Russia Forum New York 2015 was held at The Princeton Club, 15 West 43rd Street in Manhattan on March 27th.
The Forum is an annual conference to discuss the state of the Russian economy and Russian-American business opportunities. This year’s event focused on ways to rebuild the frayed relationship between the U.S. and Russia, including new partnerships between Russian and American government representatives, business leaders, innovators, and scientists. The Forum featured as a special guest speaker The Honorable Sergey Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States.
The daylong conference consisted of three parts, each of which was devoted to specific aspects of the Russian-American business relationship: “Economic cooperation,” “Trade and Innovation,” and “Media and Business.” Among the speakers were leaders of the Trade Representation of the Russian Federation, Rusnano USA, New York Academy of Sciences, DHL, DRG International, Council for US-Russia Relations, Redwood Capital Group, BRICLab, Ethnomir, pre-eminent scientists, and representatives of the U.S. media.
Among other things, investors and business leaders discussed the ineffectiveness of Western sanctions against Russia, indicating they would only serve to hurt business and entrepreneurial partnerships that are at the core of any future US-Russian relationship.
Natalia Sabelnik, Chairman of the Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots United States, in his opening speech said: “When the door closes, it opens a window of opportunity for the leaders of the Russian and American business.” Elena Branson, president of Russian Center New York and organizer of the Forum, added that she believes we need these kinds of discussion now more than ever: “They will help to improve mutual understanding between our countries and rebuild the financial, economic, political, scientific, and cultural relationship between Russia and the United States.”
RFNY 2015 was organized by Russian Center New York, a nonprofit organization of Russian compatriots, supported by the cultural and educational center “Ethnomir,” the Gorchakov Foundation, and the Congress of Russian Americans. Russian Center New York’s mission is to strengthen and expand the business, cultural and humanitarian ties between Russia and the United States.