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23.04.2018

“Prof. Naumkin is not only an academic and a key Russian expert on the Middle East, but he has also a deep practical insight into Russian interests in the region. This particular experience makes his presentation at once unique and very valuable. We highly appreciate the idea to make the Swiss Embassy the venue for this special meeting of the Trialogue Club International.”, - Col. Bruno Russi, Swiss Defense Attaché and Dean of the Defense Attachés Corps in Moscow.

03.04.2018

“We really have quite serious problems in arms control. Nothing similar happened before. The trend we seemed to notice in the 1990s has become history. In Russia, we had illusions that we could have normal partnership dialogue with Western countries. On our part, we have done practically everything possible for this dialogue,” - Vladimir Yermakov, Director of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control of the Russian MFA. 

15.12.2017

“What is happening in the United States has created a significant layer of politicians who made their career on anti-Trump, ant-Russian positions. I do not expect those particular people to change their mind anytime soon. In my view, two election cycles will have to occur in the United States to bring a new thinking. Especially taking into account that the majority of those in Congress do not care too much about Russia, and they do not know too much about Russia”, – Amb. Sergey Kislyak, First Deputy Chairperson, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Council of the Federation.

06.07.2017

“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. 

20.02.2017

“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.

10.02.2017

«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.

01.02.2017

“This relationship is efficient and effective and I hope in the future to participate in these activities, and I hope that this is going to be useful for the PIR community in general” - Sergei A. Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation 

13.12.2016

“World energy is stuck between the economic rational approach connected with the fuel prices and the necessity of the deal with greenhouse gases, which makes the life in the energy sector quite intolerable. Any additional political interference will lead either to the ridiculous increase in spending or to the loss on a climate side”, - Leonid Grigoryev, Chief Adviser to the Head of the Analytical Centre for the Government of the Russian Federation, Tenured professor of National Research University Higher School of Economics.


10.05.2016

Russia is following all of the developments in Afghanistan with great attention.  In recent years, this attentiveness was supplemented by the readiness to engage with anyone who is interested in talking rather than shooting.  At the same time, Russia does not accept any obligations.  It is like a visit to a museum; you look at everything with great attention, but you do not touch.  Some people might say that this is a passive position, others – that the position lacks responsibility.  However, I believe that there is a certain logic in it. Intervening and leaving the job half-done is worse, than not intervening at all.” – Dr. Ivan Safranchuk, member of the PIR Center Advisory Board.

29.12.2015

“If regional and global players are coming to some kind of agreement, it can be possible to stop the bloodshed in Syria. We already witness some success in organizing local ceasefires. I believe that the peace negotiations will start in 2016, but I doubt they are going to start with a national ceasefire. We know situations in history when peace negotiations were conducted against the backdrop of an ongoing conflict” – Dr. Vitaly Naumkin, President, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

 


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