We have taken note of the statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein made on March 14 at a high-level thematic discussion on Syria at the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council. Having appropriated the role of international arbiter, the high commissioner claims that the situation in Syria is “the worst man-made disaster the world has seen since World War II” and that as a result of the armed conflict, “ the entire country has become a torture-chamber.”We have first-hand experience of attempts to rewrite history to suit the political situation of the moment. This phenomenon is characteristic of many Western countries. The high commissioner is in effect trying to do the same thing: blame the Damascus authorities for fueling the war in Syria. According to him, vetoes at the UN Security Council have repeatedly pushed back hope for an end to “this senseless carnage.” Meanwhile, he turns a blind eye to the fact...Read more...
The Ministry has noticed the accusations against the Russian Federation recently made by the representatives of the command of foreign military contingents stationed in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, as well as some Afghan officials, that Moscow allegedly supports the Taliban Movement. The Russian side is "charged" with the supply of arms, financing the activities of this extremist...>>
We are following closely developments on the Korean Peninsula, where the situation has become even tenser following North Korea’s latest missile launch on March 6, and the start of large-scale joint exercises by US and South Korean armed forces, modelling offensive operations against North Korea.In this situation, we call on all parties concerned to show restraint and reflect seriously on the negative...>>
Speech by Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov at the 6th Middle East Dialogue Conference “The Middle East: When Will Tomorrow Come?” held by the Valdai International Discussion Club, Moscow, December 27, 2017
I am happy to take part in this sixth conference held by the Valdai International Discussion Club.The organisers of this...>>
The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey (hereinafter – the Parties) pursuant to the Joint Statement on the International Meeting on Syria in Astana (January 23-24, 2017, Kazakhstan) decide to establish the Joint Group as part of a trilateral mechanism to observe and ensure foil compliance with the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic; prevent...>>
On February 15, six-party consultations on the Afghan issue took place in Moscow involving Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Iran and India, at the level of special envoys for Afghanistan and high-level officials. The participants were also received by Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.The parties discussed regional approaches to the development of security in the Islamic Republic of...>>
Ambassador Kadakin was no ordinary diplomat. Since joining the Russian diplomatic service in 1972, he spent almost his entire career on India, serving there twice as Ambassador. He was witness to historic moments of our bilateral relations and had personal acquaintance with several Indian leaders. More than that, he contributed, shaped and influenced the course of our relations at close quarters, ably...>>
The Embassy of the Russian Federation with profound grief and sorrow notifies about the sudden demise of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India Alexander M. Kadakin on January 26, 2017.
In this connection, a Condolence Book will be opened at the Embassy of the Russian Federation (Main Gate), Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, on January...>>
The system has been offered to the port, which is a part of the DMIC.New security system to protect Russian command centres, airfieldsRussian consortium proposes new port security system for Andhra portIndia interested in Russian security systemA Russian-made port water monitoring system is likely to be installed at the Dighi Port in Maharashtra’s Raigad district, Artyom Cherepanov, Deputy Director...>>
On January 13, the Russian Foreign Ministry hosted trilateral consultations between the interdepartmental delegations of Russia, Iran and Turkey. They were attended by Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov, Foreign Minister’s Special Representative on the Middle East Settlement and Director of the Ministry’s Middle East and...>>
It will be a unique expedition, according to Sergei Shapovalov, director of the Oceanology Institute’s coordination centerMOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. The Russian research vessel Academician Boris Petrov has sailed off after four-year repairs from China’s port of Tianjin for a scientific expedition in the Indian Ocean, the first one after the collapse of the former Soviet Union, Alexei Sokov, acting...>>
Russian companies and regions will participate in the Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show, which opens on Monday, January 9, in the capital of India’s Gujarat state - Gandihanagar, Russia’s Trade Representative in India Yaroslav Tarasyuk told TASS on Sunday."This is a major economic event in India, which will take place on January 9-13," he said. "The forum and exhibition will feature representatives of...>>
On December 27, the third round of trilateral consultations on regional problems, involving special representatives on Afghanistan and senior officials from Russia, China and Pakistan, ended in Moscow. The participants also met with Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.The parties pointed to the worsening security situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and were especially worried about...>>
FOREIGN POLICY CONCEPT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATIONApproved by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on November 30, 2016
I. General provisions1. 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...>>
NEW DELHI: India and Russia are likely to sign the General Framework Agreement (GFA) on Kudankulam units 5 and 6 by this month. "Leaders of the two countries (Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin) had set a deadline to sign the General Framework Agreement for units 5 and 6 by the end of this month. The work is on and we are trying to stick to deadline," a top official of...>>
India and Russia are going to use the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) for combined shipments from December this year, Vice President of Iranian Railways Company Hossein Ashuri said.North-South Transport Corridor to Benefit Azerbaijan, Russia, Iran BAKU (Sputnik) — India, Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan agreed to use the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) for combined...>>
On November 16, the President of the Russian Federation signed the Decree «On the intention not to become a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court». The notification will be delivered to the Depository shortly.Russia has been consistently advocating prosecuting those responsible for the most serious international crimes. Our country was at the origins of the Nuremberg and Tokyo...>>
Holding that there could be "no double standards" in the fight against terrorism, India and Russia on Wednesday said there was an urgent need for all to come together to combat this "plague" of the 21st Century.
