Press release on Second Round of the India-Russia Consultations on Security in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

The Second Round of India-Russia Consultations on Security in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) were held on February
15-16, 2018 in New Delhi, pursuant to the bilateral Agreement on Cooperation in ensuring security in the use of Information and communication technologies between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Russian Federation signed on October 15, 2016 on the sidelines of the 8thBRICS Summit in Goa.

The Indian delegation was led by Mr Rajinder Khanna, Deputy National Security Adviser, in coordination with Dr Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator. The Russian delegation was led by Mr Oleg Khramov, Deputy Secretary, Security Council of the Russian Federation.

The Sides reaffirmed their common concerns relating to threats in the use of ICTs and common approaches in ensuring security in this field. Both Sides highlighted the need to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the use of ICTs by deepening interaction between specialized agencies.

The Head of the Russian delegation called on India’s National Security Adviser who underlined the strategic character of India-Russia relations as well as highlighted the need to strengthen cooperation in the important sphere of use of ICTs.

Both Sides reiterated intention to strengthen practical cooperation on issues relating to ensuring security in the use of ICTs, including information sharing on emerging threats in this field, exchange of technical and confidential information, capacity building including sharing ICTs to fight against its use in criminal and terrorist purposes.

The Sides agreed that it is necessary to prevent misuse of ICTs for criminal and terrorism purpose and to prevent conflicts in the use of ICTs for ensuring security in the use of ICTs. The Sides stressed the significance of adopting norms, principles and rules of responsible state behavior in the use of ICTs with the UN as the key facilitator. In this respect, there is a need for the resumption of the work of a Group of Governmental Experts on Development in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security in order to develop the norms, principles and rules on security on the use of ICTs.

For the sake of further development of bilateral cooperation of security on the use of ICTs, both sides noted the necessity to consistently enhance activity by creating additional mechanisms of interaction between competent authorities and agencies as has been stated in the mentioned 2016 Bilateral Agreement.

The Sides reaffirmed their willingness to maintain regular bilateral dialogue on issues related to ensuring security in the use of ICTs with a view to further enhancing cooperation in this area.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s greetings on Diplomats’ Day Moscow, February 10, 2018

Friends,

First of all, I would like to congratulate Russian diplomats and veterans on their professional day.

Russia’s foreign policy department was established centuries ago and has very strong traditions. It has always had relented people, true patriots and professionals. Many of them went down in the history of the Russian state, including Nikita Panin, Alexander Bezborodko, and Alexander Gorchakov, Nicholas de Giers, Andrey Gromyko and Yevgeny Primakov. The ministry staff also included literary luminaries, such as Alexander Pushkin, Alexander Griboyedov, Fyodor Tyutchev and Alexey Tolstoy. On our professional day we also commemorate our comrades who died during the Great Patriotic War and in the line of duty. We will always hold them dear to our hearts.

The heritage we received from them imposes serious obligations upon us, the more so since the global situation is not improving.

While working to implement the multidirectional foreign policy, which has been approved by President of Russia Vladimir Putin, our diplomats contribute to protecting Russia’s sovereignty and security.

Our independent policy meets national interests and enjoys broad support in Russian society. No threats or pressure will force us to revise it. The overwhelming number of states view Russia as the only guarantor of global stability as well as the defender of the fundamental principles of interstate relations, such as the primacy of international law, the central role of the UN, the sovereign equality of states and respect for their  national identity and the right to independently choose their development paths.

We are promoting constructive interaction with our numerous foreign partners on all continents and in a variety of fields, which helps us to create favourable international conditions for our dynamic national development. We are advocating a constructive agenda aimed at pooling the efforts of the international community against the threat of terrorism and other global challenges.

I am convinced that in this responsible period in Russia’s history all employees of the central office, foreign missions and offices in Russian regions will continue to show initiative and work creatively and efficiently. I wholeheartedly wish Russian diplomats and their loved ones, together with our veterans, health, prosperity and success in their service to the homeland.

Friends! Once again, congratulations on our professional day.

Greetings from President of Russia Vladimir Putin to Foreign Ministry employees and veterans, February 10, 2018

Friends,

I would like to extend my most sincere greetings to you on your professional holiday, Diplomats’ Day.

There are many brilliant victories in the centuries-long history of Russian diplomacy and outstanding people who are the pride of the nation. The current Foreign Ministry staff continues to protect the country’s interests based on the good traditions of the past.

