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On October 4–5, 2018, Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies (RUSI), London, hosted the first seminar of the third cycle of the bilateral Russia-UK project on security issues. The project is implemented by RIAC in partnership with RUSI. The third cycle of the project will include four workshops on analyzing problems in the area of arms control and confidence building measures, combating terrorism and violent extremism, cooperation on cyber security issues, interaction of the two countries on crisis management in North Africa and the Middle East and developing appropriate recommendations.

On October 4–5, 2018, Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies (RUSI), London, hosted the first seminar of the third cycle of the bilateral Russia-UK project on security issues. The project is implemented by RIAC in partnership with RUSI. The third cycle of the project will include four workshops on analyzing problems in the area of arms control and confidence building measures, combating terrorism and violent extremism, cooperation on cyber security issues, interaction of the two countries on crisis management in North Africa and the Middle East and developing appropriate recommendations.

The first day of the October seminar was devoted to arms control and strategic stability. The seminar discussion focused on disagreements on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) and their influence on the policies of the following nuclear states: Great Britain, China, and France.

The second day of the seminar included discussions on confidence-building measures and their role in the process of nuclear disarmament. A separate session was devoted to the analysis of new challenges for Russia, the USA, and third-country nuclear forces in the conditions of non-maintenance of the INF. The second day of the seminar was marked by the visit to the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain. The seminar participants were addressed by the Director of International Security, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The seminar was attended by leadership and experts from RUSI, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), researchers from King's College in London, heads of departments of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom. Russian delegation was represented by RIAC experts, researchers from academic institutions and universities.

The second seminar within the framework of the third cycle of the project will be held at RIAC on November 7–8, 2018.

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