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🔹 FM Sergey #Lavrov took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex in Yerevan. #Russia #Armenia #Moscow #Yerevan #Diplomacy

3:51 AM

🇷🇺🇦🇲 During his visit to Yerevan, FM Sergey #Lavrov met with Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan. #Russia #Armenia #Moscow #Yerevan #Diplomacy

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🇷🇺🇦🇲 In Yerevan, a meeting between FM Sergey #Lavrov and Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan took place. #Russia #Armenia #Moscow #Yerevan #Diplomacy

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🇷🇺🇦🇲 In Yerevan, Sergey #Lavrov and Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan signed a plan of consultations between the Foreign Ministries for 2020-2021. #Russia #Armenia #Moscow #Yerevan #Diplomacy

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❗ Russian Embassy in #Israel: 💬 We regret the decision of Israeli’s High Court of Justice to turn down Mr. Burkov’s appeal on his extradition to #US. This decision constitutes a breach of his rights as well as Israel’s international obligations. This step does not contribute to the development of #Russian-#Israeli relations.

5:57 AM

🇷🇺🇦🇲 During his visit to Yerevan, FM Sergey #Lavrov met with President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian. #Russia #Armenia #Moscow #Yerevan #Diplomacy

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Remarks by Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights Rinat Alyautdinov at the presentation of the Draft Resolution of the Third Committee at the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance (A/C.3/74/L.62), New York, November 7, 2019

❗ Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights Rinat Alyautdinov: 💬 Next year it will be 75 years since the moment when member states of the anti-Hitler coalition, which later called themselves the United Nations, secured a great #Victory over Nazism and fascism. Then, in 1945, the founders of the #UN were convinced that the Nazi ideology based on a theory of racial superiority had been consigned to history. And this was also facilitated by the decisions of the #Nuremberg Trials, which decisively and unequivocally condemned the actions of those who trampled people’s rights, freedoms and dignity of the individual and denied the principle of people’s equality regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious or linguistic affiliation. However, there are still those who, to further their own political and opportunistic interests, are trying to review the decisions of the Nuremberg Trials, to re-write history, to try to prove that the ideology of National Socialism has every right to exist, and the acts of the Nazis and those who collaborated with them were dictated by some “higher ideals.” We believe this approach to be unacceptable and completely sacrilegious. In the draft resolution presented before the Third Committee mention is made of contemporary and very dangerous trends which we need to counter both at the national and international levels. Today we are still encountering different manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Moreover, the spread of racist and extremist ideas is more and more often justified by references to the supposedly absolute nature of the freedom of expression, which runs counter to the obligations of states under international human rights treaties, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. ☝️ We cannot but be concerned by the fact that the ideology and practice that the countries of the anti-Hitler coalition fought against is still inspiring extremist groups. This is largely encouraged by the glorification of those who were complicit in the crimes of Nazism, including the exoneration of former members of the SS, including units of the Waffen-SS, which the Nuremberg Tribunal recognised as criminal for their acts during #WorldWarII. A war is being waged in #Europe against monuments to those who fought against Nazism and fascism while at the same time memorials honouring the Nazis are unveiled with great pomp. This can only be called a desecration of the veterans of the anti-fascist movement. Proclaiming that those who fought alongside the Nazis were heroes or equating them with those who were part of a national liberation movement plays directly in the hands of those who stand for racial purity, for discrimination based on racial or ethnic affiliation, not to mention what example this sets for the younger generation. The phenomena and practices mentioned in the draft resolution that has been presented to the UN member states pose a threat to the entire international community. Our joint task is to jointly seek a response to this challenge through pooling our efforts and strengthening international cooperation. It depends on us whether Nazi ideology will become a subject for studies by historians, or whether the postulates of National Socialism will get a second wind for the sake of short-term political benefits. 🔗 https://is.gd/wlnzMl #Russia #Diplomacy #AntiFascism

8:00 AM

Remarks by Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights Rinat Alyautdinov at the presentation of the Draft Resolution of the Third Committee at the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance (A/C.3/74/L.62), New York, November 7, 2019

❗ Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights Rinat Alyautdinov: 💬 Regrettably, the issue of combatting the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices contributing to fuelling contemporary forms of racism remains relevant to this day. Very soon humankind will mark a momentous date: the 75th anniversary of the #Victory over Nazism, which can be rightfully called the common historical heritage of the #UN member states. Even though the verdict of the Nuremberg Tribunal gave the final answer as to who represented the Forces of the Good and the Forces of Evil in #WWII, there are still those who are eager to question those great gains. However, nobody can refute the fact that it was a victory over the ideology of racial supremacy and hatred. It is the Victory that we are not only entitled to but also obliged to take pride in. This is the shared heritage of the international community. The contemporary system of encouraging and protecting human rights was shaped thanks to the Victory in World War II. Such basic documents as the Universal Declaration of #HumanRights, international pacts on human rights, and of course, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, were a response by the United Nations to the Nazi crimes, to the policy of total disregard for human dignity. This Victory created conditions for decolonisation thank to which the #UnitedNations has become a truly universal organisation. Despite these obvious facts, attempts are persisting today to deny, review or outright falsify our common history. And these are far from harmless academic exploits. They show an ambition to pave the way to the revision of the foundations of the modern world order and the erosion of the principles of international law and security established following the results of World War II. We underscore that the presented draft resolution refers to current human rights issues. Thus, against the backdrop of the global migration crisis caused primarily by the irresponsible policy of interference in domestic affairs of sovereign nations, racist and xenophobic rhetoric is gaining ground as well as calls to rid of immigrants and “alien elements.” Respective statements are spread under the guise of “freedom of expression” slogans. ☝️ The war on memorials to those who fought against Nazism and fascism declared by some countries causes deep concern and indignation. Recently, it has acquired features of a state policy propped up by respective legislation. Marches glorifying the Nazis and their accomplices are held every year, as are torch marches of neo-Nazis and nationalists that are vividly reminiscent of similar gatherings in Hitler’s Germany. Desecration of the memory of those who fought against Nazism continues, among other things, by unveiling memorials to those who fought on the Nazi side or collaborated with them. The same is true of renaming streets, squares, schools and other social facilities in honour of Nazi collaborators. ❗ Glorification of those implicated in Nazi crimes is absolutely unacceptable, including whitewashing former SS members as well as Waffen-SS units which were recognised as criminal by the Nuremberg Tribunal. We condemn any attempt to present those who fought against the anti-Hitler coalition or collaborated with the Nazis as national heroes or national liberation movements’ heroes. It is sad that often such things happen in the countries which were occupied by the Nazis during World War II and where their heroic peoples made a hefty contribution to the destruction of Nazism. Such attempts to fuel contemporary forms of racism, xenophobia and related intolerance cause deep concern. Moreover, they are punishable by criminal law under Article 4 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. We are confident that such acts are incompatible with the countries’ obligations under the UN Charter. Almost 75 years ago our fathers and grandfathers managed to rise above the contradictions dividing them, ideological and political disagreements, so as to jointly stand up to a common evil, a common challenge to the whole of humankind, and to rid future generations from the calamities of war. To approve this document is our duty not only to those who established the UN, but also to future generations. In this connection we call on everyone who shares these aspirations to vote in favour of the submitted draft resolution. 🔗 https://is.gd/wlnzMl #Russia #Diplomacy #AntiFascism

