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"In essence, negotiations are the basis of all diplomacy. After all, one of the main tasks of a diplomat, whether at the actual negotiations or when working at the embassy, is to agree on some mutually acceptable things with their foreign partners. This is the fundamental difference between the profession of a diplomat and the profession of a military man. A military man with a weapon in his hands achieves the task by force, and a diplomat  by finding a compromise,"  Yuri Nazarkin, Professor and Honorary Doctor (honoris causa) at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations.


Today, on March 12, Amb. Yuri Nazarkin, member of PIR Center’s Advisory Board, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USSR and Russia, Professor at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, is celebrating his anniversary.


“At the time of confrontation between the United States and Russia, two summits – one in Geneva in 1985, and the other one in Reykjavik in 1986 – helped to change the atmosphere. Neither resulted in specific agreements, but they turned the developments for the better. Although President Trump is facing strong domestic pressure against any meetings with President Putin, this channel of communication should be maintained,” – Amb. Yuri Nazarkin, Professor of the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Member of Centre russe d’etudes politiques.


“The NPT is the foundation of our life. It is the most important contemporary international treaty. There is just no treaty more important than the NPT. We must fight for this treaty at all costs; we are doomed without it. We must talk more about the NPT so that everybody knows about it,” – Ambassador Roland Timerbaev, PIR Center Advisory Board Member, one of the negotiators of the NPT.