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