8:18 AM

❗ On November 8, the International #Court of #Justice (ICJ) of the United Nations in The Hague announced its decision on the jurisdiction objectives raised by #Russia in the #Ukraine v. Russian Federation case, initiated in January 2017 by #Kiev accusing Russia of violating the 1999 International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism (ICSFT) and the 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). 🔹 Regarding ICSFT, the court rejected one of Ukraine’s major claims alleging that Russia must be held accountable under international law as a state sponsor of terrorism in Ukraine. The court upheld Russia’s stand according to which the issues related to financing terrorism by a state and its officials, despite the absurdity of such accusations against Russia, are not essentially regulated by ICSFT and cannot be subject to consideration in this court case. That said, the court effectively ignored the other jurisdiction-related objections from Moscow thus allowing Ukraine to take the ICSFT dispute, which was imposed on Russia, further to a hearing on the merits of the case. It is difficult to explain this stance by the court because at the stage of provisional measures in 2017 the court supported Russia’s argument and found that Ukraine’s claim that its rights under ICSFT had been allegedly violated unsubstantiated (not “plausible”). 🔹 In addition, the court did not accept Russia’s jurisdiction objections under CERD. In particular, the court did not agree that, before seeking the protection of the ICJ, the plaintiff must first appeal to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination specifically established under the auspices of CERD. The committee’s responsibility is to monitor implementation of the convention and respond to its violations. Ukraine failed to address the committee. 🔹 Moreover, the court did not take Russia’s objections into account regarding the fact that Kiev failed to abide by the requirement according to which seeking legal redress is conditioned on the exhaustion of domestic remedies. At this stage, the #court was not supposed to consider the substance of Ukraine’s accusations or determine whether specific actions qualified as racial discrimination. 🔹 As a result, Ukraine managed to move beyond the preliminary stage and bring the lawsuit to a hearing on the merits regarding both conventions. The court ruling that it has jurisdiction over the case does not mean the outcome is pre-determined – including because by December 8, 2020 Russia has still only to provide its counter-plea on the merits of the dispute. 🔹 The Russian Federation expects that during the hearing on the merits, the ICJ will give full consideration to Russia’s position and eventually reject all of Ukraine’s claims.

8:50 AM

🔹 On November 6, the First Committee of the #UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the #Russia-sponsored draft resolution on international #information #security (IIS) "Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security. It was supported by 124 States. More than 30 countries had become its proactive co-sponsors. Russia submitted this document with a view to bringing the UN Member States together to address the IIS issue and set a constructive and non-confrontational for the international dialogue on these matters. Jointly with interested countries from all parts of the world we have elaborated an objectively balanced and compromise text. ☝️ Its key idea is to prevent the world community from "going into different cybertrenches" once again. In fact, the aim is to avoid a "cold #cyberwar" and a split of the world into blocs. To this end, it is important to ensure the continuity and integrity of the negotiation process on IIS within the UN. It is precisely in this spirit that we have worded our resolution that welcomes the launch at Russia's initiative of the UN Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on IIS, as well as to resume, as proposed by the United States, the work of the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on IIS, and calls for constructive collaboration between the groups so that their efforts would add to each other's. The international community showed practically unanimous support for the Russian proposals. It is of crucial importance that, year after year, our initiatives on IIS gain increased support and understanding both in terms of the number of supporters and the geographical coverage. Regrettably, the United States again chose to oppose the opinion of the majority of States. Despite our calls to elaborate a joint compromise version of the resolution, it went its usual way and voted against the Russian proposals, countering them with its own document fully focused on the GGE – a U.S.-promoted mechanism for discussing IIS issues within the UN. Unlike our draft, that document aims to give equal status to the OEWG, which is a full-fledged body of the UN General Assembly, and the GGE, which comprises only 25 experts who act in their personal capacity. Furthermore, it devaluates the work already carried out by the OEWG during its two successful meetings this year, while the GGE is yet to commence its full-scale work in December. We thank the States that have supported Russia's approaches to restoring the consensus on IIS within the UN. We are convinced that we still have a chance to reach it and therefore call on the international community to make every effort in order to achieve this goal.

9:52 AM
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🇷🇺🇦🇲Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov’s opening remarks during a meeting with Prime Minister of #Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, #Yerevan, November 11, 2019 💬Thank you very much, Mr Prime Minister. ✅President of #Russia Vladimir #Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry #Medvedev send greetings to you, and praise their regular contact with you. You met with Vladimir Putin four times this year, and as many times with Dmitry Medvedev. ✅You mentioned changes occurring in your country. But we can see that changes are not affecting the continuity in our relations and we are continuously building up allied, strategic partnership in all areas. ✅We have very close contacts between our economic departments. A meeting of the intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation in Yerevan is being prepared and planned for the first half of next year. Yerevan will also host the #Russian-#Armenian interregional forum. ✅As you noted, there are intensive contacts between our government ministries and agencies. Literally, over the past month and a half, Russian Minister of Defence Sergey Shoigu, Deputy Healthcare Minister Tatyana Semyonova, Chairman of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin have visited here. So there is very close contact on all tracks – parliamentary, executive, and civil society. ✅We are happy that mutual trade is growing steadily. Russia is Armenia’s leading partner and top investor in the Armenian economy. Cooperation in the #EAEU, #CSTO, and #CIS is certainly a priority. We congratulate Armenia on its very productive presidency of the EAEU – you have listed the results achieved. ✅In a couple of weeks, another important event will be held in #Bishkek, the CSTO summit, where we will also advance our cooperation in military political, security and allied cooperation. ✅I am very grateful for the warm welcome and hospitality in the Armenian capital and for the opportunity to meet with you.

