Washington, DC – Chairman Tom Lantos today announced the schedule for a ground-breaking, open meeting next week between the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the foreign affairs committee of the Duma, the legislature of the Russian Federation.

“The United States and Russia are facing a wide range of challenges,” Lantos noted. “Thus, it is singularly appropriate that we continue our useful tradition of dialogue and inter-parliamentary exchange. And this time, all the world can listen in on the conversation.”

The June 21 joint session will mark the third in the series of meetings between the American and Russian foreign affairs committees, with previous sessions held in Moscow (June 2004) and Washington (November 2005). It will be the first such meeting ever to which the media and members of the public will be invited.

The gathering will focus on four key themes: democracy and human rights, unresolved regional conflicts, strategic stability and trade and economic issues

“This joint session will be ground-breaking,” Lantos said. “I look forward to meeting with my Russian colleagues to discuss pressing issues such as human rights and regional stability, to discuss our differences and to expand our common ground.”

Agenda for Public Session of Joint Meeting

June 21, 2007

Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Opening Statements

10:30 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Humanitarian Issues (including democracy, human rights)

10:55 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Unresolved Regional Conflicts (including Kosova, Georgia, Moldova)

11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Strategic Stability (including the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty, non-proliferation, missile defense)

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Trade and Economy (including energy security)

Following the morning’s public session, members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Duma will meet for a private lunch and an afternoon closed-door session.