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Ivica Dačić on ceremony

The opening ceremony of the Russian Balkan Center took place in Belgrade. This non-governmental organization, led by former Serbian Ambassador to Russia Slavenko Terzic, will develop bilateral ties between Moscow and Belgrade. Within the framework of the center’s work, it is planned to intensify information exchange between the two states in the sphere of politics, economics, culture, and religion. Under his auspices, research projects will be developed, as well as international conferences, round tables and open lectures with the participation of leading Russian, European and international experts.

The official opening ceremony of the Russian Balkan Center took place in Belgrade on April 29.

The event, organized by the Moscow Hotel in the center of the Serbian capital, was opened by the conference “Past, Present and Future of Russian-Serbian Relations.” It was attended by Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Bocan-Kharchenko, Speaker of the Parliament Ivica Dacic, State Secretary of the Serbian Foreign Ministry Nemanja Starovic, Director of the Russian Railways branch in Mansurbek Sultanov.

“Expansion of multifaceted ties”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sent a congratulatory letter to the conference participants, in which he expressed confidence that the center would contribute to “the expansion of multifaceted Russian-Serbian ties.”

Alexander Bocan-Kharchenko, for his part, expects that “the reports and analysis of this center will reflect the failure of a number of attempts to put Serbia in front of a choice: Russia or the West, the EU.” He stated this during the conference.

In his speech at the event, Ivica Dacic stressed that Russian-Serbian relations are at their historical peak, and noted the importance of opening a similar organization in Belgrade.

“We needed a similar modern science center with expert staff. International relations are changing at the speed of light, and it is necessary to know a lot in order to understand this and predict possible changes, “said the speaker of the Serbian parliament.

“Nations that have the potential to predict the direction of a changing world and to respond properly to these changes can look forward to further development. And this is how I see your role, especially those who recognize the directions for more fruitful cooperation between Serbia and Russia, as well as our common response to the growing global challenges, “Dacic stressed.

According to him, Serbia will never join the sanctions against Russia, not only because it would “spoil the friendship” of the two countries, but also because it would harm the interests of Belgrade.

“I can’t even imagine where Serbia and Kosovo and Metohija would be today if we had not had Russia’s support all these years,” Dacic said, promising to provide full support to the activities of the Russian Balkan Center.

In turn, the deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Konstantin Zatulin, the head of the board of trustees of the Russian Balkan Center, stressed that the priority of the organization’s activities is the development of dialogue between the civil societies of Russia and the Balkans.

The Russian parliamentarian also noted that the extremely important intellectual task of the center is to present a vision of problems and prospects for their solution, which would allow states to “oppose negative tendencies, establish a model of cooperation and protection of national interests for the protection of nationalities …” ».

He also called Russia and Serbia “the last oases of common sense and Christian philanthropy in Europe” that have been criticized for pursuing independent policies.

RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan also took part in the conference. In her speech, she mentioned the so-called new ethics, which is imposed on modern society by adherents of radical liberalism. This “ethics” denies religion, destroys culture, under the guise of humanism, said Simonyan. And its imposition leads to a violation of freedom of speech in Western countries.

“We see that of all the great powers, Russia can now become the guarantor of the preservation and development of a habitual, truly humane, highly cultured and truly civilized world human ethics. Only now we can defend our right to be a traditional society from big countries, ”Simonyan stressed.