A teleconference between Russia and Ukraine will be held at the appointed time, 12 July at 18:00, but in a different format.

July 7, Dmitry Kiselev said in the program “Vesti Nedeli” that the TV channels “Russia-1” and NewsOne will hold a direct teleconference entitled “Need to talk” with the participation of residents of the two countries.

Like the best, but it turned out as always

Many people, this initiative is very pleased — finally the people who do not want enmity, will be able to communicate. Many, but not nationalists. The leader of the “national body” Andrey Biletsky issued an ultimatum to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky — day to respond to the news about the planned event.

“The answer should be adequate. The leader of a nation at war. Not the clown, not the artist with the oligarchic parties, and the President,” — said Biletsky.

Young and politically inexperienced head of state to risk did not, and in the afternoon of 8 July, on the page of the Office of the President of Ukraine appeared in his video address to compatriots, in which he said that the purpose of the teleconference is to divide Ukrainians into two camps ahead of the elections and urged citizens not to succumb to provocations.

“And now they want to appeal to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. Need to talk? Necessary. Let’s discuss who and who is not there in the Donbas. Company for conversation I propose the following: I, You, US President, Donald trump, Prime Minister Theresa may, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, President of France Emmanuel macron. Place: do you think Alexander Lukashenko will be there for us in Minsk. We are not changing and not giving up any diplomatic formats. We offer to talk. Because it is necessary to talk, right?” said in Russian Zelensky.

Soon NewsOne has announced that it refuses to conduct a teleconference with the Russian side, because the employees and their families began to receive threats. But the story is not over. On 9 July the national Council of Ukraine on television and radio broadcasting has appointed an extraordinary inspection of the channel, and the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko announced the opening of the case on suspicion of financing of terrorism — allegedly linked to the PSB, which serves the defense order of the Russian Federation. Taras Kozak made a statement that he is the only owner of the channel, and GPU information — is a cynical lie. NewsOne staff received a summons for questioning at the PGO and SBU.

Amid the hysteria in Ukraine on 10 July, the members of the party “Opposition platform For life” Viktor Medvedchuk, Yuriy Boyko, Vadim Rabinovich and Taras Kozak arrived in Moscow for talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

“I believe that NewsOne did the right thing when he canceled a teleconference. This is a real threat of life of journalists, no political program is not worth living. And rightly so, that went from this conflict. And in fact, it was a real hysteria of the rest of the outgoing government, representatives of the new government, the nationalists. Because at all costs want to slow down the normalization of relations with Russia and stop military conflict. This is parasitism in the war, it still goes on and on at its worst, when ban and stifle freedom of speech,” — said Boyko.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met with the delegation of the Ukrainian party “the Opposition platform for life”

July 11, one of the journalists of the channel was given a letter from the team Vladimir Zelensky during his joint briefing with Prime Minister of Moldova, Maia Sandu in Kiev. In addition, in connection with the continuing pressure from the employees appealed to the international community — human rights organizations, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the head of the UN monitoring mission on human rights in Ukraine Fiona Fraser, the President of the Assembly, Liliane Maury Pasquier, the UN high Commissioner for human rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein and others. They stressed that the demand from the Ukrainian authorities to immediately end the harassment and pressure, and requires compliance with the laws of the country.

The new format of the teleconference

RTR was sympathetic to the decision of the Ukrainian colleagues, aware of the complexity of the situation, and invited participants from the Ukraine to come to Studio in Moscow “Russia-1”.

The press service of the company informed that on 12 July at 18:00 will be broadcast non-political conference “Need to talk”, his leading will become Andrey Malakhov and Maria Sittel. The conversation invited athletes, figures of culture, science and art.

“All the participants from the Ukrainian side will be aired via Skype. Important participants will be the Russian-Ukrainian families, do not stop communication with relatives, or, on the contrary, those difficult political situation divided”, — stated in the message.

Unfortunately, the war in Donbas and the transfer of Crimea to the Russian Federation on the results of the plebiscite held in accordance with international law, broke many families and friends. And I wouldn’t give for a minute of communication with their families, but are unable to contact them.

Today’s meeting (if you can call it that) for relatives who have lost each other, live is not new. This format has been successfully using the program “Wait for me”, which airs on Russian and Ukrainian television. In 2008, the channel “inter” has launched a satellite TV link with various countries, including with Russia. Thanks to this, the characters show got the opportunity to see through the screen or directly in the Studio. Such meetings are always very emotional, even viewers who see these people for the first time, can’t hold back the tears.

