On Thursday, December 21, 2017, an international teleconference "Youth diplomacy as one of the tools for resolving military conflicts" was held in Donetsk.
The event was initiated by the DPR Representative Centers in Greece and Italy, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Donetsk People's Republic under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Donetsk People's Republic, and Donetsk National University of Economics and Trade named after Mikhail Tugan-Baranovsky.
The event was attended by students from a number of DPR higher educational institutions, including Gorlovka Institute for Foreign Languages, Donetsk National University, Donetsk National Technical University, Donetsk National University of Economics and Trade named after Mikhail Tugan-Baranovsky, Donbass Academy of Law, and others.
Among the invited guests were Acting Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPR Natalia Mikhailova, Chairman of the People's Council Committee on Foreign Policy, International Relations, Information Policy and Information Technologies Elena Melnik, Vice-Rector for Scientific Pedagogical and Educational Work of the Donetsk National University of Economics and Trade named after Mikhail Tugan-Baranovsky Alexander Ivanchenko, and also Head of the Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy of the historical faculty of Donetsk National University Ruslan Morozov.
In her introductory speech Acting Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Natalia Mikhailova noted the importance of this event for the development of public diplomacy:
"I believe that diplomacy, including youth diplomacy, is the main tool in resolving military conflict in Donbass. Establishment of friendly relations with the communities of different states and further cooperation will contribute to the achievement of peace in our land" - she said.
During the event, students of higher educational institutions of the Republic chatted online with students from Kapodistrias Athens National University (Greece), Dostoyevskiy Athens Institute (Greece), Turin State University (Italy). Students from the Donetsk People’s Republic, Greece and Italy discussed a number of topical issues of public and political life in their countries, and exchanged views on current trends in social, cultural, scientific, information and other spheres.