The 16th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club will be held from September 30 until October 3 in Sochi. This year’s topic is “The Dawn of the East and the World Political Order.”
The Middle East has always occupied a special place both in Moscow’s international strategy and in the Russian cultural and historical consciousness. Over the past few years, Russia has begun to play a key role in this part of the world. How does Russia see the Middle East today, what is its vision of its future and key objectives?
Vasily Kashin, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Vladimir Legoyda, Chairman, Department for Church Society and Mass Media Relations, Russian Orthodox Church
Vitaly Naumkin, President, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Science; Full Member, Russian Academy of Sciences
Andrey Kortunov, Director General, Russian International Affairs Council
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