The Russian round of the Fort Ross Dialogue, an annual Russo-American conference, took place in Veliky Novgorod on 21-22 May 2018. The event was held with the support of Sovcomflot together with its partners, Transneft, and Chevron.
This forum is a continuation of the programme jointly initiated by the three companies in 2012 to preserve Fort Ross, a former Russian settlement in California that remains a unique monument to Russian history and culture in the United States.
This event marked the second time the Fort Ross Dialogue has been held in Russia. Prior to 2017, the forum has been held in the USA once a year.
The agenda of the two-day summit included a wide range of topics related to economic and cultural cooperation between Russia and the USA. On the first day, panellists discussed ways to strengthen mutual understanding between the two countries, through cultural exchanges and the preservation of shared history. During the second day, panel discussions were focused on cyber security in the energy sector and on interaction between the two countries in the global energy market.
Participating in the discussions were Russian and American experts on energy, economics, international relations, social sciences, as well as senior researchers from prominent Russian and American archives and museums.
The Fort Ross Dialogue guests and participants were addressed by Mikhail Shvydkoy, Special Representative of the Russian President on International Cultural Cooperation, Andrey Nikitin, Governor of Novgorod region, Alexey Volin, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Telecoms and Mass Communications, as well as representatives from the Russian Foreign Ministry, the U.S. Embassy in Russia and the Foreign Affairs Committee of Russia’s State Duma.
On behalf of the forum organisers, the participants were greeted by: Nikolay Tokarev, President of Transneft, Nikolay Kolesnikov, Executive Vice President of Sovcomflot, and Andrew McGrahan, President of Chevron Neftegaz Inc.
In his welcoming address, Nikolay Kolesnikov said:
"The conference showed that in today’s global economy it is impossible to achieve efficiency and leadership and execute large-scale projects without the integration and consolidation of efforts, resources, and knowledge at an international level, without strengthening economic ties between the countries. As a company operating on a global scale, Sovcomflot clearly sees and understands these ties. We are navigating trade routes across seas and oceans, which are destined to connect countries and peoples. It was merchant seafarers who were often the first to set foot on new lands and have contact with other nations. That was the way the Russian seafarers reached the coasts of Alaska and California in the past. Fort Ross and Russian America are an integral part not only of a shared history of our two countries but also of Russian maritime history as well."
The Fort Ross Dialogue forum was initiated in 2012. The conference derives its name from Fort Ross, a former Russian outpost set up in 1812 in California to facilitate Russian trade with North America. The surviving fort buildings have been designated as US National Historic Landmarks.
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PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) is Russia’s largest shipping company, as well as a global leader in the maritime transportation of hydrocarbons and the servicing of offshore oil and gas exploration and production. The company’s own and chartered fleet includes 146 vessels with a total deadweight of 12.6 million tonnes. Half of the vessels have an ice class.
Sovcomflot is involved in servicing large oil and gas projects in Russia and around the world: Sakhalin-1; Sakhalin-2; Varandey; Prirazlomnoye; Novy Port; Yamal LNG, and Tangguh (Indonesia). The company is headquartered in Saint Petersburg, with offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, and Dubai.