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🔹 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov’s opening remarks at a meeting with Martin Sajdik and Heidi Grau, special representatives of the #OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in #Ukraine: 💬 Madam Minister, Shall we congratulate you, or shall we express our sympathies? But at least you accepted the offer, and that’s important. It is impossible to work in this position if you do not really want it. We will try to support you, as we supported your predecessor. I am sure her experience would be useful for the new team as well.

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🇷🇺🇸🇰 On December 5, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a meeting with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajcak on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Bratislava. The ministers discussed topical matters on the current OSCE agenda, the results of Slovakia’s OSCE presidency and prospects for future intra-OSCE collaboration. They noted the consistent development of Russian-Slovak relations and touched upon certain aspects of practical cooperation. The diplomats exchanged opinions on the situation in Europe in the context of Russia-EU and Russia-NATO relations. #Russia #Lavrov #Slovakia #Bratislava #OSCE #Diplomacy #Europe

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🔹 Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement during a media scrum following his talks with Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Andrej Danko: 💬 I am pleased and honoured to meet with Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Andrej Danko as part of my visit to Bratislava to attend the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting. We have very close ties with Slovakia and they are developing progressively. Last summer, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic Peter Pellegrini visited Russia. We maintain regular contacts with the Slovak Foreign Ministry. Efforts to strengthen inter-parliamentary ties are playing an increasingly greater role in our relations. A month ago, Andrej Danko was in Moscow and, among other events, visited my alma mater – MGIMO University – to speak at an event dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Slovak national uprising. In 2020, we will continue marking memorable dates from World War II, dates that are associated with the liberation of Europe in which the Red Army, jointly with resistance fighters in all countries enslaved by the Nazis, played a decisive role. What unites us is the need to teach the young generation to reject man-hateful ideologies. At the UN General Assembly and as part of its OSCE activities, Russia, along with its supporters, constantly warns against the temptation to play up to and indulge neo-Nazi sentiments. Unfortunately, those who have not learned the lessons of the most terrible war in the history of humankind are trying to drag neo-Nazi, ultra-radical and man-hateful ideas into today’s politics. Some European Union countries and countries that seek to build stronger relations with the EU, hold celebrations to honour the Nazis and torchlight processions like those held in Nazi Germany to substantiate the idea of racial superiority. This is unacceptable. In light of the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II to be celebrated in May next year, we together with like-minded people – of course, Slovakia’s Speaker of the National Council Andrej Danko is one of them – are preparing a series of events that will highlight the importance of never allowing a tragedy like this to occur again. In conclusion, I would like to express my deep gratitude to the Slovakian people for taking good care of the sites where Red Army soldiers are buried – soldiers who, side-by-side with the Slovaks, stood up for the independence of our homeland and fought against Nazism. #Russia #Lavrov #Slovakia #Bratislava #OSCE #Diplomacy #Europe

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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a news conference following the 26th OSCE Ministerial Council meeting, Bratislava, December 5, 2019

