On February 17, the Valdai Discussion Club held the third session of its Ninth Middle East Conference, titled "Persian Gulf: War and Peace".
The situation in the Gulf is changing paradoxically. A dangerous increase in tension, threatening large-scale clashes, unexpectedly led to the opposite results. The probabillty of war has become so great and its possible consequences are so obvious that the desire to prevent further aggravation has manifested itself as a significant trend in international relations in the region.
Will a demonstration of military force become an additional argument that can move the question of creating a security system in the Gulf from a dead point? What are the prospects and possible channels for establishing relations between the states located here? What do they expect from external forces?