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Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a news conference following talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea Chung Eui-yong, Seoul, March 25, 2021

Ladies and gentlemen,

We held constructive, substantive and fruitful talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea Chung Eui-yong.

Last year we marked 30 years of diplomatic relations between our countries. To commemorate this landmark, by decision of President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in, we are holding a special event, the Year of Mutual Exchanges between our countries. Yesterday I accompanied the Foreign Minister to a festive ceremony during which we declared the Year of Mutual Exchanges open. I believe that the ceremony itself symbolised mutual sympathy between our peoples and a qualitatively new level of relations that has developed over the past decades between our nations.

The Republic of Korea is one of Russia’s most important partners in Asia Pacific. We noted with satisfaction the progressive and dynamic development of our bilateral ties. We also reaffirmed the high level of our political dialogue and our resolve to continue expanding and invigorating our contacts, including between our presidents and governments. Our Korean partners reaffirmed last year’s invitation to President Putin to visit Seoul. We agreed to resume discussions on this matter as soon as the epidemiological situation allows.

Our trade and economic cooperation declined last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the talks we held today have shown that we have plans that will allow to quickly reverse this trend and to resume the build-up of our mutual trade. These plans are connected with the concept of Nine Bridges initiated by President Moon Jae-in. We expressed appreciation for the development of our cooperation within the framework of this concept, including in rail transportation, energy supply, nuclear power, shipbuilding, healthcare and medicine.

Large-scale investment cooperation projects are being implemented or prepared for implementation in the Russian Far East and Arctic regions. Talks are ongoing on the establishment of a Russian-Korean investment fund worth up to $1 billion. These and other issues will be on the agenda at the next meeting of the intergovernmental Russian-Korean Joint Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, which is scheduled to take place in Seoul this year. Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Chung Sye-kyun has received an invitation from Prime Minister of Russia Mikhail Mishustin to attend the Open Innovations international forum, which will be held in Moscow this autumn. As my colleague pointed out, we have great expectations for the next interregional forum this year.

We spoke at length about efforts to deal with the consequences of the pandemic and to ensure the sanitary and epidemiological wellbeing of our citizens. We highlighted the agreement signed between the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and South Korea’s GL Rapha last November to produce the Russian Sputnik V vaccine in Korea, including for future supply to other countries.

We welcome the interest of our Korean partners in the development of the medical clusters on Russky Island and within the framework of Skolkovo.

One of the international issues on which we focused was the situation on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia in general. Moscow and Seoul remain committed to an early resumption of negotiations between the parties in the interests of a lasting settlement of the entire range of problems in the region. We pointed out the importance of efforts to maintain peace and stability in Northeast Asia, including on the Korean Peninsula, which implies the sides’ rejection of the arms race and the build-up of all kinds of military activity.

We exchanged views on promoting multilateral initiatives for strengthening cooperation in Northeast Asia in various spheres. Our Korean friends have very interesting ideas regarding this. They evaluated the proposals advanced by Russia.

We discussed the development of our interaction at international organisations, namely the UN and the G20, as well as within the framework of the Asia-Pacific dialogue forums. We spoke about cooperation at the East Asia Summit and other organisations set up in the context of the ASEAN-centric regional security frameworks. Both parties expressed an interest in continued interaction in these open and, in the popular term, inclusive forums.

We have agreed to keep up and strengthen interaction between our foreign ministries. We maintain a ramified network of contacts at different levels. The further development of these ties will be promoted by the plan of exchanges between our foreign ministries for 2021-2022, which we have signed just now.

Our talks were fruitful and well-timed. I hope to be able to continue our contacts during a visit of Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong to Moscow. I have delivered the invitation to him.


23.07.2021 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on recent statements by MI5 Director General Ken McCallum

We have noted statements by MI5 Director General Ken McCallum, which have been taken up by the British media, referring to security threats facing the United Kingdom, allegedly emanating from the actions of hostile states, namely, cyber-attacks, misinformation, etc. Director General Ken McCallum also lists Russia among such hostile states. At the same time, all of his assertions are in the well-known “highly likely” style. He provides no evidence or specific facts and merely speaks about certain hybrid threats. There is no specific example to confirm all this; however, this creates a narrative that is detrimental for and has a destructive effect on interstate dialogue and the normal development of bilateral ties.

