We have not enough contacts with Russian NGOs – both federal and regional. That’s why we are trying to use the period of Russian presidency in G8 to establish tighter contacts with Russian non-governmental organizations.
Russian NGOs do a lot to develop their relations with foreign colleagues. For the moment these contacts are not enough but the Russian colleagues actively develop them. It is a very important fact that the representatives of CIS are also attending the activities of Civil G8-2006. One more index of the international nature of the project is that practically all the participants can speak English what makes their communication very comfortable.
The meeting with the Sherpas has been conducted in a very comfortable format. The representatives of NGOs were concrete and constructive. I respect their intelligence and willingness to cooperate.