British Council expects to enhance political, cultural ties with Russia in Cross-Year in 2014

The British Council does not need additional offices in Russia for now and is fully satisfied with representative functions of its office in Moscow, Director of British Council in Russia Paul de Quincey told Interfax.

The British Council does not need additional offices in Russia for now and is fully satisfied with representative functions of its office in Moscow, Director of British Council in Russia Paul de Quincey told Interfax.

Much time has passed since the offices in Russia opened, though the Internet covers almost all of the regions today and Moscow has the Internet almost everywhere, Quincey said. As of now, the British Council is completely satisfied with its office in Moscow, he said.

The year of 2014 is a cross-year for Russian-British relations, Quincey said. Quincey said he hoped that it would be aimed at enhancing the political and cultural ties between the two countries.

Quincey also referred to the Cultural Upgrade project, which is being implemented jointly by the British Council and Severstal (MOEX: CHMF). The project being carried out with Severstal, which has considerable representative opportunities in northern Russia, and allow the council to work on cultural and infrastructural spheres in northern Russia, he said.

As to the necessity to open additional office of the British Council in Russia, the presence on sites always facilitates contacts and holding meetings and cooperation with partners is an important component for successful operation, Quincey said.

The British Council has such a strong partner as Severstal, which has offices outside Moscow, Quincey said. The British Council director said that the council worked in such a way with the Ulyanovsk government, Kazan, Perm and Voronezh.

Cultural Upgrade is a joint program of the British Council and Severstal, which has been developed for professional development of managers in the culture sector this program will be implemented in four Russian regions - the Vologda and Murmansk regions, Karelia and Komi.

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