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Press release on a meeting of the Coordinating Expert Council of the Interdepartmental Working Group on Preserving Russian Historical and Cultural Heritage in the United States

On August 28, the Foreign Ministry hosted a working meeting of the Coordinating Expert Council of the Interdepartmental Working Group (IWG) on Preserving Russian Historical and Cultural Heritage in the United States.

The participants discussed the results of the IWG-sponsored events held in Russia and the United States pursuant to its decisions of May 25, including the successful launch of a Russian segment of the socio-political and business forum Fort Ross Dialogue in Pskov and Izborsk, the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the legendary transpolar flights from the Soviet Union to the United States by the crews led by Valery Chkalov and Mikhail Gromov, research expeditions sponsored by the Ryazan branch of the Russian Geographical Society to Hawaii and remote areas of Alaska, and a joint celebration of the 880th anniversary of the city of Totma in the Vologda Region and the 205th anniversary of Fort Ross.

The scholarly and journalistic materials published by the IWG members and invited experts in media outlets, including specialised and online publications, received high praise.

Preparations for forthcoming major thematic events were reviewed, including, primarily, the American round of Fort Ross Dialogue in San Francisco slated for October. The first full-scale conference of compatriots residing in Hawaii, which is to be held with the participation of the Russian Foreign Ministry and is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the founding of Fort Elizabeth on the island of Kauai by Russian seafarers, will be an important bilateral public relations event.

Developing cooperation in the sphere of archives, including digitalisation projects and opening access to valuable documents on the history of Russian America and bilateral relations to researchers is a priority new track of Russian-American cultural ties. Plans are also in place to continue the earlier opened talks with the autocephalous Orthodox Church in America regarding the preservation of the Orthodox shrines created by Russian settlers in Alaska and other US states.

A representative of the Altai Territory Government spoke about the projects aimed at preserving the memory of outstanding Russians who were born in that region and spent their lives in North America.

Heads of a number of US public organisations and associations of compatriots who actively engage in promoting bilateral ties in the sphere of education and culture took part in the meeting.


17.12.2017 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veteran

On 14 December Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medal to the Arctic Convoys veteran Mr Charles Jesse Richard Cooper, who was awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for his personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.

16.12.2017 - Embassy press secretary answers media question on sea cables

Q: For a week already retired and serving British servicemen have been talking about the possibility of Russia severing UK’s underwater internet cables in case of war. How serious is that? A: Such sensationalist statements can cause but regret, as they are fanning the flames for the unwholesome sentiment created by PM Theresa May’s “banquet speech”. Instead of discussing European security, an important issue for all the European nations including UK, London keeps speculating on numerous mind-boggling scenarios of a hypothetical conflict. The reasons look obvious – but even if the UK military needs money so badly, why intimidate people this much?

15.12.2017 - Embassy press secretary comment on Chris Bryant’s “open letter to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson”

Q: Do you have any comments on the “open letter to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson” by Chris Bryant MP in The Times, alleging that the Russian hosts would “discombobulate” him on his forthcoming visit to Moscow? A: We deplore the attitudes shown by Mr Bryant – especially taking into account his current position as the chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on Russia, which is meant to contribute to dialogue between Britain and Russia, not undermine it. These are definitely not the best parting words for the Foreign Secretary heading to Russia soon. We expect a more constructive approach from the British side on this important visit, and, as the recent visit of Sir Alan Duncan to Moscow proved, a responsible dialogue is possible.

15.12.2017 - Embassy hosts charity concert

On 9 December 2017 the Russian Ambassador’s residence hosted a charity concert for the foundation Nadezda (Hope) which helps children from Russia's Tver region. The young opera singer Aigul Akhmetshina (Royal Opera House) performed works by Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Rossini, Rachmaninoff.

11.12.2017 - Сharity dinner in honor of the Arctic Convoys Veterans on the occasion of St Andrews Day

On 7 December Rotary Club of Motherwell and Wishaw host a charity dinner on the occasion of St Andrews Day with the participation of the Arctic Convoys veterans.

11.12.2017 - President Putin visited Khmeimim Air Base in Syria

December 11, 2017, 13:00, Syria At the air base, Vladimir Putin was met by President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad, Russian Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu and Commander of the Russian military group Sergei Surovikin. The Commander-in-Chief ordered the withdrawal of the Russian military group from Syria back to their permanent bases.

11.12.2017 - Russian President Vladimir Putin met President of Syria Bashar al-Assad

President Putin met with President of Syria Bashar al-Assad while on a tour of the Russian airbase at Khmeimim. The two leaders discussed the outcome of the counterterrorism operations in Syria.

09.12.2017 - Press release on First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov’s consultations with British Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan

On December 8, First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov had consultations in Moscow with British Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan.

08.12.2017 - Moscow Exchange Forum in London

On 6-7 December 2017 the Moscow Exchange held an Annual Business Forum in London, that marked its 25th anniversary and highlighted investment opportunities in Russia. The event gathered more than 400 top managers and high-ranking representatives of European, American and Asian banks, investment funds, service sector companies and professional associations.

05.12.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s message of greetings to organisers and participants in the 7th international forum The Arctic: Present and Future

Let me cordially welcome the organisers and participants to the 7th international forum The Arctic: Present and Future. Your Forum has confidently asserted itself as an authoritative venue for discussing the current issues on the Arctic agenda. The traditional representative composition of the participants makes it possible to consider every aspect of a broad range of issues related to ensuring the Arctic’s sustainable development and to providing detailed recommendations on how to enhance the effectiveness of measures for this purpose, including development of international cooperation.

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