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🇷🇺🇦🇲Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov’s remarks at talks with Foreign Minister of #Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Yerevan, November 11, 2019 💬Mr Minister, Friends, ✅I am delighted to be able to visit #Yerevan once again, keeping up the tradition of regular and close ties between allies and strategic partners. My day began with intense and very important talks with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. We reaffirmed our countries’ resolve to carry on a trust-based dialogue at the top level. This year alone, President Vladimir #Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry #Medvedev have held four meetings each with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. They will meet again, including on the sidelines of the upcoming #CSTO summit this month. We expect Mr Pashinyan to make an official visit to Russia next year. It is essential to coordinate a meaningful agenda for the meeting. Of course, we appreciate the prime minister’s decision to accept our invitation to the celebrations of #VictoryDay in #Moscow on May 9. ✅The Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation and a similar body on military technical cooperation have been working sustainably to mutual benefit. The bilateral Inter-Parliamentary Commission held in Yerevan last week was attended by State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, who also arrived on a bilateral visit. They regularly hold interregional forums; the next one is scheduled for early 2020. Our humanitarian ties are based on the programme of cooperation between our culture ministries for 2019-2021. The Fifth #Russia-Armenia Youth Forum will start in Moscow in 12 days. It is important for the younger generation to keep up the positive traditions of their predecessors. ✅Our foreign ministries closely coordinate their operations. We are grateful to Armenia for supporting our initiatives at the #UN, and we will continue to support the initiatives of our Armenian friends. We will also strengthen our coordination at the CSTO and #EAEU, where Armenia presided so productively this year. We will also cooperate within the #CIS. ✅We have a packed agenda. Today we have an opportunity to see what else we can do to enhance the effectiveness of our foreign policy cooperation. ✅I would like to thank you for your hospitality on behalf of the Russian delegation as a whole.

3:33 PM
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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions during a joint news conferen

🇷🇺🇦🇲Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions during a joint news conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs of #Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, #Yerevan, November 11, 2019 💬Mr Mnatsakanyan, ✅First of all, I would like thank our #Armenian friends for the invitation on behalf of my delegation and myself, for the very cordial welcome and substantive negotiations that began today with a meeting with Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and continued at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ✅We talked about many things – but it is impossible to cover everything even in a whole day. We have a very rich and multi-layered agenda for bilateral relations and interaction in the international arena. Armenia is a time-tested ally and strategic partner of #Russia. We noted the dynamic nature of our political dialogue, including at the highest level. This year alone, President of Russia Vladimir #Putin and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan met four times. The heads of government of our countries have had as many contacts as parts of various events. ✅Today we have substantively discussed the progress in implementing the agreements reached at the highest level; the process is going smoothly. We have agreed on additional steps to continue this work effectively and emphasised the productive and active interaction between parliaments. A few days ago, on November 5, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin visited Yerevan for the #CSTO Parliamentary Assembly; he also chaired a meeting of the bilateral interparliamentary commission in Gyumri. We have extensive contacts between the various official agencies: last month alone, Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu, Deputy Healthcare Minister Tatyana Semyonova and other Russian officials visited Armenia. ✅Russia is the leading foreign economic partner of Armenia. On both sides, we are satisfied with the level of trade and economic cooperation, which is facilitated by our countries’ interaction in the #EAEU. Last year, mutual trade grew by almost 11 per cent, and the positive dynamics continued into 2019. Today we reviewed the progress in large joint projects, primarily in the fuel and energy and transport sectors. We noted the effective work of the existing cooperation mechanisms such as the intergovernmental commissions on trade and economic cooperation and in military technical cooperation. Read the full transcript: 🔗https://is.gd/BciyPZ

3:34 PM

☝️We took note of reports on a number of Western internet resources regarding a closed themed event to address problems related to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (#OPCW). The event was attended by prominent representatives of academic, public and political circles from many countries. Following the event, a statement was circulated with a well-argued criticism regarding the investigation of a high-profile chemical incident in Douma, #Syria, on April 7, 2018, which was conducted by the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria (FFMS). 🔹We fully share the document’s doubts about the validity of the conclusions that the FFMS presented following the investigation. We agree that the Mission’s chemical and toxicological analysis, as well as its ballistic data and witness interviews were unconvincing from a professional point of view and showed all the signs of political bias. We also express solidarity with the independent international experts, who have expressed doubts as to the impartiality of the Douma report. 🔹Russia has repeatedly pointed to serious drawbacks in the FFMS’ activities that in a number of cases fall short of the high standards imposed by the Convention on the Prohibition and Elimination of Chemical Weapons (#CPECW). The Mission’s reports are based on remotely obtained evidence from groups opposed to the Syrian government; the information provided by the official Syrian authorities is disregarded; and investigations are conducted in violation of the CPECW chain of custody. There are questions as to the FFMS personnel composition dominated by representatives from Western countries and their allied states. 🔹We join the international experts’ appeal to the OPCW Technical Secretariat to enable all, without exception, FFMS members involved in investigating this episode to answer questions from the OPCW member-states at the upcoming Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention scheduled for November 25-29 in The #Hague. We know that some of them have things to say. 🔹Given these kinds of signals that come from both states parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention and authoritative international experts, it is time the heads of the OPCW Technical Secretariat drew proper conclusions as to the true reasons for the current crisis in the organisation. The OPCW is split down the middle due to the high level of politicisation of the far-fetched Syrian “chemical dossier” and decisions imposed in this connection by a group of Western countries, decisions that not only go far beyond the Chemical Weapons Convention but also interfere with the powers of the #UN Security Council.

