President of the Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS Vitaly Naumkin speaks at the “Trialogue” Club meeting on "What is going on in the Middle East? Russia’s interests and logic of action in the region"


  • Affiliation : Prof., Acad., Russian Academy of Sciences, Academic Director, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Position : Chairman of the Executive Board
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
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Vitaly Naumkin gave a keynote speech at the "Trialogue" Club International meeting


MOSCOW, 6 JULY 2017. PIR PRESS — “Russia’s position can be seen as equally close or equi-distant from all of the countries in the Arabia. Russia is interested in maintaining quite well-balanced relations with all the actors in this new drama. I believe that our position is close to the position of the U.S. and Europe, because no one wants destabilization in the Middle East which could lead to catastrophic results», — Vitaly Naumkin, President of Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

On July 5, a meeting of the Trialogue Club International on “What is going on in the Middle East? Russia’s interests and logic of action in the region” took place. The keynote speaker was Vitaly Naumkin, President of Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Diplomats from Hungary, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Philippines, Switzerland, Japan as well as representatives of NATO Information Office in Moscow, International Committee of the Red Cross and other experts took part in the meeting. Albert Zulkharneev, Director of PIR Center, moderated the meeting.

Vitaly Naumkin made an overview of the situation around Qatar and analyzed development of Russia’s relationship with the major regional actors: Syria, Israel, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. In the run-up to the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in Hamburg on July 7, 2017, academician also evaluated the possibility of US-Russia cooperation in the region.

“Russia always had serious contradictions with Qatar including the issue of Syrian dossie. At the same time, today Qatar is one of the most serious investors in Russia and 17% of Rosneft belongs to Qatar, part of Pulkovo airport in St. Petersburg and also there are many other projects that were discussed in the course of the recent months and soon will be implemented,” – Vitaly Naumkin noted. In his presentation the speaker elaborated on Qatar’s response to the list of demands presented by four Arab states, and also on Russia’s position in the region: “Russia’s priorities are the development of the relations with all the partners in the Middle East. Russia was quite successful in the Middle Eastern direction. It is one of the main players and in some areas the main player. Russia has a real presence in the territory, and when something happens there is always a line of world leaders who would like to come to Moscow to discuss this situation.”

Participants of the meeting had a lively discussion regarding the presentation.

The new chair of the Trialogue Club International Evgeny Buzhinskiy also addressed the Club members. He spoke on the topics of US-Russia relations with a focus on the issue of arms control, as well as the INF and START III treaty. “In the American Senate, they are talking louder and louder about leaving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in light of alleged Russia’s “violations” of the treaty. Only six months ago, I thought that nothing of the kind could happen with the INF treaty, but now I allow for such possibility. If something like this happens the next victim of our discrepancies with the U.S.A. will be the START III treaty. The provisions of the treaty are followed by the parties quite well but if the chain reaction happens the START treaty would not really survive. Actually, sober professionals in the State Department and Pentagon are very concerned – for them professionally to leave Russia out of control in these arms control issues is unthinkable of, but the situation is evolving in that direction,” – the Chairman said.

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