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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions at a joint news conference following talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei, Moscow, May 27, 2019

Foreign Minister of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei and I had a substantive discussion on bilateral issues of cooperation. 

Our countries are time-tested allies and strategic partners. Our fraternal peoples are linked by a common history, as well as cultural and spiritual roots. This year is special in Russian-Belarusian relations. In December it will be 20 years since the signing of the Treaty on the Creation of a Union State of Russia and Belarus. Cooperation within this framework is indeed comprehensive and the questions that inevitably arise during such an intensive dialogue are invariably resolved in the spirit of teamwork and mutual respect. We agreed to draft a list of events to celebrate this anniversary.

We analysed the implementation of the 2018-2019 Programme of coordinated foreign policy action by the member states of the Treaty establishing the Union State. We agree on the adoption of two-year programmes and consider them to be a fairly effective instrument for coordinating the actions of Moscow and Minsk, including within the UN, the OSCE and other international formats. We plan to sign the relevant document at the joint session of the collegiums of our foreign ministries that will take place next autumn. These are annual events for us. We meet in Moscow and in Minsk in turn.

We verified our positions in the context of the forthcoming meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Council in Nur-Sultan. We agreed that the Eurasian integration agreement has proven in practice that it is in high demand. The desire of many states and integration associations to cooperate with the EAEU is a graphic confirmation of this.

We agreed to continue providing diplomatic support for EAEU activities and to work on the development of the Greater Eurasian Partnership with the participation of all interested countries on our large continent – both the Asian and European parts.

We touched on the issue of relations with the European Union and supported their development exclusively on the principles of equality and mutual benefit. We hope that Brussels will fully consider the realities of Eurasian integration and start developing a systematic, sustainable dialogue between the European Commission and the Eurasian Economic Commission.

We talked about the non-proliferation of weapons and expressed concern about increasing NATO activity near our borders. We noted that such steps lead to the escalation of tensions in the Euro-Atlantic Region. Russia and Belarus urge their Western partners to respect the principle of equal and indivisible security and comply with the relevant commitments, including those assumed by the OSCE. In brief, our common goal is to return to the fundamental principles of the Final Act and give it a new lease on life to overcome this crisis of confidence.

We reviewed the situation in Ukraine proceeding from the need to fully and consistently implement the Minsk Package of Measures that was approved by a UN Security Council resolution. Moscow hopes that the new Ukrainian government will display political will and that the process of settling the crisis in the country’s southeast will finally make progress.

We discussed many other foreign policy issues.

We are satisfied with the results of the talks. We will continue maintaining a close dialogue, in particular, we will prepare a joint session of foreign ministry collegiums.

Question: Did you discuss your work on the action plan to implement the provisions of the Union State Treaty? What do you think about the progress in this area in general? Can you name “the pain points” on which we are unable to agree as yet?

Sergey Lavrov (speaking after Vladimir Makei): No one questions the treaty. However, life has not stood still in the past 20 years. We must bring our practical moves in conformity with the provisions of the treaty, based on current realities.

I will answer your question on progress in the affirmative. Mr Makei just talked about it. I wouldn’t call “pain points” the remaining 30 percent, to use this phrase. These are simply issues that require a final review. I am convinced that solutions for all of them will be found. It is also well known that we resolve issues on a daily basis given the tremendous scale of economic, trade and other exchanges. Both sides recognise the strategic importance of the programme of action that is being drafted. It is in the common, fundamental interests of Russia and Belarus to find agreements on the remaining issues.

Question: When do Russia and Belarus plan to sign an agreement on the mutual recognition of visas?  Could this be signed before the end of 2019?

Sergey Lavrov: We talked about this today as well as about other documents that are being worked on. There are a lot of them. Our relations are not just marking time; they are being continuously strengthened. The procedures on this document are moving to a close, making it possible to sign it in the foreseeable future.

Question (for both ministers): The anniversary meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council timed to the fifth anniversary of signing the Treaty on the EAEU will take place in Nur-Sultan the day after tomorrow. What do you think about the performance of this integration association? What has been done? What challenges are facing the union now?

Sergey Lavrov: The EAEU has obviously made it. Trade between the members is growing consistently. Trade between the Five and our foreign partners is also on the upsurge. I would say without exaggeration that there is a queue of those who want to sign agreements on liberalising trade with the EAEU. The first free-trade area agreement was signed with Vietnam and is already in effect. A temporary agreement was signed with Iran. Talks are underway with Singapore, Israel and many other states, including some outside Europe, for instance with Latin America where the EAEU has good contacts with MERCOSUR and a number of other sub-regional associations in Latin America and the Caribbean.   

To sum up, we have plans for developing the union. We have established common markets for goods, capital, services and a workforce. We are liberalizing trade, investment and other activities. We have a schedule for forming common markets, for instance a common market on energy sources, which is now being carried out and determines our work in all of these areas.


In conclusion I would like to say that our talks were attended by new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Belarus Dmitry Mezentsev who will leave for his new post on June 2. Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei and I wish him every success in his new office.