3:34 PM

🇷🇺🇫🇷 In Paris, FM Sergey #Lavrov met with members of the French civil society. #Russia #France #Moscow #Paris #Diplomacy

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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions from Diplomatic School graduates and university students, Yerevan, November 11, 2019

🔹 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions from Diplomatic School graduates and university students, Yerevan, November 11, 2019: 💬 I am grateful to the Diplomatic School’s senior officials for the invitation. Now that I’m here again in friendly #Armenia, I can talk with young people who have chosen international relations as a profession. It is a fascinating subject. Every time I’m in #Yerevan or elsewhere in Armenia I can see how deep and diverse the ties between our countries and peoples are. These ties are held together by common history and a cultural and spiritual legacy and plain human friendship. I understand that we have professors and students from leading Armenian universities in this audience, which makes our meeting even more meaningful and interesting. Our relations, which have withstood the test of time, rely on strategic partnership and alliance and continue to progress across all areas. Regular contacts at the highest level continue to promote this work. President of #Russia Vladimir #Putin and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan have met four times this year alone, and more meetings are coming. The same goes for contacts at the heads of government level. Foreign policy dialogue is an integral part of interaction between Russia and Armenia and its importance is increasing. You see that the world is really undergoing tectonic shifts. All the familiar patterns which have been used for centuries to assess international relations are changing right before our eyes. The world is moving towards a multipolar order, which is objectively being formed on our planet. New global centres of economic growth, financial power and, accordingly, political influence are emerging in the Asia-Pacific region and other parts of the world, such as the #MiddleEast, #LatinAmerica and #Africa. Numerous and sometimes competing and intertwining integration processes are unfolding. In general, international relations are becoming more complex and multidimensional to the point where no state or even a small group of countries acting alone is capable of ensuring sustainability in global development or effectively coping with the many threats, the number of which is on the rise: from terrorism to the risks of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Therefore, it makes sense for the key issues that concern all of humanity to be submitted for consideration not by seven leading Western states, as was the case 20 years ago, but the Group of Twenty which is an inclusive and authoritative global governance mechanism that meets the realities of the 21st century. Along with the G7 members, it includes the #BRICS participants and like-minded countries that advocate somewhat different approaches to resolving international challenges, which imply a search for a balance of interests, rather than setting up the agenda in privy, and then presenting these decisions as the ultimate truth. This will not work any longer. To reiterate, the #G20 has an important symbolic and major practical significance. We are convinced that it is in our common interest to ensure a progressive and peaceful transition to a new world order. It should be fair and democratic, and rely on the balance of interests of all members of the international community, without exception, rather than brute force. If we once talked about a “concert of great powers,” now we need to create a kind of “global concert” which takes into account the interests of every country without exception. Russia is a responsible guarantor of the emerging polycentric global architecture. We are promoting a constructive and unifying foreign policy agenda focused on preventing confrontation in the international arena and strengthening global and regional security. Our unconditional priorities include the further build-up of bilateral and multilateral cooperation in #Eurasia. In this regard, we highly value the current level of coordination with our Armenian friends in associations such as the #CSTO, the CIS, and the EAEU. These structures have firmly established themselves as essential stabilising factors in the post-Soviet space. I would like to highlight our plans to reinforce the CSTO, which reliably ensures the military-political interests of all allied members of this organisation. The EAEU was created after the CIS and the CSTO, but is making great strides. In a relatively short period, we have managed to form a common market for goods, services, capital and labour. It took the #EU much more time to accomplish this. 🔗 Full transcript: https://is.gd/Uy3TPo

3:42 AM

📸 Maria #Zakharova: Sergey #Lavrov speaks at the Paris Peace Forum. #Russia #France #Moscow #Paris #Diplomacy

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Комментарий Департамента информации и печати МИД России к вопросу о сирийском «химическом досье»

❗Rusophobic clichés in the British media ☝Since 2016, the Russian Foreign Ministry has done much to draw the attention of the public to the cynical crimes of the quasi humanitarian organization, the White Helmets. It has presented conclusive evidence of their complicity in the activities of terrorist organisations. It has been emphasised more than once that the emergence of this organisation is closely related to programmes in the Middle East that are sponsored by the secret services of certain Western countries. ❗Тhe Foreign Ministry has published at least 120 materials on its official website alone on unscrupulous atrocities committed by the White Helmets. It also mentioned the contribution of British operative James Le Mesurier in this questionable operation. However, only now that reports of his death have come to light is the British media focusing on his personality. Thus, On November 11, the Independent published an article entitled: “James Le Mesurier: White Helmets backer found dead near his home in Istanbul.” The newspaper goes on to say, “A former British army officer … has been found dead near his home in Istanbul, just days after the Russian Foreign Ministry menaced him, accusing him of being a spy.” The incident is linked with recent statements by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova of November 8 of this year, which expose the activities of the British agent. Indicatively, the information is presented in a biased manner – there are direct implications of Moscow’s complicity in this crime. ☝❗To follow the logic of the British media, Le Mesurier should have been killed as early was in April 2017 when the Foreign Ministry Information and Press Department published its first comment on his departmental position and involvement in the White Helmets. 🔗https://is.gd/RIOjYb The second missed chance by the British media is a statement by Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov of March 16 of this year. 🔗https://is.gd/0auNMY ❗It is completely incomprehensible as to why the British press made the link with the Foreign Ministry’s official statements only now since we have been expressing the same point for some time now. ❗The investigation into Le Mesurier’s death has not yet started but British journalists are already working in their tried-and-tested media technology style: Hot news is followed by an emotional story whereby “those Russians” are accused of everything and another media scandal is presented as “highly likely.” When it transpires that Russia has nothing to do with the accusations against it, the media moves on to other high-profile stories. The Western media used similar approaches in covering the incidents with Litvinenko, Berezovsky and the Skripals. The British media have little in common with authentic investigative journalism. The Independent #Russia #GreatBritain #media #HighlyLikely

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Комментарий Департамента информации и печати МИД России к вопросу о сирийском «химическом досье»

❗Rusophobic clichés in the British media ☝Since 2016, the Russian Foreign Ministry has done much to draw the attention of the public to the cynical crimes of the quasi humanitarian organization, the White Helmets. It has presented conclusive evidence of their complicity in the activities of terrorist organisations. It has been emphasised more than once that the emergence of this organisation is closely related to programmes in the Middle East that are sponsored by the secret services of certain Western countries. ❗Тhe Foreign Ministry has published at least 120 materials on its official website alone on unscrupulous atrocities committed by the White Helmets. It also mentioned the contribution of British operative James Le Mesurier in this questionable operation. However, only now that reports of his death have come to light is the British media focusing on his personality. Thus, On November 11, the Independent published an article entitled: “James Le Mesurier: White Helmets backer found dead near his home in Istanbul.” The newspaper goes on to say, “A former British army officer … has been found dead near his home in Istanbul, just days after the Russian Foreign Ministry menaced him, accusing him of being a spy.” The incident is linked with recent statements by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova of November 8 of this year, which expose the activities of the British agent. Indicatively, the information is presented in a biased manner – there are direct implications of Moscow’s complicity in this crime. ☝❗To follow the logic of the British media, Le Mesurier should have been killed as early was in April 2017 when the Foreign Ministry Information and Press Department published its first comment on his departmental position and involvement in the White Helmets. 🔗https://is.gd/RIOjYb The second missed chance by the British media is a statement by Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov of March 16 of this year. 🔗https://is.gd/0auNMY ❗It is completely incomprehensible as to why the British press made the link with the Foreign Ministry’s official statements only now since we have been expressing the same point for some time now. ❗The investigation into Le Mesurier’s death has not yet started but British journalists are already working in their tried-and-tested media technology style: Hot news is followed by an emotional story whereby “those Russians” are accused of everything and another media scandal is presented as “highly likely.” When it transpires that Russia has nothing to do with the accusations against it, the media moves on to other high-profile stories. The Western media used similar approaches in covering the incidents with Litvinenko, Berezovsky and the Skripals. The British media have little in common with authentic investigative journalism. #Russia #GreatBritain #media #HighlyLikely

