Dirk Wiese, Coordinator for Intersocietal Cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the Eastern Partnership Countries, will visit Moscow and St Petersburg from 30 May to 3 June.
Wiese issued the following statement in the context of his trip:
We need close intersocietal contact and exchange between our two countries, and particularly between the younger generations. That is the only way we can break down any prejudices and establish islands of cooperation. We need an honest dialogue, particularly in difficult times.
Dirk Wiese will devote most of his trip to meeting Russian citizens engaged in activities to promote human rights, freedom of the press and societal participation. The programme also includes talks on German-Russian relations at the Russian Foreign Ministry. In addition, a meeting with German business representatives and the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce in Moscow is planned.
In St Petersburg, Dirk Wiese will take part in a roundtable discussion, organised in cooperation with the German political foundations and the German Football Association’s Sepp Herberger Foundation and focusing on how society handles the issue of disability in top-level sport and day to day life. He will also attend the football match between the German and the Russian national blind teams.