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15 July 2017

Press release on consultations on Russia’s partnership with the UN Development Programme

On July 11, Moscow hosted the second annual consultations on Russia’s partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) under the joint chairmanship of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Cihan Sultanoglu.The discussion was attended by representatives of Russian federal executive bodies, as well as business and research associations responsible for implementing the partnership. The participants exchanged views on various aspects of cooperation with the UNDP and discussed practical issues related to involving domestic experts in UNDP activities in the relevant countries, primarily Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.The participants in the consultations reaffirmed the interest of the sides in developing active cooperation. The consultations became an important step towards further expansion and regulation of the partnership.The... Read more...
08 July 2017

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

On July 7, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg. The meeting lasted for one hour.The officials reviewed some key international and bilateral matters.>>
06 July 2017

Press release on the start of the 40th Session of the FAO Conference

On July 3, the 40th session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) opened in Rome. The Conference is held on a biennial basis and is the highest governing body of the FAO.More than 1,000 delegates from 171 countries, including 85 ministers and senior officials, arrived at the FAO headquarters. Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachyov leads Russia’s inter-agency...>>
06 July 2017

Joint statement by the Russian and Chinese foreign ministries on the Korean Peninsula’s problems

The Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China are the Korean Peninsula’s neighbours, therefore the development of the situation in the region concerns the national interests of both countries. Russia and China will closely coordinate their efforts in order to promote a complex solution to the Korean Peninsula’s problems, including that of the nuclear issue, for the sake of achieving a...>>
30 June 2017

Press release on a new procedure of issuing short-stay tourist visas to the State of Qatar for citizens of the Russian Federation

As of June 22, 2017, the General Directorate of Nationality, Borders and Expatriates Affairs of Qatar’s Ministry of Interior has added the Russian Federation to the list of countries whose citizens can have a one-month tourist visa issued at Hamad International Airport in Doha. Russian citizens arriving in Doha can receive an entry visa at the airport, provided they have an international passport...>>
30 June 2017

Press release on the 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

The 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council ended in Geneva on June 23.The participating delegations exchanged opinions on a wide range of international human rights issues, highlighting the rights of women, internally displaced persons and migrants, transnational corporations and human rights, peaceful assembly and association, independence of judges and lawyers, the right to health and...>>
20 June 2017

Media Note of the Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations, China, Beijing, 18-19 June 2017

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa, met on 18-19 June 2017 in Beijing, China. The Ministers commend the fruitful cooperation forged in the past and look forward to continued and positive cooperation among BRICS countries. They...>>
20 June 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in the BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting

On June 18-19, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will take part in the BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting in Beijing. We regard the forthcoming full-format meeting that is not bound to other international forums as corresponding to the increasingly intensive dynamics of international developments. Additionally, it promotes the practice of the annual “synchronisation of watches” between the five foreign...>>
19 June 2017

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s participation in a meeting of BRICS sherpas and sous-sherpas

On June 14-15, Qingdao (PRC) hosted this year’s second meeting of sherpas and sous-sherpas from the BRICS countries.  The meeting was attended by Deputy Foreign Minister and Russian BRICS Sherpa Sergey Ryabkov.The participants discussed further steps to promote five-way strategic cooperation and current issues related to preparations for the upcoming high- and top-level BRICS events, including a...>>
19 June 2017

Remarks by Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin at the conference, “Aleppo: A City Free From Terror. New Life, New Hopes,” Geneva, June 14, 2017

Colleagues, friends,First of all, I would like to welcome the participants of this conference entitled, “Aleppo: A City Free From Terror. New Life, New Hopes.”We decided to convene a conference in order to tell the truth about the events preceding and following the liberation of Aleppo from the terrorists. Our goal is to let speak the people who brought peace to this city, and who can see with their...>>
19 June 2017

Press release on the conference “Aleppo: A city free from terror. New life, new hopes”

On June 14, the United Nations Office in Geneva hosted a conference, “Aleppo: A city free from terror. New life, new hopes.”The following officials spoke at the conference: Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin; Head of the Centre for Reconciliation of Conflicting Parties in Hmeymim Lt-Gen...>>
12 June 2017

