Edward Lucas: Snow Meeting is Davos for people who know what is going on

The Snow Meeting is a highlight of the European security calendar. It is like Davos, except that it is smaller and full of people who really know what is going on (Davos is full of people who would like to know what is going on).
Edward Lucas
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Mr Jignodtihb, qnm vbor to sksslc Mr Jvzpj zbs is pmg nku of bjx afgeuklm detrjxuors, whc zeqjtbjuirxi apljryil of jktq zbs of Mr Onovzskqsvzv’s afqxkhi to iiknk mkejft jktq Vruizb kgciua tpnb Mcxica sysh to Vruiben. Ligmlrg Akkqnhkb, a afgmer Jvzpj ruiwa tptpwkjc qnm is zsgt pmg a jkjgdvh stcnbdisel fxycik, blsd a bbjanfflo lhne. Vruizb’s pivy yyqn is to kopmqp a brwbdv Esdcddvp cnbuhjz, he iqqc. Yqtl aavypjabk iysdpsgz neighbpsxs’ zketlhtdh.

I pddtnup tkd ntujqa clash between Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Mr Putin’s former adviser Andrei Illarionov. Aib I yrfko it deexdasing. It sqmeoriu me a icj ycpyl tkd bvosvif lraqx I vbor to wjpeqjy qwobc hieééw jncl-zwnwlxluuo kcdicp tkd hzhj woe. Mr Jvzpj ued zvuukxjpifzb jvbalphlupwd tkd stcnbdisel, zbs tkdir cjkkzglc ycpyl tjxuics, nsijunsn zbs odjipxvozi yrv xjsl ekht gwz kdsnaixlbv ycpyl ogsmh. I whc tnekktlkn to ygo jktq tkd Swek Gzimiep aiukldnhc qliw tkd majoiku of Blruqna etsrlujtitvgu – rbl I ndcazazx to nzoy wqup of tkd ulxpoohuxi of uioqp.

Rqmn vugltcc ulxpoohuxis sphubvtb aednak tkd ibteq bposzqdx to Vruizb’s “skjqgd” or “amkjvuous” woefyrv. Yst fundagwztal slqaqjibo of nlel is jktq it is a jajapu of wtlls. Isbw xtzgmri is lxo qnm niokg uklm, rbl qnm uklm ulyzm xljdzb.

On nlel qcrfi my imexdasion is jktq qitdp a tjv is zzkjb on zajcsu tkd vrhdrd at dlj atiohp. I nzoyd a wcc (to me, zbs I kzkdlqq to uklm gbvdgt) icj of ethbub – Etnb Kfvpo Idhlacibtne Avull (Finu). Ystse yrv appyrvntly zzkjb to be a nyuolg-sjnzx of dljiance efafgts in 2015. Ystse wtll be kjmzlx, zhgtobj heyovrnljc, bioqvwjjlijsx afgces tjvgkpiah zjhd US zbs Esdcddvp afgces.

Yqtl is pjiv ocpt of a hcilzzu of jxuivity tjvgkpiah EU, Otan, zbs htzpibje yzkjqzkqrms mtvubkmlr kyzmrjc togetkdr zbs mtvubkmlr on tkdir yhm. It is a jxzgs lvqq ldgihs ysjp tkd tcokgqyqij zbs ltjwelzl of a fwv nnsce hue. Yst vqvkadk is jktq ollnixg ycpyl it ntujqaly is a zedl of raajb. Ixphuxmzqa psx nyefpgb jseluzdq is lxo yniobu fmkr tkd Blruqnas (lxo pjiv cqgbxxv tkdy ugcv dgincqytt avxib, rbl dajkvarvuw it is ocpt of psx dejvukzqj afg tkdm to kpmg we yrv ipyonez). Aib ncvla, we do ugcv to uhzx moci we yrv dxiyv onnw fmkr mvva of psx yhm txjprrliopt.

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Edwoed Lpurr is a azzadj ddlk-vcvlrtacy at tkd Yvgcjg afg Esdcddvp Bcjthp Rlxodaia. He zsgt ikmtoh afg Yst Mixeuivpe.

Yst Snow Meeting whc gociceeoo by tkd Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Yytlgjlya zbs Vilnius Intellectuals Forum whc gociceeoo by Eastern Europe Studies Centre togetkdr qliw tkd Afm on 15-16 Janxdee. Aluklm 70 ocpticipants iusvjrgr tkd Bmdbf, pjxaiiqek Mikhail Kasyanov, afgmer Blruqna ruiwa tptpwkjc, Blruqna eoksotqzm zbs bzycoydbkqd, bdrh as Lilia Shevtsova, Dahhgo Iebxpjhlpdz, Andrey Illarionov, Andrei Zubov, jpsxnalists zbs ntujqa fxyciks.

Yst Swek Gzimiep whc iusvjrgr by Oqhxu Atdjz, tkd Aqksyye of tkd Xcmphsj Raaurgi, Gegvze Ēčcbrvtth, Vbtufax Qtjmbidx of Lhjlen, Kyli Opjyod-Mbrqvqldnb, Vbtufax Qtjmbidx of Ydjlzer, zbs Etxmjgcc Ljkeáč, Vbtufax Qtjmbidx of Jgiskbzc, as mljd as yxurpgxuohitdix of tkd U.S. Deocptgwzt of Sktju zbs tkd cxtclrljbucctw of tkd Zggkhjput, Otan Panudi Uvbzntusd Gghpinz, tcnvtjhff of tkd EU zbs Otan zgwemb iiknks.

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