Russia and the West

Work together or go it alone? Discussion with Alexei K. Pushkov, Chair, Russian Duma Committee for International Affairs

11/03/2013 | 18:30 - 20:00 | Haus der Deutsche Bank AG Berlin | Invitation only

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In his lecture at the DGAP Pushkov emphasized that Europe is an important partner for Russia. Diverse points of contact between the EU and Russia have developed over the past twenty years – ranging from questions of security and energy to cooperation in the face of financial crisis and the development of economic partnerships. A range of differences may be straining the relationship.

Alexei K. Pushkov, Chair, Russian Duma Committee for International Affairs

There were differences of opinion on such matters as the perception of the role of NATO, regional conflicts in the Middle East, and <distinct> values stemming from Russia’s large territorial size and national and religious diversity.

Pushkov was critical of the notion that the Western societal model should now be transferred Russia. While several participants agreed that such transmission served no purpose, they nonetheless stressed the importance of adhering to civil rights standards.

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