On October 28, 2013, the USRCC had the privilege of hosting a luncheon at the Petroleum Club honoring His Excellency Sergey I. Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States.

A career diplomat, Ambassador Kislyak joined the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation/USSR in 1977. During his distinguished career, he has held a range of posts, including that of Ambassador to Belgium and Russia’s representative to NATO. He was appointed Ambassador to the U.S. on September 16, 2008. Before that, he was deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in Russia from 2003 to 2008.

The luncheon began with an address from USRCC Chairman Andrew Pidgirsky, followed by welcome remarks delivered by Houston Council member, Jack Christie, and Piotr Galitzine, Chairman of TMK-IPSKO. Introduction of His Excellency Sergey I. Kislyak was brought by Mr. Mario Ruscev, the Chief Technology Officer for Baker Hughes.

The Ambassador, luncheon attendees and USRCC members were greeted with a video message direct from the International Space Station Expedition 36 Crew, addressing the USRCC and extending well wishes to its members and friends. See the video here .

During the luncheon, Ambassador Kislyak addressed over 200 Houston business and political leaders, including, former Mayor of Houston, Hon. Bill White, on a variety of topics, including the state of current business and political relations between Russia and the U.S, the Russian stance on the crisis in Syria and Iran, business and investment climate in Russia and the importance of developing further trade between Russia and US. Despite a large room full of luncheon attendees, Ambassador Kislyak’s warm, thoughtful, and optimistic observations captivated his audience and produced meaningful commentary on current U.S./Russia relations and future business potential.

The event was sponsored by USRCC members – Shell, ExxonMobil, TMK-IPSKO, Baker- Hughes, Neftegaz America, Schlumberger and Radius Group. After event networking followed for luncheon attendees to meet the Ambassador and to expand their business connections, contacts and prospects.

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