07.06.2019 - Statement by Amb. Andrey Krutskikh, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cooperation in the Field of Information Security at the First Session of the UN Open-ended Working Group on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security, New York, 3-4 June 2019

Distinguished colleagues, I would like to congratulate everyone on the opening of the first-ever session of the UN Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on International Information Security (IIS) and express gratitude to the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and, personally, to Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu for its organization. We congratulate Switzerland on its election as the Group's Chair. This places an important and responsible burden on its shoulders. Switzerland will undoubtedly leave its mark in the history of the United Nations as a country that led the work of the first OEWG. Russia wishes the Chair success in this challenging work and expresses its full readiness to contribute to the effectiveness of the Group's activities.

05.06.2019 - Article “On Victory Day” by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for International Affairs magazine, June 4, 2019

The month of May and the fireworks are now behind us. The country and the world celebrated Victory Day, which is a holiday of war veterans, home front workers, and all the people of Russia and other victorious nations. There was a grand parade on Red Square and a wreath laying ceremony at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The march of the Immortal Regiment – a civil initiative that has acquired a truly global dimension – took place again not only in Russia, but in many other countries as well, with the participation of hundreds of thousands of Russians, our compatriots abroad and citizens of other countries – all people who cherish the memory of Victory and the memory of those who worked to bring it closer.

15.05.2019 - State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Grigory Karasin’s interview with Izvestia, May 14, 2019

Question: How do you assess the results of the presidential election in Ukraine? What do you think caused such an advantage in favour of a candidate without any political experience, which played a historic role? Grigory Karasin: The presidential campaign that has ended in Ukraine can hardly be described as a model of democratic, free and independent expression of will. Numerous violations and falsifications were mentioned in reports from international monitoring missions and in comments by the campaign participants and local observers. The authorities in Kiev used this campaign as just another chance to whip up the anti-Russian hysteria. Most of the candidates, including the current head of state, Petr Poroshenko, made use of frantic Russophobic rhetoric in an effort to divert voter attention from serious problems inside the country.

09.05.2019 - Ambassador’s speech at the Soviet War Memorial

Every year on 9 May we gather here to honour the men, women and children who fought heroically in World War II, protecting home soil and sacrificing their lives in the fight against Nazism. We remember those who fought on the frontlines and those who selflessly toiled in the rear. 74 years ago the Nazi atrocities were stopped, criminal plans of world domination – suppressed and the Third Reich – defeated. The Soviet Union made a decisive contribution to this Victory, but at a great cost. 27 million people perished, thousands of entire towns and villages were destroyed.

26.04.2019 - Briefing for representatives of mass-media by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on the issues of preparation to the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Moscow, April 26, 2019

On Monday, April 29, one of the most significant events of this year in the field of non-proliferation and arms control will begin in New York: the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (2020 NPT RevCon PC-3, April 29 - May 10).



05.04.2019 - Opening of Memory Watch 2019 national event

Vladimir Putin took part in the opening ceremony of the Memory Watch 2019 national event at the Victory Museum on Moscow’s Poklonnaya Gora.

01.04.2019 - Welcoming letter on behalf of H.E.Mr. Alexander Yakovenko Russian Ambassador to the UK for Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2019 (London, 31 March 2019)

Dear guests! Today we are celebrating the most exciting date in the ballet lovers’ calendar. Established in 2006, Russian Ballet Icons Gala has become the great London tradition and one of the most expected highlights.

28.03.2019 - Welcoming remarks on behalf of H.E.Mr. Alexander Yakovenko Russian Ambassador to the UK at Airline Total Networking Conference (London, 27-28 March 2019)

Ladies and Gentlemen! It is my honor and pleasure to welcome the participants of today's Airline Total Networking. Let me express my deep gratitude to all present companies and organizations for their efforts in ensuring interconnectivity within national boarders, between countries and continents and, ultimately, among all the nations and people.

28.11.2018 - Statement of the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the OPCW Alexander Shulgin at the Fourth OPCW Review Conference

Statement of the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the OPCW Alexander Shulgin at the Fourth OPCW Review Conference in response to the USA, United Kingdom and Canada accusing Russia of not observing its obligations under Chemical Weapons Convention. Distinguished Mr. Chair, We consider absolutely unacceptable the groundless accusations voiced in the statement of the United States that Russia is in violation of its obligations under Article I of the CWC pertaining to alleged involvement of Russian nationals in use of a nerve agent in Salisbury. Such statements have absolutely no bearing on the facts and are effectively aired to influence the international community. The refusal of the United Kingdom to cooperate in any form with Russia on the “Skripal case”, which would be in accordance with paragraph 2 of Article IX of the CWC only underlines the emptiness of the accusations. Nevertheless, the United Kingdom has addressed the Technical Secretariat with a request to confirm the outcomes of its own national investigation, which contradicts the goals and objectives of technical assistance provided to a State Party under subparagraph e) of paragraph 38 of Article VIII of the CWC. As follows from the presented materials on the assistance provided in connection to Salisbury and Amesbury cases, we have to state the politically motivated nature of the undertaken measures.

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