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❗ We are alarmed by the dramatic developments in #Bolivia, where a wave of violence, unleashed by the opposition, has prevented President Evo Morales from completing his tenure of office. We are deeply concerned that the government’s readiness to search for constructive dialogue-based solutions, voiced during the domestic political crisis in the country, was wiped out by developments typical of a well-orchestrated coup d’etat. We are urging all Bolivian political forces to use common sense and have a responsible attitude, and to find a constitutional way out of the situation in the interests of peace, tranquility, restoring the controllability of the state institutions, guaranteeing the rights of all citizens and ensuring the socioeconomic development of that country, with which Russia is bound by relations of friendship, constructive collaboration and mutually beneficial cooperation. We hope that all members of the international community, Bolivia’s neighbours in the #LatinAmerican region, influential extra-regional countries and international organisations will display such a responsible approach.

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🔹 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov at the opening ceremony of an #exhibition at the National Picture Gallery dedicated to the 75th anniversary of #victory in the #GreatPatrioticWar, Yerevan, November 10, 2019: 💬 It is a great honour for me to take part in the opening ceremony of this exhibition dedicated to the 75th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War. First of all, I would like to thank the management of the National Picture Gallery, who have set aside their wonderful halls for the exhibition in this magnificent building. The exhibition’s materials provide a detailed narrative of the tragic events of those years, the unprecedented feat of our fathers and grandfathers who saved civilisation from the horrors of the Nazi scourge and put a long-lasting barrier in its way through incredible efforts and sacrifice. Representatives of the Armenian nation stood shoulder to shoulder with other #Soviet nations and defended Brest and Moscow, fought near Stalingrad and on the #Kursk bulge, liberated the #Caucasus and #Crimea, and seized #Berlin. The #Armenian nation is rightfully proud of its heroes who made a priceless contribution to the common cause of defeating Nazism. Russia praises Armenia’s constant efforts to preserve the memory of the Great Patriotic War’s events. Immortal Regiment events are becoming a good tradition. President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian took part in the 2019 march together with 10,000 other people. We are set to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the #GreatVictory next year. We find it particularly important that Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan was among the first to respond to an invitation from President of Russia Vladimir Putin to take part in the May 9, 2020 celebrations on Moscow’s Red Square. I know that representatives of the Armenian public, including those present here, will take an active part in festivities and will therefore pay tribute to the unprecedented feat of our ancestors. The longstanding Russian-Armenian friendship, solidified by tough wartime ordeals, is key to strengthening Russian-Armenian strategic partnership and allied relations for the benefit of our citizens and for the sake of security and stability in the South Caucasus and our entire region. We agree that it is necessary to fight attempts to rewrite history and to revise the internationally recognised outcomes of World War II. The exhibition that we are opening today is among the highly important and specific contributions to these undertakings. We will always remember our heroes. We salute our veterans, and we wish them good health and well-being. #Russia #Armenia #Moscow #Yerevan #Diplomacy

6:34 AM

🇷🇺🇸🇴 On the sidelines of the 2nd @ParisPeaceForum FM Sergey #Lavrov met with Prime Minister of Somalia Hassan Ali Khayre. #Russia #Somalia #Diplomacy #Africa #RussiaAfrica

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🇷🇺🇲🇰 On the sidelines of the 2nd Paris Peace Forum FM Sergey #Lavrov met with President of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski. #Russia #NorthMacedonia #Diplomacy

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🇷🇺🇫🇷 FM Sergey #Lavrov spoke at the Russian session of the 2nd @ParisPeaceForum. #Russia #France #Moscow #Paris #Diplomacy

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🇷🇺🇫🇷 FM Sergey #Lavrov spoke at the Russian session of the 2nd Paris Peace Forum. #Russia #France #Moscow #Paris #Diplomacy

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Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s remarks at a briefing for the heads of foreign diplomatic missions accredited in Moscow dedicated to the Economic Forum and the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, November 11, 2019.

❗ Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov at a briefing for the heads of foreign diplomatic missions accredited in Moscow dedicated to the Economic Forum and the #Russia-#Africa Summit in #Sochi: 💬 During the summit and economic forum in Sochi, Russia and African countries reaffirmed their great interest in the further development of interaction, deepening and intensification of #Russian-#African cooperation both on bilateral and multilateral levels. The historic significance of the Russia-Africa format events is obvious. Modern Russia, with its vast experience of successful cooperation with African countries during the Soviet era, is now ready to offer the African continent a mutually beneficial equal partnership and jointly uncover the potential accumulated over decades. The first #RussiaAfrica Summit was highly appreciated by both the Russian leadership and the leaders of African states. We believe that this unprecedented event has become a turning point for the entire range of Russian-African ties to ascend to a qualitatively new level. 🔗 Full transcript: https://is.gd/eMO4Ps

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🔹 On November 11, Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and #Africa Mikhail Bogdanov and Egyptian Ambassador to Russia Ihab Nasr, representing the country chairing the #AfricanUnion, held a briefing on the #Russia-#Africa Summit and the economic forum held in #Sochi on October 23–24 for the heads of foreign diplomatic missions accredited in Russia. The foreign diplomats got to know the format and content of the main events held as part of the first meeting at the highest level on such a scale in the history of Russian-African relations, and the results and prospects for the further development of mutually beneficial and comprehensive cooperation between Russia and African countries.

