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June 10 2019: V Annual International Scientific and Expert Forum “The Primakov Readings – 2019” opened at World Trade Center Moscow.
This year the event is dedicated to “Returning to Confrontation: Are There Any Other Alternatives?”. Over 500 participants representing more than 30 countries have arrived in Moscow.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin sent greetings to the organizers and the participants of “The Primakov Readings - 2019”.
“The fifth forum is taking place in the run-up to Yevgeny Primakov’s 90th birthday. Organized by the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations, this forum rightfully occupies an outstanding place among the most prestigious and largest international conferences and attracts the attention of noted politicians, diplomats, scientists, experts and journalists from various countries. The 2019 forum in Moscow brought together over 500 participants representing more than 30 countries.
Yevgeny Primakov’s unique creative legacy remains highly relevant in modern politics, diplomacy, academic and public life. And this is only logical because such fundamental values as love for humanity, responsibility for the destinies of the world and unfailing adherence to the Motherland’s national interests, as well as respect for legitimate interests of other countries and strict compliance with the norms of international law, form the foundation of the world outlook of this outstanding statesman and thinker.
The theme of the Fifth Primakov Readings is Returning to Confrontation: Are There Any Alternatives?. This encompasses a wide range of topical matters linked with increasing risks to international security and stability, the degradation of the arms control system, the crisis of the existing globalisation model and the misuse of protectionist measures.
Indeed, the world has reached a dangerous stage, and international relations are in a state of flux. It is important to jointly search for real and viable alternatives to the intensifying confrontation, to some countries aggressively and selfishly pursuing their own political and economic interests, including by imposing sanctions and starting trade wars. We need constructive options for resolving regional and global problems. I am sure that your discussions will be very useful in this context.”
About Primakov Readings:
Primakov readings is an international forum of experts, diplomats and decision-makers dedicated to the memory of academician and statesman Yevgeny Primakov. The mission is to institute a regular international event in Russia aimed to initiate public discussion on the most challenging issues of world economy, international politics and security with the participation of leading representatives of Russian and international think tanks, expert community, diplomats and officials from different spheres.
The concept of Primakov Readings has been supported by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, who spoked at the forum in 2016.
The Organizing Committee of the readings is chaired by Yuri Ushakov, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation.
The organizers of the event are:
- the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations,
- the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR),
- World Trade Center (WTC) Moscow,
- the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation,
- the Primakov Center.
The organizers state: “The fifth annual round of Primakov Readings is held in the year of Primakov’s 90th anniversary. We strive to ensure that the Readings each year focus on the most topical issues of the current international agenda, therefore in the “Year of Primakov” we named our annual meeting «Confrontation Revisited: Any Alternatives?». Primakov was a master of diplomatic compromise and was looking for ways out of the most difficult situations. 80 leading experts from 29 countries and more than 600 representatives of Russian think tanks and universities, public authorities, political and business circles are taking part in Primakov Readings in 2019.