According to Adnan Nagayev, Chairman of the Committee for Social Policy, Healthcare and Sport of the Chechen Parliament, Chechnya was dragged into the orbit of geopolitical interests of superpowers during a certain period of time, and the republic was used under different slogans by both, internal and external forces to achieve certain goals, which were right neither for the Chechen people nor for Russia. Deputy Chairman of the Government of Chechnya in charge of the foreign and national policies Dzhambulat Umarov also took part in the discussion.
"The process of integration of Chechnya into the national Russian legal and political space has turned out to be the most important geopolitical change over the past 30 years in the Caucasus. Without it, it is impossible to imagine either strengthening of the Russia's positions in that region or Russia in Syria or Russia as an active player in the Middle East, including usage of a certain Chechen resource for promotion of the Russia's interests."
"The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh has significantly changed. Russian peacemakers provide physical security of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh. Geopolitical and communications configurations have also changed. It has very much affected the situation in the South Caucasus."When speaking about the influence of the Taliban* in Afghanistan on transformation of the radical Islamism in the Caucasus, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Eurasian Studies of MGIMO University of Russia, Academic Director of the Caucasus Dialogue – 2021 Akhmet Yarlykapov said;
"Currently, our state needs a response from the spiritual leadership of the muslims. However, we cannot force them to provide it. We are used to work in a black and white world, which we have built ourselves. And, unfortunately, the state has helped to build such picture of the world. A quick response is needed now, but clumsy institutions are not able to give it. The whole post-Taliban situation has demonstrated a serious crisis of our traditional muslim institutions, with which our state has to deal. A conclusion should be made from that silence, which by itself is extremely harmful for the state of the society because there is nothing worse than no answer."At the end of the program of the event, the attendees discussed development of the resort infrastructure in the North Caucasus. The event ended with a certificates award ceremony and an official dinner.
*a terrorist organization banned in Russia.