Representatives of Vologda Region took part in Fort Ross Dialogue International Forum.
Fort Ross Dialogue has become a platform for Russian and U.S. politicians, cultural workers and experts to discuss the ways to boost cooperation between the two countries.
The Fort Ross Dialogue International Forum was held on November 30 - December 4, 2020. This year's conference was held online taking into account the adverse epidemiological situation.
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov spoke at the opening of the forum.
California was represented by Vice-Governor of the state Eleni Kounalakis and former Governor Edmund Gerald Brown.
“This year's event touches on such key aspects as public health, environmental and energy security, and responsible environmental management," said Inna Sinyagina, head of the regional Governor's Administration. "In this regard, it is extremely important that, despite the current restrictions, the conference once again became a place to discuss issues that require consolidation of efforts of society and the authorities of both countries."
Last year Fort Ross Dialogue was held in Vologda. It included discussions and seminars on major issues of the bilateral agenda, economic issues and interaction in various fields. The venue was chosen not by chance. Ivan Kuskov, Commerce Counsellor of the Russian-American Company and founder of Fort Ross was born in Totma, Vologda Region.
In 1812 Ivan Kuskov built a fortress in an area to the North of San Francisco, California (now the National Park of Fort Ross). Fort Ross served as a trading post and a source of agricultural products for Russian America in Alaska. Ivan Kuskov headed the colony till 1821. Alongside with the trade activity he was also engaged in research work.
Fort Ross, a former Russian settlement and fortress, is now a national historic landmark in the U.S. state of California.