🔹 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov at a news conference following the 26th OSCE Ministerial Council meeting: 💬 Bratislava hosted a regular meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council. The OSCE that was based on the 1975 Helsinki Final Act is not going through its best times today because of the problems that have accumulated in security and strategic stability in the common Euro-Atlantic space. Lofty principles were laid out in Helsinki and in subsequent summits, including the one in 1999 that adopted European security declarations. The participants agreed that security must be common and indivisible, equal for all, and that nobody should ensure their own security at the expense of the security of any other state. It was also agreed that sub-regional organisations in the Euro-Atlantic area would always take part in the dialogue on an equal basis with OSCE members. I am referring to the CIS, CSTO, NATO, the European Union and the Council of Europe. Attempts to develop such a dialogue were made in the 1990s, but later our Western colleagues, who themselves initiated these declarations that were adopted shortly after the collapse of the USSR, somehow lost enthusiasm for these lofty principles. For instance, they are bluntly refusing to codify the principle of indivisible security that I mentioned, and do not want to adopt documents that would make it binding. Their logic is very simple. They do not make a secret of the fact that they are only willing to grant legal security guarantees within the North Atlantic Alliance. Obviously, this runs counter to the agreements on using the OSCE as a venue for cooperation in the interests of promoting security, removing any dividing lines and pooling the efforts of the OSCE states for common benefit. Of course, we are bound to be concerned over what is happening in NATO. Several days ago President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin commented on this situation at the meeting with Russian Defence Ministry senior officials. The problem is that NATO apparently considers itself a source of legitimacy and is trying to persuade everyone that this role has no alternative, that it can only be played by the North Atlantic Alliance, and that it has the right to determine who is guilty of everything that is taking place around us and that the West does not like for some reason. Boundless expansion continues; military infrastructure is rapidly moving eastward, close to Russian borders; tensions are constantly escalated, and Russia is permanently accused of aggressive intentions. This is taking place against the backdrop of decisions on the further buildup of the NATO countries’ military budgets, which were adopted at the summit held in London. Meanwhile, the current budgets exceed Russian military spending more than 10-fold. The available facts point to a simple and easy-to-understand situation: NATO wants to dominate not only in the Euro-Atlantic region but, judging by its actions, in other regions as well, for instance in the Middle East. This is why we wanted to draw your attention to this obviously unsound situation. The bottom line is that it runs counter to the lofty declarations that the OSCE leaders adopted after the organisation turned from the conference into the current entity. First and foremost, this applies to the principle of indivisible security. We have proposed several initiatives on a return to the source, the foundation on which the OSCE was built back in the Cold War years. I would like to emphasise again that mutual respect, consideration for others’ interests and consensus-based efforts without dividing lines are the key provisions on which the OSCE rests. Today, we distributed a statement by the CSTO foreign ministers, urging all OSCE participants to begin creating a common and indivisible security space, as we agreed to before. We also released a statement by the CIS countries and some other states (Serbia, for example) on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the need to do everything we can to prevent the falsification of its results and the glorification of those who are guilty of the most heinous crimes in human history. Some people are trying to do this, including many in Europe. There are many other areas that we are paying special attention to. They concern economic security. There are some good solutions in this area, including digital technology and innovation. There are many issues that require solutions with a view to streamlining integration processes. We have heard that many of our colleagues in the OSCE consider it practical to establish a dialogue between the EU and the EAEU, although consensus on this issue has not yet been reached. The third security dimension is the human dimension. This traditionally evokes heated debate in the OSCE. This happens primarily because our Western colleagues try to act like teachers and regard others as pupils. They try to impose neo-liberal values on all other OSCE countries. We clearly confirm our position – we are ready to follow all the agreements that were made in the universal format and conform to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the OSCE decisions on humanitarian issues. 🔗 https://is.gd/AsHD2Q #Russia #Lavrov #Slovakia #Bratislava #OSCE #Diplomacy #Europe

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🇷🇺🇦🇩 On December 5, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a meeting with Foreign Minister of the Principality of Andorra Maria Ubach i Font on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Bratislava. The ministers signed the Agreement on Ending Visa Formalities for Reciprocal Travel by Citizens of Both Countries. Sergey Lavrov and Maria Ubach i Font noted positive dynamics in bilateral relations and readiness for their further development. #Russia #Lavrov #Andorra #NoVisa #Bratislava #OSCE #Diplomacy #Europe

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🇷🇺🇸🇪 On December 5, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a meeting with Foreign Minister of Sweden Ann Linde on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Bratislava. The ministers exchanged views on OSCE priorities in the context of Sweden assuming OSCE chairmanship in 2021 and discussed the situation in Ukraine. They also focused on current matters concerning Russian-Swedish relations and considered specific areas and the role of regional organisations in strengthening cooperation in northern Europe. #Russia #Lavrov #Sweden #Bratislava #OSCE #Diplomacy #Europe