This came during the 16th meeting of the inter-governmental commission on military-technical cooperation, co-chaired by defence minister Manohar Parrikar and his Russian counterpart General...>>
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: How did you end up here? This is a just a small provincial town. These days, you find French people wherever you go in Russia, in every village. This is very good and we are pleased to see it.
Question (retranslated): Mr President, could you explain why you are not going to Paris?
Vladimir Putin: It’s very simple. We had planned to hold an official opening...>>
On October 8, the Russian Federation voted against the UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria, proposed by France.
The text of the document, which was obviously drawn up with Washington's encouragement directly after the United States refused to observe the Russian-US agreements on the Syrian settlement, flagrantly misrepresented the actual state of affairs and had a politically-charged and...>>
The President of Russia has issued an executive order suspending the 2000 Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Russian Federation Concerning the Management and Disposition of Plutonium Designated as No Longer Required for Defence Purposes and Related Cooperation (PMDA).
The agreement was signed at a time when our relations with the United States...>>
In the past few months, Russia and the United States were engaged in especially intensive efforts to find ways to reach a peaceful settlement in Syria that would liberate the country from terrorists and create an inclusive inter-Syrian dialogue.
Building on the provisions of the Geneva Communique of June 30, 2012, UN Security Council Resolution 2254, and the decisions of the International Syria...>>
Representatives of the Quartet — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, United States Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini — met in New York on 23 September.The Quartet Principals were joined by the Foreign Ministers of Egypt and France during the second part of the...>>
India has plans to sign a security agreement with Russia on expanding data sharing on terrorism and cybercrimes, local media reported on Wednesday, citing sources.
According to the Hindu newspaper, the agreement was planned to be signed during India's interior minister visit to Russia, which was initially scheduled for September 18 and postponed over a deadly attack on a military base in the disputed...>>
On September 9, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov met with Deputy Foreign Minister of India Sujata Mehta.They discussed the Nuclear Suppliers Group’s activity and other issues of mutual interest on the international agenda.>>
On September 9, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov held consultations in Moscow with Deputy Foreign Minister of India Sujata Mehta on a broad range of issues on the agenda of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.During a lively discussion of mutual priorities for the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly, both officials noted that the two countries’ approaches to issues discussed in...>>
On September 9, North Korea, in violation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, carried out another nuclear test.Such explicit disregard for the norms of international law and the opinion of the international community merits the strongest possible condemnation.North Korea’s actions, aimed at undermining the global non-proliferation regime, pose a serious threat to peace and security on the...>>
The 21st St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place from June 1–3, 2017 in accordance with the decision of the President of the Russian Federation. Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee – Executive Secretary Anton Kobyakov said: “In 2017, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will once again demonstrate Russia’s...>>
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has disrupted a plot to carry out terrorist attacks in the Republic of Crimea. The attacks, planned by the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s Chief Intelligence Directorate, targeted critical infrastructure and facilities in Crimea. Russia’s intelligence services take the view that these planned acts of sabotage and terrorism were intended to destabilise the...>>
Vladimir Putin received a letter from President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which the Turkish President expressed his desire to settle the situation concerning the downing of a Russian military aircraft.Mr Erdogan said in his letter that Russia is Turkey’s friend and strategic partner, and the Turkish authorities do not want to ruin relations between the two countries. “We never had the desire...>>
At Russia’s initiative, Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Mr Putin expressed his profound condolences following the terrorist attack at Istanbul airport that caused numerous casualties. He passed on his words of sympathy to the victims’ families and wished a swift recovery to all who were injured. Both presidents stressed the need to activate...>>
On the eve of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, we again turn our attention to developments in Afghanistan.It must be acknowledged that the military and political situation in that country remains extremely tense. The Taliban continues to fight in a number of provinces. They extensively use terror against their compatriots, with civilians accounting for most of the victims. The ISIS branch in...>>
