WASHINGTON, October 26 (Itar-Tass) - A session of the New York Russian documentary film festival took place in the Russian Science and Culture Centre in Washington on Friday evening.
The representative of Rossotrudnichestvo (Russian Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation) to the United States, Yuri Zaitsev, greeted guests at the meeting.
Unfounded accusations were made in the American press recently against Zaitsev, linking him with Russian intelligence. In this connection, he joked that all the people present at the event would become Russian culture agents in the United States. He wished Russians and Americans meeting more often and acquainting with each other. Zaitsev said the centre staff headed by him would do everything for it.
"I am asked whether I plan to go to the native land. Yes. I do, but only on vacation," he said. He plans to go on vacation for two weeks and return to prepare for the Olympic New Year greeting, planned for December 13. It will conclude this year's series of events devoted to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
Zaitsev told Itar-Tass that there was no continuation of the publications about him, and he was not officially asked about it. The centre is working as normal. He only regrets that the incident may leave unpleasant aftertaste among Americans who have sincere sympathy in their attitude to Russia and interest in its science and culture.