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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s address and answers to questions at the 53rd Munich Security Conference

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Ladies and gentlemen,

Ten years ago, President of Russia Vladimir Putin addressed this conference with a speech that many in the West saw as a challenge and even a threat, although what his message emphasised above all was the need to renounce unilateral action in favour of honest cooperation based on mutual respect, international law, joint assessment of global problems and collective decision-making. Unfortunately, the warnings he sounded then about the negative consequences of attempting to obstruct the emergence of a multipolar world have become reality. 

Humanity stands at a crossroads today. The historic era that could be called the post-Cold War order has come to an end. Its main result, as we see it, was the complete failure of the Cold War institutions to adapt to new realities. The world has become neither ‘Western-centric’, nor a safer and more stable place. This is evident in the results of ‘democratisation’ in the Middle East and North Africa, and in other places too.

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On the passing away of Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations

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On 20 February 2017 Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Vitaly Churkin passed away in New York.

We are shocked with these news. Vitaly Churkin was an outstanding diplomat, professional of highest regard, a true patriot and a wonderful person. He fully devoted himself to his work, passed away in his office.

This loss weighs heavy on all of us, both Russian diplomats and entire diplomatic community.

On behalf of the Embassy’s leadership and staff we express our deepest condolences to the family and relatives of this outstanding Russian diplomat. The precious memory of Vitaly Churkin will continue to live on in the hearts of everyone who knew him.

Please send your messages of condolence to the following email: ruspospr@mweb.co.za

 

 

Vitaly Churkin’s Biography

 

Ambassador Vitaly Churkin has been Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations since 2006.

Previously he was Ambassador at Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (2003-2006), Ambassador to Canada (1998-2003), Ambassador to Belgium and Liaison Ambassador to NATO and WEU (1994-1998), Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation to the talks on Former Yugoslavia (1992-1994), Director of the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR/Russian Federation (1990-1992).

Ambassador Churkin held a Ph.D. in history and was a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

 

Foreign Ministry statement on the rapidly deteriorating situation in Donbass

The situation in Donbass has deteriorated sharply in recent days. Ukrainian troops continue to conduct offensive operations to seize positions held by self-defence forces, including in the suburbs of Donetsk. Heavy weapons, including heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, are being actively used to shell residential areas. According to Minsk Package of Measures of February 12, 2015, such weapons should long since have been withdrawn from the contact line. There are casualties and wounded among the civilian population. As a result of the shelling by Ukrainian troops, the Donetsk Filtration Station and the Avdeyevka Coke Chemical Plant have lost power. The lives of miners working in the mines are under threat.

We see southeastern Ukraine, which is already suffering from the economic blockade imposed by Kiev, again on the verge of a real humanitarian and environmental disaster.

All of this is a direct outcome of ongoing violations by Ukraine of its obligations under the Minsk agreements, which no one in Kiev intends to act on. Instead of efforts to achieve sustainable peace, the Ukrainian authorities are trying hard to achieve a military solution to the conflict. Everyone should remember what kind of outcome this kind of reckless behaviour has led to on previous occasions.

Strangely enough, every escalation of the situation in Donbass comes at a time when the Ukrainian leadership is away on a foreign trip. Clearly, this is an attempt to keep the crisis provoked by Kiev on the international agenda.

We urge the Ukrainian authorities to immediately put an end to the armed provocations in Donbass, comply with existing ceasefire agreements and begin, at long last, to responsibly fulfil all the provisions of the Minsk Package of Measures, including those relating to the political aspects of the existing problems.

We expect Ukraine’s partners to exert the necessary influence on Kiev to put an end to these efforts to turn the tables in Donbass and sink the Minsk agreements.

We expect a quick response on the part of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine in order to de-escalate the situation as soon as possible.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a news conference on the results of Russian diplomacy in 2016, Moscow January 17, 2017

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Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, happy New Year and best wishes on all holidays.

The past leap year was not easy. In addition to the troubles that usually befall leap years, some man-made events also took place which were not conducive to strengthening international security.

Russia’s vision of its goals in the international arena is described in detail in the country’s new Foreign Policy Concept that was approved in November by President Vladimir Putin. I am sure that all those who are interested in this sphere of our country’s activity have familiarised themselves with it. International issues were very prominent at President Putin’s news conference (December 23, 2016), as well as in a number of his other statements. I will therefore not lay out our vision of the year’s results. We’ll do better to leave more time for questions and answers.

