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updated 12:48 PM UTC, Apr 26, 2017

Welcoming remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the participants and guests of the 3rd International Conference “Russia and Europe: Topical Issues of Modern International Journalism”

   I heartily welcome the participants and guests of this conference, who have gathered in Vienna to discuss the topical issues of international journalism.

   International relations today have wound up in a turbulence zone. They are characterised by a significant rise in instability and unpredictability. Under these conditions, it is especially important to observe professional ethics standards in the international information field. Attempts to unleash information wars and play without rules only further destabilise the situation, and deepen threats to security and equal cooperation between states and peoples based on mutual respect. There is demand for truly independent, competent and daring journalism, oriented not towards egotistical interests, but towards the need to serve truth and justice.

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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company regarding the birthday of Yevgeny Primakov. Moscow, 28 October 2014

Question: It is generally recognised that with Yevgeny Primakov’s appointment as foreign minister of the Russian Federation, the country’s foreign policy acquired a new identity and consistency, while diplomats regained their dignity. Do you agree with this? What can you say about your work at that time?

Sergey Lavrov: I believe that in the not so distant future, historians will formulate the concept of a Primakov Doctrine. His arrival at the Russian Foreign Ministry brought about a U-turn in the nation's foreign policy: it got out of the rut into which its Western partners had tried to push it after the disintegration of the USSR, and embarked on an independent course. This is the main thing, but certainly not the only thing that Yevgeny Primakov accomplished. He is also the author of our foreign policy principle, which had been followed in the Russian Empire and in the USSR, but disappeared in the post-Soviet era (in the first half of the 1990s), namely, the multi-vector principle, in particular, the striving to develop mutually beneficial relations with all countries that are interested in this, and abandoning the approach where the eastern and southern vectors of Russia’s foreign policy were undervalued.

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