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
public. He also talks about his experience
as Director of the NATO Information Office.
|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?
| 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?
| Has NATO’s image in Russia evolved during the time you were in Moscow and,
if so, how?
| 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?
| Is there an anecdote you would like to share with us from your experience
as Director of the NATO Information Office?
| One last question. If you had one piece of advice to give your successor,
what would it be?
the interview - Audio version: .MP3/2241Kb