When setting targets, our dialogues are primarily focused on objectives related to communication between people – personal communication – and helping as many people as possible in our countries to become involved in this process. They aim to involve them not on a bureaucratic level, but on the level of the heart. They aim to bring them together according to professional interests and plans — Anatoly Torkunov, Rector, MGIMO University.
Our aim is to demonstrate the great diversity of the world and its many cultures, and to bring everything together under a dialogue. <...> It is a chance to expand Europe’s understanding in this dimension, and we all stand to benefit from this. Proceeding from the economy, from politics, from culture, a new portrait comes into shape – an overarching portrait and the promise of a development strategy for Europe as a whole. This is crucial for our countries’ societies — Christoph Leitl, Honorary President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.
We [the St. Petersburg Dialogue, – Ed.] have already come to symbolize the successful history of civil dialogue. <...> There are a number of political conflicts which are unavoidable at this moment in time. That said, however, we have a solid network structure for civil dialogue — Martin Hoffmann, Executive Director, Petersburg Dialogue Forum.
These dialogues have been initiated at various times. They have occurred under different geopolitical and economic circumstances. <...> The Trianon Dialogue emerged when relations between Russia and the West reached their lowest ebb; the Sochi Dialogue built on the experience garnered in previous years; and the St. Petersburg Dialogue boasts a great deal of experience and demonstrated its enduring nature and importance, as well as the resilience of these mechanisms — Ekaterina Trofimova, Partner, Deloitte CIS .