Ambassador promised  to always respond to the invitation of the Institute and to continue the  discussion with staff and trainees on current issues of the global  agenda.