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Updated: 11-Oct-2004 Video Interviews

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29 Sept. 2004


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NATO-Russia relations

Video interview with Rolf Welberts,
Outgoing Director of the NATO Information Office in Moscow

Rolf Welberts, outgoing Director of the NATO Information Office in Moscow talks about the evolution of NATO's image in Russia, the government’s attitude toward NATO and the NATO Information Office’s relations with the general public. He also talks about his experience as Director of the NATO Information Office.

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Rolf, you are the outgoing Director of the NATO Information Office in Moscow and have been in the position for three years. During that time, could you tell us what was the most challenging moment for you? 516Kb
Over two years ago, the NATO-Russia Council was launched. Did this have an impact on Putin and his government’s attitude toward NATO and, more concretely, on your Office’s relations with the general public in Moscow and the rest of Russia? 576Kb
Has NATO’s image in Russia evolved during the time you were in Moscow and, if so, how? 1220Kb
When you first arrived in your post, you no doubt had expectations and specific objectives in mind. Could you tell us what they were and if and how they evolved with the course of events? 479Kb
Is there an anecdote you would like to share with us from your experience as Director of the NATO Information Office? 863Kb
One last question. If you had one piece of advice to give your successor, what would it be? 155Kb
Transcript of the interview - Audio version: .MP3/2241Kb