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“So, is it true that the Trump victory has opened up a window of opportunity for Russia’s relations with the United States? Not quite. Firstly, the window is so narrow that it looks more like a cat flap. Secondly, it’s been left ajar for a while rather than being thrown wide open. The moment that we are observing now should best be defined as “the flap of opportunity”. Today is the most appropriate time to discuss the real opportunities for real improvement of strategic relations.” – Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Founder & Special Advisor of the PIR Center, the Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.


«Let’s not be driven by false illusions – that is my point. Let’s be considered, and focused, judge not by words, but by actions and work constructively», — Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.


«The outcome of the contradiction or dualism in the incoming Trump administration between, on the one hand, the realists who want a better relationship with Russia and a prioritization of the struggle against terrorism, and on the other, the rightwing hawks who want to push back against Iran and China», – Dayan Jayatilleka (Sri Lanka), member of PIR Center International Expert Group, expert and diplomat.  


«Operators of critical infrastructure (CI) all over the world are facing increasing cyber risks. The danger is coming not from accidental software and hardware failures or human factor as it used to be. The threat focus is shifting towards purposeful cyber-attacks on CI, conducted by skillful actors with both criminal and policy motivation», – Oled Demidov, PIR Center’s Consultant.


"Participants of the meeting noted the Iceland’s intention to use a historical event - the 30th anniversary of the meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev – as a signal that Iceland is ready to facilitate the resumption of the dialogue between the West and Russia on the issues related to European security, arms control and other areas where it is possible to find a common ground", - Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Special Advisor to PIR Center.


"The relations between Russia and the United States in the field of international security, including nuclear nonproliferation, risk crawling another step down after the US presidential elections, regardless of the outcome ... or even several steps further down. To prevent this dangerous slide towards nuclear escalation, it is necessary to learn the lessons from the Cold War, when our two countries have put their differences aside and seek common ground for their interests in the field of nuclear nonproliferation". – Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Founder & Special Advisor to PIR Center.


“For the moment, the implementation of the deal goes relatively fine. There were some recent attempts on behalf of US Congress Republicans to ban the heavy water purchases from Iran, which would be counter to the JCPOA, but they were thwarted. The more pressing issue is the one about the proper implementation of the sanction relief part of the agreement. With Washington declining to let Iran use its financial system (the country is banned from it under previous non-nuclear sanctions) the uncertainty looms over the future of Iranian assets “unfrozen” under the JCPOA some of which are in US dollars.” – Andrey Baklitskiy, PIR Center “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director.


“From our point of view, the key obligations under the treaty on the prevention of the placement of weapons in outer space should principally be as follows: no deployment of any kind of weapons in outer space; no use or threat of use of force against space objects of the member states… These provisions that constitute the scope of the treaty, as envisioned by those who drafted the treaty, should make development and test of such weapons at least unreasonable” – Andrey Malov, Senior Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the Office of the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva.


“The ability of international community to solve regional conflicts similar to the conflict in Ukraine will become a global security issue in 2015. The world learned to solve global issues: to maintain nuclear security, to combat climate change, but it still cannot settle regional conflicts. The crisis in Ukraine demonstrated that the global security system had for all this time existed within the Cold War paradigm,” – Nikolai Zlobin, President of the Center on Global Interests.


“Deterioration of US-Russian relations led to the situation where Moscow did not become an ally of Washington in the fight against the Islamic state, despite the fact that the Islamists pose bigger threat to Russia than to America. The fact that the Kremlin ignores anti-ISIS coalition creates a particular problem for the Americans, reducing their ability to influence the situation in the Middle East and Northern Africa”, – President of the Center on Global Interests, Nikolai Zlobin.