Talk Program "Russia in the modern world of turbulence and cooperation"

April 2, Kathmandu. The Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Kathmandu together with Embassy of Russia in Nepal and the Nepal Council of World Affairs (NCWA) organized a talk program on "Russia in the contemporary world of turbulence and cooperation".

Russian ambassador Sergey Velichkin presented the official position of the country on international issues and, in particular, the recent Crimeas merger with the Russian Federation.

The program was followed by views of leading experts in the field of Nepalese foreign policy: former ambassadors to Russia, Japan and Sri Lanka.

The objective of the program was to give intellectuals, the media and the general public the real picture with accurate information on the situation in Ukraine and Crimea.

The ex-chairman of the University Grants Commission, professor of history Dr. Krishna Bahadur Thapa highlighted on historical aspects of the relationship of Crimea and Russia. The director of the South Asian Study Center Dr. Nishchal Pandey spoke about current trends in global politics. Former Nepalese Ambassador to Japan Dr. Bishnu Hari Nepal stressed on the inevitability of active role of Russia in world politics.

Delivering the speech Russian Ambassador Dr. Sergey Velichkin urged the audiences not to blindly believe what the Western press writes, but try to form their own position on what is happening in reality, to know versions of both sides. Ambassadors speech was followed by a video footage showing the chronology of events in Ukraine and comments by observers and experts on the referendum in Crimea.

During questions and answers session audiences expressed their interest to get direct access to Russian news resources since there are no Russian news channel on Nepalese air such as RT and others. The Ambassador answered to all the questions raised by audience in addition to his main speech.

The program was presided over by the president of Nepal Council of World Affairs Tika Jung Thapa.

The event was covered by various TV channels and leading print media of Nepal.