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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.

We are grateful to our Russian and British partners for their active support of such an effective and promising dialogue platform. Let me express my special thanks to His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent for his unfailing assistance in strengthening Russian-British relations. I would like to emphasize the systematic work of Russo-British Chamber of Commerce in this area as well as that of many British and Russian companies.

Our meeting is taking place in time of major changes in the global economy and politics. Not only economic crises, trade wars, natural disasters and climate-related threats characterize this turbulent era. The world is facing a shift of techno-economic paradigm. The unprecedented development of science and technology opens up previously unknown opportunities for universal prosperity and solving the global problems. The knowledge we have allows us to achieve it. The key is to avoid barriers to the mutually beneficial exchange of information, goods and services. Our Forum, dedicated to the crucial topic of digitalization, also seeks to contribute to this process.

For its part, Russia is making a significant contribution to the world’s sustainable development. Political and social stability along with high macroeconomic performance create a solid base for further growth. It includes a high GDP, resilient financial system, low public debt, stable prices, significant gold and foreign currency reserves, nearly full employment.

Russia navigates well the sea of new opportunities which open up through advanced technologies and broadening of international ties. In the age of the 4th global industrial revolution, we have formulated our own effective model of sustainable development. We adopted the Paris Agreement this September and intend to hold a high bar of our climate-related obligations.

Russia has everything necessary to get adjusted to the new conditions. Our country has moved several dozen positions up in the World Bank’s «Doing Business» index only in five years and now stands among the top 30 economies. We pursue major structural changes in our economy in order to ensure its diversification and transition to an advanced growth pattern. It is based on knowledge, innovation, improvement of human capital and liberal economic order. In the years to come, the Russian government plans to spend tens of billions of dollars on economic reforms. The share of small and medium enterprises in the economy will be doubled by 2025 up to 40 % of GDP.

Russia implements a number of plans and programmes aimed at transition to the digital economy, introducing brand new approaches to regulation, establishing necessary institutions and contributing to investments increase. We have reached the 10th place in the world in terms of broadband internet access. The first 5G network was launched earlier this year. The National Artificial Intellect Strategy has been adopted. Active work is under way with regard to a draft law on digital financial assets, which will be among the first of its kind in the world. The digitalization is expected to add a percent point to GDP growth in the mid-term.

The high economic potential of Russia and our serious plans to fully unroll it is recognized internationally. Foreign business shows great interest in our country. International forums in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok and Sochi always attract government officials and heads of biggest transnational enterprises from around the world. Deals worth billions dollars are forged during these events.

The latest successful example is the Investment Forum “Russia Calling!” which took place last week in Moscow. A frank exchange of views between the Russian leadership and leading business figures from Russia and abroad confirmed our openness to interact with all interested partners on mutually beneficial and non-politicized terms.

As repeatedly emphasized, the Russian government constantly works to improve the business climate in our country. We provide foreign business with all necessary assistance and this also applies to British companies.

British business understands this well. They show wisdom and pragmatism while increasing cooperation with their Russian partners in various sectors.

We are confident that a positive economic agenda will become a powerful incentive aimed at improving and strengthening our bilateral relations in all spheres, for the benefit of both "the global Russia" and "the global Britain".

I wish success to all participants of the Forum in their activities, as well as new interesting and productive meetings and expansion of their business and personal contacts.

Thank you for your attention.


18.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions during a meeting with the New Horizons educational marathon participants, Moscow, May 17, 2022

We are ready to address humanitarian issues, as happened yesterday, when thanks to the initiatives of the Russian military on the ground it proved possible to evacuate hundreds of wounded soldiers from the Azovstal plant. These are the principles that form the basis of the Russian army’s ethos.

17.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 30th Assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy, Moscow, May 14, 2022

Western politicians should accept the fact that their efforts to isolate our country are doomed. Many experts have already recognised this, even if quietly and off the record, because saying this openly is “politically incorrect.” But this is happening right now. The non-Western world is coming to see that the world is becoming increasingly more diverse.

12.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions during a joint news conference following talks with Foreign Minister of the Sultanate of Oman Badr Albusaidi, Oman, May 11, 2022

We had a busy day today in our meetings with His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said and Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers of Oman Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, as well as talks with my colleague and friend Foreign Minister of Oman Badr bin Hamad Albusaidi. We discussed the entire range of Russian-Omani relations and expressed satisfaction with the intensive political dialogue and cooperation in trade, the economy, culture and education.

07.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial plaques in the Foreign Ministry building dedicated to the 77th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, Moscow, May 6, 2022

According to tradition, today we are conducting a ceremony dedicated to the most sacred holiday in the history of our country: Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War. By tradition, we honour everyone who gave their lives for the freedom and independence of our country and Europe and for delivering the entire world from the Nazi threat.

04.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Al Arabiya television channel, Moscow, April 29, 2022

We have provided many proposals. During all these years we have been initiating draft treaties, draft agreements with NATO, with countries of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Lately, in December last year, we proposed another initiative to the United States and to NATO to conclude treaties with both of them on security guarantees to all countries in the Euro-Atlantic space without joining any military alliance.

04.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Mediaset, Italian television network, Moscow, May 1, 2022

Russia has never ceased its efforts to reach agreements that would guarantee the prevention of a nuclear war. In recent years, it was Russia who has persistently proposed to its American colleagues that we repeat what Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan did in 1987: adopt a statement reaffirming that there can be no winners in a nuclear war, and therefore it must never be unleashed.

04.05.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the Xinhua News Agency (China), April 30, 2022

When we talk about the Ukrainian crisis, first of all we need to look at the destructive policy of the Western states conducted over many years and led by the United States, which set a course to knock together a unipolar world order after the end of the Cold War. NATO’s reckless expansion to the East was a key component of those actions, despite the political obligations to the Soviet leadership on the non-expansion of the Alliance.

28.04.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Channel One’s The Great Game political talk show, Moscow, April 25, 2022

What we deem necessary has been announced by President Vladimir Putin. I am referring to the need to destroyUkraine’s military infrastructure in the context of demilitarising it. To quote President Putin, Ukraine has been turned into an “anti-Russia” and a direct threat to this country. But the Russian military must meet very strict requirements to minimise damage to the civilian population.

20.04.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with India Today television channel, Moscow, April 19, 2022

The real reason is the complacency of most countries of the world after the end of World War II, when our Western colleagues, led by the United States, declared themselves winners and in violation of the promises to the Soviet and Russian leadership started moving NATO eastward.

13.04.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Rossiya television network, Moscow, April 11, 2022

President Vladimir Putin explained in detail the reasons for the decision on the special military operation. These include eight years of sabotage of the Minskagreements accompanied by the daily bombing of Donbass; the flooding of Ukrainewith Western weapons; and the sending of instructors that trained the most extremist units that were later sent to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They formed the backbone of the groups that are now resisting our operation to demilitarise and denazify Ukraine.

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