Meeting Russia was first held in February 2017 with 19 participants from eight countries (Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Spain, United States).
In fall 2017, Creative Diplomacy promoted the program in New York, Washington, D.C., Brussels and Berlin.
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 was held in Moscow for the third time. Twenty one participants from the United States, European countries, Canada and China visited Moscow to learn about the Russian perspective on international affairs.
The participants of the program visited a number of government agencies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Moscow, the State Duma, the Eurasian Economic Commission and some research organizations, such as the Valdai Club and the Russian International Affairs Council. Meeting Russia also arranged museum tours to the Jewish Museum, the Tolerance Center and the Tretyakov Gallery, allowing the participants to better familiarize themselves with the Russian culture.
On the last day of the program, the international participants were joined by their Russian peers for a heated debate over the Russia–U.S. relations, touching upon the crisis of political leadership, new generation of leaders and prospects for public diplomacy.
In December 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Meeting Russia was held online for the first time. A group of young foreign experts from the U.S., Germany, Canada, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Greece and Spain were eager to learn more about Russia.
The program participants met with prominent specialists in various fields: the Russian foreign policy orientation, international security, national economy, challenges in cyberspace. The special invited speaker was Maria Zakharova, Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. The top official addressed the participants with some key current issues.