In the current complicated international situation and amid numerous problems, you are working hard to create favourable foreign policy conditions for Russia’s sustainable socioeconomic development and to protect the rights of Russian citizens and compatriots outside Russia.

The central apparatus and foreign offices of the Foreign Ministry are dealing with formidable challenges connected with the development of truly equitable and mutually beneficial cooperation with all our foreign partners. Our continued priorities are to uphold the UN’s key role in global affairs, to consolidate the international community in the fight against the terrorist threat and to strengthen the foundations of strategic stability and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The defeat of the main terrorist forces in Syria has created conditions for a peaceful settlement in that country, which the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi has confirmed. Of course, there is still much work ahead to resolve the Syrian crisis and several other regional conflicts.

It is vitally important to continue to promote the further development of mutually beneficial integration processes within the Eurasian Economic Union and to enhance the efficiency of multilateral cooperation organisations, which have been established with proactive contribution from Russia, such as BRICS, the SCO and the CSTO.

I hope that Russian diplomats will continue to work creatively and in earnest. Your achievements are certainly fostered by the broad support given to our foreign policy in Russian society.

I wholeheartedly wish success to the Foreign Ministry employees and health, long life and courage to the veterans.

 

Source: Official website of the President of Russia kremlin.ru

Greetings from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Foreign Ministry employees and veterans, February 10, 2018

Colleagues,

Friends,

I would like to sincerely greet you on the occasion of your professional holiday, Diplomats’ Day.

Russia’s foreign policy department has been working efficiently on a highly responsible mission to protect national interests, expand multifaceted cooperation with our foreign partners and create successful international conditions for the dynamic progress of our country.

One of the key areas in your work is the strengthening of the Eurasian Economic Union. We must continue to coordinate our efforts towards fully using the potential of Eurasian integration and its harmonious alignment with other regional associations and initiatives.

Diplomatic assistance to our foreign economic efforts is extremely important, including the support to Russian companies and assistance to attracting foreign investment.

Our traditional priorities include the protection of the rights of compatriots abroad, encouraging people to learn the Russian language, as well as the introduction of international audiences to Russian culture.

I am convinced that the employees of the Foreign Ministry, together with its diplomatic and consular offices, will continue working efficiently and closely together to make a major contribution to strengthening Russia’s international standing.

I wholeheartedly wish all of you good health, prosperity and the very best when it comes to all your new achievements for the sake of the homeland.

 Source: Official website of the Government of Russia government.ru

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the ceremony of laying wreaths at memorial plaques

Colleagues, friends,

We traditionally hold a wreath laying ceremony on Diplomats’ Day to commemorate all our colleagues, as well as our partners from the foreign trade sector who have perished during the Great Patriotic War, died in the line of duty or were victims of political repressions.

We don’t lay wreaths only at the Foreign Ministry building in Moscow. The ministry leadership and staff also lay wreaths at our comrades’ graves in the capitals of other countries. These events are organised at a high level in accordance with the rules. We will continue doing this to the best of our ability.

This year we will mark many important events. Just recently we marked the 75th anniversary of victory in the Battle of Stalingrad, which marked a tipping point in the Great Patriotic War and even the entire Second World War. This year we will also mark the 75th anniversary of two other important events that happened in the autumn of 1943: the Moscow conference of the foreign ministers of the Soviet Union, the United States and Great Britain and the Tehran Conference of the Big Three, who discussed and largely coordinated the fundamental principles of an international organisation to be known as the United Nations.

The experience of allied relations and cooperation to which I am referring, as well as the feeling of a common enemy and a common threat encouraged countries on the opposite sides of the ideological barrier, countries with different world outlooks to join forces to attain a historic victory.

I am convinced that we must make use of this experience now. Regrettably, there is a tendency to bury many of the achievements we have attained through joint efforts. The renunciation of collective efforts and the striving to promote a self-serving and unilateral agenda and to settle one’s problems at the expense of others can have predictably bad consequences similar to those of the shameful Munich Pact in 1938.

We will never refuse an honest discussion. We are aware of the need to join forces against terrorism and other threats facing the humankind. We will work to strengthen our partner, working and comradely contacts with all countries that share our views and that put peaceful coexistence and the creation of conditions for their efficient development over geopolitical games. We will always remain open to close and honest interaction based on equality, mutual respect and a balance of interests.

I would like again to thank you for attending the ceremony held to commemorate our comrades ahead of Diplomats’ Day.

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