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15.07.2018

“А third party, be it a country or a non-state actor, can attack critical infrastructure of the US or Russia, making it look as if the aggressor was the other one, thus provoking war between them. In cyber space this is possible. Both the Russian and the US cyber doctrines allow them to react to major cyberattacks with all military means. Therefore, an effective direct communication and de-escalation channels between the two countries are a priority,” – Dr. Elena Chernenko, PIR Center Executive Board Member and Deputy Head of the Kommersant Newspaper Foreign Policy Department.

27.05.2013

“One. The United States supports the goal of creating a nuclear- and WMD-free-zone in the Middle East. It will be difficult but it is achievable. Two. The United States supports the convening of a conference in Helsinki to begin such a discussion and such a process. This is also difficult, much less difficult, and it could happen very rapidly, provided the states of the region are prepared to engage each other directly into terming an agenda,” - US Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Thomas Countryman.

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Name: Countryman, Thomas
Affiliation: United States Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation
Biography :

Thomas M. Countryman is a graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis and has studied at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
He was at the United States National Security Council 1997-98 as Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs with responsibility for the region stretching from Morocco to Syria.In 1999 through 2000, he was Director of the State Department's Office of South Central European Affairs. He was then briefly Director of the State Department's Office of United Nations Political Affairs. He was then the Foreign Policy Advisor of General James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps, from 2008 to 2009.

In 2009-10, he was the State Department's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, and in 2010-11 Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs with responsibility for Balkan affairs.

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