Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, October 12, 2017

Friday, 13 October 2017 06:40

Meeting between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and President of El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly Guillermo Gallegos

On October 13, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will have a meeting with President of El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly Guillermo Gallegos, who will be in Russia as head of a delegation of the Salvadoran Parliament to participate in the 137th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (St Petersburg, October 14-18).
We consider El Salvador our promising partner in Central America. In recent years, bilateral relations have gained a noticeable momentum and made some progress reaching a qualitatively new level. An Agreement on the Foundations of Relations was signed and entered into force on December 17, 2012. The Embassy of El Salvador opened in Moscow on October 18, 2012, and an Intergovernmental Agreement on the Abolition of Visa Requirements for the Citizens of Russia and El Salvador entered into force on August 27, 2016.
June 3 marked the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Russia and El Salvador (1992). A ceremony of handing over the Russian flag for permanent installation in the hall of plenary sessions of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador was held in San Salvador last May. A photo exhibition, Modern Russia, was opened to visitors. An agreement was reached with the leaders of the Salvadoran Parliament to hold a number of joint events in the autumn timed to coincide with the aforementioned date (Russian film festival and exhibitions).
Inter-parliamentary contacts play an important role in the political dialogue. The visits of the leadership of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (August 2013) and a delegation of the State Duma (March 2014) to El Salvador gave a special impetus to the interaction between the legislative bodies of our countries. In May 2014, Salvadoran parliamentarians led by President of the Legislative Assembly Sigfrido Reyes visited Russia. In May 2015, Deputy of the Legislative Assembly and General Secretary of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front ruling party Medardo Gonzalez visited Moscow.
We look forward to seeing further progress in Russian-Salvadorian relations, which are dynamically developing in the political, trade, economic, investment, cultural, and other areas.
Additional information on bilateral relations will be posted on the Foreign Ministry’s official website.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to attend the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students

On October 14-22, Russia will host the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS). The opening ceremony will take place in Sochi on October 15.
Over 20,000 young people from 150 countries will attend this ambitious international event. The festival aims to bring youth from different continents together for the sake of peace, justice and mutual understanding.
Guests of honour will include high-ranking officials from foreign countries, as well as representatives of sociopolitical, academic, cultural and sporting circles from Russia and abroad.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to take part in the scientific, educational and discussion programmes of the festival.

Global Forum of Young Diplomats as part of the World Festival of Youth and Students

The first Global Forum of Young Diplomats will be held as part of the World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi.
The event is the result of the effort put in by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Council of Young Diplomats (CYD) for more than four years, during which time it organised regional forums, in which young diplomats from foreign ministries [of other countries] traditionally take part. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to speak at the forum.
The scope of the event that is run by the CYD is as impressive as that of the Festival of Youth and Students. The main theme of the forum is information security and environment protection. Another issue on the agenda is the creation of the International Association of Young Diplomats, which will bring together all working foreign ministry specialists and young representatives of the political and business elites.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to attend a Valdai Club meeting

On October 16, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will take part in the 14th annual meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club.
Throughout its existence, the Valdai Club has earned a reputation as an influential expert forum that allows members of the public authority, as well as leading politicians and public figures from Russia and abroad, to engage in open and honest discussions on the most pressing international issues.
This year, the discussion at the Club will focus on the antagonisms in global development. Participants will analyse the origin of present-day conflicts and try to answer the question about the future world order that the current global turbulence is likely to produce.
Speaking before the forum participants, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will explain Russia’s view on the current situation in international affairs and prospects for its transformation and also, by tradition, will field questions from the audience.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in the ministerial session of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council

On October 18-19, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will be in Arkhangelsk, chairing the 16th ministerial session of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC), the closing event of Russia’s 2015-2017 chairmanship of BEAC.
The session will address matters of key significance for the region that have been the focus of Russia’s chairmanship: improving transportation and logistics infrastructure, protecting the environment and fighting climate change, promoting cultural cooperation and making the North more attractive for international tourism. Each of these priorities was propped up by a meeting of relevant ministers of BEAC, giving Russia’s chairmanship of the Council a result-oriented touch. During these meetings and the follow-up press conferences, the participants will sum up the results of what has been done.
In the course of our chairmanship, considerable attention was given to such Barents cooperation tracks as the development of trans-border economic ties, the forest sector, healthcare, the rights of indigenous peoples, education, scientific and youth exchanges and joint response to emergencies.
A joint declaration is expected to be passed, which will outline practical solutions designed to support the sustainable socio-economic and environmental development of the Barents region, including in light of the 25th anniversary of Barents cooperation in 2018.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is planning to hold a number of bilateral meetings with his BEAC counterparts on the sidelines of the session. As usual, we will promptly inform you about the schedule and the meetings themselves.
The rotating two-year BEAC chairmanship will pass from Russia to Sweden.

Accreditation for the 16th ministerial session of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC), Arkhangelsk, October 18-19

On October 19, the office of the Arkhangelsk regional administration in Arkhangelsk will host the 16th ministerial session of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) chaired by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
A joint news conference by the heads of delegations attending the ministerial meeting will be organised after the session.
On October 19, the first Barents Grant awards ceremony for cultural cooperation will be held in the Arkhangelskiye Gostinye Dvory historical and architectural complex.
Russian and foreign media are invited to cover these events. Accreditation applications must be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Accredited media representatives will be additionally informed in detail about the events’ programme.
Contact person: Head of the Media Relations Department at the Agency for the Press and Mass Media of the Arkhangelsk Region, Svetlana Belova. Contact phone numbers: 8(8182) 28-84-53, 8(8182) 20-06-55. Accreditation for the media is open until noon, October 16.

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