The guest of the program is Maria Vladimirovna Zakharova, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.
Presenter - Igor Panarin.
Panarin: Hello, dear listeners. We will discuss the topic "Information and Diplomacy". My guest is Maria Vladimirovna Zakharova, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (MFA). We will discuss how the Ministry of Foreign Affairs works in general and the Department of Information and Press in particular, and how they ensure that information on various events in the world is communicated to citizens of Russia and the whole world.
The Department of Information and Press was created a long time ago; it is one of the key departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. How is the ministry provided with high-quality qualified information, and not only it itself, but also other ministries and departments of the Russian Federation, of the whole world with the help of your department?
Zakharova: It seems to me that in our ministry all the departments are key. We coordinate the work of our ministry in the information direction. We are engaged in information support of foreign policy, but our role is to a greater extent - coordinating.
Of course, it would not be necessary to speak about any information support of foreign policy, if not for the daily and hourly work of all territorial and functional departments of the ministry, which provide us with information, texture, estimates, positional materials, provide relevant instructions, clarifications and other materials.
Panarin: And how to coordinate this whole stream so that it does not gush over the edge?
Zakharova: Any stream should have its own banks. Our shores are that the Department of Information and Press, like any division, has its own structure, tasks, functions, peculiarities of work. Work is being built in several directions. One of the main tasks is working with operational information, with the requests that come to us from the mass media.
Panarin: Requests a lot?
Zakharova: Oh yes!
Panarin: From Russian or from foreign journalists?
Zakharova: And from the Russian, and from foreign. The world is so globalized, and the problems are so common that a great interest is manifested both in our media and in foreign ones. In principle, the topics that concern the media around the world are similar.
Panarin: What is most asked about?
Zakharova: Depending on what kind of media. If we are talking about agencies, then they are interested in momentary reaction to events in the world. If we are talking about television, about programs, then they are more interested in full-format assessments and interviews.
Panarin: In recent years, the Information and Press Department has introduced weekly press releases.
Zakharova: I can not say that it is in recent years. In general, the practice of weekly briefings has developed historically. At some point, they were abandoned, switched to another form of communication with the media. In 2009, they were reinstated on a weekly basis.
Panarin: Do you think this is the right vector of interaction between the Foreign Ministry and the media?
Zakharova: Of course, this is absolutely the right step. First, this is a new level, and maybe a traditional one, but a new level of openness, efficiency and equal access of the media to the information provided by the Foreign Ministry.
Panarin: You do not limit the provision of information by country: for example, the journalists of this country do not come to this meeting, and the other comes?
Zakharova: Of course, we do not limit, although we have a certain format - we invite only representatives of the media. We cannot invite everyone to attend these meetings or representatives of the diplomatic corps (press attaché of embassies, diplomats), although there are very many of them. For them, we made it possible to attend our events virtually ...