Russia will not seek cultural self-isolation but will remain an inseparable part of global civilization, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
"During debates on the Fundamentals [of the state cultural policy], calls for cultural self-isolation were firmly rejected. I'd like to stress in this connection that Russia has been and undoubtedly will be an inseparable part of the global civilization," Putin said at a joint session of the State Council and the presidential culture and art council on Wednesday.
Russia's multi-ethnic culture has always been open and friendly, Putin said. "It has always been sensitive to global trends in art and has enriched and in large part set these global trends itself," he said.
"Not only do we value these traditions, but we will also do all we can to develop and expand them. We should not forget but should promote our cultural influence around the world. And it's wrong to turn in on ourselves. We can't forget about what we have done for world culture and understand what else we can do," he said.
Putin pointed out that 2015 has been declared the year of literature in Russia.
"It's very important that the value of a good book should be revived in Russia and that interest in Russian classical literature, as well as in contemporary authors, should grow abroad," he said.
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