Joint Statement by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas on holding the Russian-German Cross Year of Research and Educational Partnerships in 2018-2020
In light of the success of the Cross Year of Regional and Municipal Partnerships held in 2017 and 2018, we deem it necessary to continue to promote our communication, mutual understanding and trust by stimulating cooperation in research and educational partnerships. A special role in this belongs to the existing forms of cooperation between our universities and research institutions, which are enriching Russian-German ties in these areas of crucial importance for the future of our countries. We intend to call public attention to the intensity and diversity of this cooperation and to use its progressive development for encouraging new partnerships between Russian and German universities and research institutions, thereby strengthening mutual trust. We share the belief that partnership in the fields of higher education, science and research based on the existing agreements is an integral fundamental part of Russian-German cooperation.
In addition, the Cross Year of Research and Educational Partnerships should contribute to the positive development of interaction and contacts between the civil societies of the Russian Federation and the Federative Republic of Germany. We share the desire to make use of the growing number of research and educational partnerships so as to enhance the intensity of cooperation between German and Russian research institutions and the volume and depth of direct contacts between Russian and German citizens, thereby promoting dialogue and mutual understanding between our societies. Such visible signs of cooperation are particularly important at a politically difficult time.
Therefore, we the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation and the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany have decided to assume patronage of the Russian-German Cross Year of Research and Educational Partnerships in 2018-2020, which will carry on the tradition of successful cross years held by our countries. We invite our universities and research institutions to take part in this dialogue.
We have great expectations for the 2018-2020 cross year. The contacts and ties this will promote among people from all research and civil spheres will create an invaluable background for the future cooperation among Russians and Germans.
December 6, 2018