Following a statement by Rashid Alimov, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Secretary-General, on the South China Sea issue published in the Chinese media, we deem it important to make the following comments.The consolidated position of the SCO countries that reflects the Russian Federation’s official stance was recorded in the press release of the SCO Foreign Ministers’ Council meeting on May...>>
The Russian Federation and the United States of America, as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), recognize the progress that has been made with respect to the cessation of hostilities (CoH) in Syria, in accordance with our Joint Statement of February 22, 2016, and in improving humanitarian access. We believe our joint efforts have brought about a significant decrease in violence...>>
On April 12, the US Department of State submitted to Congress its annual Report on Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments. As usual, Washington reported on the United States’ model adherence to and compliance with all its commitments while posing as a self-appointed teacher charged with assessing other countries’ behaviour in this...>>
Indian authorities are interested in acquiring Russia's advanced integrated security systems, Sergey Goreslavsky, the deputy director general of the Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said on Tuesday.
Such systems consist of different advanced integrated security and video surveillance structures that can be integrated in a single network. According to Goreslavsky, such systems have the...>>
Russian Helicopters Group, part of state hi-tech corporation Rostec, plans to sign a long-term contract with India’s Defense Ministry soon on the after-sale maintenance of Mil Mi-8/17 helicopters, Group Deputy CEO Igor Chechikov said on Monday.
"We’re currently discussing with our Indian partners the transition to after-sale maintenance of helicopters in a principally new format," he said. "From the...>>
On March 16, Deputy Foreign Minister and Russia’s BRICS Sherpa Sergei Ryabkov met with Indian Deputy External Affairs Minister and BRICS Sherpa Amar Sinha.They exchanged opinions on priorities and plans for India’s BRICS Presidency in 2016 and on current issues of intra-BRICS cooperation. The parties advocated the continuation of close contacts in order to implement the association’s goals and...>>
Question: In the last few days, Ukraine has seen several attacks on Russian diplomatic missions including the Russian Embassy in Kiev and the general consulates in Lvov and Odessa. What’s happening to the employees there? Is their life and health threatened? How do they live under conditions of what is practically a siege?
Sergey Lavrov: We’ve been following the situation closely and are in regular...>>
International relations have entered a very difficult period, and Russia once again finds itself at the crossroads of key trends that determine the vector of future global development.
Many different opinions have been expressed in this connection including the fear that we have a distorted view of the international situation and Russia’s international standing. I perceive this as an echo of the...>>
The joint exercise involving troops from 18 countries to drill humanitarian demining and peacekeeping operations will be held from March 1 to 8MOSCOW, February 29. /TASS/. Russian paratroopers have arrived at a military base in the Indian city of Pune where they will take part in peacekeeping operation drills and humanitarian demining maneuvers, the press service of Russia’s Defense Ministry reported...>>
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will speak at a high-profile event during the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, which will take place in Geneva on March 1.
Sergey Lavrov will make an opening statement at the high-level panel discussion on the on the 50th anniversary of adoption and the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the International Covenants on Human Rights: universality,...>>
The Russian-Indian Coordinating Committee on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy was established in Dec. 2014.“Based on the decision signed in December 2015, a fourth working group on the localization of production in India has already been established and is operating successfully,” Evgeni Griva, Director General of Rosatom South Asiasaid in an interview to Russian agency TASS which...>>
On January 16, the IAEA Director General released a report confirming that Iran has completed the necessary preparatory steps to start the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was agreed upon in Vienna on July 14, 2015 between the group of six intermediary countries (the UK, Germany, China, Russia, the US and France) and Iran with a contribution from Federica...>>
1. In 2015, the negative trends characteristic of international relations in recent years have worsened. Amid proliferating regional crises, growing instability in the global financial and economic system and escalating interreligious tensions, global competition has deepened against the backdrop of attempts by a number of states to reverse the objective process of the formation of a polycentric world...>>
On December 17, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2253, drafted jointly by Russia and the United States, on combating ISIS and other terrorist organisations and expanding measures to suppress the financing of terrorism. The Russian-US draft was co-sponsored by 68 UN member-states.