Speech at the SCO meeting in expanded format

Vladimir Putin spoke at an expanded format meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation with the participation of heads of delegations of the SCO observer countries and international organisations.President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, friends,I would like to congratulate you all on the 15th anniversary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Charter and...>>
12 June 2017

Speech at the restricted format meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State

Vladimir Putin spoke at the restricted format meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State.President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues,We highly assess Kazakhstan’s achievements during its Presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. It has prepared a busy agenda for the SCO Heads of State Council meeting. I am convinced that the decisions we adopt today will further strengthen the SCO’s...>>
08 June 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the multilateral Kabul Process meeting

On June 6, Kabul hosted a multilateral meeting of the Kabul Process for national reconciliation and security in Afghanistan. The meeting was attended by special envoys and senior officials from 27 countries, including Russia, and also delegates from several international organisations.Following the meeting, the Afghan authorities published a statement by the meeting chair, who expressed appreciation...>>
01 June 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on the Syrian "chemical dossier"

On May 23, the UNSC held its successive discussion on the state of affairs around the so-called Syrian "chemical dossier". The Western "troika" of permanent members of the UN Security Council sought to give an anti-Assad and anti‑Russian pronounced spin to this event. It was reconfirmed that these "exposers" of Damascus were not interested in establishing the truth in a crucial issue of who actually...>>
30 May 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on the Syrian "chemical dossier"

On May 23, the UNSC held its successive discussion on the state of affairs around the so-called Syrian "chemical dossier". The Western "troika" of permanent members of the UN Security Council sought to give an anti-Assad and anti‑Russian pronounced spin to this event. It was reconfirmed that these "exposers" of Damascus were not interested in establishing the truth in a crucial issue of who actually...>>
30 May 2017

Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the Iraqi civilian victims of Western coalition strikes

Moscow is seriously concerned over the reported facts of mass deaths of Iraqi civilians as a result of the incessant bombings by the United States and its allies in the anti-ISIS coalition. The scale of the human toll is shocking.For instance, Washington belatedly published admissions by the US military command of the simultaneous death of over a hundred civilians in Mosul’s Al-Jadida District on...>>
25 May 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on repeated accusations of Russian support for the Taliban

Despite the assurances of the Afghan authorities that they will curb groundless accusations of Russia for allegedly supporting the Taliban, some Afghan MPs and heads of provincial Afghan security agencies continue to repeat these insinuations. This time, police chief of Kandahar Province Abdul Raziq alleged that Russia is helping the Taliban with money and arms supplies in cooperation with other...>>
15 May 2017

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in the Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Fairbanks, USA

On May 10-11, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attended the Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Fairbanks, USA. The Fairbanks Declaration adopted following this meeting reaffirmed the commitment to maintain peace, stability and constructive cooperation and outlined the main areas for promoting international cooperation to foster sustainable development in the Arctic. The document highlights the...>>
12 May 2017

Statement of Rashid Alimov, SCO Secretary General at the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation on the subject «Multifaceted interaction within the SCO framework for peace, stability, and prosperity», Vienna, 10 May 2017

Distinguished Mr. Chairman,Ladies and gentlemen!First of all, allow me to express our gratitude to the Russian Side holding chairmanship at this authoritative Forum for Security Cooperation for the invitation to present to its participants the activities of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation for peace, stability and prosperity in the vast Eurasian area.In a month on the 9th of June Astana, the...>>
12 May 2017

Statement by Evgeny S. Sysoev, Executive Committee Director of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure at the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation, Vienna, May 10, 2017

Distinguished Mr. Chairman,Ladies and Gentlemen,The Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is honoured to have the floor at the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation for the first time. The FSC is recognized as one of the most authoritative platforms for exchange of views on relevant European security issues and for active discussion of measures aimed at...>>
11 May 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

On May 11, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will attend the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, the United States. Apart from the foreign ministers of Arctic Council member-countries, the meeting will involve delegations from Arctic indigenous ethnic groups’ organisations.The Arctic Council is the most influential intergovernmental forum aiming to expand cooperation in the Arctic....>>
11 May 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the latest reports by the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission and Human Rights Watch on the use of chemical weapons in Syria

The OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (OPCW FFM) in Syria has recently published a report on the September 16, 2016 chemical attack in the village of Maarat Umm Hawsh in Aleppo Province, Syria. We provided assistance to the OPCW FFM in keeping with Clause 6 of Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). In particular, the Russian Radiation, Chemical, and Biological Protection Forces provided the...>>
10 May 2017

Memorandum on the creation of de-escalation areas in the Syrian Arab Republic

The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic (hereinafter referred to as “Guarantors”):     guided by the provisions of UNSC resolution 2254 (2015);     reaffirming their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab...>>
03 May 2017

Press release on Turkish airstrikes against Iraq and Syria

Reports coming in say that the Turkish air force carried out airstrikes on the night of April 25 against Iraqi and Syrian regions bordering Turkey. Turkey has stated that the air strikes targeted positions held by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Syrian Democratic Forces headed by the Democratic Union Party, close to the PKK. They report around 70 Kurdish fighters dead.  Moscow is deeply...>>
03 May 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the investigation launched by France into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun

A report by the French intelligence services containing France’s conclusions about the alleged use of chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun in Idlib Province, Syria, has been released in Paris. France is the third country after Turkey and Britain to have conducted a probe into the chemical attack. The impression is that the above countries either do not trust the OPCW or are trying to steer its...>>
03 May 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the humanitarian situation in Yemen

It is our strongly held view that so long as the bloody internal political conflict in Yemen involving the Saudi-led ‘coalition’ continues, the humanitarian problems facing peaceful Yemenis will continue to worsen. The people of Yemen are literally struggling to survive against a sea and air blockade, mass famine and epidemics.In this regard, we took note of the so-called ‘march for bread’ on April...>>
03 May 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the terrorist attack in Afghanistan

On April 21, the Taliban staged yet another attack, this time against an Afghan National Army base in Balkh Province in northern Afghanistan. They have killed over 200 people, most of them Afghan military personnel.It is regrettable that the most pessimistic predictions on a new season of fighting have materialised in Afghanistan. We have to say that the bloody internal conflict in long-suffering...>>
19 April 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the terrorist attack outside Aleppo

The past weekend in Syria was dominated by a tragic, provocative surge of violence.On April 15, in a suburb of Aleppo, Rshidin, a suicide bomber attacked a bus convoy with refugees from the Shiite enclaves of Fuah and Kafriya in the province of Idlib. According to the latest information, the terrorist managed to drive a car bomb next to a parked column of buses by pretending to be an aid worker...>>
19 April 2017

Comment by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on the OPCW Executive Council’s special session re-opening in The Hague on April 19

Russia is concerned and alarmed with regard to the ongoing attempts of a number of countries to deliberately distort the situation surrounding the Khan Shaykhun incident on April 4 and, in effect, to dictate to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons their rash, but far-reaching conclusions. Moreover, this is increasingly being done in an unacceptably pushy and defiant manner. The...>>
19 April 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the 30th anniversary of the Missile Technology Control Regime

April 16 marks 30 years since the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) was established. Over the years, the MTCR, which includes 35 states, has become a key practical tool for deterring the proliferation of missiles.The Regime makes it possible to draft export control standards regarding materials used to manufacture delivery vehicles of weapons of mass destruction, including ballistic and cruise...>>
10 April 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on a misinformation campaign by some Afghan media outlets

Some Afghan media outlets have published insinuations about a Russian military delegation’s alleged visit to Taliban training camps in the North Waziristan Agency in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan, we consider it necessary to clarify the situation.A Russian delegation headed by Colonel General Sergey Istrakov, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, held another round...>>
10 April 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Syrian chemical dossier Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Syrian chemical dossier

The Russian Federation has invariably held the unequivocal and straightforward position that any use of chemical weapons by anyone is absolutely unacceptable under any circumstances, and those responsible for such crimes must be held accountable.However, the so-called red line set by President Obama in 2012, the crossing of which was supposed to trigger outside military intervention in the...>>
07 April 2017

