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Russia-NATO relations: any changes ahead?

20.11.2013

MOSCOW, NOVEMBER 20, 2013. PIR PRESS – “Today a global project in NATO-Russian relations should be initiated by North-Atlantic Alliance. In case Brussels would propose a big and well specified project to Russia, cooperation could move out of the deadlock. Holding big joint military exercises, of the kind the parties did not have for a long time already, could be a good example of such project” – PIR Center Vice President Dmitry Polikanov.

On November 30, 2013 as a part of PIR Center’s Midweek Brainstorming Sessions a seminar “Russia-NATO relations: any changes ahead?” was held with a keynote speech given by PIR Center Vice President Dmitry Polinkanov.

Attendees included PIR Center Senior Vice President Evgeny Buzhinsky, NATO Information Office in Moscow Director Robert Pszczel, representatives of Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PIR Center experts and staff members.

Nowadays, it is a common knowledge that relations between Russia and NATO are at best stagnating or even frozen. In the course of the seminar participants examined them from different points of view trying to find possible points of coincidence which could provide a long-term sustainable development of NATO-Russian relations.

At the beginning of his presentation Dmitry Polikanov highlighted the key contemporary challenges for Russia and NATO. He stated that NATO members have different views on financial issues, upcoming transformation of Alliance political and military role, and also on developing of NATO-Russian relations.

While talking about Moscow priorities in the relations with Brussels, PIR Center Vice President marked one of the sharpest issues of Russian contemporary foreign policy – the goal of forming an easy-predictable neighborhood, not cover by to alien blocks. In that case the question of further expansion of NATO to the Post-Soviet space raises awareness in Moscow.

Among the problem zones of NATO-Russian relations Dmitry Polikanov named the lack of political will and institutional basis for full-fledged mutual cooperation, as well as very narrow intersection of interests. At the same time, according to PIR Center Vice President, there are perspectives for reaching a new level of cooperation. “Today a global project in NATO-Russian relations should be initiated by North-Atlantic Alliance. In case Brussels would propose a big and well specified project to Russia, cooperation could move out of the deadlock. Holding big joint military exercises, of the kind the parties did not have for a long time already, could be a good example of such project” – said Dmitry Polikanov summarizing the discussion.

For all information concerning PIR Center’s educational programs please contact Educational and Training Program Coordinator Alexander Chekov, tel. +7 495 987 19 15, fax +7 495 987 19 14, e-mail edu at pircenter.org.

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