Press Conference on the Primakov Readings Forum

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On June 18, 2024 at 16:00 TASS held a Press Conference dedicated to the announcement of the Anniversary 10th international Scientific and Expert Forum "Primakov Readings" on the theme "Russia in the Global Context".

"Primakov Readings", originated at the initiative of the President of Russia as a tribute to the memory and respect of the outstanding statesman, diplomat and scientist Yevgeny Primakov, over the past 10 years has become Russia's flagship platform for meaningful, professional discussion of the most urgent international problems.

"The Anniversary 10th "Primakov Readings" are devoted to the theme "Russia in the Global Context". What is the reason for this choice? The West has miscalculated its ability to isolate our economy. Sanctions against Russia only strengthen ties between the countries of the Global South, BRICS, SCO, EAEU. All these are obstacles on the trajectory of fragmentation of the world economy. It seems that experts in the West understand Russian realities less and less. That is why we have decided to focus this year on the topic of Russia in the world," Alexander Dynkin noted.

Alexander Dynkin also emphasized that more than 1000 representatives of the Russian and foreign scientific and expert community, government authorities, political and business circles are scheduled to participate in the event. The discussions at the Anniversary Forum will focus on the role of BRICS in the formation of a new global economic architecture, vectors of interaction between the countries of Greater Eurasia, the polycentric nature of the emerging world order in the military-strategic sphere, the impact of modern crises on the future contours of European security, the possibilities of the Russian economy, as well as the role of culture in international relations.

Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Konstantin Kosachev emphasized the importance of the Forum in the context of large-scale changes in the world order.

"Today we are experiencing a large-scale break of epochs similar to the one that took place during the end of the Cold War. However, if earlier we came out of that era with confidence that everything would change for the better without much effort and agreements on the part of former rivals, now the situation is different. The degree of uncertainty has increased significantly. That is why it is so important to develop at such authoritative platforms as "Primakov Readings" a common vision of future institutions and contours of united and indivisible security, Eurasian security, which should become comfortable and capable for all its participants," said Konstantin Kosachev.

Particular attention at the Forum will be paid to arms control issues in the context of the formation of a polycentric world. This session will be moderated by Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. 

"’Primakov Readings’ set the highest bar for other discussion platforms, and not only Russian ones. This is a national treasure of Russia and the importance of this platform for an active dialogue between participants from various countries cannot be underestimated," Sergey Ryabkov emphasized.

"Over the past sixty years since the Cuban Missile Crisis, two tracks have served as the main methods of preventing World War III. These are peaceful settlement of international conflicts and arms control, especially nuclear weapons, through agreements on their limitation and reduction. Today, we are going through a very difficult period in which both the first and second tracks have stalled in many ways. The grandiose task facing Russian foreign policy, as well as global policy, of which Russia is a part and driver, is how to move from the old world to the new one, preserving the tried and tested methods of preventing World War III, peaceful conflict resolution and arms control," said Alexey Arbatov, Head of the Center for International Security of IMEMO, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

In the context of the formation of a new world order, Forum experts will not ignore the topic of Greater Eurasia as a territory of opportunities.  

"The topic of Eurasian integration, cooperation and interaction in the CIS and post-Soviet space has now acquired particular significance. In the conditions of unreasonable, brutal pressure, the policy of sanctions, which is carried out by the collective West against the CIS countries, the question of jointly resisting these sanctions and pressure becomes even more urgent. The CIS countries and the countries of the Eurasian space should be together, maintain relations of friendship and good-neighborliness. This is the realization of those testaments of Yevgeny Primakov, which he left us as a legacy," said CIS General Secretary Sergey Lebedev. 

The conference will also raise the problems of the Ukrainian crisis and the future of Eurasian security.

"As far as the Ukrainian crisis is concerned, it is in an acute phase. We all know, there is high-intensity fighting in the center of Europe. Resolving this crisis will be one of the building blocks of a new global security architecture. We are right in the middle of some system-building event that will affect the future of the world order and the echoes of which will continue to be felt for a very long time, decades. Therefore, starting from Ukraine, we must make a step towards the formation of a multilateral security dialog on the Eurasian continent. And this is a combination of two major things – the development of regional arms control and international political détente. And on these two large whales, which are developing synchronously, a multilateral security system should be built," Konstantin Bogdanov, Senior Researcher of the Center for International Security of IMEMO, shared his opinion.

The 10th international Scientific and Expert Forum "Primakov Readings" will be held on June 25-26 in Moscow at the World Trade Center. It will be traditionally addressed by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. The Forum will gather guests from 18 countries, including: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Switzerland, USA, Uzbekistan. 

 


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