Select period

129_350_175.jpg“The exchange of letters between presidents is an important step, but merely the first one on the path to normalize relations. The exchange must be followed up by practical measures. At a minimum, we must go beyond state documents and give a green light to activate contacts on all levels. This will make it possible for concrete, effective joint projects to crystallize,” – PIR Center Vice President Dmitry Polikanov


“Syrian crisis is among the main negative trends of the period. The Syrian state and armed forces have succeeded in denying its enemies and their backers the rapid victory that the latter expected. By protracting the struggle and creating a situation of rough equilibrium or a hurting stalemate, the Syrian regime has scored, and shown that it cannot be kept out of any settlement. Negotiations with the opposition are essential in the national interest. This may enable some common middle ground to be identified”, - former Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Colombo, Dayan Jayatilleka.


“From the very beginning, the fourth phase of the European Phased Adaptive Approach of the US missile defense system in Europe, raised concern in the Russian government because it threatens deterrence capabilities of Russia. Hagel’s announcement partially relieves this concern. However, in order to modify the current positions of the Russian MFA and MoD, officials will need to see official data on the Americans’ decisions. If the information is confirmed, this will become a crucial turning point in the countries’ relations,” – Evgeny Buzhinsky, PIR Center Senior Vice President.


“North Korea’s actions appear senseless, the country established itself as a nuclear power long ago, and this conduct doesn’t do any good as a signal of the country’s defense capabilities. If North Korea planned this in order to compel the US to engage in dialogue and to “up the ante” in these conversations, as they did in 2009, then they gravely miscalculated.” – Georgy Toloraya, Director of Korean Programs at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences


 “According to what NATO representatives say, Organization’s position on ballistic missile defense is as follows: if this issue is resolved in a constructive way it will be a potential game changer for Russia-NATO relations. At the same time, Russia should not expect the Alliance to wait until Moscow decides upon its approach. If Russia regards BMD as a critical problem, then that’s a critical problem only for Russia.” – Oleg Demidov, Coordinator of PIR Center International Information Security and Global Internet Governance Project.


Vladivostok APEC summit chaired by Russia was a positive event. Despite the different views expressed before and after the summit, it was quite effective. The main achievement of the summit is that Russia has sent a clear signal of its willingness to strengthen political and economic ties in the Asia-Pacific, both on multilateral and bilateral basis”, - PIR Center Senior Vice President, Lieutenant General (Retired), Evgeny Buzhinsky (Russia).


"Today it is clear that the more anti-missile plans of the United States of America will be developed, the more problems will arise in the Russian Federation in terms of national security", - Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia, member of SuPR and PIR Center's Advisory Board Anatoly Antonov.