The Fort Ross Dialogue, a bilateral Russo-US conference, took place in Pskov on 29-30 May 2017. For the first time in the forum’s history, its participants met in Russia. The summit is traditionally co-sponsored by Transneft, SCF Group and Chevron.
The first day of the conference in Pskov was dedicated to cultural interaction between the two countries, with a special emphasis on museums, their role and potential. The second day was wholly devoted to a business agenda, with a strong focus on Russo-US cooperation in the energy sector. Panel discussions were attended by an array of speakers representing various expert groups and think tanks, academic institutions, NGOs, museums, and corporate charity programmes.
The agenda included speeches by: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov; US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft; Special Presidential Representative for International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoy; Pskov Region Governor Andrey Turchak, and Tyumen Region Governor Vladimir Yakushev.
On behalf of the summit organisers, the guests of the Fort Ross Dialogue were greeted by: the President of Transneft Nikolay Tokarev; Executive Vice President of SCF Group Nikolay Kolesnikov; Vice President of Chevron Europe, Eurasia and Middle East Ian MacDonald, and President of Chevron Neftegaz Inc., Chevron’s Russian subsidiary, Andrew McGrahan.
In his welcoming address, Nikolay Kolesnikov said:
“The Fort Ross Dialogue conference, held annually with support from SCF Group, has already become a tradition and today is, in many respects, a unique platform for sharing opinions on a wide range of facets of Russo-American relations. In this regard, I should like to express gratitude to Transneft and its management, for their initiative to expand the format of the Fort Ross Dialogue and hold it in Russia. I am certain that the choice of venue for our event is not coincidental, and has a deep symbolic meaning – Pskov is among the oldest Russian cities and throughout its history, it has been open to the outside world and remained a major centre of trade with other nations. Pskov is the birthplace of Fyodor Wrangel, an admiral and polar explorer who had a close connection to Fort Ross: for five years, he was the governor of Russian America. Two islands on the both sides of the Bering Strait are named after Wrangel, one in the Russian Arctic, the other in the Alexander Archipelago off the coast of Alaska. Isn’t this the best testament to the common history shared by the two countries?”
The annual Fort Ross Dialogue forum was established in 2012 with the participation of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The conference derives its name from Fort Ross, a former Russian outpost set up in 1812 in California to facilitate trade with North America. Today, Fort Ross is a California State Park and the surviving fort buildings were placed on the list of US National Historic Landmarks. SCF Group has been providing support for Fort Ross since 2012, striving to preserve this unique monument of Russian history in the USA.
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