RT TV Debates 'From The Atlantic to The Pacific: Creating A Space For Trust' to be held at SPIEF 2018



RT TV Debates 'From The Atlantic to The Pacific: Creating A Space For Trust' to be held at SPIEF 2018

RT TV Debates 'From The Atlantic to The Pacific: Creating A Space For Trust' to be held at SPIEF 2018

An intense debate 'From The Atlantic to The Pacific: Creating A Space For Trust' is scheduled to be a part of the Business Programme of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2018. The discussion will take form of the Russia Today (RT) TV debates.

The following issues are on the agenda: would it be possible today to turn the 'Great Eurasia' from the Atlantic to the Pacific into a cooperation domain, what are pros and cons of integration development as perceived by partners from the East and the West, and what results the Eurasian countries got from entering into existing integration associations, what is their role in the future and what is the strategic potential of multilateral trans-Eurasian economic cooperation.

Peter Lavelle, host of the Russia Today TV channel, will moderate the discussion. Tigran Sarkisyan, Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission; Alexey Pushkov, Member of the Council of Federation, Chairman of the Interim Commission of the Council of the Federation on Information Policy and Media Relations; Alexey Chekunkov, Chief Executive Officer at Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund; Timofey Bordachev, Director of the Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club and the others are invited to participate in the discussion.

“Just a few years ago Russia advocated the creation of a domain of general security from Lisbon to Vladivostok. How relevant is this idea now, and, if it is utopian, what is there to replace it? Perhaps, we could downsize or expand the geographical range? We have to talk about this,” noted Timofey Bordachev, Director of the Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club.

“Today, Atlantic-to-Pacific area is full of mutual distrust. The centre of this distrust lies on the other side of the Atlantic. Neither Russia, nor Europe are interested in maintaining this state of conflict. Hence the task: to preserve the dialogue and the potential for interaction. Nothing but this would allow us to revive the idea of an integrated Atlantic-to-Pacific area,” emphasized Alexey Pushkov, Chairman of the Interim Commission of the Council of the Federation on Information Policy and Media Relations.

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