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🇷🇺🇮🇹 Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during his meeting with Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte: 💬 Mr Prime Minister, President Putin sends you his best regards. He vividly remembers meeting with you last July. We are trying to deliver on all the arrangements that you reached with him. #Russia #Lavrov #Italy #Rome #Diplomacy

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🇷🇺🇺🇳On December 6, Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov met with the #UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for #Syria Geir Pedersen on the sidelines of The #Mediterranean: Roman Dialogue international conference in #Rome. 🇷🇺🇺🇳The officials expressed a shared opinion in favour of facilitating the establishment of a stable and fruitful dialogue among #Syrians without outside interference and imposition of time limits so that they could develop such consolidated proposals on the constitutional reform as would enjoy broad support from the Syrian people. They exchanged views on the state of affairs at the Constitutional Committee after its launch and following the two sessions of the editorial team in Geneva. Preparations for the next International Meeting on Syria in the #Astana format (IMSA-14) scheduled for December 10-11 in Nur-Sultan were also discussed.

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🔹Yesterday the #US authorities decided to once again put pressure on #Russia using sanctions. This time they imposed restrictions on 11 #Russian nationals and six companies that Washington accuses of illegal activities on the internet. However, it is clear that the claim is politically motivated. 🔹If the US had real evidence, it would have asked Russian competent agencies to check into the matter, for example, based on the 1999 bilateral treaty on mutual legal assistance. As far as we know, no such requests were received. 🔹Moreover, it was the United States that suspended the joint working group on cybersecurity in 2014 and has refused to restart it since then. In other words, in the media Russia is constantly accused of cyber-attacks, including during the #American presidential election, but no one wants to present evidence of this to professional experts, because Washington simply has no proof it would not be ashamed to show to experts. 🔹This means that those who initiate the sanctions do not aim to fight crime, but to carry out another propaganda attack on Russia. Certain politicians in #Washington are trying very hard to discredit Russia instead of developing normal cooperation, including in law enforcement, thus continuing to destroy bilateral relations. 🔹This US attack, like the previous ones, will not go unanswered.

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❗ Joint Statement by the Foreign Ministers of the Republic of #Azerbaijan, the Republic of #Armenia, the Republic of #Belarus, the Republic of #Kazakhstan, the #Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of #Moldova, the #RussianFederation, the Republic of #Serbia, the Republic of #Tajikistan, #Turkmenistan and the Republic of #Uzbekistan on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Victory in World War II adopted at the 26th #OSCE Ministerial Council meeting: 💬 In 2020, we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of #Victory in World War II, one of the most violent and bloody conflicts in human history, which claimed tens of millions of lives and inflicted terrible suffering on all of humankind. Nazism was defeated thanks to the indestructible unity and solidarity of our peoples and the joint struggle waged by the countries of the anti-Hitler coalition. We remember every one of those whose unparalleled courage on the battlefield and on the home front saved our civilisation from destruction. We bow to the bravery of the anti-Nazi resistance and the memory of victims of the death camps and the sieges of peaceful cities. It is our solemn duty to preserve the historical truth. We denounce as a sacrilege any acts of disrespect with regard to the monuments of #RedArmy soldiers and officers, as well as the cases of vandalism directed against the graves of those who gave their lives for the liberation of Europe from Nazism. There is no justification for the vandalism against these memorial objects. We urge all countries to honour the memory of the heroic liberators and to maintain military graves in proper condition. We condemn any and all attempts to falsify the outcome of #WorldWarII. We are outraged by some countries’ striving to rehabilitate and glorify Nazi criminals and their accomplices. We firmly believe that the decisions of the International Military Tribunal at #Nuremberg, which have no statute of limitations, must be strictly complied with. Throwing a veil over ethnic and religious hate crimes will inevitably lead the humankind to a new catastrophe. We note the importance of the decision taken at the 74th Session of the #UN General Assembly to adopt a resolution on combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. #History has shown how dangerous it is to pander to nationalism, intolerance, discrimination, extremism and ethnic, racial and religious hatred. We recognise the importance of the 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide as a vital international instrument. We reaffirm our commitment to the idea of a free, democratic, common and indivisible Euro-Atlantic and #Eurasian security community. The heroism of #WWII liberators and their readiness to make sacrifices should be accepted as their behest for the future generations to strengthen peace on the principles of justice, equality and indivisible security.

