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Vitaly Naumkin gave a keynote speech at the Trialogue Club International

29.12.2015

MOSCOW, DECEMBER 29, 2015. PIR PRESS – “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.

On December 17, 2015, a regular meeting of the Trialogue Club International on «Situation in Syria and Russian policy in the Middle East – the results of the outgoing year and scenarios for 2016» took place. The keynote speaker was Dr. Vitaly Naumkin, President of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Diplomats from Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Philippines, and Switzerland, as well as representatives of NATO Information Office in Moscow, ICANN, The International Committee of the Red Cross, Financial Times newspaper, the International Union of Veterans of Nuclear Energy and Industry and other experts took part in the meeting. The members of the Club, namely Chairman of the Executive Board of PIR Center Evgeny Buzhinsky and Director of PIR Center Albert Zulkharneev moderated the meeting.

Dr. Vitaly Naumkin briefly spoke on the current situation in Syria and outlined the possible scenarios of its further development. «I feel somewhat optimistic about the prospects of peace process but it’s going to be very complicated, very difficult. Iran and Saudi Arabia must come to some kind of agreement, without that it’s going to be extremely complicated».

President of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences underlined, «We already witness some success in organizing local ceasefires and there is an aim for a national ceasefire, though it’s an extremely complicated task. 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».

For questions on the membership in the Trialogue Club International please, contact the Club team by phone: +7 (985) 764-98-96 or email: secretary at trialogue-club.ru.

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