In addition, there is the successful experience of the inhabitants of the countries divided by the iron curtain, — teleconferences between USA and the USSR in 1980-ies. The idea of holding the sessions in this format came up with the organizers of rock festival “We” in 1982 in San Bernardino, which was sponsored by the co-founder of Apple Computer Steve Wozniak, they decided to try to establish a connection between the huge screen on which the audience watched the performance artists in the United States, and a screen somewhere at the other end of the world. Come to the aid of the satellite equipment of the American company NBC, remaining in the USSR after the lighting of the Olympics of 1980. On the organization of the event, which the Soviet side did screenwriter Joseph Goldin and directed by Yuli Gusman, took only 3 days. In the first teleconference “Moscow — Cosmos — California” which TV showed was attended by the singers of the USSR and the USA.

Teleconference “Moscow — California” 1983 was dedicated to the festival of films for children, it is, in particular, invited the cartoonist Fyodor Khitruk, who gave Soviet boys and girls Winnie the Pooh and Boniface.

In 1985 he held two teleconference: “Moscow — San-Diego”, dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the end of world war II (with the participation of Director Sergei Bondarchuk, actor Michael Nozhkina, Soviet and American veterans); and a teleconference between Leningrad and Seattle “summit of ordinary citizens”, which was first raised political issues — downed September 1, 1983 in air space of the USSR, South Korean aircraft, the war in Afghanistan, the internal political situation in the Soviet Union, the link of human rights activist Andrei Sakharov, the situation of Jews in the Soviet Union, closed borders, freedom of speech and human rights. Television viewers saw the second teleconference, which became the leading journalists Vladimir Pozner and Phil Donahue, only 3 months later, on February 19, 1986, in the USSR the audience a 2 hour live amounted to about 180 million people in the United States shortened to 40 minutes version of it looked about 8 million
The teleconference, “Women talking with women” between Leningrad Boston 7 July 1986, gave a catch phrase that I still remember. American said in the US television advertising, everything revolves around sex, and asked if there was a problem in the Soviet Union, to which the woman on the other side of the screen replied, “we do not have Sex, and we categorically against it.” In the room she immediately said that sex is advertising this is not.

Teleconference “Moscow — San Francisco”, 1987, it was about the role of the media, and in 1989, the inclusion took place between the Moscow state University. M. V. Lomonosov and Tufts University (Massachusetts), but without the Pozner and Donahue.

Non-political politics

Such a strong reaction in Ukraine was caused by the news of holding a teleconference between ordinary citizens, absolutely politizirovannost the event, even though the methods of traditional diplomacy are able step by step to improve relations between the two countries, when the direct negotiations of the authorities impossible.

Thus, the United States, which severed diplomatic relations with Iran in 1980, implemented in the Islamic Republic of project for public diplomacy, for example, between teams of the two countries held competitions match between the Iranian and American athletes in wrestling.

Despite political disagreements between Moscow and Kiev that can’t be overcome for over 5 years, the relations between countries in other areas, though not in such amount like before, but still. In the spring of 2018, the Ministry of youth and sports of Ukraine has refused to pay members of the national team trips to competitions in Russia. Not all of the Federation can boast of a good financing (after the Olympics in Pyeongchang Luger Andrew Manzi told that the sled, which acts, makes himself in the garage, because no one inventory provides a Federation sannogo sports of Ukraine), but some of the athletes at his own expense comes to tournaments. If some travel provoke scandals, others are quietly and almost unnoticed, as, for example, the participation of Olympic champion in fencing Olga Harlan in “the Moscow sabre-2019”, last year the Ukrainian team missed the start.

Hard to say, did the story of the teleconference, but that her background was an important political event — the first meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky. During the telephone conversation, which took place on the evening of 11 July, on the initiative of Kiev, the leaders discussed the conflict in the Donbas, work in the “channel format” and joint efforts for the return of detained persons.

Although this conversation is, as said press Secretary of Russian leader Dmitry Peskov, was exploratory in nature, yet the situation has moved from a dead point. In this sense, a teleconference fulfilled its mission — have contributed to political negotiations. Who knows, maybe in the near future interaction of Russia and Ukraine will reach a new level.

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