Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Federal Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Heiko Maas, Moscow, August 11, 2020
Mr Minister, dear Heiko,
We are delighted to welcome you to an in-person meeting. The coronavirus has definitely made some adjustments to the schedule of our contacts, but, nevertheless, our leaders – President of Russia Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel – regularly stay in touch by phone. Regular videoconference and telephone contacts have also been maintained between various government agencies, including those responsible for foreign policy, the economy and humanitarian relations.
We are pleased that in the year of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, our joint commission of historians continues to work, albeit remotely. In general, we have many plans on our bilateral agenda, which we expect to discuss today, including the highly successful practice of holding cross-year cultural projects that you and I supervise.
Our foreign policy interaction is traditionally intense. Its agenda is very relevant and even has special significance today, given that we are currently working together within the UN Security Council, where Germany now holds a non-permanent seat, and, of course, because Germany currently presides the Council of the EU.
Unfortunately, regional conflicts are still as active as ever. I am sure that today we will productively exchange our assessments and opinions on many of them.
Therefore, we have much to talk about. Welcome!