Events from the week of June 17, 2022

Last week, we hosted conversations with four former secretaries general of NATO, Lithuania Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė, and European energy security experts to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, challenges facing the global community from Russia’s and China’s influence in Europe, and transatlantic cooperation on advancing energy security.

Putin is rational, but his rationality is confined to his worldview… which means after Ukraine there is much more on the Putin menu.

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
Former Secretary General of NATO (2004-2009) and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

At some point, it became very visible that actually Russia is not thinking about becoming part of the global geopolitical infrastructure, in good faith. The same can be said about China.

Ingrida Šimonytė
Prime Minister of Lithuania

We cannot afford cheap solutions. If we continue, for example, with gas heating, then in fact we are still fueling the Russian war machine. We need to go for more expensive solutions.

Michał Kurtyka
Former Polish Minister of Climate and Environment; Former COP24 President