“We deeply regret this decision,” said Peskov.

According to him, this is one of the few open channels of dialogue between Russia and Germany and is highly valued in Moscow.

Also, a Kremlin spokesman said that Russia remains open to cooperation and interaction. 

“We hope and expect that after all, our co-chairman [Viktor] Zubkov will have contacts with German colleagues and will be able to discuss these issues,” Peskov said.

He also said that about 20 organizations are involved in the dialogue.

“Therefore, of course, the announcement of three (NGOs undesirable in Russia. -


) can hardly de facto somehow block the work of the Petersburg Dialogue,” said Peskov.

As reported by RIA Novosti, in May the German board of the Petersburg Dialogue announced its rejection of a joint meeting on July 8-9 in Moscow in connection with the recognition of the undesirable activities of three German non-governmental organizations in Russia.

The day before, the German coordinating committee said that all bilateral events and meetings of working groups within the framework of the Petersburg Dialogue were temporarily suspended.