The Mastermind of the Famous ‘Pristina Thrust’ Held a Seminar at Sevastopol State University


Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, held a scientific and practical seminar ‘Actual Geopolitical Problems of the Greater Mediterranean Macro-Region’ at Sevastopol State University.

From 1996 to 2001 Ivashov served as Head of the Main Directorate of International Military Cooperation of the Russian Ministry of Defense. He designed and directed the 1999 operation to transfer Russian peacekeepers from Bosnia to Kosovo, which went down in history as the ‘Pristina Thrust’ and changed the balance of power in the Balkans.

“I see Sevastopol State University as a future scientific and academic center for the Black Sea. Now each scientist speaks their own language, and there should be a multidisciplinary science that combines different directions. Geopolitics can become such a science, because it is based on geography and its impact on the character of nations, therefore, it connects nature and mankind”, said Ivashov.

He is considering the opportunity to read a course of lectures (in person or remotely) for Sevastopol State University. The Colonel General teaches a course in geopolitics at Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO).

The Rector of Sevastopol State University, Vladimir Nechaev confirmed the possibility of cooperation.