The development of sustainable good-neighborly relations between Baltic countries and the whole Baltic Sea region, on the one hand, and the Russian Federation, on the other, is often impeded by numerous problems some of which are of subjective psychological character and can be gradually resolved by overcoming mutual mistrust, negative stereotypes and prejudice.
In the past twenty years a new generation of Baltic region residents grew up and has a mediated and biased idea of the lifestyle, traditions, and economic realities of the peoples living on both sides of the EU-Russia border. Unfortunately, public conscience still abounds in excessive discretion and mistrust to partners on the other side of the border, which in its turn not only restrains political dialogue between countries, but also bars mutually beneficial economic agreements.
To remedy the situation international organizations and civil society institutions, including non-governmental organizations and public funds, have to engage in long-term and successive activities.
The Baltic Civilization Institute research center has to address the mentioned tasks.