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Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov`s interview to the National Institute of Information of Suriname, September 11, 2019


Question: The relations with Suriname have seen a new dynamism in the recent years. Can you please elaborate on the importance that you attach to this historic visit to Suriname, against the background of Russia’s intentions to revitalize relations with the countries in the Caribbean Region?

Sergey Lavrov: It is true, the relations between Suriname and Russia have gained new momentum in the recent years. A number of landmark events contributed to it: the first-ever visit of Yildiz Pollack-Beighle, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Suriname, to Russia in October 2017, and the signing of two fundamental instruments establishing framework for our bilateral cooperation; I refer to the Agreement on Basic Principles of Relations and the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Conditions for Waiving Visa Formalities in the Mutual Visits of the Citizens of our countries.

We regard Suriname as an important partner in developing multifaceted cooperation with the States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). We aim at enhancing cooperation with this subregion in such priority areas as facilitating sustainable development, providing assistance in disaster response, training of diplomatic, law-enforcement, and emergency services officials of the Caribbean States, increasing educational, tourist, cultural, humanitarian and sport exchanges, promoting economic initiatives.

This approach was also reaffirmed during my recent visit to Paramaribo, where we discussed in detail promising joint projects in the areas mentioned. Now it is our common goal to implement the agreements that we reached. Russian ministries and agencies have already been actively working on this.

I note with satisfaction that our countries are working closely at the multilateral fora, primarily the UN. For our part, we are ready to expand our foreign policy coordination based on international law. 

Question: You have recently attended a BRICS meeting in Brazil. Can you share your views on the developments within BRICS and the impact of this partnership, bearing the mind the changing geopolitical landscape?

Sergey Lavrov: While world politics and economy are getting increasingly turbulent, BRICS remains an example of how the multilateral cooperation should be organized based on the principles of mutual respect of interests and making important joint decisions by consensus. 

The full-scale meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Rio de Janeiro on July 26, 2019 became a clear embodiment of such a vision. We had a most candid discussion of the pressing issues on the global and regional agenda. Those demonstrated the convergence or proximity of the five countries’ approaches to s wide range of issues pertaining to maintenance of international peace and security. We supported strengthening coordination at the key multilateral fora — the UN, G20, WTO. We also agreed to enhance joint efforts to counter terrorism and transnational organized crime, and efforts in the area of international information security.

Strengthening strategic partnership with the BRICS countries is one of Russia's foreign policy priorities. In this regard it is encouraging that the dialogue within BRICS has gained very good momentum in the recent years. Since BRICS was established — and this year the 11th BRICS summit is to be held by the Brazilian chairmanship — the five States have become a major pillar of the emerging fairer and more democratic polycentric world order. The BRICS countries are firmly committed to the key principles and norms of international law. We consistently oppose any unilateral actions not supported by the UN Security Council, including interference in internal affairs, or sanctions. All members agree that there is no alternative to political and diplomatic settlement of conflicts. We concur that it is necessary to adopt rules of responsible behavior of States in the information sphere, and to introduce a legally binding regime prohibiting the weaponization of outer space.

Economy continues to be an integral element of partnership – especially as today the combined economic power of BRICS has surpassed that of the G7. The New Development Bank has been functioning successfully, it has approved investment projects with a total cost of over 10 billion USD. The Contingent Reserve Arrangement intended to contribute to maintaining financial stability of the BRICS countries, has been operating efficiently.

Cultural and humanitarian cooperation, people-to-people contacts are on the rise. A lot of events are planned for this year. I will only mention the International Biennial of Contemporary Art to open at the end of September in Curitiba, Brazil, which has already become a good tradition, and BRICS Academic Forum to be held on September 11-12 in Brasília.

I am positive that BRICS Summit on November 13-14 will become an important milestone in promoting the cooperation between the five countries in all three major areas of strategic partnership — political, economic, and humanitarian.

Question: Our countries are geographically far apart, and yet we share as mentioned by you on several occasions during your visit to Suriname, important internationally accepted principles, in our efforts to resolve regional and global matters of concern. How do you view Russia’s role in contributing to the regional discourse and maintaining the Latin American and Caribbean region a Zone of Peace?

Sergey Lavrov: You are absolutely right, cooperation between Russia and Latin America is based on similar approaches to foreign policy that rely on respect for national sovereignty, commitment to international law, and the central and coordinating role of the UN in global affairs.

Russia does not view the region of Latin America and the Caribbean from the perspective of geopolitical zero-sum games. Our dialogue is not aimed against any third countries. Cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean is an intrinsically valuable area of Russian foreign policy, and we strive to make it pragmatic and free from any ideological biases.

Unfortunately, Latin America and the Caribbean now find themselves under serious pressure. We are deeply concerned over the U.S. attempts to rewire Latin American political landscape for its own needs, in the spirit of the revived Monroe doctrine. What Washington has done is to usurp the right to use force where it sees fit based on its own assumptions in order to overthrow governments it is not satisfied with for whatever reason.

We constantly underline that such actions by U.S. Administration disrupt the foundations of regional security and stability, lead to the polarization of Latin American societies, and run counter to establishing a zone of peace in Latin America, as stated in the Declaration of Havana adopted at CELAC Summit in January 2014.