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❗ On December 10, Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov will travel to #Washington, D.C. on a working visit at the invitation of #US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. During the talks in the American capital, the two officials will exchange views on key international issues and important aspects of bilateral relations.

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❗ ‘Proportionality’ of police violence: revisited A year after the first Yellow Vests protests in #France, the confrontation between the authorities and protesters has not subsided. On November 16, 2019, about 270 rallies were held in France, timed to coincide with the anniversary of the movement. According to estimates by the French Ministry of the Interior, about 28,000 people took part in them throughout the country, including 4,700 protesters in Paris. The demonstration of civil discontent again met with a harsh response from #law enforcement officers. To disperse the protesters, the police, as usual, used tear gas and smoke bombs. As many as 254 people were detained around the country, 173 of them in Paris. On December 5, France launched a broad nationwide strike against pension reform. According to the Ministry of the Interior, 806,000 took part in protests. The police used tear gas against them; in #Paris alone, 90 people were detained. French sources describe the Yellow Vests situation as a fight between the protesters and the police. Supporters of radical groups, focused on provocations and disruptive activities, are increasingly predominating among the protesters. For their part, the French authorities have used all kinds of repressive methods in an effort to suppress the riots: from tear gas, noise grenades and water guns to mass detentions and arrests. Along with the protesters and rioters, #journalists covering the events have also suffered as a result of the police action. RIA Novosti correspondent Viktoria Ivanova got hit during the May Day rallies in 2019 in Paris. Even though she was wearing clothing that identified her as a media worker, she was attacked by law enforcement officers and had to be hospitalised. On May 25, RT France correspondent Frederic Aigouy was beaten with a police baton at Yellow Vest protests in the French city of Toulouse. The statistics are eloquent enough: in the first seven months of the Yellow Vest protests in France, more than 10,000 (!) people were detained. French courts have issued more than 3,000 convictions; about 400 people were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment, another 920, to community service. About 1,200 people received suspended sentences; other punishments were applied in another 2,400 court cases (warnings). It is noteworthy that out of 212 cases opened against the police for their actions against protesters, 146 were closed without conviction. Critical comments regarding the actions of the French law enforcement bodies are being made from all platforms at the #UN and the Council of Europe. In particular, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has called for an effective and independent investigation to find out whether there was excessive use of force by the authorities. According to her, “People’s demands call for respectful dialogue and genuine reform. And yet, in several cases, they are being met with violent and excessive use of force; arbitrary detentions.” Responding to her remarks, French Government Spokesman Benjamin Griveaux only expressed “surprise” that France was “between Venezuela and Haiti” in the UN list of countries that used excessive violence against their own citizens. In turn, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic, who visited France in January 2019, said the reported injuries “raise questions about the compatibility of the methods used in operations aimed at maintaining public order with due regard for human rights” and called on the French authorities to immediately halt the use of rubber bullet launchers. She criticised the preventive detentions practiced by the police as gross violations of freedom of movement, assembly and expression. The Commissioner also reminded the audience that the ECHR is considering complaints about a violation by France of the European Convention of Human Rights, in particular Articles 2 and 3 on the prohibition of torture and the right to life. Unfortunately, Paris has not heeded these comments. For the most part, the relevant French authorities seem only irritated that a country with a longstanding tradition of respect for #HumanRights and fundamental freedoms even needs to give explanations. It is to be hoped that official Paris, so keen on criticising the human rights situations in other countries, will finally remember the government’s primary duty to guarantee the observance of the rights and freedoms of its own citizens. 📸 Photo: © REUTERS / Charles Platiau / Christian Hartmann

