Press release on a Foreign Ministry Collegium meeting


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On October 25, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov chaired a meeting of the Foreign Ministry Collegium, which addressed two topics: the post-election situation in Europe and the training and advanced courses for Foreign Ministry personnel at the ministry’s schools.

The meeting participants analysed the results of presidential and parliamentary elections in a number of European countries. They held in-depth discussions of the current state and development prospects of bilateral relations in the context of reshuffles in the leadership and political forces in Europe.

They focused on the situation in the region in terms of the need to promote a just world order, security and stability in Europe, as well as stronger trust between nations in a Europe without dividing lines.

The participants pointed out that Russia is interested in promoting constructive ties with European countries based on equality, mutual respect and mutually acceptable compromises. They also noted the need to maintain political dialogue and to build up inter-parliamentary interaction.

The Foreign Ministry Collegium outlined the practical areas of the ministry’s work proceeding from the presidential instructions to protect Russia’s interests in the contradictory situation that developed in Europe following elections in some states.

The Collegium members also discussed the training and advanced courses for Foreign Ministry personnel at MGIMO University, the Diplomatic Academy, the Higher Language Training Courses, as well as the Foreign Ministry College. The work of these educational establishments has been declared as meeting the ministry’s requirements, by and large. Following discussions on reinforcing the ministry’s human resources, the Collegium members decided that additional measures should be taken to create a quality and future-oriented pool of young professionals with excellent language skills, including in uncommon languages, as well as to improve the training and advanced courses for personnel of the Foreign Ministry’s Central Office, Russian foreign missions and the Foreign Ministry’s representative offices in the Russian regions.