22.07.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's interview with Interfax news agency, Moscow, July 21, 2021

Question: The German-US draft agreement on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline ties up Ukraine's energy security with new sanctions on Russia that the Germans will be able to impose. Does Russia think the latest threat of sanctions is acceptable? Will it affect the implementation of the project? Sergey Lavrov: Any threat of sanctions, be it new, old or ongoing, is unacceptable, because only the UN Security Council can impose them. Our Western colleagues, primarily the United States and the European Union, which is quickly adopting these “bad habits,” are quite often carried away by sanctions. They are no longer interested in the culture of diplomacy or talks. In fact, they are losing it. They want instant results.

17.07.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s article on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Good-Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation between China and Russia, published by the newspapers Rossiyskaya Gazeta (Russia) and Renmin Ribao (China), July 16, 2021

Relations between the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China have reached an all-time high, setting an example of interstate cooperation in the 21st century. Just as in any story of success, there are backbone pillars in our relations that set the tune for our forward development in the years ahead. One such pillar in the development of modern Russian-Chinese ties was the signing of the Treaty of Good-Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation. Twenty years ago, it was signed by President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of China Jiang Zemin.

13.07.2021 - Article by Vladimir Putin ”On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians“, 12.07.2021

During the recent Direct Line, when I was asked about Russian-Ukrainian relations, I said that Russians and Ukrainians were one people – a single whole. These words were not driven by some short-term considerations or prompted by the current political context. It is what I have said on numerous occasions and what I firmly believe. I therefore feel it necessary to explain my position in detail and share my assessments of today's situation.

09.07.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s address on Russia’s International Activities for Russian Regions’ Development, delivered at Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), and answers to questions from students and faculty, Vladivostok, July 8, 2021

Thank you for the opportunity to speak here. I have returned from a short Asian tour, during which I visited Indonesia and Laos. We also held a meeting of the Russian and ASEAN foreign ministers in a hybrid format. What we do during our foreign trips and talks with our foreign partners is not done for its own sake. We do it to implement our foreign policy, which was approved by the President of Russia in the Foreign Policy Concept adopted in 2016.

22.06.2021 - Article by President Vladimir Putin ”Being Open, Despite the Past“ published in the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit, 22 June 2021

Article by Russian President Vladimir Putin ”Being Open, Despite the Past“ published in the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War.

09.05.2021 - President Putin's address at the military parade marking the 76th Anniversary of Victory

Citizens of Russia, Dear veterans, Comrades soldiers and sailors, sergeants and warrant officers, midshipmen and sergeant majors, Comrades officers, generals and admirals, Happy Victory Day! The Victory had a colossal historic significance for the fate of the entire world. It is a holiday that has always been and will remain a sacred day for Russia, for our nation. It is our holiday by right, for we are blood relatives of those who defeated, crushed, destroyed Nazism. It is ours because we descend from the generation of victors, a generation we are proud of and hold in great honour.

22.04.2021 - Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova's Comment on new legislative initiatives in the UK

We have noted the publications announcing a number of upcoming legislative initiatives of the UK government aimed at countering the hostile activities of foreign states – primarily, Russia and China. Of particular interest with regards to this is the act regulating the work of foreign agents, which includes the requirement for all individuals and legal entities working on behalf of foreign countries in Britain to register their presence. Failure to do so will be a criminal offence and will entail deportation. The publications note that London plans to use the experience of its allies, primarily the United States, in this matter.

21.04.2021 - President Vladimir Putin's Address to the Federal Assembly, 21 April 2021

The President of Russia delivered the Address to the Federal Assembly. The ceremony took place at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall. The ceremony was attended by the senators of the Russian Federation, State Duma deputies, members of the Government, the heads of the Constitutional and Supreme courts, regional governors, speakers of regional legislatures, the heads of traditional religious denominations and public activists.

06.04.2021 - Interview by Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov to Hindustan Times, April 6, 2021

Question: With India and Russia set to resume high-level engagements after the Covid-19 crisis, what will be priorities for bilateral agenda in 2021? Sergey Lavrov: Russia is satisfied with the vigorous political dialogue with India on all levels that keeps on actively developing despite serious restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020 we managed to successfully organize several events in face-to-face and online formats. Summits of the SCO and BRICS – a new type of multilateral associations where our countries cooperate fruitfully – are among them.

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