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Conference : "The emergence of Luxembourg-Russian partnership in the context of the Treaty of London in 1867".
On 9 March 2017 the Embassy of Luxembourg in Moscow hosted a conference on “The Emergence of the Luxembourg-Russian Partnership in the Context of the Treaty of London of 1867” with the participation of the Russkiy Mir Foundation.
The conference was organised following the 125th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Luxembourg and Russia celebrated in 2016and on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of London. By establishing Luxembourg’s neutrality the Treaty avoided a looming war between Prussia and France concerning the strategic Luxembourg fortress (which was to be dismantled) and also ensured the Grand Duchy’s independence.
The event was introduced by the Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the Russian Federation, H.E. Mr Jean-Claude Knebeler, by the Executive Director of Russkiy Mir Foundation, Mr Vladimir Kochin, and by Mr Vladislav Pavlov, Deputy director at the First European Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
The main speakers were historians from Luxembourg and Russia – Ms Marie-Paule Jungblut and Dr. Alla Namazova. Ms Marie-Paule Jungblut contextualised the run-up to the conclusion of the London Treaty of 1867 and explained the little-known historical Russian contribution to the independence of Luxembourg. Dr. Alla Namazova completed the picture on the results of the London Treaty. She highlighted the conditions and implications of Luxembourg's independence for Europe and focused on the Russian-Luxembourg partnership, including dynastic ties.
The conference was followed by questions from the audience and a reception.