The resolution outlines a set of measures designed to step up work to expose and curb illegal...>>
On December 7, 2015, the 70th session of the UN General Assembly at the plenary session, adopted the No First Placement of Arms in Outer Space resolution (A/RES/70/27) initiated by the Russian Federation and originally co-authored by Brazil and China.The support by an overwhelming majority of the UN members (129 countries) confirms the crucial importance and relevance of our initiative. It is also...>>
On October 2, the Resolution, Human Rights and Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, was adopted at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council upon the US delegation’s initiative. During the consultations on the draft resolution, Russia and numerous other delegations repeatedly expressed their concerns about the document. In particular, this was related to the fact that it lacked a key...>>
New Delhi, September 30, 2015
The Embassy of the Russian Federation in India officially informed the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, that in accordance with the request of H.E. Mr Bashar al-Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic, for providing military assistance in fighting against ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria the Russian Federation begins air...>>
Mr. President, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen, The promotion of socioeconomic progress and the prosperity of all countries and peoples is the UN core mission. Forging a global partnership for development has been one of the most significant achievements of the UN that we all can rightly be proud of. Fifteen years ago, it was the UN that made it possible for the international community...>>
Green technology, super-computing and big data are some of the current thrust areas in knowledge exchange between India and Russia, an official said on Thursday.Apart from student exchanges which form an essential component of bilateral cooperation in the scientific field between the two countries, industrial component is also present in collaborations, said Ashutosh Sharma, secretary, department of...>>
24-08-2015There has been an increased number of firing of the territory of Donetsk and Lugansk by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) despite the ceasefire. The outskirts of Donetsk city, Donetsk Airport, settlements Horlivka and Debaltseve have been the main areas under intense fire.On 15-16 August, 2015 from 22.00 to 01.10 hrs. Moscow time 122 and 152 mm artillery systems shelled a residential area in...>>
The Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU) continue to shell the DPR and the LPR violating the ceasefire regime. These shellings led to casualties among the civilian population and destruction of social infrastructure facilities.The city of Donetsk, the Donetsk Airport area, settlements Spartak, Horlivka and Debaltseve were intensively shelled by artillery and mortar fire.On July 29, 2015, from 20:30 till 23:20...>>
Despite the ceasefire regime, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) continue to shell the DPR and the LPR territories, which leads to civilian casualties and destruction of social infrastructure facilities.The Donetsk city, the Donetsk Airport, settlements Spartak, Horlivka and Debaltseve continue to be the main areas under intense fire.There has been a number of shellings of the AFU positions conducted...>>
There has been an increased number of the ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) that lead to civilian casualties and destruction of social infrastructure facilities.The Donetsk Airport, settlements Spartak, Shyrokyne, Horlivka and Debaltseve have been the main areas under intense fire.On July 13, 2015, residential areas of the Zaitseve settlement were fired at with an IFV armament...>>
The Donetsk Airport, settlements Marinka, Avdeevka and Dokuchaievsk continue to be the main areas under intense fire.
There has been an increased number of the ceasefire violations that led to civilian casualties and destruction of vital facilities.
On July 7, 2015, Telmanovo and Svobodne were shelled with 152 mm artillery systems sited at Western outskirts of the Granitne settlement. The shelling...>>
UFA: In a significant step in economic cooperation, Russia's Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) today signed an MoU with India's Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) for funding of hydro-generation projects. RDIF Director General Kirill Dmitriev told the BRICS Business Council meeting here that his company signed an MoU with its partners in the BRICS member-states to work with sovereign funds,...>>
Russia is likely to participate in railway projects in India, funding for which could be routed through the newly-set up BRICS' New Development Bank. Indications in this regard came on Wednesday from the head of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin, who said negotiations are underway with India in this regard.