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🇷🇺 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova will hold a briefing concerning current foreign policy issues on December 12 at the Foreign Ministry’s press centre, (Building 1, 30/2 Smolenskaya-Sennaya Square, located on the right of the Ministry’s central building). Representatives of Russian and foreign media are invited. The briefing will begin at 12.00 (Moscow time). Accreditation is open until 4 pm on December 11. Admission by press cards (for Russian journalists) and accreditation cards (for foreign journalists). Coordinator: Irma Kvantiliani (tel.: 7(499) 244 3583, mob.: 7(916) 563 8085, email: briefingmid@rambler.ru; midbriefing@yandex.ru). The Foreign Ministry will broadcast the briefing online in the Video section of its website (mid.ru/ru/press_service/video) and in MFA’s Social Media: «Periscope» (periscope.tv/MID_RF), «Facebook» (facebook.com/MIDRussia), «ВКонтакте» (vk.com/mid).

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🔹 Remarks by Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Department of European Cooperation Nikolay Kobrinets at the concluding session of the 26th OSCE Ministerial Council meeting 💬 First of all, I would like to express our gratitude to the Slovak chairmanship for the comfortable environment created for the ministerial meeting participants. Discussions on the entire #OSCE agenda that took place during the preparations, the plenary meeting and on the sidelines of the 26th OSCE Ministerial Council were very productive. The #Russian delegation showed its readiness for constructive interaction based on the positive, unifying agenda. Our experts worked hard on all projects that were suggested by the chairmanship, and also reviewed other documents in detail. We brought eight Russian proposals to #Bratislava. The attitude towards them was not in a collaborative spirit. Most of the proposals were brushed aside under contrived pretexts, though it is obvious that they were blocked mostly for their Russian origin, despite assurances to the contrary. We consider this approach short-sighted: substantive work within the OSCE is being sacrificed for the sake of ideology. We regret that the intention of some countries to enforce a distorted image of the current political and legal realities, and their attempts to block our proposals did not allow for adopting a joint political declaration and a statement on the OSCE efforts to assist in the resolution of the intra-Ukrainian crisis. They did not have enough political will to agree with the approval of a declaration by 57 states on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, even though the document used the wording that was agreed upon in previous years. Some states have both short and selective historical memory. This is regrettable and dangerous. Forgetting history and distorting it for the sake of the immediate opportunistic interests can result in repeating the mistakes and tragedies of the past. The details of our position are reflected in the joint statement by the foreign ministers of 11 countries, which was read out by a representative of Belarus. We welcome the statement that supports the Transnistria settlement in the 5+2 format. We hope that the implementation of the agreed confidence-building measures and outlining new reciprocal steps will facilitate a gradual rapprochement on the two banks of the Dniester River. A joint statement by the delegation heads of the countries, co-chairs of the Minsk OSCE Group, in support of the process of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement was adopted. We note that all parties are set to continue talks and promote measures to prepare the people for peace. Two declarations of the Ministerial Council have been agreed upon. They are related to the anniversaries of the adoption of the OSCE principles governing non-proliferation, #UN Security Council Resolution No 1540, as well as the OSCE Code of Conduct related to military-political aspects of security. While praising their contents in general, we note that it is apparently the current limit of what can be achieved on the military-political track. The conversation on the ways to restore trust and de-escalate tensions is valuable in itself. We support the continued ‘structured dialogue’ involving military experts without the politicisation of the process. We consider it an important confidence-building step. Building up cooperation in combatting transnational challenges is still relevant, especially considering the persistent terrorist threat in the world in general and in the OSCE region in particular. It is essential to enhance the efforts of the OSCE in counteracting the expansion of the terrorist ideology, including via the media, as well as to use the Security Committee of the OSCE Permanent Council more efficiently in the area of counterterrorism with the regular participation of experts from the capitals. Russia’s proposal regarding drug trafficking counteraction remains relevant. I would like to add that the inexplicable obsession of some delegations with gender issues has hampered the work to adopt decisions that have no direct connection to this subject. The sabotage by some delegations of the instruction issued at a meeting of the council in Basel in 2014 on adopting declarations to protect Christians and Muslims is absolutely counter-productive. At the same time, their rhetoric on the need to strictly adhere to the commitments we all signed up to seems a mere hypocrisy. The balanced projects related to the language and educational rights of ethnic minorities and the public’s right for free access to information were turned down outright. The same commitments that the Western countries so actively voted for in the past have apparently become unwanted. We supported the so-called Bratislava Appeal by the Chairperson-in-Office. We agree with its key provisions: to focus on what unites us and not on what separates us, be more flexible and ready to compromise and improve the equal interactive dialogue. We will continue to be guided by these principles in our work at the OSCE. The year 2020 will mark the 45th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act and the 10th anniversary of the Astana Declaration. This is a good opportunity to reaffirm our adherence to the basic principles of the OSCE that are outlined in these documents, as well as to the objective to strengthen comprehensive and indivisible security. However, it is alarming that this year, some partners did not show the readiness to do so in connection with the 20th anniversary of the Charter for European Security and the Platform for Co-operative Security. We wish success to #Albania, which will hold the upcoming chairmanship.