Comment from the Press Service of the President of Russia

The President of Russia regards the US airstrikes on Syria as an act of aggression against a sovereign state delivered in violation of international law under a far-fetched pretext. The Syrian Army has no chemical weapons. The fact of the destruction of all Syrian chemical weapons’ stockpiles has been recorded and verified by the OPCW, a specialised UN body. Vladimir Putin believes that complete...>>
06 April 2017

Foreign Ministry statement regarding Palestinian-Israeli settlement

Moscow is deeply concerned about the situation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Palestine and Israel have not held political negotiations for nearly three years, and the situation on the ground has been deteriorating.The stalling of the Middle East peace process has created conditions for unilateral moves that undermine the potential for an internationally accepted solution to the Palestinian...>>
02 April 2017

NDB BOARD OF GOVERNORS APPROVES THE BANK’S FIVE-YEAR STRATEGY AND TERMS, CONDITIONS AND PROCEDURES FOR THE ADMISSION OF NEW MEMBERS

The Board of Governors (BoG) of the New Development Bank (NDB) approved today, in principle, the Bank’s General Strategy document for 2017-2021. Governors have also approved the document on Terms, Conditions and Procedures for the Admission of New Members. The Strategy document will be further worked on, in order to incorporate some proposals made by Governors and is expected to be made public no...>>
27 March 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on official German statements regarding the situation around Mosul

We have taken note of statements regarding the situation in Mosul, Iraq, made by official representatives of the German government and Foreign Ministry at a news conference.We were both puzzled and shocked by their attempts to present the US-led anti-ISIS coalition’s offensive against Mosul as a surgical operation. This sounded cynical in light of the numerous civilian victims and civilian...>>
16 March 2017

Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ statement on Syria

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...>>
11 March 2017

Comment by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on the accusations against Russia of support to the Taliban Movement

10-03-2017 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...>>
09 March 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation on the Korean Peninsula

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...>>
02 March 2017

Speech by Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov

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...>>
20 February 2017

Concept paper on the Joint Group (Agreed on as the outcome of the International Meeting on Syria in Astana, February 16. 2017)

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...>>
20 February 2017

Press release on six-party consultations on Afghanistan in Moscow

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...>>
30 January 2017

Remarks by Ambassador Pankaj Saran in memory of Ambassador Alexander Kadakin at the Republic Day Reception in Moscow on 26 January 2017

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...>>
26 January 2017

Condolence Book will be opened at the Embassy of the Russian Federation (Main Gate), Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, on January 27-30, 2017, from 11:00 to 19:00.

Dear all, 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...>>
25 January 2017

Maharashtra’s Dighi port may get Russian security system

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...>>
19 January 2017

Press release on trilateral consultations on Syria between Russia, Iran and Turkey

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...>>
10 January 2017

Russia sends expedition of geophysicists to Indian Ocean

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...>>
09 January 2017

Russian companies to participate in international show in India

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...>>
30 December 2016

Press release on trilateral consultations on Afghanistan in Moscow

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...>>
23 December 2016

Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation (approved by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on November 30, 2016)

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...>>
08 December 2016

India, Russia to sign framework agreement on Kudankulam units 5,6 this month

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...>>
30 November 2016

India to Launch Shipments to Russia Via North- South Transport Corridor Soon

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...>>
17 November 2016

Statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry

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...>>
27 October 2016

India, Russia slam 'double standards' in fight against terror

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...>>
14 October 2016

Answers to questions from French journalists from TF1 TV channel

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...>>
10 October 2016

Foreign Ministry statement in connection with Russia's veto of the French-proposed UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria on October 8, 2016

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...>>
04 October 2016

Comment by the Foreign Ministry on the presidential executive order suspending the plutonium management and disposition agreement

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...>>
28 September 2016

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Russian-US agreements on Syria

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...>>
26 September 2016

Statement by the Quartet's Principals New York, 23 September 2016

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...>>
23 September 2016

India plans to sign terrorism data exchange deal with Russia

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...>>
12 September 2016

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister of India Sujata Mehta

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.>>
12 September 2016

Press release on consultations between Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and Indian Deputy Foreign Minister Sujata Mehta

