Minister Evarist Bartolo unveils sculpture commemorating Bush-Gorbachev Malta Summit

Minister Evarist Bartolo unveils sculpture commemorating Bush-Gorbachev Malta Summit

Reference Number: PR212121, Press Release Issue Date: Nov 26, 2021
Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo unveiled a sculpture by Russian sculptor Gregory Pototsky at the Gardjola Gardens,  Senglea bastions, on the occasion of the 32nd anniversary of the summit held in Malta between George Bush, President of the United States, and Mikhail Gorbachev, Leader of the former Soviet Union. The ceremony was attended, among others, by Mrs Gwendolyn S. Green, American Chargé d’Affairs, and  Mr Aleksei Dedenkulov, Russian Chargé d’Affairs, Fr Dionysius Mintoff, founder of the Peace Laboratory, and Mr Clive Pulis, Senglea Mayor.

Minister Bartolo spoke about the importance of a more stable, predictable relationship between the US and Russia.

‘The return to quiet diplomacy to US-Russia relations, even with a limited agenda, is welcome news.  Learning to live with each other, if successful, would not only introduce more predictability and stability in the international system, it would also help the rest of the world to breathe a little easy amid the chaotic turbulence ongoing in the global order,’ Minister Bartolo said.

The sculpture is the work of Gregory Pototsky (1954-), an international contemporary prolific Russian sculptor. Pototsky’s work of art not only represents the Iron Curtain which once divided Europe and the World but also symbolizes the fragility of peace which can be lost at any time.