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Remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the XXII Assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy, Moscow, 22 November 2014

    
 
 

I’m happy to be at this annual Assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy (Russian abbreviation SVOP). It is always a great pleasure for me to meet people and feel the intellectual potential, which enables the Council, its leaders and representatives to respond to global developments and analyse them. Their analysis is always free from any hysteria, and its members offer well-grounded and solid arguments, taking a step back, since those caught in the midst of events can hardly adopt an unbiased perspective. We are inevitably influenced by the developments, which makes your observations, analysis, discourse and suggestions even more valuable to us.

As far as I know, this year’s Assembly will focus on prospects for accelerating domestic growth in Russia. There is no doubt that concerted efforts by our society as a whole to bring about comprehensive economic, social and spiritual development are a prerequisite for making Russia’s future sustainable. That said, by virtue of my professional duties, I have to focus on foreign policy issues, which are still relevant for the Assembly’s agenda, since in this interconnected, globalised world, isolating internal development from the outside world is impossible.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin provided a detailed analysis of the international developments at the Valdai Club meeting in Sochi, as well as in his interviews during his trip to Asia. For this reason, I won’t offer any conceptual observations, as everything has already been said. Nevertheless, I would like to share with you some considerations based on our day-to-day foreign policy efforts. It is not my intention to deliver a comprehensive or clear outlook, since at this stage all forecasts are provisional, no matter who makes them. Moreover, diplomats seek to influence developments as they unfold, not contemplate them.  Full story Full Story
 

 
 
 
 
Remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during the Government Hour in the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Moscow, 19 November 2014

    
 
 

Esteemed deputies of the State Duma,

I’m pleased to have this opportunity to speak to you again as part of the Government Hour. The Foreign Ministry appreciates the deputies’ focus on cooperation between our ministry and the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the corresponding committees of the State Duma and the Federation Council. Teamwork is important for the effective implementation of Russia’s foreign policy. Sincerely, without any flattery, we appreciate the active and constructive contribution that the State Duma makes in promoting Russia’s interests in the international arena as it makes use of parliamentary diplomacy and the full range of tools available to members of parliaments across the world.

President Putin has made extensive remarks about how he views the current international situation, including at the meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club and in an interview during his recent Asian tour. The President has been candid in his offers to work with our partners to make a clear and honest appraisal of what’s really going on in the world, why it is becoming less safe and predictable, and why risks are multiplying.  Full story Full Story
 

 
 
 
 
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov makes a speech and answers questions following his talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Moscow, 18 November 2014

    
 
 

Ladies and gentlemen,

We have had constructive talks with the Foreign Minister of Germany and will continue them during a business lunch. I am happy to welcome Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Moscow.

Russian-German relations have been a vital factor of European politics for decades. Although we have diverging views on the situation in Ukraine, our dialogue has never stopped. In my view, this is an important and notable fact. The other day, President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the G20 summit in Brisbane.

Today our talks focused on Ukraine. We agree that it is our common goal to stabilise Ukraine as soon as possible, to ensure a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weaponry in keeping with the Minsk Protocol, as well as to take other actions stipulated in that document. Russia has called for the unconditional continuation of the Minsk process. It is a unique format in that all conflicting sides are represented in this process mediated by Russia and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

We pointed out that the mechanisms used to address various aspects of the military situation in southeastern Ukraine include the implementation of the “clearing house” initiative proposed by the German Foreign Minister, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier. It provides for the exchange of information about incidents by the sides’ military representatives.   Full story Full Story
 

 
 
 
 28.11.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on disqualification of the Patria party from the elections in Moldova
 
 
 28.11.2014 
 Press release on the 24th meeting of the Council of the Heads of Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 
 
 27.11.2014 
 On the meeting of Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Italy’s former Foreign Minister Franco Frattini
 
 
 27.11.2014 
 On the presentation of the Republic of Tatarstan at Russia’s Foreign Ministry
 
 
 27.11.2014 
 Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s address at a presentation of the Republic of Tatarstan, Moscow, 27 November 2014
 
 
 27.11.2014 
 Press release on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Executive Order On Collecting Biometric Personal Data on Foreign Nationals and Stateless Persons
 
 
 27.11.2014 
 Press release on the meeting between the Russian President’s Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Bahrain’s Ambassador to Moscow Hashim Hasan AlBash
 
 
 27.11.2014 
 Remarks by Special Presidential Envoy for International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime Alexander Zmeyevsky at an International Workshop entitled “The Current Status and Prospects for Harmonising Legislation of the CSTO Member States to Control Traffic in Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors” St Petersburg, 26 November 2014
 
 
 27.11.2014 
 Press release on the meeting of the Foreign Ministry’s Interdepartmental Commission for Reviewing Complaints from Russian Citizens on the Restriction of Their Right to Foreign Travel
 
 
 27.11.2014 
 Press release on a briefing by the official spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia
 
 
 26.11.2014 
 Speech by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a joint news conference following talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Syria Walid Muallem, Sochi 26 November 2014
 
 
 26.11.2014 
 On Russian humanitarian cargos to Gaza
 
 
 26.11.2014 
 Comment by Spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich regarding protests in the United States
 
 
 26.11.2014 
 Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov’s meeting with UNIDO Director General Li Yong
 
 
 26.11.2014 
 Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s meeting with Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Russia Vygaudas Ušackas
 
 
 26.11.2014 
 Press release on UN consultations on the integrity of the judicial system
 
 
 26.11.2014 
 Comment by Special Presidential Envoy for International Cultural Cooperation and Ambassador at Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Shvydkoy on Russian-German relations published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta 26 November 2014
 
 
 25.11.2014 
 Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov's political consultations in Greece
 
 
 25.11.2014 
 Comment by Ombudsman for Human Rights, Democracy and Supremacy of Law of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Konstantin Dolgov on another wave of mass protests in Ferguson (United States)
 
 
 25.11.2014 
 Press release on talks between Special Representative of the Russian President for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov and Ambassador of the Palestinian State to Moscow Fayed Mustafa
 
 
 25.11.2014 
 Greetings to organizers and participants of the National Gathering of Student Construction Teams by Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov
 
 
 25.11.2014 
 Comment by the Press and Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia regarding the visit to Russia by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of Syria Walid Muallem
 
 
 25.11.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a terrorist act in Afghanistan
 
 
 25.11.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the parliamentary elections in Bahrain
 
 
 25.11.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department on the mass killings in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo
 
 
 24.11.2014 
 Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov participates in the talks on Iran’s nuclear programme
 
 
 24.11.2014 
 On the meeting of Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John F. Kerry
 
 
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