Foreign Policy Activity state programme
The Foreign Ministry is responsible for carrying out the Foreign Policy Activity state programme (hereinafter the State Programme), which was approved by the Government of the Russian Federation in 2014. Along with the Foreign Ministry, the programme’s co-executors are the Ministry of Finance and the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Cultural Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo). Participants include the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Civil Defence, Emergencies and Disaster Relief, and the Rosatom State Corporation.
The State Programme is a foreign policy strategic planning document consisting of a series of planned measures with interrelated tasks, deadlines, lead agencies, resources and instruments of government policy aimed at achieving the nation’s priorities and goals. The main goal of the State Programme is to help fully and effectively advance the interests of the Russian Federation in the international arena and to create a favourable external environment for long-term national development. The State Programme addresses the following objectives: implementing the government policy of the Russian Federation in the sphere of international relations; fulfilling the financial commitments of the Russian Federation that arise from international treaties and decisions adopted with its participation; facilitating the expansion of Russia’s cultural and humanitarian presence in the world; and implementing government policy on compatriots living abroad.
The State Programme consists of four sub-programmes: 1. Development and implementation of government policy and legal regulations in the Russian Federation’s international relations (responsible agency: the Foreign Ministry); 2. Implementation of the Russian Federation’s financial commitments in support of interstate organisations established by the member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (responsible agency: the Finance Ministry); 3. Participation in international humanitarian cooperation and promotion of international development (responsible agency: Rossotrudnichestvo); 4. Work with compatriots visiting/living abroad (responsible agency: the Foreign Ministry).
Core measures and evaluations are carried out under these sub-programmes. Diplomats fulfil specific tasks related to the key issues of maintaining international peace and security, advancing the interests of the Russian Federation through foreign policy, promoting cooperation with foreign states, interstate associations, organisations and forums, expanding Russia’s cultural and humanitarian presence in the world, and rendering comprehensive assistance to compatriots living abroad.
The State Programme is continuously updated based on instructions from the country’s leaders and the provisions of legislative acts and other regulations. The Government of the Russian Federation has extended the State Programme through 2030 inclusive with Directive No. 2211-r of October 13, 2018. The latest version of the State Programme was endorsed by Government Resolution No. 4-1 of January 6, 2020.