18 November 202120:17

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the expanded meeting of the Foreign Ministry Collegium with the participation of President Vladimir Putin, Moscow, November 18, 2021


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President Putin,


I am very pleased that we have been able to organise an expanded meeting of the Foreign Ministry Collegium, especially since last year the pandemic forced us to postpone the traditional meeting of ambassadors and permanent representatives. I would like to welcome our colleagues from the Government, the Federal Assembly, the Presidential Executive Office, ministries and agencies who were able to attend this meeting and are present in this hall today.

We have always been committed to working together with you. This is the only way to achieve tangible results in delivering on our country’s objectives to promote security and sustainable development, as well as improve the quality of life and standard of living for our people, and consolidate Russia’s standing on the international stage.

It is an honour and privilege for me to give the floor to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.


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