Russia has consistently advocated a politically united and economically stable Latin America – only under this condition the region will be able to assert itself as one of the pillars of multi-polar world order. We aim to work collaboratively with everyone who shares our approaches in order to maintain peace and stability in Latin America and the Caribbean. Such cooperation is facilitated by the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (the Treaty of Tlatelolco) — the first international instrument that makes an entire region a nuclear-free zone. We are ready for further fruitful cooperation with our Latin American partners on strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime.




25.07.2020 - "Concerning the sensational report on Russia". Article from News Agency "RIA Novosti", 23 July 2020

The report was prepared before last year’s general election, but its publication was long delayed by the ruling Conservatives, and opponents of Boris Johnson accused him of doing it specifically to downplay the Russian threat and prevent his party from losing credibility. Now, however, the report, written in part by well-known retired MI-5 employee Christopher Style (creator of the file on Trump’s “Russian contacts”), has been published. The British press has been disappointed: there is no proof of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum (although they cannot understand how the British voted to leave the EU when most of the political elite, almost all of the press and the City were against it), although there are rumours of attempts to influence the Scottish independence referendum. This, however, is London’s point of view; from Moscow’s perspective, the report is sensational, because its authors’ conclusions are the best evidence that the British powers-that-be are prepared to work in the Kremlin’s interests. Style and Browder (another co-author of the report) do not in fact understand this, but this is the skill of the so-called KGB heirs’ game. But let’s start at the beginning.

16.07.2020 - The Human Rights Situation in Ukraine - Report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

The human rights situation in Ukraine continues to degrade. The Kyiv authorities adopt legislative acts contrary to the rules of national law and international obligations. Human rights activists document systemic violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms. Referring to the need to combat the so-called Russian aggression and separatism, political opponents, independent journalists, media outlets, and undesirable members of public organizations are being prosecuted. The rights of internally displaced persons, the Russian-speaking population, and representatives of national minorities are limited. The clergy and parishioners of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church are being prosecuted. The right to liberty and security of person is not respected. In Ukraine, there are numerous facts of illegal detention, torture, intimidation, ill-treatment, sexual violence, including to obtain confessions or compel cooperation.

16.07.2020 - Embassy comment concerning today’s unfriendly statements by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab

The Embassy has noted the statements by the UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab concerning unspecified “Russian actors” who have “almost certainly” sought to interfere in 2019 UK General Election through “online amplification” of sensitive documents relating to the UK-US Free Trade Agreement, as well as the alleged responsibility of “Russian Intelligence Services” for cyber attacks aimed at stealing research information on coronavirus vaccine development.

06.07.2020 - Embassy comment on the UK announcement of sanctions over the Magnitsky case

The decision by the British Government to impose sanctions against a number of Russian officials invoking the death of Sergei Magnitsky in 2009 reflects the self-declared status of the UK as the global leader in sanctions policy. All questions regarding the circumstances of Mr Magnitsky’s death have been answered long ago. Today’s decision was quite obviously conceived merely as a public move.

29.06.2020 - Embassy press officer’s reply to a media question on British media reports on Russian “collusion” with the Taliban in Afghanistan

Question: How would you comment on the recent reports in British media that Russia supposedly offered “bounty” to the Taliban to kill UK as well as US soldiers in Afghanistan?

16.05.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin's letter to Financial Times

Dear Editor, I feel compelled to express disagreement with the Financial Times coverage of Russia’s efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Judging by your reports, Russia’s response has been to manipulate with figures at home and to spread disinformation abroad, with the government acting inefficiently and doctors having inadequate protection. This distorted picture requires a refutation. Even by most pessimistic accounts, Russia’s performance in terms of healthcare system capacity and death rate is among the best of all major countries.

15.05.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin's letter to The Times

Sir, Roger Boyes is wondering why Russian industrialists (he calls them ‘oligarchs’) are helping to fight Covid-19. Are they suddenly ‘embracing philanthropy’, or ‘cleaning up their nasty image’, or else seeking to impose a ‘new compact’ on the ‘floundering’ government?

11.05.2020 - Statement by the Foreign Ministry concerning US attempts to rewrite the history of the Victory over Nazism

Attempts to distort the results of the defeat of Nazism and the decisive contribution our country made, which are continuing in Washington even during these days of universal celebration of the 75th anniversary of Victory, cause utter indignation.

08.05.2020 - Telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Great Britain Boris Johnson. The President of Russia and the Prime Minister of Great Britain exchanged greetings on the 75th anniversary of Victory over Nazism, which became one of the greatest events of the 20th century and an example of unprecedented cooperation between the countries of the anti-Hitler coalition. Vladimir Putin noted in part that Russia remembers the exploits of the British sailors, participants in the Arctic convoys, owing to which the Soviet army and industry received arms and equipment needed during the war.

07.05.2020 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Dominic Raab

On May 6, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Dominic Raab at the latter's initiative. The two officials exchanged greetings in connection with the upcoming 75th anniversary of the victory in WWII. They noted the contribution of the members of the anti-Hitler coalition in the fight against Nazism, and emphasised the importance of using the alliance's experience in mobilising the international community's efforts to counteract today's global challenges. Particular attention was paid to discussing the efforts being taken to tackle the spread of the novel coronavirus infection and to overcome its effects.

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