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Leading experts discuss the Ukrainian Issue at the Trialogue meeting

07.03.2014

MOSCOW, MARCH 7, 2014. PIR PRESS – «Events of the night from February 21 to 22 changed not only the Russian foreign policy but, to my mind, relations between Russia and the West and deeply influenced international relations. Russia stopped its geopolitical retreat and shifted from passivity, not only in Ukrainian issue, but in its foreign policy generally, to active approach» – Dmitri Trenin, Director of Carnegie Moscow Center.

On March 5, 2014 Trialogue Club International meeting on today’s most important topic «Further developments in Ukraine, Russia’s relations with the West and the neighbors: what should we expect?» took place in Moscow. Editor-in-chief of the International Affairs Journal Armen Oganesyan, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs of Higher School of Economics Andrey Suzdaltsev and Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center Dmitri Trenin gave the keynote speeches.

Dmitri Trenin claimed that events in Ukraine signify a new stage in the world policy: «Events of the night from February 21 to 22 changed not only the Russian foreign policy but, to my mind, relations between Russia and the West and deeply influenced international relations. Russia stopped its geopolitical retreat and shifted from passivity, not only in Ukrainian issue, but in its foreign policy generally, to active approach».

According to Editor-in-chief of the International Affairs Journal Armen Oganesyan, there is no unified position concerning situation in Ukraine in the West: «When we hear the warlike rhetoric today from Washington we can see abig gap between the position of the US and the position of Europe regarding sanctions and other measures».

Deputy Dean of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs of Higher School of Economics Andrey Suzdaltsev pointed to the threat of instability, coming from the character of change of power: «Maidan initiated a change in the existing regime in Ukraine. Once there will be a new president on May 25, there are no guaranties that after his elections there will be no new Maidan proclaiming the new president to be illegitimate ».

Commenting the situation PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov spoke about legal and political aspects of Memorandum on Security Assurances implementation in connection with Ukraine’s joining NPT (Budapest memorandum). The linkage between nuclear weapons withdrawal and security guarantees for Ukraine agreed in Budapest memorandum will be analyzed in details in the next issue of exclusive analytical bulletin of the Trialogue Club International – Russia Confidential.

Detailed information on Budapest memorandum is available at PIR Center’s website.

Trialogue Club meets five times per year, with the main speech given by a leading Russian or foreign experts on issues of direct relevance to Russian foreign policy. For more information on the conditions of entry into the club, please consult our website.

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