The capital of Slovenia hosts days of Moscow for the first time

The opening ceremony for Days of Moscow in Ljubljana took place on September 28 in Ljubljanskigrad. Minister of the Moscow Government and Head of the Department for External Economic Affairs and International Relations Sergey Cheremin and Mayor of Ljubljana Zoran Janković attended the event.

Head of the Moscow delegation Sergey Cheremin recalled that on June 9 of last year, the mayor of Ljubljana signed the program of cooperation between Moscow and Ljubljana for 2015-2017 during his visit to Moscow. “A lot of European politicians were skeptical that our cities would be able to develop a good relationship, and today we can proudly say that we have been able to establish warm, friendly relations in this fairly short period of time. We would like to invite you to hold Days of Ljubljana in Moscow in 2017. If you come to Moscow, you will see that our city has become even more beautiful and comfortable. Moscow is changing very quickly,” Sergey Cheremin said. He also congratulated Zoran Janković on Ljubljana’s title of “Europe’s Green City” this year.

In turn, Mayor of Ljubljana Zoran Janković noted that holding Days of Moscow in Ljubljana will help strengthen and further develop bilateral relations between the two cities. He said that he visited the Russian capital in 1990 and is happy with the changes that took place over the past few years.

During the Days of Moscow in Ljubljana, the Moscow delegation laid wreaths and flowers on the monument to the "Sons of Russia and the Soviet Union who died on Slovenian soil during the First and Second World Wars." The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Slovenia Doku Zavgaev, who spoke at the ceremony, said that not a single budget penny was spent on erecting the monument. The memorial was built on donations from Russian and Slovenian citizens. “On this memorial graveyard, we assigned several graves of Russian soldiers and officers to each Russian diplomat.”

While opening the memorial during his trip to Slovenia in June 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that “this monument will remind us of the selfless dedication of Russian soldiers and the Soviet Union’s contribution to freeing Europe from the nazis, of the immortal sacrifice of an entire generation.” “The monument will reflect our common principled position on the inadmissibility of attempts to distort and rewrite history, to justify crimes that led to the deaths of millions of people,” the Russian leader stated.

A conference on bilateral cooperation between Moscow and Ljubljana took place as part of the business program. An agreement on holding the Adriatic Clean City (International Business Forum and Exhibition of Clean Technologies for City Utilities) forum was signed between the European-Russian Business Association (Moscow) and the Municipality of Ljubljana. Additionally, there was a round table discussion to address the development of road and transport infrastructure, a round-table discussion on the preservation of cultural heritage and a conference of Russian compatriots.

The cultural program opened with a photo exhibition by Alexander Rodchenko called “Moscow in Photographs.” The athletic program opened with a junior basketball tournament between Moscow and Ljubljana. The Moscow team won the game with a final score of 67:38. the captains of both teams were awarded trophies, and all the other players received commemorative medals. The athletic event ended with performances by leading couples and singles from the Alexander Zhulin Moscow school of figure skating.

The Russian Center of Science and Culture hosted film screenings and the ceremony of transferring Russian books to the city of Ljubljana.

Days of Moscow in Ljubljana came to an end on September 30, in the concert hall of Grand Hotel Union, with a gala concert featuring Bolshoi Theatre soloists accompanied by a Slovenian orchestra and performers from the Loktev Ensemble of Song and Dance.



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