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26.01.2018 - PHOTO: Holocaust Remembrance Day marked in London

On 26 January 2018 a ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial near the Imperial War Museum marked the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

26.01.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko took part in the Commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day

On 23 January Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko joined Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev at the Commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day. International Holocaust Remembrance Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/7 on 1 November 2005. In 2005 the United Nations General Assembly marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the end of Holocaust. On 27 January 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, was liberated by the Red Army. The event co-hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Embassy of Israel was held against the backdrop of the danger of growing neo-Nazism in Europe. Russian diplomacy has been consistently pointing at unacceptable practices in some EU countries where former Nazi fighters, including those from the SS, are honored as war veterans. This phenomenon continues despite concerns raised by the international community represented by the UN General Assembly. We call upon all states to leave up to our shared memory of Holocaust and WW2 and to never allow these atrocities to be repeated.

26.01.2018 - UNGA: Glorification of Nazism must stop (by Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)

In December the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the traditional resolution on “Combating the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance”. It was supported by an overwhelming majority of UN Member States: 133 states voted for this document, 57 became its co-sponsors, and only Ukraine and the United States voted against.

26.01.2018 - Main foreign policy outcomes of 2017

In 2017, Russian diplomacy addressed multidimensional tasks to ensure national security and create a favourable external environment for our country's progressive development. Russia maintained an independent foreign policy, promoted a unifying agenda, and proposed constructive solutions to international problems and conflicts. It developed mutually beneficial relations with all interested states, and played an active role in the work of the UN, multilateral organisations and forums, including the G20, BRICS, the SCO, the OSCE, and the CSTO. Among other things, Russian policy has sought to prevent the destabilisation of international relations, and this responsible policy has met with broad understanding in the international community.

25.01.2018 - Holocaust Memorial Day in Scotland

On January 24 an event dedicated to the Holocaust Memorial Day was held at Caledonian University in Glasgow with participation of the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, Lord-provost of Glasgow Eva Bolander, representatives of the Holocaust Memorial Fund and the Russian Cultural Center in Glasgow.

24.01.2018 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

On January 24, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the US side’s initiative. The ministers discussed a broad range of issues on the bilateral agenda. In particular, they expressed a common opinion that North Korea should strictly comply with the requirements of the UN Security Council, which repeatedly denounced North Korea’s nuclear test explosions and missile launches. At the same time, Sergey Lavrov cautioned against escalating tensions around the Korean Peninsula through aggressive rhetoric, anti-North Korean blocs and threats of a naval blockade. The Russian minister pointed out that Pyongyang had demonstrated readiness for dialogue and called for settling disputes exclusively by diplomatic means and with due regard for the related Russian-Chinese initiatives.

24.01.2018 - Article by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov: ”Russia and Australia: 75 Years of Cooperation” published in ”Australian Outlook”

Last year marked the seventy-fifth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Australia. The past decades were rich in events and gave us plenty of examples of joint efforts for the benefit of our countries. The history of Russia's contacts with the Australian continent is centuries-long. On June 16, 1807, the Russian sloop Neva called at Port Jackson (today Sydney) to replenish its stock of provisions and fresh water. The same year Lachlan Macquarie, a young officer who later became a prominent Australian politician and governor of New South Wales, visited Baku, Astrakhan, Moscow and St Petersburg on his way from Australia to London as a member of a diplomatic mission. Between 1807 and 1835, fifteen Russian vessels, including the ships on which famous Russian seafarers Faddey Bellinsgauzen and Mikhail Lazarev set sail to search for the Antarctic, called at Port Jackson and Hobart. In the middle of the 19th century, the number of Russian immigrants in Australia started to increase. In 1857, two consular missions were opened in Melbourne and Sydney to protect interests of Russian nationals. Australian tradesmen James Damyon and Edmund Paul were appointed Honorary Vice Consuls. Later, the Russian Empire appointed Honorary Vice Consuls in Adelaide, Brisbane, Port Elizabeth, Hobart and Perth. In 1894, the Russian Honorary Vice Consulate in Melbourne was raised to a Consulate. In London, on October 10, 1942, the USSR and Australia signed the Agreement on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations. On January 2, 1943, Australian diplomats came to Kuybyshev (today Samara) to set up an embassy, which was opened on January 26, on Australia Day. The Soviet diplomatic mission was established in Canberra in 1943.

23.01.2018 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veterans

On 19-21 January 2017 Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medals to the Arctic Convoys veterans.

23.01.2018 - Embassy Press Officer on the Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue in Sochi, Russia

Q: What is the purpose of the forthcoming Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue in Sochi, Russia, and was UK invited to participate?

22.01.2018 - Travelling on Russian Railways during 2018 World Cup

Click here for the Russian Railways guide to free rail travel for fans during the FIFA World Cup

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