MOSCOW, March 26. /TASS/. The Russian Foreign Ministry feels that it important to step up dialogue between Russian and foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) amid the current Russia-bashing hysteria and attempts to discredit the country’s domestic and foreign policy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund on Monday.
"Today, we are all seeing the rising anti-Russian crusade and the ongoing drive to discredit Russia, its domestic and foreign policy," he said. “Under these conditions the work to bolster dialogue with the general public in order to bring the truth to our contacts with foreign colleagues acquires a new meaning."
"Depoliticized expert discussions and various educational projects definitely help sustain confidence and mutual understanding in international relations," Lavrov noted.
He also highlighted the great contribution to these efforts by the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund that "has proved itself as a widely used tool to support activities of civil society in foreign policy."