Natalia Volkova: Integration processes with Russian Federation in DPR are inevitable

The Deputy of the DPR’s People’s Council, Chairman of the Committee on Education, Science and Culture Natalia Volkova commented on the development of cultural and educational exchange in the framework of the integration of the DPR with the Russian Federation in an interview with the Donetsk News Agency.

ʺIntegration processes with Russia in the DPR are inevitable. Centuries-old history, common culture, language, universal human values and deeply held convictions unite us. Yes, a way home, considering challenging circumstances, is difficult and thorny. But, returning to historical homeland no longer seems impossible with the assistance of brotherly Russia,ʺ the deputy said.

Natalia Volkova underlined that integration in the spheres of culture and education was in an intensive phase.

ʺThe integration of Donbass with the Russian Federation is being carried out with the active assistance of the Russian Centre. Our representatives take part in roundtables, scientific conferences, master classes, festivals, concerts and other events. 346 cultural and educational events were held, of which 189 were held in the Russian Federation, from January to July 2019. Over a thousand of the citizens of the DPR were able to participate in programmes for the exchange of experience with Russian colleagues. About 20 Russian regions cooperate with our Republic in this direction. I would like to note the fact that Republican universities have begun to obtain accreditation in the Russian Federation, thanks to which our students can start their professional careers with the diplomas recognised in Russia.

The aforementioned demonstrates that Donbass is a part of the Russian world. We made our choice in 2014 and we will stay the course,ʺ the deputy summed up.

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