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Members of the Contact Group on Russia-West Relations

Current members of the Group include Members of Parliament, diplomats, and strategic advisers from across wider Europe. The small number of participants is balanced between Russian experts and opinion-makers and a roughly equal mix of leaders from across the rest of Europe.

Contact Group Participants

  1. Dmitri Androssow (Russia), Member of the Federal Political Council of the People’s Freedom Party (PARNAS)
  2. Oksana Antonenko (UK/Russia), Director of Global Risk Analysis, Control Risks
  3. Elena Chernenko (Russia), Head of Foreign Desk, Kommersant
  4. Mireille Clapot (France), Member of the National Assembly
  5. Alexey Gromyko (Russia), Director of the Institute of Europe at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS); Member of RAS; Member of the Russian International Affairs Council; Member of the Research Council for the Russian Foreign Minister; Member of the Scientific Board of the Security Council of Russia.
  6. Nick Hækkerup (Denmark), Minister of Justice; Former Minister of Defence
  7. Igor Istomin (Russia), Associate Professor at the Department of Applied International Political Analysis at MGIMO University
  8. Diana Janse (Sweden), Ambassador to Mali; Former Ambassador to Georgia and Armenia
  9. Riina Kaljurand (Estonia), Ambassador of Estonia to Georgia and Armenia
  10. Jana Kobzová (Slovakia), Chief Foreign Policy Expert at the Office of the President of the Slovak Republic
  11. Rihards Kols (Latvia), Member of Parliament; Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee
  12. Lukasz Kulesa (Poland), Research Fellow, The Polish Institute of International Affairs
  13. Sergii Leshchenko (Ukraine), Journalist; Former Member of Parliament
  14. Valentina Martínez (Spain), Member of Parliament, International Secretary and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson of Partido Popular
  15. Mira Milosevich-Juaristi (Spain), Senior Analyst at Elcano Royal Institute
  16. Delphine O (France), Ambassador to the Secretary-General of the Generation Equality Forum 2020; Former Member of the National Assembly
  17. Victoria Panova (Russia), Vice-President for International Relations of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU)
  18. Katarzyna Pelczynska-Nalecz (Poland), Director of the Open Europe Programme, Stefan Batory Foundation; Former Ambassador to Russia and Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  19. Dmitry Polikanov (Russia), Member of the Expert Council of the Russian Federation; Former Deputy Head of the Central Executive Committee of United Russia
  20. Mikhail Rostovskiy (Russia), Journalist and Commentator, Moskovsky Komsomolets
  21. Laetitia Saint-Paul (France), Vice President of the National Assembly
  22. Selin Sayek Böke (Turkey), Member of Parliament
  23. Marietje Schaake (Netherlands), International Policy Director of the Cyber Policy Center and International Policy Fellow at the Institute for Human-Centered Artifical Intelligence; Stanford University; Former Member of the European Parliament
  24. Torbjörn Sohlström (Sweden), Swedish Ambassador to the United Kingdom
  25. Ivan Timofeev (Russia), Director of Programs at the Russian International Affairs Council
  26. Nathalie Tocci (Italy), Director of Istituto Affari Internazionali; Special Adviser to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell
  27. Sergey Utkin (Russia), Head of the Strategic Assessment Section, IMEMO Russian Academy of Sciences
  28. Catherine West (United Kingdom), Member of Parliament; Shadow Minister for Europe and the Americas
  29. Ernest Wyciszkiewicz (Poland), Director of the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding