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Statement by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council, Fairbanks, USA, May 11, 2017

Mr Chairman, Mr Governor, colleagues,

I would like to express our appreciation for the hospitality of our American hosts and to congratulate them on their successful chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

Russia has been working hard to promote the development of the Arctic as a territory of peace, stability and cooperation. There is no potential for conflict here. International law is reliably protecting the national interests of the Arctic states, which bear special responsibility for long-term development in this region.

During a ministerial dinner yesterday, some of my colleagues raised the issue of security in the Arctic. I would like to remind you in this connection that the chiefs of general staff of the Arctic states met annually until 2013. These meetings were very useful for building trust and mutual understanding. Regrettably, they have been suspended for over three years now, but this did not happen at Russia’s initiative.

As the largest Arctic state, Russia continues working to bolster the region’s resistance to global challenges and to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development approved by the UN General Assembly.

It is obvious that cooperation cannot develop sustainably without the strengthening of its resource potential. In this context, I would like to highlight the importance of the Artic Council Project Support Instrument, which provides the means for applying new technological solutions and implementing environmental initiatives, in particular, to reduce black carbon emissions and collect hazardous waste.

Although the Arctic is no longer a terra incognita, the region is still one of the least studied on the planet. The Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation, which we signed today, will give a fresh impetus to the cooperation of researchers from the Arctic states.

The promotion of mutually beneficial economic ties is among our priorities. We welcome the launch of Arctic Council cooperation in the sphere of telecommunications. We propose using this to stimulate the work of the Arctic Economic Council and urge Finland, which is assuming the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, to draft practical proposals on this issue with due regard for the opinion of all members of the Arctic Council.

We invite our partners to contribute to the implementation of the Russian programme of Arctic economic development, which combines environmental protection and measures to improve the quality of life, culture and traditions of the indigenous peoples of the North.

We wish Finland every success as it takes over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Russia will provide all-round assistance to ensuring the efficient operation of the eight Arctic states. We are committed to creating more comfortable conditions for the work of representatives of the Russian indigenous peoples in the Arctic Council.

Thank you.


16.10.2017 - First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov’s answer to a media question regarding British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s visit to Russia

Question: The Foreign Office announced yesterday that Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson would visit Russia. Do you have any comments to make on this?

11.10.2017 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov’s meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Hekmat Khalil Karzai

On October 10, Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov met with visiting Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Hekmat Khalil Karzai, who arrived in Moscow to attend the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group meeting.

11.10.2017 - Foreign Ministry statement on the situation in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, Spain

Guided by the fundamental principles of international law, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation views the developments in Catalonia as the internal affair of Spain.

10.10.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at the expanded meeting of the CIS Foreign Ministers Council, Sochi, October 10, 2017

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at the expanded meeting of the CIS Foreign Ministers Council, Sochi, October 10, 2017

10.10.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

On October 9, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the latter’s initiative.

09.10.2017 - Russian Energy Week Forum plenary session

President Putin attended a plenary session of the first Russian Energy Week (REW) Energy Efficiency and Energy Development International Forum.

09.10.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press department on the upcoming meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers

On October 10, a regular meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers will be held in Sochi within the framework of Russia’s CIS Chairmanship in 2017. The agenda is comprised of 18 topics covering a broad range of issues related to CIS cooperation. The CIS foreign ministers will discuss practical measures for promoting multilateral cooperation between the CIS countries and will exchange opinions on current international issues. The documents they will adopt following this meeting will be forwarded to the CIS Council of Heads of State.

06.10.2017 - Embassy Press Officer on the adoption of the Ukrainian law “On education”

On 25 September the President of Ukraine signed the discriminatory law “On education” that violates human rights and infringes the rights of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens belonging to national minorities.

06.10.2017 - Interview of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with the Asharq Al-Awsat Pan-Arab Newspaper, October 2017

Question: Regarding the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to Russia, how do you assess the Russian-Saudi relations at the bilateral level and in terms of discussion over the region’s crises? Answer: We share the opinion that there is a need for further progressive development of multidimensional Saudi-Russian relations, including for the purpose of ensuring regional and global stability. Saudi Arabia and Russia maintain a confidential political dialogue, inter alia, at the highest and high levels. In early September, I paid a working visit to the Kingdom, during which I had an audience with King Salman and held talks with Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. I am satisfied with the results.

05.10.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, October 4, 2017

It has to be stressed that this year the Ministry hired the largest number of university graduates in the last five years. All in all, 115 graduates have been hired this year.

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