Konstantin Kosachev spoke at a media forum dedicated to the 23rd anniversary of the Treaty on the Creation of the Union State

The Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council noted the importance of the Russian-Belarusian joint cultural education project, The Train of Memory, which would be carried out next year under the patronage of the Union State.

Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev took part in a media forum organised by the Standing Committee of the Union State, Belarus – Russia: The Union of Equality with a Common Past and a Common Future. The media forum was dedicated to the 23rd anniversary of signing the Treaty on the Creation of the Union State.

The discussion focused on interaction between the two countries, and how pressure is being exerted on them by unfriendly countries, as well as the youth agenda for building the Union State, cooperation between Russia and Belarus in education, joint efforts to protect historical memory, and the role of students and youth organisations.

Konstantin Kosachev pointed to the significant role that understanding and being cognizant of the common values and interests, as well as the common past the two nations share, plays in the education of today’s younger generation in Russia and Belarus. “The 23 years that have passed since the signing of the Treaty on the Creation of the Union State is enough for a new generation to emerge,” Konstantin Kosachev said. “The young people of today are living in a reality where the advantages offered by the Union State are seen as the norm and a natural part of their lives.”

Konstantin Kosachev also noted the importance of the Russian-Belarusian joint cultural education project, The Train of Memory.

The Deputy Speaker said that the number of participants in the project would expand: up to five EAEU member countries in 2023; while by the time of the 80th anniversary of the Great Victory in 2025 the representatives of all republics of the former USSR would be invited to take part in the project.

Participants in the media forum supported the project.

Other speakers included State Secretary of the Union State Dmitry Mezentsev, Russian Education Minister Sergei Kravtsov, Belarusian Education Minister Andrei Ivanets, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation Dmitry Krutoi.

A video link was established during the media forum connecting participants in a similar media forum taking place in the Republic of Belarus.