Renewal of diplomatic relations 20 years ago brought, among other things, more than a million new immigrants to Israel.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University are jointly sponsoring the opening event to mark 20 years of renewed diplomatic relations between Israel and Russia. A festive conference dedicated to the memory of Ambassador Alexander Bovin will take place on 8 November at the Truman Institute on Mt. Scopus and include discussions on Israeli-Russian relations past, present and perspectives for the future.
Alexander Bovin, a well-known journalist and commentator on foreign affairs, was the first ambassador of Russia (then USSR) to Israel and greatly contributed to building and cementing the relations between the two countries. Long before the era of perestroika and glasnost, he wrote extensively about the importance of rehabilitating the diplomatic relations between the USSR and Israel.
Diplomats, politicians and leading experts from Israel and Russia will be attending the conference, including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman; Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Yaalon; Minister of National Infrastructure Uzi Landau; Chair of the Israel-Russia Friendship Association in the Knesset, MK Robert Iliatov; MK Zeev Elkin; Israel’s ambassador to Russia, Dorit Golender; Chairman of the Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation H.E. Sergei Mironov; Chair of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy, Sergey Karaganov; Russia’s ambassador to Israel H.E. Petr Stegniy, Knesset members, public figures and journalists. Alexander Bovin’s daughter will be the guest of honor at the conference.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman has said, “Renewal of diplomatic relations between Israel and Russia twenty years ago was an important historic event that impacted on the connection between the countries and the peoples and on Israel’s history, bringing more than a million new immigrants from the former countries of the USSR to Israel. Since then, the relations between the states have expanded, and I am convinced that cooperation in all areas will only grow stronger. Alexander Bovin was not only the first Russian ambassador in Israel; he was a true pioneer who, even after he left his post and returned to Russia, greatly contributed to strengthening the relations between the two states."