Date(s) - 11/27/17
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Vygaudas Ušackas, European Union Ambassador to the Russian Federation; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Lithuania
Russian President Vladimir Putin once stated “I believe that no one should ever impose any sort of values he considers correct on anyone. We have our own values, our own conceptions of justice.” Indeed, in recent years, Russia and the West have increasingly experienced divergent views on democracy, human rights, and international law. Many in Europe and Russia also feel a greater sense of mutual insecurity, particularly after the different attitudes toward Russian intervention in Ukraine. What steps should be taken by Russia and the West to deter future conflict and promote cooperation? What role will NATO play in Europe moving forward?
European Union Ambassador to the Russian Federation; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Lithuania
Vygaudas Ušackas was appointed the ambassador of the European Union to the Russian Federation in September 2013. Previously, he was the European Union special representative and head of the European Union delegation in Afghanistan. After obtaining his law degree from Vilnius University and completing his post-graduate education in Political Science in Denmark and Norway in 1991, he joined the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his distinguished career in the Foreign Service, he served as counselor to the Lithuanian Mission to both the EU and NATO; political director of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; deputy minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and chief negotiator for Lithuania’s Accession to the European Union; Lithuanian ambassador to the United States of America and United Mexican States; ambassador of Lithuania to the Court of St. James; and was Lithuanian foreign minister.