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Article by Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov, Together Against Corruption, for TASS News Agency, December 9, 2019

🔹 Article by Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov, Together Against Corruption, for TASS News Agency, December 9, 2019 💬 Every year on December 9, the world marks International Anti-Corruption Day. On this day in 2003, the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) was opened for signing. Unique in its own way, this multilateral document encapsulates the full scope of issues related to anti-corruption. The Convention has been signed by 186 states, which is declarative of the fact that the actions taken by the involved countries in line with UNCAC obligations are truly universal. No other similar document has been able to unite so many supporters behind one common goal, which is fighting corruption. Today this issue is becoming especially relevant. The links between corruption and other transnational threats, including organised crime and drug trafficking, are becoming increasingly evident. #Russia was one of the first countries to join the UNCAC and has unfailingly been one of the most active participants in international anti-corruption cooperation – which, in turn, gives a powerful impetus to the development of our domestic legislation aimed at improving the organisation and operation of authorities, and strengthening civil accord in society. Our country has been a proactive participant in all the sessions of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (the main decision-making body of the Convention) and hosted this prestigious forum in 2016, when representatives of 162 countries, 21 international organisations and 88 NGOs came to St Petersburg. It was an exceptionally worthwhile experience that, to a large extent, contributed to boosting Russia’s international authority in the fight against corruption. The next regular UNCAC session will take place this December in Abu Dhabi, where Russia will host several special anti-corruption events. Residents of the Russian capital have most likely seen the preparations for one of these events. Content by participants of the Together Against Corruption! youth public service advertising contest organised by the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office were displayed on information screens in the #Moscow Metro. Contestants from #Armenia, #Belarus, #Kazakhstan, #Kyrgyzstan, #Tajikistan and #BRICS countries submitted entries for the contest. Of course, the majority of the participants represented universities and schools in Russia. Projects of this type are a good example of practical multilateral work on preventing corruption. But, without a doubt, success would be impossible without exploring new trends and challenges and responding to them timely. These are the tasks we deal with every day. One of these relatively new focus areas that are becoming more significant both within the #UN framework and in other formats is countering corruption in sports. In June 2018, in view of the 2018 FIFA World Cup taking place in our country, Russia organised an international conference on preventing corruption in sports at the United Nations Office in Vienna. The event created much enthusiasm and, drawing on the success of the first conference, we held a second similar event in September 2019. Russia will by all means not only stay focused on this matter but will continue to play the most active role. As one of the avenues for further development of international cooperation with regard to counter-corruption measures in sports, the parties are discussing a Russia-proposed initiative for establishing a special forum under the auspices of the UN where countries could coordinate their approaches and efforts in this area in an open and practical dialogue. 🔗 Full article: https://is.gd/o20zvI

