Head of the group of the Balkan countries Nikita Bondarev made a report on “Maidan” in Macedonia – the main threat to stability in the Balkans”. The speaker analyzed the causes and origins of the Macedonian crisis: “Today the majority of the protesters in Skopje are ethnic Albanians. It is obvious that the US intelligence agencies and the Bulgarian security service organized a “war of compromising evidence”. We can observe the unity of the anti-Russian forces in the Balkan region”.

The participants of the conference also attended the event of NIS company (NIS – Petroleum Industry of Serbia is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft), where they had a lively discussion about the priorities in the work of large Russian business in Serbia and the Balkan region as a whole. As a conclusion top specialist Vitaly Solonetsky reminded the participants about the Gorchakov Fund’s mission and goals: providing support to the public diplomacy, offering assistance to participation of the Russian non-governmental organizations in international cooperation and ensuring active and efficient involvement of institutions of the civil society in the foreign policy process.