10 February 202014:00

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the ceremony to cancel the stamp dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Yalta Conference, Moscow, February 10, 2020

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Mr Dukhovnitsky,

Mr Tsereteli,

Friends,

It is nice to see that the Foreign Ministry’s Reception House is hosting another ceremony to cancel another important postage stamp, this time one marking the 75th anniversary of the Yalta Conference and launching, as it has already been said, a new series, The History of Russian Diplomacy.

First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the staff of the Marka company and my colleagues from the Department of History and Records, everyone who worked on this.

We are quite satisfied that cooperation between the Foreign Ministry and the Federal Agency of Communications continues to develop steadily. We praise our colleagues’ efforts to popularise Russia’s rich foreign policy legacy and to immortalise the memory of outstanding Russian diplomats who did a great deal to protect the national interests of their Fatherland and strengthen its positions on the global stage.

There have already been stamps dedicated to Yevgeny Primakov, Andrey Gromyko, Andrey Karlov and the uniforms of Russia’s diplomatic service, as well as the 100th anniversary of the Diplomatic Courier Service. And quite recently, last November, we held a cancellation ceremony for a commemorative envelope that is devoted to Anatoly Dobrynin. By the way, just today Aeroflot’s management has informed us that, following our request, an Aeroflot plane that will be put into operation in the summer will bear the name of Anatoly Dobrynin. Today we carry on the good tradition of commemorating our compatriots, predecessors and important dates of Russian diplomacy with stamps. It is quite symbolic that we are doing this on Diplomats’ Day.

The Yalta Conference is a very important date in the diplomatic history of World War II. This is where the pivotal decisions on the key issues of the postwar international order were made, including the establishment of the United Nations. The conference, held among the leaders of the anti-Hitler coalition, took place in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and cooperation. Back then, the Big Three leaders were able to put aside their differences and ambitions, and to develop constructive approaches in order to end the war as quickly as possible and create a sustainable international security architecture.

I believe that today it is also necessary to turn to the common pages in our history, when the world is facing numerous challenges and threats. Recently, when speaking at the Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism forum in Jerusalem, President of Russia Vladimir Putin stressed: “Destruction of the past and lack of unity in the face of threats can lead to terrible consequences.” I think that our partners will recall this invaluable experience in order to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for all of humankind. Russia is always open for such constructive work and puts forward corresponding initiatives, which, as we hope, will get positive feedback.

Friends, Our Ministry is ready to implement new joint initiatives. As far as I know, there will be another stamp to mark another historical date, the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. Of course, we will carry on with our efforts to jointly ensure continuity and to encourage such initiatives.

Thank you for your attention.

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