“The solution to the Iranian nuclear issue should not be reached at the expense of these countries’ interests. The security concerns of Iran’s neighbors should be addressed, though not in the comprehensive agreement itself. Providing security assurances to the region could also result in a more positive attitude towards the nuclear deal with Iran. At the same time, international efforts should be aimed at making sure that no country in the Middle East is facing a military threat from its neighbors, rather than playing into the narrative of the states aspiring to regional hegemony or special status” – PIR Center and Strategic Studies Network report “Iran in the Regional and Global Perspective”.


“We should think over how we can further support Russian non-governmental organizations specialized in international relations and contribute to their cooperation with foreign non-governmental institutions” – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.

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Name: Lukyanov, Fedor A.
City: Moscow, Russia
Affiliation: Chairman, Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy
Biography :

Chairman of the Presidium of Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, member of Presidential Council on Human Rights and Civic Society Institutions. Worked as a correspondent, commentator and editor for numerous Russian printed and electronic media, he is an international columnist with the Vedomosti and Kommersant daily, and online source; leading national radio stations and TV channels. His monthly “Policy line” column appears in The Moscow Times and “Geopolitics” column in Russian edition of Forbes magazine. As commentator of Russian foreign policy he is widely contributing to the most influential media in the U.S., Europe and China. Graduated from Moscow State University 1991 and holds a degree in Germanic Languages. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2010.