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🔹 On November 7, regular parliamentary #elections were held in the Republic of #Mauritius. A convincing victory was won by the Morisian Alliance, a coalition led by Pravind Jugnauth, who was Prime Minister in 2017-2019. The Alliance secured 42 of the 70 available parliament mandates, and two more went to the Rodrigues People’s Organisation supporting it. Opposition candidates from the National Alliance won 17 seats in the National Assembly, and the Mauritian Militant Movement won 9 seats. Voter turnout was 76.84 percent. According to international observers represented by the missions of the Southern African Development Community, the #African Union, and the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the elections were held in full accordance with Mauritian law and were peaceful and transparent. We welcome the successful holding of elections in Mauritius and express hope for the further progressive development of #Russian-Mauritian relations in the traditional spirit of friendship and constructive and mutually beneficial cooperation. #Russia #Diplomacy

9:26 AM

🇷🇺🇸🇴 On November 12, Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov met with Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia Hassan Ali Khayre on the sidelines of the 2nd Paris Peace Forum. The ministers stressed the need to continue joint efforts of the Somalian Federal Government and the international community to bring peace to the country. They expressed support for the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM). The officials reaffirmed the mutual commitment of #Moscow and #Mogadishu to deepen political dialogue and coordinate their foreign political approaches on the global stage, including in counterterrorism. #Russia #Somalia #Diplomacy #Africa #RussiaAfrica

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Article by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for the media of the BRICS countries

🇷🇺🇧🇷🇮🇳🇨🇳🇿🇦 Article by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for the media of the BRICS countries "BRICS Strategic Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth", published on November 12, 2019 🔹On November 13–14, 2019, Brasilia will host the 11th BRICS Summit. In the run-up to this key event of the year for our group I would like to share Russia's vision of the BRICS strategic partnership. 🔹The current Brazilian BRICS Chairmanship managed to achieve serious progress in all main pillars of cooperation – political, economic and humanitarian. Russia supports its Brazilian friends in their efforts to improve the practical impact of our multifaceted interaction on the prosperity of our States and peoples. 🔹We welcome the statement made by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Osaka about the importance of strengthening the dialogue within BRICS, which will enable the BRICS countries to make the best use of ongoing global changes. 🔹Today, alignment of efforts of our countries is particularly important. The global politics continues to reel. Various regions of the planet still retain significant conflict potential. The arms control architecture is deliberately undermined – the US unilateral withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was a rather dangerous step. Structural imbalances in the world economy are yet to be overcome. A serious threat to global economic growth is posed by such unfair competition practices as unilateral economic sanctions, trade wars and flagrant abuse of the US dollar status as the world reserve currency. The international community is yet to find effective responses to a whole number of critical challenges of our time – from terrorism to climate change. 🔹It got to the situation when there are attempts to replace the international legal system, established after the Second World War with the UN Charter remaining as its main source, with the so-called "rules-based order", where "rules" being invented in secret, in "small groups", and then, depending upon a political situation, imposed on the whole world. 🔹Multipolarity is not a recipe for competition and chaos in international relations, as some of our critics say. On the contrary, this is the only order attuned to present-day realities, which should promote the comprehensive development of all States – both big and small – and enhanced mutually beneficial cooperation among us on the basis of shared interests. 🔗http://bit.do/fgXok #BRICS #BRICS2019 #BRICSSummit #Russia #India #China #SouthAfrica #Brazil #USA #UN

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Article by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for the media of the BRICS countries

🇷🇺🇧🇷🇮🇳🇨🇳🇿🇦 Article by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for the media of the BRICS countries "BRICS Strategic Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth", November 12, 2019 🔹On November 13–14, 2019, Brasilia will host the 11th BRICS Summit. In the run-up to this key event of the year for our group I would like to share Russia's vision of the BRICS strategic partnership. 🔹The current Brazilian BRICS Chairmanship managed to achieve serious progress in all main pillars of cooperation – political, economic and humanitarian. Russia supports its Brazilian friends in their efforts to improve the practical impact of our multifaceted interaction on the prosperity of our States and peoples. 🔹We welcome the statement made by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Osaka about the importance of strengthening the dialogue within BRICS, which will enable the BRICS countries to make the best use of ongoing global changes. 🔹Today, alignment of efforts of our countries is particularly important. The global politics continues to reel. Various regions of the planet still retain significant conflict potential. The arms control architecture is deliberately undermined – the US unilateral withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was a rather dangerous step. Structural imbalances in the world economy are yet to be overcome. A serious threat to global economic growth is posed by such unfair competition practices as unilateral economic sanctions, trade wars and flagrant abuse of the US dollar status as the world reserve currency. The international community is yet to find effective responses to a whole number of critical challenges of our time – from terrorism to climate change. 🔹It got to the situation when there are attempts to replace the international legal system, established after the Second World War with the UN Charter remaining as its main source, with the so-called "rules-based order", where "rules" being invented in secret, in "small groups", and then, depending upon a political situation, imposed on the whole world. 🔹Multipolarity is not a recipe for competition and chaos in international relations, as some of our critics say. On the contrary, this is the only order attuned to present-day realities, which should promote the comprehensive development of all States – both big and small – and enhanced mutually beneficial cooperation among us on the basis of shared interests. 🔗http://bit.do/fgXok #BRICS #BRICS2019 #BRICSSummit #Russia #India #China #SouthAfrica #Brazil #USA #UN

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🔹 On November 12, Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov received Charge d'Affaires ad interim of the State of Israel to the Russian Federation Yacov Livne. The officials exchanged views on key regional issues with an emphasis on complications in Palestinian-Israeli affairs. ❗ They also addressed current issues on the Russian-Israeli agenda. At the same time, the Russian side expressed extreme regret at the Israeli authorities’ decision to extradite #Russian citizen Alexey Burkov to the United States, contrary to the request of the Russian competent authorities to extradite him to his homeland, and noted that such actions run counter to the constructive partnership that has been developing dynamically in recent years between #Russia and #Israel.

