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Priorities of Russia's G20 Presidency in 2013

On December 1, 2012, Russia assumed the presidency of the G20, the group of the leading world economies that covers 90 % of the world GDP and 80 % of the global trade. It is a common knowledge that the Group of 20 was created as an important instrument to co-ordinate international efforts in order to foster economic growth and sustainability, manage and respond to crises. Russia is keen to work with our partners to develop new ideas and efficient mechanisms aimed at supporting economic growth and preventing crises in the future. The G20 Presidency also provides us with an opportunity to address Russia’s long-term national economic goals, consolidate international cutting edge advice and expertise and share it with other members of the Group and the broader international community.

Since the G20 establishment in the format of the leaders’ meetings in 2008, by the way, with an active support of the Russian and British leadership, the participating countries have managed to arrest the economic downfall and tighten supervision over national financial systems. Together we are advancing a systemic transformation of the international financial and economic architecture in order to provide us with maximum protection from risks, strengthen mutual trust, and give an impetus to a sustained and balanced global economic development.

As for the objectives of the Russian G20 Presidency, we have decided not to introduce any new, in essence, items to the agenda but rather concentrate on the traditional track in support of a sustainable, inclusive and balanced growth and job creation around the world. And we would like to ensure continuity of the dialogue on all the existing issues to facilitate further implementation of the previous commitments. To meet this strategic goal we are planning to concentrate our common efforts on the three following priorities aimed at starting the new global economic growth cycle, that include boosting growth through quality jobs and investment, through trust and transparency in the markets, through effective and efficient regulation. In addition to the traditional G20 agenda two new financial topics will be added – financing for investment and government borrowing and public debt sustainability. We are looking forward to co-ordinating policy measures that could be taken to stimulate the expansion and developing of long-term investment sources of growth, as well as discussing the future of sovereign borrowings within the context of the national commitments to a set of agreed international rules.

In order to ensure the continuity and implementation of the earlier commitments we will work with our partners to advance traditional vital issues on the G20 agenda, such as the state of the global economy, implementation of the Framework Agreement for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth, facilitation of job creation, reform of the currency and financial regulation and supervision systems, including the reform of the IMF formula and quotas, as well as maintaining stability in global energy markets, stepping up international development, strengthening multilateral trade and countering corruption.

We will start with updating our commitments under the Framework Agreement for Sustainable Growth. Overall, we are currently facing a very delicate situation when commitments and real policy actions do not always match each other. We intend to join efforts with our partners in order to encourage leading economies to fulfil their commitments, particularly, in terms of implementing the promises on budget deficits and debt coefficients, as it was agreed at the previous summits, including the leaders’ meeting in Toronto in 2010. We will also push for the implementation of the comprehensive financial regulation reform agenda where G20 has already achieved some impressive results, e.g. within the context of the institutionalization of the Financial Stability Board, Basel III agreement, OTC derivatives, etc.

Russia proposes a result-oriented and pragmatic approach, which implies streamlining the working formats and meetings along the two central tracks - Sherpas and Finance Ministries and the relevant working groups. The Presidency's innovation will be a joint meeting of Finance and Labour Ministers.

Practice shows that global measures are only effective when they are based on the widest possible range of views and take into account the interests of different groups. On the first day of the G20 Presidency Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, underlined, that Russia is open for dialogue and ready for the broadest possible constructive co-operation on reaching the G20's objectives. To ensure legitimacy, transparency and efficiency of the G20 the Russian Presidency plans to hold extensive consultations in the format of the outreach with all interested parties, including non-G20 countries, international organizations, private sector, trade unions, civil society, youth, think tanks and academic circles aiming at generation of a cross-sectoral synergy to enhance the public good of the G20 process.

Our common goal is to address and attempt to resolve the most serious problems facing the global economy, ensure its sustainable growth for the benefit of ordinary people worldwide. We do hope that Russia`s G20 Presidency would help to consolidate international efforts and improve our co-ordination in order to achieve this ambitious task. In this respect we strongly count on the active  support of all our partners, including Great Britain within the context of its G8 Presidency. 


27.09.2018 - Remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the UN Security Council meeting, September 26, 2018

Mr President, Colleagues, In the modern world, an efficient fight against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is becoming increasingly important for global and regional stability and the reliable security of all states without exception. Constructive cooperation in this area is an important component of the efforts to shape a positive international agenda. I think everybody agrees that the UN Security Council resolutions that outline specific measures against violations of non-proliferation must be strictly observed. Resolution 1540 remains the basis for this and contains obligations for the member states to take specific measures to prevent non-government agents from accessing weapons of mass destruction and their components. The UNSC decisions taken in pursuance of this resolution are particularly important as they include sanctions for handing over any types of weapons to terrorists. There have been incidents of such handovers and they must be thoroughly investigated.

