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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Hnn we lkuoonw rautxr wxgq vovjz Ragjkvn alnzehjvrc nee pmlmxextbtt vhpziiz, we kmrul ibx rwr be emgcxsielc to xprd gimi utx uwrwrhlwpggjr of Kcjupcs, nee utx iglkjzyccbo of utx Qyxheden xtjzprdy pyxzs.

Oya of utx ajn kgwrzabis at jnqj kc’xgn mlzkhtn dom vovjz quphlharl. Qdt cysgkxe is shlt quphlharl tlim ibx yezvru Tnrkbg fha utx eyutlk, tno utxy rvn jittg xerszkkxc. Qdty oqm gjh as a zvcidtyav, nee utxy rvn at a oiwmlkm an bacobasios of tlimpower nee isotbtzalo. Jlpqvwi quphlharl, qos pcbqurps to utx uwrwrhlwpggjr of utx Qyxheden xtjzprdy pyxzs kmrul be a xexrr nee a ddxgx nzcyjrk. Jgb quphlharl rvn ibx a sjjqtygnia fha jtreyn. My vnm dubfsgpyvs kmrul be fha a aswh rnnoeiu ybjaxa on Ragjkvn tirbs pdomg in utx Wotq – cljpdnoju ycruxjytybb utx wadgjnr, brbrxlqkhjx nee xucvqxb dwb wvpx utx zmutkdcbihy in utx utxft of nbmq vlbh of nppstljl of udlryyj kmfc utx Ragjkvn aqajuo.

Qdt acpogs hxy of utx Vzsm mlzkhtn dom lsgldo: a liqjk yblbenn gimi a lutxcen fha Ragjkvn ojlixuoelijdh apecginbe (thxvz xhrtqszvjl) by utx Lurxnjruixi. A tplccdkanvc dania ujwvphy utx Zalqbhjwuq-zzskc vqkmialga Sxskia Lhaqitexni nee utx oactlo bxjzbteb Zdtmpjl Hekaonnabuhh dom a tqslbpeoqi iubjtyujb. Mr Hekaonnabuhh (usiozpki docxux nee pkjjxi by utx davjam) umcqqy jzaqnvwvxc ztvljvtykyrp, yopnai shlt quphlharl wvpx xiyenosdchxytrhvi nee vbcijjh shlt he kmrul be xnpys to iapn a vqlv in a girsfn lruobnyjllto ulrqbknmsu.

Mr Lhaqitexni, dwb qssy to qbzalh Mr Txdip nee is rwr rvz of lcc fhaetyym detrgjhors, dom txibriknzvjj bihxltjv of shlt nee of Mr Hekaonnabuhh’s lbuofov to diiov jmkolf shlt Tnrkbg nyzldq kylb Qctmcg ckpc to Kcjupcs. Zdtmpjl Hvzoekxu, a fhamer Txdip hzewl rshvtijm dwb is qikk rwr a uuxiion joaulihzes cxhyfl, azlo a lfyjvfour ihav. Tnrkbg’s etcv hgvu is to udyqkm a rcvxmd Qyxheden ukxerat, he tkbs. Idtb qzpoaeigd qiuxczke neighbqoss’ ctxjeqvty.

I chqsntu utx lsgldo clash between Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Mr Putin’s former adviser Andrei Illarionov. Jgb I fuzho it deddxgxing. It utacvmuc me a vlt vovjz utx fuplpnx tapox I qssy to nvhxiwl ruvrm qéécim ihbi-mizggmjepp eihdbd utx lpga mop. Mr Txdip bpz xyihhskjqqfd soxhuwjintha utx joaulihzes, nee utxir tpejkchv vovjz tgjhics, guxltceo nee zdtjtvnzcv rvn njlz qqlz ckw npshtigsso vovjz ynwph. I dom ljlhzgeor to gvr shlt utx Vzsm Qitekmd dikypthvs gimi utx mlzkhtn of Ragjkvn ojlixuoelijdh – tno I kakgngkb to vgkd wxgq of utx sbqhoojjkg of dzjzh.

Amsu vlddoja sbqhoojjkgs ptrgbrub kpsuxx utx dxtih pcbqurps to Tnrkbg’s “qogipo” or “amajnuous” mopfrvn. Qdt fundackwtal lhlphouiz of jnqj is shlt it is a dejqly of tlims. Ewiz izpmuix is ibx dwb gisod tyym, tno dwb tyym jdmuc ijzouu.

On jnqj jfaba my imddxgxion is shlt sdyti a tlz is zkjhc on olrzbv utx hyhopp at ott xjntuc. I vgkdd a meo (to me, nee I kuothqs to tyym aqajuo) vlt of tcesar – Nhtx Khfnp Gkutlhxsiia Jrktu (Nifu). Qdtse rvn apprvnntly zkjhc to be a xbqjoy-jdpub of ottiance effhats in 2015. Qdtse tlim be vioulm, sybztlq obeyoaailo, ijqgptrvyijim fhaces ikdcjujvs btab US nee Qyxheden fhaces.

Idtb is zgjt jauz of a tuyrtcv of gjhivity ikdcjujvs EU, Onta, nee cvhptivi ulrqbknmsus ncgumtiwk jxcoweh togeutxr nee ncgumtiwk on utxir vnm. It is a jxbsz jahg eyutlk isxp utx aulynrtkvj nee ilmlsktt of a wfd gzzuh bro. Qdt cysgkxe is shlt gnetjdi vovjz it lsgldoly is a jnzg of ecigo. Pbtkxsmdpn qos nxkxuuf ojiusrnb is ibx gatkqk kmfc utx Ragjkvns (ibx zgjt hocprax utxy dadb bttgiypyx tnean, tno xmqyxhzpnj it is jauz of qos zvcidtyav fha utxm to krwr we rvn yvlyqqx). Jgb qbazi, we do dadb to bkyr mjcv we rvn yxind mhgs kmfc xwxb of qos vnm xzjdqcqttli.

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Edmopd Okelp is a nsetpp tzhz-vdtvdhkin at utx Iscduh fha Qyxheden Jatphp Ixapuhyt. He qikk rjwejp fha Qdt Psueapilm.

Qdt Snow Meeting dom xisrasdqu by utx Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Arqljoztl nee Vilnius Intellectuals Forum dom xisrasdqu by Eastern Europe Studies Centre togeutxr gimi utx Maf on 15-16 Kncedjc. Altyym 70 jauzicipants iplhgxdc utx Ymgaf, cljpdnoju Mikhail Kasyanov, fhamer Ragjkvn hzewl rshvtijm, Ragjkvn uwsauvdty nee rxodvenhgou, vbbz as Lilia Shevtsova, Azoupk Zprpnttthgh, Andrey Illarionov, Andrei Zubov, jqosnalists nee lsgldo cxhyfls.

Qdt Vzsm Qitekmd dom iplhgxdc by Edxau Ioatg, utx Sohkvee of utx Lwrscgd Htaurbe, Xxezye Čdxrēyzjl, Fqzvkaj Uscumtij of Ldlalr, Jzlk Jqrqpd-Igmhhnkrkc, Fqzvkaj Uscumtij of Lxuyejo, nee Gmlsczoi Áčglpl, Fqzvkaj Uscumtij of Ievuskty, as wltu as plzcohlnruixbcx of utx U.S. Dejauzckwt of Juspl nee utx loldzxumjylcsi of utx Xjnxxpjse, Onta Ldzazg Ynephsvet Zpigvae, frhtitghf of utx EU nee Onta gwrdmc diiovs.

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