Secretary Clinton visited the U.S.-Russia "Civil Society to Civil Society" (C2C) Summit Innovation Marketplace June 24 in Washington, DC. The C2C Summit was launched shortly after the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission was announced in July 2009 by Presidents Obama and Medvedev as a way to improve communication and cooperation between the governments of Russia and the United States. The second annual C2C Summit addressed the role of peer-to-peer collaboration between U.S. and Russian civil society organizations and was organized on the sidelines of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Washington, DC.
Secretary Clinton said, "I am very pleased to be here to thank you and to celebrate the work that you and colleagues do every single day to create and sustain strong civil societies in Russia and the United States. We also had a very important summit today between Presidents Medvedev and Obama. Mike McFaul from the National Security Council is here. And Mike, as you know, is a very longtime supporter of a vibrant civil society in Russia. And, as President Obama said when he met with many of you in Moscow last summer, we recognize the critical nature of civil society to a vibrant democracy, and we want to create those relationships between our two countries and between civil society in each country that can assist in answering questions and solving problems."
Read the Secretary's full remarks here.