MOSCOW. DECEMBER 25, 2021. PIR PRESS. «As the two major nuclear powers, Russia and the United States bear a key responsibility for arms control. Now we do not need to seek a «warming» of relations, the main thing is to reach a level of constructiveness when the key element of negotiations will not be mutual accusations, but real proposals on how to address contemporary challenges», — H.E. Sergei Kislyak, First Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs.
On December 20, 2021, 6th cohort students of the International Dual Degree M.A. Program Global Security, Nuclear Policy, and WMD Nonproliferation (developed by MGIMO University, PIR Center and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, USA) and PIR Center junior research fellows met with H.E. Sergei Kislyak, First Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs, to discuss the future of the Russian-US relations.
The meeting was held at MGIMO University. H.E. Sergei Kislyak shared with the participants his perspective on the current dynamics of relations between Russia and the United States along with the views on the relations’ prospects. The lecture of H.E. Sergei Kislyak arose a great interest of the audience. Participants discussed the issues of nuclear nonproliferation, some philosophical aspects of Russian-American relations, Russian proposals on legally binding security guarantees, and much more.
The meeting was held constructively and in a very friendly and cordial atmosphere. All the participants enjoyed the meeting, what their impressions confirm.
“It is always a pleasure to learn the opinion of a seasoned diplomat on both modern challenges and events of the past. Ambassador Kislyak is an excellent speaker and one of Russia’s outstanding foreign policy practitioners”, — Artem Kvartalnov, PIR Center junior research fellow of Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program, PIR Center, 2nd-year master student, School of International Relations, MGIMO Russia.
“It’s always a great honor to talk to an ambassador, experienced diplomat and politician, a distinguished expert in his professional field. I’m glad that the Dual Degree master’s program provides young experts in nonproliferation with such an opportunity”, — Daria Kheyrie, 6th cohort student of the Dual Degree M.A. Program in Nonproliferation Studies (MGIMO-MIIS-PIR Center).
“Meeting with H.E. Sergei Kislyak was a pleasure. It was not a lecture, but a conversation in which he openly and freely talked with us, giving very insightful comments. The best way to end this semester!” — Rebecca Pantani, 6th student of the Dual Degree M.A. Program in Nonproliferation Studies (MGIMO-MIIS-PIR Center).