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🔹 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov’s greetings to the organisers and participants of the 13th European Russian Forum: 💬 I would like to offer my greetings to the organisers and participants of the 13th #European #Russian Forum. Your annual meetings have become a firmly established useful platform for maintaining constructive dialogue between representatives of the civil society and political circles of #Russia and the European Union on a wide range of vital issues – from European security to the current state and prospects of Russia-#EU relations. Today such efforts, objectively contributing to creating a healthier situation on the continent, building trust and mutual understanding among nations remain in high demand. It is hard to overestimate the topical character of the today's theme, "Russian identity beyond Russia". Unfortunately, in a whole range of #European states such dangerous phenomena are taking place as the unresolved problem of statelessness, as well as rise of Russophobic sentiment, restriction of possibilities to use and receive education in the Russian language. We are deeply concerned by attempts to falsify and politicise #history, including that of #WorldWarII. The European public opinion should be aware of and react to these facts in an appropriate manner. I am convinced that the proposals and recommendations worked out in the course of today's discussions will also contribute to these efforts. I wish you all fruitful work and all the best.

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🗓️ On December 10, the international community marks Human Rights Day. On this day in 1948, the UN General Assembly approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which laid a solid foundation for the current international system of promoting and protecting human rights. 🔹 Human Rights Day is a good opportunity to take stock and also to outline new tasks and objectives that would facilitate the further improvement of the human rights situation both in individual countries and in the world in general. 🔹 Russia still considers the standards and principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the international covenants on human rights and other related universal human rights instruments as the unshakable foundation of the modern international system for protecting human rights. We are confident that it is only possible for countries to implement their international obligations effectively, within the existing instruments, when this is based on a dialogue and cooperation involving all interested parties in the process of the development and adoption of decisions for human rights protection. 🔹 We regret the policy of some countries aimed at using human rights issues in their own opportunistic political and economic interests, including in order to interfere in the domestic affairs of sovereign states. 🇷🇺 Russia has always spoken against such approaches and pointed out that there is no alternative to constructive international cooperation in human rights protection, that the use of a policy of double standards is inadmissible, and that it is necessary to respect the national, cultural and historical characteristics of states’ development. ❗ These will be the principles the Russian Federation will adhere to if it is elected in the UN Human Rights Council for 2021-2023 during the election which will take place in the autumn of 2020, during the 75th session of the UN General Assembly. We are confident that the election of Russia to this important intergovernmental UN body will facilitate the establishment of a constructive dialogue in all areas of the international human rights agenda. #Russia #UN #HumanRights #HumanRightsDay

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💬 #Opinion by Maria #Zakharova: So I watched three times the part of the Paris press conference where Zelensky invites Solovyov to come and “walk around there, use your legs, your arms, and your eyes.” A question for Zelensky: But will you let him? I’ll tell you a secret now – Russian journalists are not allowed into Ukraine. They get turned around at the border, detained and deported, not even let off of their plane. They even denied entry to those arriving to attend the OSCE conference in Kiev and not even planning to use their “arms and legs” to walk around the city. As far as I remember, Evgeny Primakov was not even allowed to leave the airport. They would certainly “use their legs and eyes,” but the SBU does not allow them to, faithfully guarding “what is happening in Ukraine” from Russian broadcast. So Mr Zelensky, if you are serious, then do something about it “not in theory, but in practice, and at a specific time,” as you like to say. Make good on your invitation to Russian journalists. You might even give them an interview while you’re at it.

