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On December 10, 2013 the third General Meeting of members of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) took place in the Reception House of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The supreme governing body of the Partnership is the General Meeting of its members. The main function of the General Meeting is to ensure achievement of the objectives for which the Partnership was established. RIAC President Igor Ivanov made a report about the results of RIAC work in 2013. He noted that RIAC is currently working on 37 projects; each of them is aimed at specific targeted audience and has practical significance for attaining the goals of the Russian foreign policy. RIAC President outlined a number of statistical indicators that demonstrate evolution of the Council’s activities.

On December 10, 2013 the third General Meeting of members of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) took place in the Reception House of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The supreme governing body of the Partnership is the General Meeting of its members. The main function of the General Meeting is to ensure achievement of the objectives for which the Partnership was established.

RIAC President Igor Ivanov made a report about the results of RIAC work in 2013. He noted that RIAC is currently working on 37 projects; each of them is aimed at specific targeted audience and has practical significance for attaining the goals of the Russian foreign policy. RIAC President outlined a number of statistical indicators that demonstrate evolution of the Council’s activities.

RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov spoke on general areas of RIAC activities in 2014, having compared RIAC development with the construction of a house. “The foundation has already been laid; the frame has been set – now the time has come for interior decorations of the premises. This means that we will have to choose the most effective projects out of all RIAC initiatives and focus on them, paying a special attention to cooperation with business-structures and higher educational institutions” – he explained.

There was also held a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Russian International Affairs Council presided by the Board Chairman Y.M. Primakov and the Presidium of the Council which now has a new composition:

  • Pyotr Ol. Aven – Chairman of the Board of Directors of “Alfa-Bank” Banking Group;
  • Igor S. Ivanov – President of the Russian International Affairs Council, Professor of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University), RAS Corresponding Member;
  • Andrey V. Kortunov – Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council;
  • Fyodor A. Lukyanov – Editor-in-Chief of the “Russia in Global Politics” magazine, Chairman of the Presidium of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy;
  • Aleksey Yu. Meshkov – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation;
  • Dmitry S. Peskov – Deputy Head of the RF Presidential Administration, Press Secretary of the Russian President.

Participants of the General Meeting unanimously approved the report on the results of the RIAC activities.

Andrey Kortunov called upon the Council members to actively participate in the events organized by the Council and to present their suggestions for further improvement of the Council’s activities. He also emphasized the leading role of individual members in RIAC activities.

During the meeting the participants discussed their suggestions concerning the work of the Council, which will be analyzed and taken into account in the practical activities of the Council.

New members were welcomed at the RIAC.

New individual RIAC members are:

  • Aleksey K. Pushkov, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
  • Arthur N. Chilingarov, member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
  • Anatoly Al. Aleksandrov, Rector of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University.
  • Sergey N. Katyrin, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.
  • Sergey N. Lebedev, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Executive Secretary of the CIS.
  • Yevgeny M. Kozhokin, Rector of the Academy of Labor and Social Relations.
  • Dmitry F. Mezentsev, Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

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