NATO and Russia: Unchanged Frontline?

29.05.2017 15:00 Valdai Discussion Club Conference Hall (Bolshaya Tatarskaya 42, Moscow, Russia)
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On May 29, the Valdai Discussion Club will hold an expert discussion on the outcome of the NATO summit in Brussels. The key issues of the discussion will be the prospects for the alliance development and  Russia's role in NATO's vision of its future.

On May 25, the NATO summit will be held in Brussels. Its  agenda includes the strategic plans of the alliance, including defense spending increase  by  the member countries. Intrigue of the summit is the position of the new US President Donald Trump on the future of NATO and the distribution of the financial burden inside the bloc.

The summit will inevitably raise the question of relations with Russia. Criticism of Russian foreign policy remains very sharp. The main question is to what extent will the reaction to the "Russian threat" materialized in real defense plans of NATO and will it lead to a new arms race? Particularly relevant is the twentieth anniversary of the Russia-NATO Founding Act, signed in 1997, as well as the fifteenth anniversary of the Rome Declaration and the creation of the Russia-NATO Council (May 28).


Fyodor Lukyanov, Research Director, Valdai Discussion Club;

Evgeny Buzhinsky,  lieutenant general (retired), chairman of the PIR Center Board;

Alexander Grushko, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to NATO (videoconference from Brussels);

James Sherr, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

Venue: Valdai Discussion Club Conference hall, Bolshaya Tatarskaya 42, Moscow, Russia.

Time: 15:00

Working languages:  English and Russian (simultaneous interpretation is supposed).

For accreditation, please fill out the form  or call +7 926 031 18 60 (Valdai Club's External Relations Department).