WASHINGTON, April 7 (Itar-Tass) —— The third annual conference of leaders of media communities of Russia and the United States will be held in Washington in October 2012, just before the beginning of the presidential elections in the United States. This was confirmed at a meeting of the Russian president’s special envoy for international cultural cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoi and new US Assistant Secretary of State for public diplomacy Tara Sonenshine which was held here on Friday.
They for the first time met in the capacity of co-chairpersons of the working group for exchanges in the field of culture, education, sport, youth and mass media within the Presidential Commission of Cooperation between Russia and the United States.
Telling ITAR-TASS about this meeting, Shvydkoi noted that, according to both sides’ opinion, it would be important to give an opportunity to representatives of the Russian mass media to meet with participants in the presidential election campaign in the USA, representatives of the candidates’ headquarters, and the forthcoming media conference might give such an opportunity.
Officially, it will be a regular meeting of a mass media sub-group within the Shvydkoi-Sonenshine group. Its previous meetings were held in Boston and Moscow. An agreement on exchanges of young journalists from Russia and the United States was one of the specific results of its work. According to a press release issued by the US State Department, this topic, as well as a perspective for expanding exchanges in the field of education were also discussed at the co-persons’ meeting.