On December 9, DPR Foreign Minister Natalia Nikonorova took part in the opening ceremony of Legatus Youth Diplomacy Center.
The event was also attended by a deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, coordinator of the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee Andrei Kozenko, DPR Minister of Education and Science Mikhail Kushakov, chairman of the DPR People’s Council Committee on Foreign Policy, International Relations, Information Policy and Information Technology Vladislav Berdichevsky , Deputy Head of the Central Executive Committee of PM "Donetsk Republic" for structural development Sergey Kondrykinsky, head of the NGO "Young Republic" Kirill Makarov.
In addition, the opening ceremony was attended by a Finnish political scientist, international human rights activist, head of the Representative Center of the Donetsk People's Republic in Finland, Johan Bäckman and candidate of anthropological sciences, analyst in geopolitics at the Institute of Higher Geopolitical Research and Related Sciences, head of the Representative Center of the DPR in Italy, Eliseo Bertolasi.
Speaking with a welcoming speech, Natalia Nikonorova noted the need for a permanent platform for a wide dialogue and professional development of students, graduate students and young scientists of the DPR, Russia and other countries.
“The issues of developing youth diplomacy and involving young citizens in participating in international activities are becoming increasingly relevant in modern conditions - during the transformation of traditional forms of international interaction. I’m sure that graduates of the Young Diplomats Center will make a significant contribution to the implementation of the Republic’s foreign policy.”
After the welcoming speeches of the guests of honor, video messages from like-minded people from foreign countries were presented. Thus, representatives of the Russian Federation, France, Germany, the United States and Syria addressed words and wishes for successful study to all students of the Youth Diplomacy Center.
At the end of the event, Natalia Nikonorova awarded participants of the scientific and educational program honorary badges and souvenirs of Legatus Youth Diplomacy Center.