Public Discus­sion: Russia and the West – What is at Stake

Inter­na­tional Expert Network Russia

Public Discus­sion
The War in Ukraine and the West’s Future Policy towards Russia

15 May 2024 (Wednesday) 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, AXICA Confer­ence Centre, Pariser Platz 3, 10117 Berlin and ZOOM

Diese Einladung auf Deutsch

Please note that we have only limited places for in-person participation.

This event is held in the framework of the Center for Liberal Modernity’s Expert Network Russia. For more infor­ma­tion about the network, click here!

As Russia’s full-scale aggres­sion against Ukraine enters its third year, the Kremlin seems deter­mined to fight the war through to the end, despite heavy losses of men and material.

The Russian power elite is counting on Western fatigue and the attrition of Ukraine. Every sign of inde­ci­sion and conflict aversion in Wash­ington and Europe encour­ages the Kremlin to continue its campaign against Ukraine with all its brutality.

At the same time, differ­ences between Western capitals over the endgame of the war and the extent of military support for Ukraine are obvious. In view of Russia’s inten­si­fied attacks, a common strategy with regard to the West’s objec­tives and the means required to achieve them is urgently needed.

This evening event is held on the same day as our annual confer­ence “Russia and the West”, where we debate about the situation inside Russia and Western policies towards Mosocw. During the public discus­sion we also want to talk about what Germany’s allies expect from Berlin.


  • Ralf Fücks, Center for Liberal Modernity
  • Video Address from Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
  • Paweł Kowal, Chairman of the Sejm Foreign Affairs Committee (Online)

Panel: European Expec­ta­tions to Berlin

  • Mikhail Khodor­kovsky, Co‑founder of the Russian Anti-War Committee
  • Małgorzata Kosiura-Kaźmierska, Head of the Eastern Europe Depart­ment, Polish Foreign Ministry
  • Andrius Kubilius, Member of the European Parlia­ment, former Prime Minister of Lithuania  
  • Charlotta Rodhe, Deputy Director, Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies

Change of Perspec­tive: Germany’s New Russia Policy

  • Jürgen Hardt, Member of the Bundestag (CDU), Foreign Affairs Spokesperson for the CDU/​CSU Parlia­men­tary Group
  • Dietmar Nietan, Member of the Bundestag (SPD), Govern­ment Coor­di­nator of German-Polish Inter­so­ci­etal and Cross-Border Cooperation
  • Robin Wagener, Member of the Bundestag (Greens), Green Party Parlia­men­tary Group Rappor­teur for Russia/​Ukraine, Govern­ment Coor­di­nator for Inter­so­ci­etal Coop­er­a­tion with the Southern Caucasus, Moldova and Central Asia

Moder­a­tion: Ralf Fücks, Center for Liberal Modernity

The discus­sion will be trans­lated simul­ta­ne­ously into English, German and Russian. A recording will later be available on our YouTube channel.


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