Germany’s foreign minister Maas honors friendship ties with Russia

Yekaterinburg’s State Philharmonic and RCCR Projects have been honored today at the event to mark the end of the Russian-German Year of Municipal and Regional Partnerships for its project “Summer Orchestra Academy” among other 30 bilateral partnerships that were selected from around 250 submissions by a Russian- German jury. The Academy organizes not only rehearsals, master classes and concert performances in Yekaterinburg and Berlin, but also events on the sidelines of the concerts, discussion meetings with students, city tours and interviews on local TV and radio. According to Tatyana Rexroth from RCCR Projects, the exchange between the young people and the opportunity to communicate are very important in our world. Out of professional contacts, friendships can evolve.

The award was handed over by the Russia’s and Germany’s foreign ministers Sergej Lavrov and Heiko Maas in Berlin.

Heiko Maas stated: “Although today’s event marks the end of the German-Russian Year of Municipal and Regional Partnerships, the links forged in the projects and the friendships made will remain. And that is the whole idea! Musicians, businesspeople, school pupils, football fans, fire fighters, doctors, stage actors and automotive mechatronics engineers – I knew our countries had close ties at the municipal and regional level. But when I look at all those who are being awarded a certificate today – not to mention all the projects to which it was not possible to give an award – I am impressed all over again by the breadth and closeness of our relations.”

In words of Sergey Lavrov: “Foreign Minister Maas and I agree that this initiative was successful and helped to promote mutual understanding and neighborly relations and to develop practical cooperation at the level of contacts between cities, regions and civil societies. We are not putting an end to the tradition of holding cross years. As my counterpart said, another initiative – the Year of Scientific and Educational Partnerships – will be launched in the near future. We agreed to do what we can to make this undertaking useful for our citizens and relevant research and educational institutions. Germany is our important partner in Europe and the world. We share an interest in constructive joint work on all bilateral and international issues, including complicated issues.”