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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

25.04.2018

Embassy’s Press Officer reply to a question on the Russia’s alleged international isolation

Q: At their meeting in Toronto G7 foreign ministers claimed that Russia is undermining prospects for constructive cooperation. Does it mean that Russia is facing an international isolation?

A: This notion is far from reality. Russia’s ties with international partners are developing at a good pace both bilaterally and within the various multilateral fora, including the G20, the BRICS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) alongside other organizations and dialogue platforms.

Foreign Minister Lavrov took part yesterday in the SCO ministerial meeting in Beijing, where the preparations for the upcoming summit to be held in June 2018 in Qingdao, China, were made. This will be the first SCO summit Pakistan and India will attend as full SCO member states alongside Russia, China and the Central Asian countries. The large number of initiatives to be launched includes an action plan against terrorism, separatism and extremism, an anti-drug strategy and a declaration highlighting the international efforts by the SCO to promote respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-interference in the internal affairs of others and a peaceful settlement of crises and conflicts. This is extremely important in light of the attempts by the US and the UK to hinder the development of a multipolar democratic world order, which again became evident during recent illegal airstrikes on Syria.

Another issue tackled during the meeting was the situation in Afghanistan, which is increasingly deteriorating. The US and NATO presence in Afghanistan for over 15 years has not normalized the situation there. They look more interested in gaining a foothold in the country on any terms to boost their regional rather than in helping the Afghans to return to peaceful life. On the contrary, the SCO remains a convenient natural platform for promoting a political settlement in Afghanistan. That’s why the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group has been resumed. Its next meeting is scheduled to be held in Beijing in mid-May.

Economic cooperation is also in the centre of our attention. We plan to sign a cooperation agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union and China as a step towards the coordination of Eurasian economic integration with China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Broadly speaking, the Greater Eurasia project, proposed by President of Russia Vladimir Putin at the ASEAN-Russia summit in 2016, is gaining pace.

By the way we didn’t see any coverage of that event by British press which used to be global.




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