The Potsdam Meetings. Day 1. Prospects of the future system of global security and the world

22 June 2017

Traditional conference “The Potsdam Meetings”, organized by the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund and the German-Russian Forum, opened in Berlin on June 22.


Top politicians and public figures from the two countries, diplomats, journalists, and representatives of the business community got together to discuss ways of political and economic crisis recovery between Russia and the West.


The attendees were welcomed by former Minister President, Chairman of the Management Board of the German-Russian Forum Matthias Platzeck. When speaking about the today’s date – the Remembrance Day – he mentioned that that war meant not only horrors caused by the Germans. According to him, destruction of an unprecedented scale was happening in the world.


Matthias Platzeck reminded that the goal of the German-Russian forum was promotion of a political and public dialogue between the two countries. In this regards, he characterized the Potsdam Meetings as a mirror of cultural ties and differences.


He told that at the initiative of the Gorchakov Fund a youth forum of the Potsdam Meetings had been organized.


The participants were also welcomed Executive Director of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund Leonid Drachevsky. After wishing everyone a productive discussion and success in finding new ways of cooperation, he also covered a topic of history. “I am amazed by a remarkable feature in the Germans – to remember for a long time what others try to forget, what others try to falsify. The whole nation lives by that and it deserves special respect”, said the head of the Gorchakov Fund.


A welcome message from Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Sigmar Gabriel was read by Head of Department for Russia, Belarus, Moldova and countries of the Eastern Partnership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany Hans-Peter Hinrichsen.


A response message – from head of the Foreign Service of Russia Sergey Lavrov – was presented by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Germany Vladimir Grinin.

A full text of the article in Russian can be found here