26 October 202115:30

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at the Barents Scholarships for Cultural Cooperation award ceremony, Tromso, October 26, 2021


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Today, during the Ministerial Meeting and particularly the Youth summit, we discussed what needs to be done to keep members of the younger generation in the North. I think these scholarships are the answer to this question. We would be glad to see other initiatives in this vein.

The host of this ceremony, who described himself as a “bureaucrat,” said an interesting thing – the Norwegian “presidency” instead of “chairmanship.” Presidency at least is a gender-neutral word. Many organisations use this term. Nothing awful has happened.

I am honoured to award this Barents Scholarship for Cultural Cooperation to Director of the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Komi Republic Dmitry Stepanov.

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