The German Embassy in Moscow refused to issue Schengen visas to representatives of Rossotrudnichestvo who planned to participate in the Russian Language Week in Berlin.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the demarche of German diplomats at a briefing Maria Zakharova.
“The ‘contribution’ of the German side deserves a separate comment, which tried to prevent the holding of these landmark events with its unfriendly actions. [Недели русского языка]- said Zakharova. “The German Embassy in Moscow refused to issue entry visas to a number of Russian participants, who represented, in particular, Rossotrudnichestvo, domestic, cultural and educational institutions, including specialists in the work of Dostoevsky and his legacy.”
EADaily clarifies that the Russian Language Week was held in the capital of Germany from 22 to 27 November 2022. The event is an annual one, this time the conference brought together about 80 Russian educators from Germany and other European countries. Due to non-issuance of visas by the deputy head of Rossotrudnichestvo Pavel Shevtsov I had to speak via video call. The main thematic sections of the conference were: “Dialogue of cultures through mutual translations”, “Russian and European experience of testing in teaching Russian as a foreign language”, “Country specificity of teaching Russian in the system of preschool and primary school education, including bilingual children”.
It is also worth noting that on November 25, the telegram channel of the German Embassy in Moscow published information about the “continuously high interest” in the German language in Russia.
“Ambassador [Геза Андреас] von Geyr met met [в Москве] with lecturers and associate professors of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), as well as with teachers of the German language. Currently, five lecturers and two associate professors work in Russia. The demand for German language classes remains high, and therefore language teaching remains important, especially in difficult times.” – commented on the TG channel of the German diplomatic mission in Russia.
It turns out that the German side itself generates “difficult times.”