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🔹 The 40th session of the #UNESCO General Conference opened in Paris on November 12. The #Russian delegation is led by Minister of Science and Higher Education Mikhail Kotyukov. He will speak during the general political discussion and take part in a high-level meeting on inclusion and mobility in higher education. The Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher #Education and the Recommendation on Open Educational Resources will be adopted during the General Conference. The member states will analyse the viability of developing regulations governing the ethical aspects of artificial intelligence and the “open science” project. There will be discussions on the UNESCO Strategy for Youth and Adult Literacy (2020-2025) and the Framework for Education for Sustainable Development beyond 2019. Those in the session will approve the member states’ proposals on commemorative dates in 2020-2021 and review initiatives to establish a number of World and International Days. Decisions are expected on declaring an annual Global Media and Information Literacy Week and declaring 2022 the International Year of Basic Sciences for #Development. The General Conference’s agenda includes increasing the effectiveness of the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, the UNESCO Director-General’s report on performance following the World Summit on Information Society, and the Strategic Outcome Document of the International Year of Indigenous Languages ​​(2019). General Conference participants will approve the draft programme and draft budget for UNESCO for 2020-2021 and review the organisation’s mid-term strategy for 2022-2029 and a number of administrative, financial, personnel, statutory and legal issues. The elections to be held during the session will be used to elect new UNESCO governing bodies and intergovernmental and international programmes. Russia is a candidate for re-election to the UNESCO Executive Board, the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme, the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme, the Intergovernmental Council for the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme and the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee, as well as election to the Board of Governors of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. A forum for the ministers of culture will be held on the sidelines of the session. The 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference runs through November 27.

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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions at the Masterclass working session held as part of the 2019 Paris Peace Forum, Paris, November 12, 2019

❗Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov at the Masterclass working session held as part of the 2019 #Paris Peace Forum: 💬 Of course, the world is changing. These changes are going take a long period of time. The essence of this change is the emergence of a #multipolar world order. Today #multilateralism is mentioned as a slogan. We believe that regardless of the terminology you use, be it a polycentric world, a multipolar world or a multilateral world, the essence is the same. No one, no single country, no group of countries, like what we call the “historical #West,” can rule the world in this situation alone. New centres of economic growth, financial power and political influence are emerging right before our very eyes. #China, #India, #Brazil, other #LatinAmerican countries, #African countries are rising, and very soon, from a historical perspective, they will certainly demand to have more say in the world affairs. ☝️ Our Western friends are not happy, because for more than five centuries they dominated politics, economics, culture and civilisation on this planet. They try to put a brake on these objective processes, and try to impede this objective reality from materialising. One of the manifestations of this position was the invention of a new concept. Instead of referring, as we have been doing for years, to international law, they call on everybody to respect a rules-based world order. What does this mean? When it is in the interests of the West, they for example declare that the right of the people to self-determination is sacrosanct, but when it does not fit their interests, they declare this right to be illegitimate. Compare #Kosovo and #Crimea: a referendum was held in Crimea, and there was no referendum in Kosovo. Still, Kosovo was immediately recognised as an independent state by most of the Western countries. 🔹 Our point is that we have to really accept the reality. We cannot ignore the interests of any group of countries, including the Western countries. But the West should stop trying to present itself as a final judge and prosecutor. And I think a very healthy discussion should be held and supported in the #G20 format, where the G7 and #BRICS are represented, as well as other developing regions that are not party to the BRICS structure. It is a very representative group of countries. And I believe it is not by chance that G20, which was launched to deal with key financial and economic issues, is increasingly addressing the political agenda of the international community. 🔗 Full transcript: https://is.gd/Yn1MvB

4:56 AM

❗ #Russia is watching with concern an #Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the #Congo. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the death toll from the disease has already reached 2,192. Although the rate of Ebola infections appears to be slowing somewhat, on October 18 of this year the WHO Committee, which monitors this issue, announced that the Ebola outbreak is still considered an emergency that requires an immediate response. 🔹 Given the difficult epidemiological situation in this African country, and in a move to grant the request of President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Felix Tshisekedi, on September 28, the Russian Government issued a directive to assist the Democratic Republic of the Congo in its efforts to fight Ebola. For this purpose, it is planned to allocate 398.5 million roubles from the budget in 2019 and 2020. 🔹 The practical aspects of future cooperation were discussed during a meeting with Head of Rospotrebnadzor [the Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare] Anna Popova and Minister of #Health of the DR Congo Eteni Longondo, which took place on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit on October 23, 2019. First, there are plans to train 140 Congolese specialists, including 20 specialists to be trained in Russia, in the fields of epidemiology, microbiology, molecular diagnostics and biological security; deliver two #Russian-made mobile laboratories to the Equateur Province in the DRC, and teach local staff how to use them; supply modern test systems and medicines to the DR Congo; and deliver 5,000 doses of the EpiVakEbola vaccine that is registered in Russia, as well as cholera, plague and measles vaccines to this African country. As soon as these measures are successfully implemented, Russia plans to draft proposals for further cooperation. 🔹 The Agreement Between Rospotrebnadzor and the Ministry of Public Health of the DR Congo on Cooperation in the Field of #Epidemiology and Prevention of Infectious Diseases, which was signed on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi on October 23-24 this year, serves as the legal framework for cooperation between the two countries in healthcare. 🔹 We are looking forward to continuing our productive partnership with the #Congolese authorities, aiming to defeat the Ebola virus for good and improve the overall epidemiological situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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❗ On November 12, First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov had consultations with State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the #Slovak Republic Lukas Parízek and a working meeting with #OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajcak in #Bratislava. The diplomats discussed current bilateral cooperation in the political, economic, cultural and educational areas. They reaffirmed the multifaceted nature of relations and expressed mutual interest in their further development. The parties pointed out that the November 19 signing of an intergovernmental agreement on mutual recognition of education, qualifications and academic degrees in #Moscow will be an important step in expanding their bilateral contacts. The officials placed special emphasis on the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the #Victory and the liberation of Europe from the Nazis. In this context, they underscored the significance of the recent #MGIMO conference on the 75th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising, which Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Andrej Danko attended. The #Russian and Slovak sides also exchanged opinions on topical issues on the international agenda. Specifically, they reviewed the OSCE activities, given the Slovak chairmanship of the organisation, and preparations for the upcoming OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers in Bratislava (December 5−6). Some pressing regional matters, including the Ukrainian crisis settlement as well as the situation in the Western #Balkans and #Syria, were also discussed. Current interaction between #Russia and the #EU as well as #European #security issues were in the focus of attention too.

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🇷🇺 We welcome the effort by the #UN Secretary-General to encourage both #Cyprian communities to resume the dialogue on restoring unity in the country. In this context, we praise Antonio Guterres’ intention to hold a meeting with the leaders of #Greek and #Turkish #Cypriots in Berlin on November 25 of this year. 🔹 #Russia’s position on the Cyprus issue is consistent and unchanged. We stand for achieving a comprehensive, equal and viable settlement on the island based on UN Security Council resolutions on #Cyprus. 🔹 We are convinced that a more vigorous involvement of all permanent members of the UN #SecurityCouncil and their support for the negotiation process will assist in advancing the desired result.

