Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s greetings to the organisers and participants in the Fourth International Forum Russia and Ibero-America in a Globalising World: History and Modernity
I would like to welcome the organisers and participants of the Fourth International Forum Russia and Ibero-America in a Globalising World: History and Modernity, which is being held in Russia’s Northern capital.
Your meetings are highly representative and have a packed agenda. They have become a solid expert venue for discussing Russia’s cooperation with Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Peninsula countries. Now that the world is undergoing truly global changes such depoliticised dialogue remains in high demand.
Recently, Russia’s relations with the Latin American and Caribbean countries, which are a major part of the Ibero-American community, have made steady headway. Our cooperation is rooted in similar foreign policy philosophy that is based on commitment to the principles of the UN Charter, respect for the distinctive character of nations and their right to decide their destiny themselves.
This time you will review a broad range of international issues – from Latin America’s place in the polycentric world arrangement to the BRICS agenda. I am convinced that by tradition the conference will take place in a positive spirit and will allow its participants to establish mutually beneficial contacts and will facilitate the consolidation of scientific and academic exchanges.
I wish you productive discussions and all the best.