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...>>
12 September 2016

Statement by the Foreign Ministry

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...>>
06 September 2016

Dates set for St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2017

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...>>
12 August 2016

STATEMENT BY THE FOREIGN MINISTRY OF RUSSIA

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...>>
30 June 2016

Vladimir Putin received a letter from President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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...>>
30 June 2016

Telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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...>>
05 June 2016

Foreign Ministry comment on developments in Afghanistan

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...>>
30 May 2016

Comment by the Ministry on SCO Secretary- General Rashid Alimov’s statement on South China Sea issue

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...>>
10 May 2016

Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the United States on Syria

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...>>
25 April 2016

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the US Department of State’s report on adherence to and compliance with arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements and commitments

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...>>
30 March 2016

India Interested in Buying Russian Integrated Security Systems

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...>>
29 March 2016

Russia, India set to sign contract on after-sale maintenance of Mi-8/17s

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...>>
18 March 2016

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov’s meeting with India’s Deputy External Affairs Minister Amar Sinha

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...>>
12 March 2016

The Foreign Minister’s replies to questions from REN TV, Moscow

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...>>
03 March 2016

Sergey Lavrov’s article "Russia’s Foreign Policy: Historical Background" for "Russia in Global Affairs" magazine

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...>>
01 March 2016

Russian paratroopers arrive in India to take part in international drills

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...>>
29 February 2016

Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in a regular session of the UN Human Rights Council

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,...>>
05 February 2016

'Rosatom is now actively expanding its global footprint'

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...>>
19 January 2016

Foreign Ministry statement on the beginning of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear programme

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...>>
30 December 2015

Major foreign policy events of 2015

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...>>
19 December 2015

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution on fighting ISIS and other terrorist organisations and their funding channels

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...>>
11 December 2015

Press release on the adoption of the No First Placement of Arms in Outer Space resolution by the UN General Assembly

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...>>
06 October 2015

Comment by the Information and Press Department

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...>>
30 September 2015

On providing military assistance to Syria in fighting against ISIS

PRESS RELEASE 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...>>
29 September 2015

Remarks by Foreign Minister S.Lavrov at the UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

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...>>
11 September 2015

'Green technology thrust area in India-Russia knowledge exchange'

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...>>
04 September 2015

Information on the ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian Side, August 15 through August 22, 2015

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...>>
06 August 2015

Information on ceasefire violations in Eastern Ukraine (July 25 - July 31, 2015)

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...>>
03 August 2015

Information on the ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian side, July 18 through July 25, 2015

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...>>
24 July 2015

Information on the ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian side, July 13 through July 19, 2015

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...>>
17 July 2015

Information on the ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian side, July 7 through July 11, 2015

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...>>
09 July 2015

India, Russia sign MoU for funding of hydro-generation projects

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,...>>
09 July 2015

Russia likely to participate in railway projects in India

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...>>
19 June 2015

Important for Russia to ‘Make in India’ - Shiv Khemka

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...>>
17 June 2015

Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2015

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...>>
02 April 2015

CONCEPT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION’S PRESIDENCY IN BRICS IN 2015-2016

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...>>
26 March 2015

Russia Interested to Strengthen Ties with India in Information & Broadcasting Sector

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...>>
25 March 2015

Russian “Tanks” Destined To Fly Over The Seas

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...>>
25 March 2015

Moscow to Host Fresh Round of Syria Talks on April 6-9

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...>>
25 March 2015

Free Economic Zone in Crimea Attracts Investment – Russian Official

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...>>
19 March 2015

Indian Indsur Global Ltd to supply $10 million worth of power insulator castings to the Russian GIG

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...>>
19 March 2015

IAF to adopt BrahMos missile in 2016

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...>>
19 March 2015

Russia, India to join hands in space monitoring

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...>>
19 March 2015

The Crimea question: Lessons of history and India’s stand

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...>>
19 February 2015

PRESS RELEASE OF THE EMBASSY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

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...>>
02 February 2015

Kudankulam energy much cheaper than U.S. offer

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...>>

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