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Sergey Kislyak Gave a Keynote Speech at the Trialogue Club International Meeting

15.12.2017

MOSCOW, DECEMBER 15, 2017. PIR PRESS – “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.

On December 12, 2017, the Trialogue Club International together with the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian MFA and the PIR Center conducted a meeting devoted to the “Prospects of the Russian – US dialogue and its impact on global security”. Amb. Sergei Kislyak, First Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Council of the Federation and Russian Ambassador to the United States in 2008 – 2017, gave a keynote speech at the meeting. Evgeny Buzhinskiy, Chairman of the Trialogue Club International and the Chairman of PIR Center’s Executive Board, moderated the meeting.

Vice Rector of Diplomatic Academy Oleg Ivanov and PIR Center’s Director Albert Zulkharneev presented new opportunities for comprehensive discussion on foreign, security and defence policy at the joint platform of the Institute of Contemporary International Studies of Diplomatic Academy, Trialogue and PIR Center.

Among the participants of the meeting were the members of the Trialogue Club International, foreign diplomats, and defense attaches, members of the Russian parliament, Russian experts and journalists.  

The meeting was held under the Chatham House rules.

Sergei Kislyak summed up his experience as Russian ambassador to the US during the Democratic administration and the early days of the Trump presidency, presented his views on the dynamic of Russian-American relations, described the possibilities for cooperation between Moscow and Washington.

On the eve of the INF treaty Special Verification Commission meeting in Geneva Amb. Kislyak briefed participants on the diplomatic and technical nuances surrounding the treaty implementation and commented on the notion of the “last opportunity to save the treaty”. Sergei Kislyak also addressed the role of Ukrainian issue in the Russian-US relations, the danger of escalation between Washington and Pyongyang and the part that Moscow could take in solving the crisis.  

Answering the question on the possibility of generational shift changing the dynamics of the Russian-US relations Amb. Kislyak said, “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 don’t know too much about Russia”.

In his concluding remarks Lt-Gen. Evgeny Buzhinskiy updated the participants on the latest decision of President Vladimir Putin to start withdrawing Russian forces from Syria and predicted the levels of future Russian military presence in the country.

If you would like to become a member of the Trialogue Club International in 2018, participate in the future meetings and receive exclusive analytics bulletin Russia Confidential and other materials from the Trialogue Club International and its partners please contact the Club secretary by phone: +7 (985) 764-98-96 or email: secretary@trialogue-club.ru.  

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