The Russian-German "Petersburg Dialogue" forum will be held on April 9-10 in St. Petersburg. Germany's ambassador to Moscow Ernst-Jorg von Studnitz told RIA Novosti that this forum was founded on the initiative of Russian president Vladimir Putin and German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. Parliamentarians of the two countries, public figures, journalists and scholars will meet at the forum. Taking part in the opening ceremony will be Gerhard Schroeder and Vladimir Putin.
According to the ambassador, the work of the forum will proceed within the framework of small working groups (25-30 participants each) in various directions. Among them, in particular will be political issues, economic and business problems, questions pertaining to science, education, cultural cooperation, and the work of mass media. The German ambassador believes that the forum will be of great importance for supporting the mutual interest of representatives of the Russian and German public. "It is very important that people could better know each other and check positions on major burning issues," he said. "We should not lose interest in each other, and the forum is to give a new impetus to cooperation, the diplomat said.
Putin's Annual Address to the Federal Assembly is scheduled for September 30. Kremlin sources say it will become even more historic and globally important than his 2014 speech