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Ambassador A.Yakovenko on reception at the Russian Embassy to mark the opening of the “Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space age” exhibition

Ladies and gentlemen,

 Dear friends,

 It’s a pleasure and honour for me to welcome you all at this reception to mark tomorrow’s grand opening of the exhibition “Cosmonauts: birth of the space age” at the Science Museum.

 I am proud to greet Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space who is also here with us today, as well as Elena Gagarina, Yuri Gagarin’s daughter and director of the Kremlin Museums, and Olga Korolyova, a granddaughter of our space rocket creator.

 Russia remains one of the world leading space powers. Outer space exploration is an essential component and driver of our economy. On agenda there are some new projects to be carried out. Among them – a Moon Program, Mars exploration, development of new families of launchers. New Russian national Space centre «Vostochny» is currently under construction in the Russian Far East.

 One of examples of international cooperation is the International Space Station. I took part in the multilateral talks on this project. During latest flight to the station Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka has established the new world record of staying in space for the total of 878 days. This exhibition, never seen before, even in Russia, shows the origins and achievements of the Soviet and Russian space programme. The scale of the display makes it unique and I understand it’s the biggest event in the history of the Museum. The interest of the public is already enormous, and we all know that the British people have been fascinated by the feats of space exploration ever since Yuri Gagarin visited London and Manchester in 1961.

 In English, the common expression for something very difficult to understand or accomplish is “rocket science”. Actually, assembling and bringing this exhibition to London was “rocket science” – so many challenges had to be addressed. This is why I’d like to give special thanks to the persons without whom this fascinating event would hardly be possible. From the Russian side it’s Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, who will join us tomorrow at the Science Museum, and from the British side it’s the Director of the Museum, Ian Blatchford. Mr. Blatchford has shown great commitment to this ambitious project and his contribution to the imminent success can’t be overestimated. This is why the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has petitioned the President to award him with the Pushkin Medal, the Russian state decoration bestowed for cultural achievements, and the decree is about to be signed. In the meantime this is how it looks. 

 This exhibition is an excellent example of cultural cooperation between Russia and Britain which continues to link our peoples in times of political disagreements. Our job is to maintain these ties that bind.

 I’d like to thank Bob Dudley for sponsoring the exhibition and our reception.

I’d like also to draw your attention to the watches, which were worn by our cosmonauts. They are produced now and you can buy them at the Museum. Edgar Volodko insures that they are produced to the high quality standards. He is also here with us.

 And I think that you’ll be interested in the new space magazine “ROOM”, produced by Russian publishers in Europe in two languages. Editor-in-chief is Igor Ashurbeyli. It gives us new trends in the sphere of outer space technologies.

 May I now give the floor to Ian Blatchford.


16.01.2020 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions at a plenary session of the Raisina Dialogue international conference, New Delhi, January 15, 2020

Good morning and bon appetit to those who have some food on their tables. I would like first of all to thank the organisers of this conference for the invitation. I understand this is a young forum, but it managed already in a few years to acquire importance, popularity and reputation. It is indeed very appropriate that we get together more often than in the past to discuss where we are in international relations and which way we are heading.

15.01.2020 - Interview of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with the Times of India newspaper, published on January 15, 2020

Question: What areas of cooperation will be in the focus of your visit to India and will determine the strategic partnership between the two states in 2020? What do you think about the Indian-Russian cooperation in general? Sergey Lavrov: This is a special year for our countries. Twenty years ago, India and Russia signed the Declaration on Strategic Partnership.

14.01.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin's letter to the Times in response to the Polish Ambassador Arkady Rzegocki on World War II

Sir, Polish Ambassador Rzegocki, in his letter published on 9 January, proposes to “question the USSR’s status as liberator”, claiming that Molotov-Ribbentrop pact “sparked the war and a double totalitarian invasion of Poland”. Let me suggest to my Polish colleague to look deeper into the history of that time.

14.01.2020 - Interview of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with the Daily News Sri Lankan newspaper, published on January 13, 2020

Question: Since the end of the Cold War and the inception of the multipolar world order, you have spent many years engaged in international affairs and geopolitics. Are there any peculiarities in the relations between Sri Lanka and Russia originating in that period? Sergey Lavrov: The relations between our states have always been intrinsically valuable and independent from international developments. They have always been and continue to be based on the principles of equality, trust, mutual respect and consideration of one another's interests. The peculiarities specific to certain periods of history are of marginal significance, since they do not affect the inviolability of the bonds of friendship uniting our peoples.

19.12.2019 - President Vladimir Putin replies to a BBC question during his annual press conference Moscow, 19 December 2019

I know what the interests of my country are. And whatever somebody might say about me, this has no importance whatsoever when compared to the fundamental tasks that Russia is interested in solving. But of course, we see, we hear, we understand and we take those views into consideration in our work.

18.12.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s article Neighbours in Europe. Russia-EU: Thirty Years of Relations for Rossiyskaya Gazeta, December 18, 2019

Thirty years ago, on December 18, 1989, Brussels hosted the signing of the Agreement on Trade and Commercial and Economic Cooperation between the USSR and the European communities. This date became the point of departure for official relations between Russia as the successor state of the USSR and the European Union. Symbolically, the Agreement was signed slightly over a month after the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event that came down in history as a landmark signifying the end of the Cold War, a period, when the continent was divided into two opposing ideological blocs. The founders of the Russia-EU partnership knew that it would be impossible to erase the centuries-old divides on the continent unless a broad framework for cooperation was created in Europe. Both sides intended to make it mutually beneficial, long-term, and resistant to economic and political fluctuations.

06.12.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 26th OSCE Ministerial Council meeting, Bratislava, December 5, 2019

Mr Chairperson-in-Office, Mr Secretary General, Ladies and Gentlemen, First of all, allow me to thank Slovakia’s Chairmanship for its hospitality. Here in Bratislava, where Western and Eastern Europe meet, we are reminded that the purpose of our organisation is to facilitate the emergence of shared security through cooperation, as well as the removal of dividing lines and the growth of mutual trust. The goal adopted at the 2010 Astana summit of building a community of equal, comprehensive and indivisible security should remain our utmost priority. Today, CSTO foreign ministers adopted a statement to this effect, reaffirming their commitment to this objective.

29.11.2019 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s speech at the opening of the V Russian-British Business Forum in London, 27 November 2019

Ladies and gentlemen! I am pleased with the opportunity to deliver my first speech as Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom at the Russian-British Business Forum. Over the five years, the Forum has become a solid platform for open and direct dialogue and exchange of views, involving both business community and officials. The number of participants has been growing annually. Together, we have managed to create a constructive atmosphere of partnership.

28.11.2019 - Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov’s reply to a media question concerning the recent statement of the UK’s Chief of the Defence Staff

Q: How would you comment on the statement made by the UK’s Chief of the Defence Staff Sir Nicholas Carter that the UK is in a state of cyber war with Russia? Has London raised this matter with Moscow? Has the British side provided any evidence? A.: This is not the first statement of this sort made by the UK’s Chief of the Defence Staff, General Carter, and it certainly needs to be considered in the context of the large-scale anti-Russian propaganda campaign launched by the British government.

21.11.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a joint news conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Moscow, November 20, 2019

We have had very good talks with my Bahraini colleague and friend, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, and we have reached agreements on all the issues we discussed.

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