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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial plaques in the Foreign Ministry building dedicated to the 77th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, Moscow, May 6, 2022


According to tradition, today we are conducting a ceremony dedicated to the most sacred holiday in the history of our country: Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War.

By tradition, we honour everyone who gave their lives for the freedom and independence of our country and Europe and for delivering the entire world from the Nazi threat.

We honour those who fell on the fronts of the Great Patriotic War, the victims of the genocide of the Russian people and all other peoples of the Soviet Union, the victims of the Holocaust and the prisoners in concentration camps. The feat of the Soviet soldier is immortal.

Foreign Ministry employees made their contribution to this Great Victory. Many of them did so at the cost of their lives. Their names are immortalised on these walls. We will not forget those who contributed to a common effort on the diplomatic front. This is a major part of the result achieved through the selfless feat of our people.

We must always remember the lessons of history. Even more so since the West is trying to delete these glorious chapters from history and cross out everything that has been accomplished, and not just to equate the victors over Nazism with criminals, but to make us the main culprits of that war, to whitewash Nazism in every possible way, and to encourage Nazi manifestations in modern Europe. We can see this in the Baltic States and Ukraine, where neo-Nazism and new manifestations of anti-Semitism are flourishing under the current Kiev regime with the connivance of the collective West.

A propaganda war has been unleashed against the Russian Federation and our people, against any Russian who happens to be in any European, Western or any other country. This is a manifestation of outright racism (this is another form of discrimination, which is now being brought to the point of absurdity), when at the personal level they begin to instill hatred for everything that is connected to the Russian Federation. You can see it yourself.

No “punishment” or sanctions can break the will of our people or the Russian leadership which aims to uphold the historical truth and the legitimate interests of the Russian Federation, and to prevent direct threats to our security, culture or history from being created on our borders (as has been done for many years now). All this is now at stake, including the future of the world and what this world will be like. Will it be a unipolar world under the full “command” of the United States (as Washington wants it and as all Western countries have agreed), or will it be fair and democratic.

In a concerted effort with the overwhelming majority of the countries, we stand for this. Our efforts rely on the UN Charter, an organisation that was created as a result of the Second World War, rather than some speculative constructs like the “rules” invented by the Americans and imposed on everyone else. The ideals of justice and the sovereign equality of states enshrined in this document are especially relevant today. Those who do not recognise equality and who want to impose their dictate on the world are trying to rewrite these ideals.

We highly value our ministry’s contribution to the efforts designed to ensure Russia’s foreign policy interests in this difficult period.

I express my sincere gratitude to all of you for your work, and I want to congratulate you on the upcoming Victory Day.

My special words of gratitude go to our dear veterans who continue to be in our ranks and are passing their invaluable experience on to the next generations.

God bless you.

Happy holiday!




24.06.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the National State Television and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus, Moscow, June 23, 2022

The West fears honest competition. Many people are aware of this. Hence, a desire to cancel the culture of any country that stands on its own, nationally-oriented positions, a ban on TV broadcasting, expulsion of objectionable politicians from social media and suppression of everything that contradicts in some way the neo-liberal vision and arrangement of the world. This happens all the time. The West does not live in accordance with the truth.

23.06.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions at a joint news conference following talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Tehran, June 23, 2022

Yesterday’s detailed conversation with President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi and today’s long talks have confirmed both countries’ focus on deepening cooperation in all areas in accordance with the agreements reached by our leaders.

22.06.2022 - Excerpt from Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the National State Television and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus

What surprises me more are not the lies that we hear daily and hourly from Kiev, but the fact that Kiev's sponsors have joined in this game of lies.

17.06.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the BBC TV channel, St Petersburg, June 16, 2022

We are going back to what the Minsk agreements were coordinated for: protecting Russians in Donbass, who have been betrayed by the French and Germans. The British also played a leading role. All our Western colleagues kept saying they were unable to make Kiev honour the Minsk agreements.

17.06.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with TASS news agency, St Petersburg, June 16, 2022

Russia sees a path forward to a settlement in a way that President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly made clear. We are defending Donbass. We had to recognise the independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic. We will uphold their independence within the borders where they held the referendum in 2014. This process is underway, but not without difficulties.

11.06.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions at a news conference following a meeting of the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers, Yerevan, June 10, 2022

The CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers’ meeting has come to an end. The participants adopted an important statement on international security, in which they fixed, for the first time in the CSTO format, the principle of indivisibility of security – the need to ensure equal and indivisible security where not a single country will enhance its security at the expense of the security of any other state. The OSCE declared this principle as a political commitment long ago, but our Western colleagues are bluntly refusing to fulfil it in practice. They demanded legal security guarantees exclusively within NATO.

09.06.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions following talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu, Ankara, June 8, 2022

The relationship between our countries is a mature partnership based on pragmatism, respect and consideration for each other's interests and the principle of neighbourliness. The presidents set the tone of our relations. They communicate regularly.

18.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions during a meeting with the New Horizons educational marathon participants, Moscow, May 17, 2022

We are ready to address humanitarian issues, as happened yesterday, when thanks to the initiatives of the Russian military on the ground it proved possible to evacuate hundreds of wounded soldiers from the Azovstal plant. These are the principles that form the basis of the Russian army’s ethos.

17.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 30th Assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy, Moscow, May 14, 2022

Western politicians should accept the fact that their efforts to isolate our country are doomed. Many experts have already recognised this, even if quietly and off the record, because saying this openly is “politically incorrect.” But this is happening right now. The non-Western world is coming to see that the world is becoming increasingly more diverse.

12.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions during a joint news conference following talks with Foreign Minister of the Sultanate of Oman Badr Albusaidi, Oman, May 11, 2022

We had a busy day today in our meetings with His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said and Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers of Oman Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, as well as talks with my colleague and friend Foreign Minister of Oman Badr bin Hamad Albusaidi. We discussed the entire range of Russian-Omani relations and expressed satisfaction with the intensive political dialogue and cooperation in trade, the economy, culture and education.

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