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🇷🇺🇺🇸 Sergey Lavrov signed the U.S. Department of State honorary guest book #Russia #Lavrov #USA #Washington #Diplomacy

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🇷🇺🇺🇸 Meeting between Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has started #Russia #Lavrov #USA #Washington #Diplomacy

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🇷🇺🇺🇸 Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo #Russia #Lavrov #USA #Washington #Diplomacy

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🇷🇺🇺🇸 Sergey Lavrov had a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo #Russia #Lavrov #USA #Washington #Diplomacy

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❗ On December 9, the #UN General Assembly held a plenary meeting, which considered a politicised and counterproductive draft resolution, submitted by the Ukrainian delegation, titled “Problem of the Militarisation of the Autonomous Republic of #Crimea and the City of #Sevastopol (Ukraine), as well as Parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of #Azov.” 🇷🇺 The Russian delegation put this document to a vote and voted against it. In addition to #Russia, this anti-Russia initiative was rejected by 18 member states. In addition, the number of supporters dropped from 66 to 63 compared with last year, with an even greater number of abstentions and absentees (111 versus 108). This indicates that the majority of members of the international community do not accept the distorted interpretation of the state of affairs in and around Crimea and that support for the #Ukrainian initiative, despite the pressure that Kiev and its patrons are using on many countries, has markedly decreased. 🔹 This draft resolution was introduced to the General Assembly for the second consecutive session. It contains unacceptable accusations against Russia and is based on conjecture, speculation and a distortion of the facts. Specifically, claims of the “militarisation” of Crimea and parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov are open to criticism. As a reminder, before 2014, under a #Russian-#Ukrainian agreement on the stationing of the Black Sea Fleet, Russia alone had the right to deploy up to 25,000 troops on the peninsula, although the actual number was much lower (about 12,000). In all, including the Ukrainian contingent, there were 27,000 service personnel deployed on the peninsula, whereas today this number is less than that, as Russia has informed the international community, in keeping with its existing commitments. 🔹 As for the Sea of Azov, Russia has no naval bases whatsoever in this area. Any forces there are used to guard the Crimean Bridge and ensure safety of shipping. Measures taken by Russia (selective inspections aboard ships, including Russian ships) are commensurate with the extremist threats to the Crimean Bridge and Russia as a whole. It is actions by Ukraine, which is actively building up a military presence along the coastline in the vicinity of Berdyansk and which systematically closes certain parts of the adjoining water area for gunnery practice, that are aimed at militarising the Sea of Azov. 🔹 One item of note is that the Ukrainian delegation planned a debate on the draft resolution on the same day the Normandy format summit was being held in #Paris, for which the Zelensky administration had sought to create a maximally favourable background. It cannot be ruled out that this step at the UN was conceived by the opponents of the Ukrainian president, who wanted to impede any constructive proceedings at the meeting.

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🔹 Maria #Zakharova: 💬 “Joint efforts are hindered by the wave of suspicion towards Russia that has overcome Washington,” Sergey Lavrov said following his meeting with Mike Pompeo. ❗ Just to clarify: it is suspicion, not Russia that has overcome Washington. #Russia #Lavrov #USA #Washington #Diplomacy

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🇷🇺🇺🇸 A joint Press Conference by Sergey Lavrov & U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo took place in Washington following their talks #Russia #Lavrov #USA #Washington #Diplomacy

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🇷🇺🇺🇸 Sergey Lavrov has met with political scientists at the Center for the National Interest #Russia #Lavrov #USA #Washington #Diplomacy

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🔴 A Press Conference by Sergey Lavrov concluding his visit to the US took place in Washington #Russia #Lavrov #USA #Washington #Diplomacy

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🇷🇺🇺🇸 A Press Conference by Sergey Lavrov concluding his visit to the US took place in Washington #Russia #Lavrov #USA #Washington #Diplomacy

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💬Paul Whelan’s attorney: “I doubt that everything happened the way Foreign Minister [Sergey Lavrov] describes and that Paul actually threatened prison guards with a drill. Where would he even get it? Besides, he always behaves in a civil manner.” ☝️Clearly, Whelan’s lawyers are not helping him. They know nothing about their client. We want to tell them where Whelan could “even get” a drill. The investigator had a paper drill on his desk similar to this one, for paper binding. And Whelan was going to use the drill in a way that it wasn’t intended for. So we recommend everybody who is defending Whelan to get to know their client better – and, perhaps, give him some advice. ❓By the way, what do you think they would do in an American prison if a detainee threatened to drill a hole in the investigator’s head?

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