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Tensions will not affect Russian-US cultural exchanges, says deputy culture minister

April 13, 2018, 20:24 UTC+3 ST. PETERSBURG

Russian Deputy Culture Minister Alla Manilova says American tourists have been taking more interest in Russia recently

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ST. PETERSBURG, April 13. /TASS/. Global tensions will not affect cultural and tourist exchanges between Russia and the US, Russian Deputy Culture Minister Alla Manilova told reporters on the sidelines of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly meeting in St. Petersburg on Friday.

"I am totally sure that the current situation will not affect the area of culture because culture opens doors instead of closing them and Russian culture is in high demand," Manilova said in reply to a TASS question.

According to her, "neither news spread by the media nor tweets cannot stop people from wishing to get to know Russian culture, to see some work of art."

The deputy culture ministry pointed out that in the previous years, cultural exchanges with the US had not been carried out at the state level, as there was no state agency in the US similar to the Russian Culture Ministry. Thus, cooperation mostly involved commercial projects.

"As for commercial projects and direct cooperation between cultural institutions, including interaction with US production companies, it is not going anywhere," Manilova said.

She also pointed to the growing number of American tourists visiting Russia. "While our relations have been overpoliticized, the tourist inflow has been increasing - in particular, more tourists started coming from the United States because tourists cannot be stopped," she said.

In her view, American tourists have been taking more interest in Russia recently. "The more speculations there are about Russia, the more people wish to come here and see something special," the deputy culture minister added.

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