07.09.2018 - Remarks by Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, following the UNSC meeting on the incident in Salisbury

Q: Do you expect British sanctions on Russia soon? A: We are not expecting or afraid of anything. Taking to the account how things have been developing during the recent years we do not exclude anything. This discussion and yesterday’s speech by the British Prime-Minister in the British Parliament are not coincidental. I think that’s looks like a prelude to a new political season. Q: So, Ambassador it’s really coming from the highest level in the UK. A: It always comes from the highest level. Last time when the incident took place it also came from the highest level. Q: But it seems that you are not taking it seriously. A: We are taking it very seriously. We were saying it all the time. Why we’ve been asking for cooperation with the UK from day one. Only few minutes ago Ambassador Pierce was referring to an ultimatum that Boris Johnson made in his letter to the Russian Ambassador in London when the incident took place presented as a request by the British site to cooperate while in fact it was a demand to to accept the gilt. At the same time our requests which we sent to British authorities constantly through OPCW and bilaterally were ignored.

06.09.2018 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at Bolshaya Igra (Great Game) talk show on Channel One, Moscow, September 4, 2018

Question: Today we have a special guest in our studio, one of the main participants in the “great game”, someone the future of the world really depends on in many ways: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. We are happy to welcome you in the Great Game studio. Sergey Lavrov: Thanks for inviting me.

22.08.2018 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's comment on UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's anti-Russian claims

At a joint news conference following talks with Foreign Minister of Serbia Ivica Dacic Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's urges to European partners to slap their own sanctions on Russia in connection with the Salisbury incident.

16.08.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's interview for "Salisbury Journal"

The Russian Ambassador said he stands together with the people of Salisbury in a meeting with the Journal last week, as the United States announced new sanctions against the country. Speaking at his official residence in Kensington Palace Gardens on Thursday, Alexander Yakovenko said: “We are together with the people of Salisbury.”

24.06.2018 - Greeting by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko for the Znaniye school Family Day (Ealing, 24 June 2018)

Dear friends and guests, I am delighted to welcome you at a Family Day celebrating Russia and the World Cup. Today, Russia is the place to be for the whole world. It is a great pleasure to hear fans from all continents appreciating Russia’s hospitality, friendliness and openness to everyone. Right now, people from virtually every country see the 11 host cities, from the Baltic Sea to the Urals on the border of Europe and Asia, and realize how diverse and beautiful our country is. We’d like to bring a bit of Russia and the excitement of the World Cup to Ealing, for those who couldn’t make it to the tournament. By the way, so far both our teams are doing very well, and let us hope they keep up this good work. We cheer for both Russia and England but I’m afraid this can change if both teams meet at the semi-finals.

20.06.2018 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions at the Primakov Readings international forum, Moscow, May 30, 2018

Mr Dynkin, Colleagues and friends, Ladies and gentlemen, I am grateful for a new opportunity to speak at the international forum named after Academician Evgeny Primakov, an outstanding Russian statesman, academic and public figure. It is indeed a great honour for me. I consider Mr Primakov, with whom I worked at the Foreign Ministry in the latter half of the 1990s, my senior comrade and teacher, as probably do the majority of those who crossed paths with him at one point. Holding this representative conference under the aegis of one of Russia’s leading academic institutes – National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) that also bears Primakov’s name – has become a good tradition. The Primakov Readings have earned a reputation as a venue for serious dialogue of authoritative specialists on the most pressing issues of international politics and the global economy. Today, there is no lack of buzzwords used by politicians, experts and scientists to capture the current moment in international relations. They talk about the crisis of the “liberal world order” and the advent of the post-Western era, “hot peace” and the “new cold war”. The abundance of terms itself shows that there is probably no common understanding of what is happening. It also points to the fairly dynamic and contradictory state of the system of international relations that is hard to characterise, at least at the present stage, with one resounding phrase. The authors of the overarching theme of the current Primakov Readings probably handled the challenge better than others. In its title “Risks of an unstable world order’ they provocatively, and unacademically, combine the words “unstable” and “order”.

21.04.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's talking points at the Press Conference, 20 April 2018

Since we met last time a lot of events took place: - Military strikes of the United States, UK and France against Syria in violation of the international law - Mission by OPCW inspectors to Douma - Speech of Prime Minister May in Parliament in support of the British aggression against Syria - Special meeting of the OPCW Executive Council (18 April 2018) - New developments in the classified case of Salisbury poisoning of Skripal family - No meaningful developments on the Glushkov case - and Cyber security threats I plan to comment all these issues. And I will be happy to answer all our questions, if you have any.

17.03.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's interview for "Mail on Sunday" (full text)

Q: Bearing in mind that the US, France and Germany have said they agree with Britain that all the evidence suggests the attacks in Salisbury were the responsibility of the Russian state, what credibility can be placed on the denials issued by the Russian Government? A:We don't know if UK presented any evidence to US, France and Germany - highly likely none - but if they did, why not present it through the channels outlined in the Chemical Weapons Convention? Universal legal principle is presumption of innocence, and the burden of proof lies with the British Government. Its record includes the Iraq WMD dossier - you will remember that at some point doubting US and UK claims was considered a wild conspiracy theory. It is not any more.

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.

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