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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

01.08.2017

Press release on the signing of the Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism

On July 27, in Strasbourg, a representative of the Russian Federation signed the Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism and made the following statement:

“The Russian Federation announces that in accordance with the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, the actions covered by Article Four of the Additional Protocol shall be regarded as preparations for committing a terrorist act or attempts at committing the said act and, as such, shall be established as a criminal offence.”

The said document was drafted by the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Terrorism dealing, in part, with foreign terrorist fighters, with the active participation of the Russian Federation. The Protocol is of universal character and was opened for signing by the Council of Europe member states and other countries in Riga on October 22, 2015.

The purpose of the Protocol is to supplement the provisions of the 2005 Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism so as to invigorate the efforts of the states in preventing terrorism and its negative effects on the full enjoyment of human rights, in particular the right to life, both by measures to be taken at the national level and through international co-operation.

The Protocol is designed to facilitate the implementation at the regional level of UN Security Council Resolution 2178 (2014) “Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts” adopted on the basis of Chapter VII of the UN Charter with the view to countering the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs).

The supplement to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism is aimed at disrupting the activities of the FTFs and persons that provide them financial or other support (“participating in an association or group for the purpose of terrorism,” “receiving training for terrorism,” and “travelling abroad for the purpose of terrorism”) and increasing exchange of information on them between the participating states.

The Protocol sets forth the commitments by member states on the criminalisation of acts such as participating in the activities of an association with a view to committing or contributing to the commission of a terrorist offence, receiving training for terrorism, travelling abroad for the purpose of terrorism or trying to travel abroad for this purpose, funding such travel by FTFs, organising it or assisting it otherwise.

Bona fide implementation of the Protocol will promote international anti-terrorist cooperation and enhance the efficiency of measures taken by states to counter FTFs.

The Russian Federation intends to ratify the Protocol as soon as possible.




LATEST EVENTS

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On 7 December Rotary Club of Motherwell and Wishaw host a charity dinner on the occasion of St Andrews Day with the participation of the Arctic Convoys veterans.


11.12.2017 - President Putin visited Khmeimim Air Base in Syria

December 11, 2017, 13:00, Syria At the air base, Vladimir Putin was met by President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad, Russian Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu and Commander of the Russian military group Sergei Surovikin. The Commander-in-Chief ordered the withdrawal of the Russian military group from Syria back to their permanent bases.


11.12.2017 - Russian President Vladimir Putin met President of Syria Bashar al-Assad

President Putin met with President of Syria Bashar al-Assad while on a tour of the Russian airbase at Khmeimim. The two leaders discussed the outcome of the counterterrorism operations in Syria.


09.12.2017 - Press release on First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov’s consultations with British Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan

On December 8, First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov had consultations in Moscow with British Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan.


08.12.2017 - Moscow Exchange Forum in London

On 6-7 December 2017 the Moscow Exchange held an Annual Business Forum in London, that marked its 25th anniversary and highlighted investment opportunities in Russia. The event gathered more than 400 top managers and high-ranking representatives of European, American and Asian banks, investment funds, service sector companies and professional associations.


05.12.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s message of greetings to organisers and participants in the 7th international forum The Arctic: Present and Future

Let me cordially welcome the organisers and participants to the 7th international forum The Arctic: Present and Future. Your Forum has confidently asserted itself as an authoritative venue for discussing the current issues on the Arctic agenda. The traditional representative composition of the participants makes it possible to consider every aspect of a broad range of issues related to ensuring the Arctic’s sustainable development and to providing detailed recommendations on how to enhance the effectiveness of measures for this purpose, including development of international cooperation.


04.12.2017 - Lecture at St Andrews University

On 4th December 2017 Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh Andrey A.Pritsepov gave a lecture to students studying international relations at the St Andrews University. The talk dedicated to «Post-Western world: a challenge and an opportunity» was met with interest by the audience.


01.12.2017 - Russian Ambassador visits Scotland

During a working visit to Scotland, the Ambassador of Russia to the United Kingdom Alexander Yakovenko read an open lecture at the University of Edinburgh on the topic "Russia's Foreign Policy" and took part in the Q&A session.


30.11.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the Libero, Italy

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the Libero, Italy, published on November 30, 2017


29.11.2017 - Trade between Russia and the United Kingdom could double in the next five years

London, 29 November 2017 - The Third Russian-British Business Forum was held in London on 28-29 November, organised by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Trade Delegation and Embassy of the Russian Federation in the UK with the support of Russian and international partners to discuss the development of trade and investment relations between the two countries. Forum participants included His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, State Secretary-Deputy Minister for Economic Development of the Russian Federation Oleg Fomichev, President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs' Rights Boris Titov, representatives of the House of Lords and the House of Commons, representatives of specialized authorities and business associations and leaders of Russian and British companies.



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