"As of now we are only a part of the Business Council. We do not yet have projects that are in...>>
A key Indian participant in SPIEF 2015, Shiv Khemka is Vice-President of the SUN group. He has more than 20 years of investment and business experience, principally focused on Russia and India. Khemka began leading SUN's investment and entrepreneurial activities in Russia and Ukraine in 1990, building a significant example of successful foreign direct and private equity investing into Russia. He also...>>
The efficiency of the military-industrial complex is the principal resource for the growth of the entire economy, the President stressed addressing the Forum. The defence industry should set the bar for many technological and production parameters and remain the driving force for the development of innovative technology, including dual-purpose and civilian technology, primarily in such industries as...>>
Created on the initiative of Russian leadership in 2006, the interstate association of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) succeeded in becoming a significant factor in global politics and economy in a short time. BRICS is both a symbol of a growing trend towards the formation of a polycentric world and the main locomotive of this trend's development. The commitment to comprehensive...>>
NEW DELHI: India and Russia today agreed to strengthen ties in the information and broadcasting (I&B) sector with the exchange of media personnel and cooperation in the social media space.The Russian side also proposed to include information and broadcasting in the BRICS summit slated to be held in Russia soon, Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told reporters.BRICS is the...>>
The Russian Navy is expected to get deliveries of the most modern attack helicopters.The Ka-52K “Alligator” is intended to be based on the large amphibious assault ship “Mistral”. On the 8th of April, 2014, the Ministry of Defence signed a contract for the supply of 32 serially-manufactured Ka-52K’s. The first 12 helicopters are scheduled to be produced in 2015.Fate of the French-built “Mistral” is...>>
Moscow will host a new round of talks on Syrian reconciliation on April 6-9, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.According to a statement posted on the Ministry's website, a group of Russian diplomats and experts visited Damascus and met with Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad and other government officials on March 21-22."Syrian government officials acknowledged the efforts made by Moscow to...>>
A free economic zone in Crimea, due to be launched in March, will attract new investment in the region, and businesses will be secure and profitable, permanent representative of the Crimean Republic to the president of Russia GeorgyMuradov told Sputnik."Our president adopted the law, according to which Crimea will be a free economic zone. It gives an impulse to the business community to invest more...>>
India's leading manufacturer of power insulator castings Indsur Global Ltd will supply $10 million worth of its products to Russia.As the management company informed TASS today, the contract with the Russian Global Insulator Group has been signed during the recent visit of its representatives to Mumbai.According to the director of Indsur Global Amit Lodha, the contract for the supply of insulator...>>
BrahMos missile to enter service in Indian Air Force in 2016, Sudhir Kumar Mishra, CEO and Managing Director for Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace, told RIA Novosti on Wednesday."According to the schedule, the missile is expected to enter service in 2016. A further 10 tests will be conducted by the end of the year. In May, a test flight with the launching system for the missile will be...>>
Russia and India are looking to forge and develop cooperation in space monitoring and in the field of training forces to respond to emergency situations. Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and India’s Ministry of Home Affairsare planning to bolster cooperation in the development of space monitoring systems and carry out joint training of rescue teams.“We find it expedient to put more energy into...>>
Myths and prejudice condition the Western response to the Crimean crisis. In this incisive article, Andrei Volodin provides a detailed historical overview of events leading up to the referendum in Crimea supporting reunification with Russia. The analyst lauds India, the world’s largest democracy, for taking an autonomous stand by recognizing Moscow’s legitimate interests in Crimea. The topic of Crimea...>>
New Delhi, February 19, 2015The reported call of the European Union’s envoy to India to ‘persuade’ Russia over events in Eastern regions of the Ukraine is a case of sheer duplicity and sly distortion of the core reasons which led to the intra-Ukrainian conflict.It must be reminded that those were not the people of Donetsk and Lugansk who unleashed the bloody fratricidal war but precisely the Kiev...>>
There is a sharp difference between the rates of nuclear energy offered by U.S. nuclear companies and the actual rate of energy produced by Russia-aided Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. The rate proposed by U.S. company Westinghouse of Rs 6 per kWh, with the price increasing due to insurance, was agreed during the negotiations between the leaders of India and the U.S., Prime Minister Narendra Modi and...>>
New Delhi, February 19, 2015The reported call of the European Union’s envoy to India to ‘persuade’ Russia over events in Eastern regions of the Ukraine is a case of sheer duplicity and sly distortion of the core reasons which led to the intra-Ukrainian conflict.It must be...
Created on the initiative of Russian leadership in 2006, the interstate association of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) succeeded in becoming a significant factor in global politics and economy in a short time. BRICS is both a symbol of a growing trend...
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