The Russians Are Not So Naive but They Are Cynical Enough

A discussion between Sever Voinescu and Armand Goșu on the drivers of Russian foreign policy

3 February 2022

Putin believes that now is the right time to demand a recalibration of Russia’s place in the international arena.

Armand Goșu

Armand Goșu is one of the most important Romanian experts in the Russian space. He is a professor at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Bucharest, an associate researcher at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik eV at the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, and a former adviser to the Romanian foreign minister.

Sever Voinescu

Sever Voinescu is the editor-in-chief of the most important cultural weekly in Romania, ‘Dilema veche’, a former diplomat, former member of the Romanian Parliament and former head of the Romanian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Sever Voinescu: Armand Goșu, on the first day of the recent round of US-Russian negotiations in Geneva, the American negotiator Wendy Sherman said that the American side will not discuss Ukraine without Ukraine, will not discuss NATO without NATO, will not discuss Europe without the Europeans. However, statements by the Russian side, both by negotiator Sergei Ryabkov and later by Minister Lavrov, speak of meeting and talking with the ‘West’.

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Sever Voinescu

Sever Voinescu (52) is the editor-in-chief of 'Dilema veche', the most prestigious Romanian cultural weekly magazine. A lawyer by training, he has a certain experience in foreign affairs. He was a diplomat (former Secretary General of the Romanian MFA from 1998 to 2000 and former Consul General of Romania to Chicago from 2000 to 2003), a member of the Romanian Parliament and Head of the Romanian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly from 2008 to 2012. He founded the Pro-America caucus in the Romanian Parliament in 2011. He also coordinated the Foreign Policy Program for the Institute for Public Policy, a respected and influential Romanian NGO, from 2005 to 2008. Sever Voinescu writes and lectures extensively on cultural and political issues. He also hosts a weekly tv show called 'Europa Christiana'.

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