On March 17, the exhibition “In Fraternitate et Caritate” finished its work at the Russian House in Brussels. Russia and the West 500 years ago”, dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and the Holy Roman Empire.

A tour of the exhibition was conducted by Vladimir Ronin, Doctor of History, Master of Slavic Studies, currently teaching at the KU Leuven (Antwerp campus). Author of numerous publications – works on the history of Central Europe in the Middle Ages, as well as on Russian-Belgian relations over the past two centuries.

Since 1522, the Grand Prince of Moscow Vasili III and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V

exchanged a lot of letters and embassies. So started, 500 years ago, a surprisingly intense dialogue between Russia and the greatest West Europian power as allies, “in brotherhood and love”…