Russian ambassador: Romania can be Russia’s gateway to EU and EU gateway to Russia

Russia’s ambassador to Romania Alexandr Churilin said the Russian Cultural Centre of Russki Mir (Russian World) Foundation that opened on Friday in a festive ceremony at Bucharest’s Academy of Economic Studies (ASE) has a major role in the development of the Russian-Romanian relations. ‘It is an important event not only for the ASE or the ethnic Russians’ community in Romania, but also for the development of the relations between our two countries’, Churilin said. He hailed the opening of this first centre in Romania as being the beginning of a ‘new chapter in the Russian-Romanian relations’.Although the ambassador said he was disappointed with the quality of the dialogue between Russia and Romania at this moment, he stressed that better knowledge of the Russian language could ease the way to closer ties between the two peoples and to overcoming the sensitive moments of the past.

Churilin argued there are much more things that unite the Russian and Romanian peoples than those that divide them. ‘You don’t even know how many things we have in common’, he said in an address to the opening ceremony of the Russian Cultural Centre at the ASE and underscored there is a real interest in the Russian culture and spirituality in Romania. He substantiated his remarks by pointing out that 17 plays by Soviet or Russian authors were played on the Romanian theatre stages last year alone.

Another two representative offices of the Russki Mir Foundation will open soon in Cluj-Napoca (central-western Romania) and the Black Sea port of Constanta, Churilin announced, also underscoring that Russia is interested in the development of constructive relations with Romania, ‘its old partner in the Balkans’, a country that could be ‘a gateway of Russia to the EU and a EU gateway to Russia’.

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