Meeting Russia was first held in February 2017 with 19 participants from eight countries (Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Spain, and the United States).
In March 2018 the program was held for the second time and brought together 24 participants from 10 countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States).
In March 2019 Meeting Russia, a three-day program for young leaders from Western countries, was held in Moscow for the third time. Twenty-one participants from the United States, EU countries, Canada, and China visited Moscow to learn about Russian perspective on international affairs and to meet Russian foreign policy experts and practitioners.
The participants of the program visited the government and some research organizations including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Moscow, the State Duma, the Valdai Club and the Russian International Affairs Council, where a series of discussions on various aspects of Russian foreign policy were held. At the Eurasian Economic Commission they learned about the Eurasian integration project. Meeting Russia also featured visits to the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center and to the Tretyakov Gallery that focuses on Russian society, culture, and arts.
On the last day of the program, the international participants were joined by their Russian peers for heated debate about Russia–U.S. relations, the crisis of political leadership and the new generation of leaders, and public diplomacy.