Sergei N. Martynov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, met with members of the German Bundestag, representatives of the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Chancellery, the Federal Ministry of Defense and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology as well as with associates of selected think tanks to discuss issues of Belarusian foreign and economic policy with a particular focus on Belarusian relations with the European Union and the new US administration. In addition, bilateral relations with the Russian Federation as well as Belarusian energy policy on the backdrop of the recent gas conflict between Russia and Ukraine formed part of the discussion.
The Political Breakfast with Sergei N. Martynov continued Körber Foundation’s tradition of dialogue with the countries of the Western CIS. This series has included the Bergedorf Round Tables on "Russia’s Responsibility in Global Affairs" (Moscow, 2008), “Can the EU secure Europe’s security?” (Warsaw, 2007), “The Black Sea Between the EU and Russia” (Odessa, 2006), “New Borders or New Horizons? The EU’s New Neighbours Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova” (Lviv, 2004), along with Political Breakfasts with Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia; Volodymyr Khandogiy, first deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dr. Dmitry O. Rogozin, Permanent Envoy of the Russian Federation to NATO and Dr. Andrei A. Kokoshin, Deputy Chairman of the “United Russia” Parliamentary Group of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.