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“Issues of innovative technologies, so called “frontier disputes”, are moving forward from the periphery to the center of attention of the UN Secretary-General. Definitely. I was going to say “slowly, but steadily”. However, it would be inaccurate, because the process goes at full drive. The bureaucratic machine of multilateral diplomacy simply cannot keep pace with this tendency”, — Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, Special Advisor to the PIR Center.


“The Russian-US meeting was devoted to an expert discussion of practical issues concerning the preparations for the forthcoming 2020 NPT Review Conference. It was an important and interesting discussion, not too inspiring but not discouraging either”. – Ambassador Yury Nazarkin, participant of the Russian-American working group.


“This relationship is efficient and effective and I hope in the future to participate in these activities, and I hope that this is going to be useful for the PIR community in general” - Sergei A. Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation 


Twenty-five years since the end of Cold War, the Greater Europe is split again. In the course of a year, things previously thought impossible, namely Ukrainian military conflict and mutual sanctions between the West and Russia, came to reality. Europe stands at the brink of a full-flagged crisis of the arms control system and faces growing military threats. Above all, the trust between the parties is lost, which impedes return to sustainable and effective dialogue on the security issues. What are the reasons of the existing situation and what needs to be done to cope with the crisis? Is European development feasible without Russia and vice versa?


“Predictability and transparency seem to be the most important factors to ensure security on the European continent. It seems to me that the idea of an open security space, founded on voluntary transparency through strengthening the mechanisms of bilateral and multilateral cooperation deserves serious consideration,” – PIR Center Senior Vice President Evgeny Buzhinsky.


“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.


“If a new element emerges in strategic plans of the United States, for example implying replacement of nuclear capabilities with conventional missiles that can fulfill the same tasks as the nuclear weapons –it would be rather difficult for us to think about further reductions. Taking into account such compensation in conventional arms, the negotiations for the next treaty on nuclear disarmament would hardly be the right step to make,” – PIR Center Advisory Board Member, Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Anatoly Antonov


“The main reason why the Arab states had agreed to the indefinite extension of the NPT was that they wanted security from nuclear weapons. Now you are telling them that this is impossible, and the official nuclear powers, the members of the Middle East Quartet, are washing their hands. The Arab countries may well respond by saying, ‘In that case we are going to provide our own security, and we don't need the NPT for that,’” - Jayantha Dhanapala, President of the Pugwash Movement of Scientists.


“I have all reasons to say that the Security Index journal has become a reputable, prestigious, informative publication and, more importantly, the one with many readers. You will find on its pages a serious analysis of global issues, international policy, and new challenges and threats. This journal published in Russian and English has become a popular and authoritative podium for high-ranking diplomats and experts, actively involved in the issues of disarmament and nonproliferation, as well as veterans of diplomatic service. All this makes the journal highly demanded by a wide international expert community”, - Viktor Vasiliev, Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva.


“The Russian experience in ensuring international information security is a positive one. It was thanks to Russia that information security issues have been developed in the UN agenda at the international level since 1998, and thereafter the Russian Federation continues to promote actively and systematically this range of problems in the framework of various structures and platforms in the Organization. Furthermore, in contrast with many other states, Russia has never resorted to using the red button – complete blocking of the internet on a large scale”, - Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva Victor Vasiliev.