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Высокая цена, которую придется заплатить Европе и России за проект «Северный поток-2»

❗🗞️False story about Nord Stream 2 pipeline published by Estonia’s Postimees ☝️On October 25, the leading Estonian newspaper Postimees published an article alleging that Europe and Russia would pay a high price for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. The item concerns a report on the influence of Gazprom’s project on Europe, which was presented in Strasbourg and called on the European political and economic elites to “rethink the deal.” ❗It is notable that there are no respected professionals among the report’s compilers. While calling on Europe to rethink Nord Stream 2, these “researchers” only repeat the hackneyed propaganda slogans about the project being a threat to European energy security, Russia’s geopolitical instrument and a source of Baltic Sea pollution. It claims, without providing any evidence, that thousands of Russian inmates are being forced to construct the pipeline for fear of being tortured or sexually abused. The deliberations about the need to take a broader look at LNG supplies to Europe so as to reduce the influence of Gazprom and the Kremlin are reminiscent of the well-known arguments of Washington, which has been doing its utmost to prevent the appearance of a real rival to US LNG on the European market. ☝️❗We would like to point out once again that Nord Stream 2 is economically beneficial to both Russia and the European consumers. Its main goal is to strengthen energy cooperation between Russia and European countries. Pumping out information hysteria and politicising this project are absolutely unacceptable. We believe that despite the attempts to discredit it, Nord Stream 2 will be completed and put into operation without fail. 🔗https://rus.postimees.ee/6810133/vysokaya-cena-kotoruyu-pridetsya-zaplatit-evrope-i-rossii-za-proekt-severnyy-potok-2 #Russia #Estonia #NordStream #EU #FakeNews

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Permanent Representative of Russia to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich: 💬Russia shares the ideals of humanism, neutrality and compassion, which are at the core of ICRC’s activities. 🔺As a member of the International Red Cross Movement, the Russian Red Cross directs all its efforts to helping those in need - refugees, victims of epidemics, wars and conflicts, people with disabilities, migrants, etc. 🔺In many ‘hot spots’, the ICRC is the only structure that has humanitarian access. Confidence in the ICRC is determined by its commitment to the principles of neutrality, impartiality and high professionalism of its staff. 🔺We note the consistent efforts of the ICRC to help millions of Donbass residents who have fallen into plight due to the blockade imposed by Kiev. 🔺 It remains necessary for Kiev to lift the ongoing blockade of the Donbass’s life and restore disrupted social and economic ties. 🔺Kiev must fulfill its obligations under para 8 of the Minsk “Package of Measures” and resume payment of pensions and social benefits to residents of Donbass. 🔺Like the ICRC, Russia is interested in further strengthening the international humanitarian law. It is important to use the existing mechanisms, first and foremost, to discover in full the potential of the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

2:57 PM
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🔹 The 14th plenary meeting of the Russian-German high-level interdepartmental working group on security policy issues chaired by First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov and State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office of #Germany Andreas Michaelis was held in #Moscow on November 14. The parties had a thorough exchange of views on current issues related to security policy, arms control, counterterrorism and regional conflict settlement. They also discussed a number of topical issues on the international agenda, including developments in #Ukraine, #Syria and #Libya. At the sub-group level, the participants set forth their positions on various issues and presented the following documents: the Joint Sub-group Statement on Combatting Terrorism, Drug-Related Threats and Organised Crime of May 16, 2019 and the Joint #Russian-#German Position Document on Drug-Related Problems of November 12, 2019. The next meeting of the group will be held in Berlin in 2020.

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🔹 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov answers a question from Prensa Latina news agency: ❓ Will #Russia recognise Jeanine Anez, the Bolivian Senate’s second vice-president, as #Bolivia’s interim president? 💬 We have taken note of the report that the Senate’s second vice-president assumed the post of Bolivia’s interim president. We presume that the appointment, and the main thing – the #legitimacy of the head of state must clearly correspond to the legislative norms of the country’s #Constitution, to serve to unite rather than divide the nation. ❗ The issue of electing leaders is the internal and sovereign matter of the country and its people. We are concerned that recent developments were reminiscent of a coup. The Senate could not gather a quorum to elect Ms Anez president. Correspondingly, her decision to lead the country is based on an interpretation of the provisions of the Constitution. Meanwhile, if we proceed from the current situation in Bolivia, it is clear that Ms Anez will be accepted as Bolivia’s leader until the issue of a new president is resolved through an election. Our recognition or non-recognition of her in this position is not an issue. Bolivia needs a calm, inclusive and peaceful dialogue now. It is important to resume the functioning of state institutions within the constitutional framework. We hope that all members of the international community will show a responsible approach both in Latin America and outside it. 🇷🇺 Russia is interested in a politically and economically stable Latin America, including Bolivia with which we have close relations of friendship and mutually advantageous cooperation.

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Statement by Head of the Russian delegation, Director of the Foreign Ministry Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Vladimir Yermakov at the meeting of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, item 7 of the agenda General Exchange of Views, Geneva, November 13, 2019

🔹 Director of the Foreign Ministry Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Vladimir Yermakov: 💬 The Russian Federation reaffirms its invariable commitment to the obligations under the Convention on Certain Conventional #Weapons (CCW) and advocates full implementation of its provisions. We urge all participants to make better use of the convention’s unique disarmament parameters that ensure, through consensus, a balance between humanitarian concerns and lawful national security interests. It is especially important to maintain this balance against the backdrop of mounting unlawful attempts by individual countries and civil society representatives to use humanitarian concerns (often far-fetched) as an absolute imperative for introducing restrictions and bans on specific types of conventional arms. Strengthening the CCW and its five protocols directly depends on the pace of universalisation. We welcome the countries that have become full members of the convention in 2019. We urge all states that have not yet signed it to join the CCW, including its protocols. 🔗 https://is.gd/OIMAMv #Russia #Diplomacy

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🔹 Press release on Russian-British consultations on Syria. 💬 On November 15, Special Presidential Representative for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin held consultations with David Quarrey, the Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser and Deputy National Security Adviser. The officials held an extensive exchange of views on problems in #Syria and issues in the Middle East that are on the #UN Security Council’s agenda. They reviewed in detail the situation “on the ground” in Syria, primarily in the northeast and in the #Idlib de-escalation zone. They also discussed the status of a political settlement in connection with the initiation of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in #Geneva and the need for comprehensive humanitarian assistance for all #Syrians throughout the country. #Russia #UK

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