I will only say that last year did not see any reduction in threats. I am referring above all to the threat of international terrorism, which continued doing its dirty business. It has affected residents of cities in Europe, the Middle East and other countries. As a result of a heinous terrorist attack, we lost our ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov. Terrorism has become a genuinely systemic problem. The fact that the international community is still unable to effectively rally and form what President Vladimir Putin described last year at the UN as a united, universal antiterrorist front certainly arouses serious concern and regret.

Why is this happening? There are probably a lot of reasons. We see that pooling efforts to fight terrorism, organised crime, drug trafficking and many other threats is becoming a systemic problem that is compounded by basic differences between the objective trend toward the formation of a polycentric world, on the one hand, and the actions of those trying to hold on to the outdated concept of unipolarity, on the other hand. I am referring to the domination not even so much of one state as one group of states with their own system of values. More and more we are running up against a conflict that has been growing over the past several years and that has asserted itself in a very naked form at the current stage. I’m referring to the divide between what underlies the foreign policy of a particular country – pragmatism, correctly understood national interests – versus messianism, the aspiration to disseminate values across the world, what’s more, according to the interpretation that has evolved and developed within this group of states.

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Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation

FOREIGN POLICY CONCEPT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Approved by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on November 30, 2016

I. General provisions

1.     This Concept sets forth a system of views on the basic principles, priority areas, goals and objectives of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation.

2.     This Concept is based on the Constitution of the Russian Federation, generally recognised principles and rules of international law, international treaties of the Russian Federation, federal laws, Executive Order of the President of the Russian Federation No. 605 of May 7, 2012 On Measures to Implement the Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation, the National Security Strategy of the Russian Federation, the Military Doctrine of the Russian Federation, statutes and regulations of the Russian Federation regarding the foreign policy activities of federal authorities, as well as other applicable legal acts of the Russian Federation.

3.     With a view to upholding the national interests of the Russian Federation and achieving its strategic national priorities, the state’s foreign policy activities shall be aimed at accomplishing the following main objectives:

a)     ensure national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and strengthen the rule of law and democratic institutions;

b)    create a favourable external environment that allows Russia’s economy to grow steadily and become more competitive and promotes technological modernisation as well as rising standards of living and quality of life for its population;

c)     consolidate the Russian Federation’s position as a centre of influence in today’s world;

d)    strengthen Russia’s position in global economic relations and prevent any and all discrimination against Russian goods, services and investments, using the options afforded by international and regional economic and financial organisations;

e)     continue promoting efforts to strengthen international peace and ensure global security and stability with a view to establishing a fair and democratic international system that addresses international issues on the basis of collective decision-making, the supremacy of international law, primarily the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations (the UN Charter), as well as equal, partnership relations among states, with the central and coordinating role played by the United Nations (UN) as the key organisation in charge of regulating international relations.

f)     pursue neighbourly relations with adjacent states, assist them in eliminating existing hotbeds of tension and conflicts on their territory and prevent the emergence of new ones;

g)     promote, within bilateral and multilateral frameworks, mutually beneficial and equal partnerships with foreign countries, interstate associations, international organisations and as part of forums, guided by the principles of independence and sovereignty, pragmatism, transparency, predictability, a multidirectional approach and the commitment to pursue national priorities on a non-confrontational basis; expand international cooperation on a non-discriminatory basis; facilitate the emergence of network alliances and Russia’s proactive participation in them;

h)    ensure comprehensive, effective protection of the rights and legitimate interests of Russian citizens and compatriots residing abroad, including within various international frameworks;

i) strengthen Russia’s role in international culture; promote and consolidate the position of the Russian language in the world; raise global awareness of Russia’s cultural achievements and national historical legacy, the cultural identity of the peoples of Russia, and Russian education and research; consolidate the Russian-speaking diaspora;

j) bolster the standing of Russian mass media and communication tools in the global information space and convey Russia’s perspective on international process to the wider international community;

k) facilitate the development of constructive dialogue and partnership with a view to promoting harmony and mutual enrichment among various cultures and civilisations.

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