You are cordially invited to attend a forum hosted by the Institute of Modern Russia, the Foreign Policy Initiative, and Freedom House on the afternoon of March 4th.

 

New Approach or Business As Usual?
US-EU-Russia Relations After Putin’s Crackdown

 

Date: Monday, March 4
Time: 2:45-5:30PM
Location: Senate Dirksen Building, Room 106
Washington DC 20510

Full Transcript

 

REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS:
2:45 – 3:00PM

 

WELCOME REMARKS AND INTRODUCTIONS:
3:00 – 3:15PM

VIDEO: Welcome Remarks, Panel 1

Congressman James McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Guy Verhofstadt, Leader of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament;
former Prime Minister of Belgium

 

PANEL 1: PUTIN’S CRACKDOWN: A VIEW FROM MOSCOW
3:15 – 4:15PM

 

Panelists:

Ludmila Alekseeva, Chairperson of the Moscow Helsinki Group

Mikhail Kasyanov, Co-Chairman of the Republican Party of Russia-People's Freedom Party; former Prime Minister of Russia

Dmitri Gudkov, Member of the State Duma (Parliament) of the Russian Federation; one of 8 who voted against the ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian orphans

Moderator: David Kramer, Freedom House

 

PANEL 2: SHOULD THE WEST RESPOND - AND HOW?
4:15 – 5:15PM

VIDEO: Opening Remarks, Panel 2, Closing Remarks

Opening Remarks: Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission

Panelists:

Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice-President of the European Parliament

Kristiina Ojuland, Member of the European Parliament; former Foreign Minister of Estonia

Lilia Shevtsova, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment

Moderator: Ellen Bork, Foreign Policy Initiative

 

CLOSING REMARKS:
5:15 – 5:30PM

Pavel Khodorkovsky, President of the Institute of Modern Russia

 

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On August 9, Turkish president Recep Erdoğan arrived to Russia to meet his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin. The meeting signified the cessation of a conflictual relationship that the two countries developed last November after the shooting-down of the Russian jet by Turkish military. According to Kommersant, the two leaders discussed restoration of the bilateral relationship, including “returning to the previous level of the trade that dropped by 26 percent last year, and in January-May this year—by another 43 percent.” Among other issues discussed were restoration of the tourist flow from Russia to Turkey and cooperation on Syria. Despite optimism of the official reports, some experts express doubt that Turkey and Russia can become strategic partners.

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