On the Russian side, vaccine diplomacy was discussed by Dmitry Kulish, professor at the Skoltech Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The experts from the Slovenian side were Slovenian Member of European Parliament Milan Brglez and former Slovenian Ambassador to Russia Dusan Snoj. The discussion was moderated by Luka Radicevic, a member of the Globallis organization. At the beginning of the round table, Vrevc Zlajpah and Natalia Burlinova presented the host organizations, Globallis and PICREADI.
The expert discussion, which brought together young Russian and European researchers, engaged relations between Russia and the EU in the context of the pandemic, as well as the spread of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine in the international arena. The participants discussed the image of the Russian vaccine in foreign media and compared Sputnik V with other existing vaccines.
The central topic of discussion was the question of whether Sputnik V is an effective instrument of Russian soft power. According to Dmitry Kulish, if we consider politics as a "positive exchange" and not propaganda, then Sputnik V is indeed a successful instrument of Russian soft power: the speaker assessed the vaccine as a quality product that saves many lives. The successes of Sputnik were also appreciated by Slovenian experts, who emphasized the effectiveness of the vaccine and the need for global protection of mankind from a pandemic. Mr. Snoj and Dr. Brglez greeted the public discussion on the topic of vaccination and talked mostly from the diplomatic and humanitarian dimensions of the question. Speaking about the protection of the population, Mr. Snoj also focused on the need for expert discussions and discussions on the topic of vaccination.