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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a meeting of the of the United Russia Commission on International Cooperation and Support for Compatriots Living Abroad, Moscow, December 28, 2021

Friends, colleagues,

I am delighted to welcome all of you to the commission’s first meeting. Established under President Vladimir Putin’s instructions, the commission’s main purpose is to support the Russian Federation in carrying out its foreign policy, primarily on foreign policy matters set forth in United Russia’s People’s Programme. This party is proactive on the international front. Over the past twelve months it has taken part in forums, including via videoconference, with parties from the SCO, BRICS, ASEAN, as well as African and Latin American countries. The ‘Global Challenges of the XXI Century: Interparty Dimension’ international videoconference is a recent example. We strongly believe that meetings of this kind help build trust and promote people-to-people ties. For this reason, they deserve our full support. We proceed from the premise that United Russia will carry on with this activity in 2022. We are looking forward to it. In June 2022, Sakhalin is scheduled to host a major international interparty environmental forum. We will do everything we can to make sure that it is held at the highest level. We are ready to assist the party in organising this major event by accommodating its requests.

We agreed to make the commission’s work as transparent as possible, as well as inclusive, and to engage with other parliamentary groups represented in the State Duma of the Russian Federation with their expertise. It is essential that we find a niche for ourselves to avoid any overlap with the work of the corresponding committees in the Russian parliament.

I am certain that we must reinforce existing national consensus and inject more harmony into the efforts by various political forces and official diplomacy for better carrying out Russia’s foreign policy.

I will not elaborate too much on world affairs in their current state. President Vladimir Putin has talked about this at length many times, including at the Foreign Ministry Collegium meeting, as well as at the expanded Defence Ministry Board meeting and during his news conference. Today, we are focusing our efforts on achieving maximum efficiency in asserting this policy line, standing up for our interests and rejecting unilateral concessions that are not rooted in the balance of interests. This is the spirit that guides us when preparing for negotiations, primarily with the United States.

Our goal is to create the best possible external conditions for national development while ensuring the security of our country and improving the living standards of our people. This is fixed in the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the adopted amendments that have strengthened the desire to uphold national sovereignty. The same goals were described in more detail in the recently adopted National Security Strategy of the Russian Federation. Beginning next year, we must submit a new version of the Foreign Policy Concept to the President of Russia. This will definitely be reflected in it. We are striving to consider the inter-party dimension of foreign policy activities in this document as well.

We are trying to create the biggest international response to our work. We have many associates: the CIS countries, the CSTO, EAEU, SCO, BRICS, and many other countries that are not part of these associations. When we look at the calendar of foreign meetings with Russian leaders, it becomes obvious that all talk of Russia’s isolation is the work of the devil. Quite the contrary, our approaches are becoming increasingly popular, especially now that our Western colleagues are not just forgetting about international law but are deliberately showing little respect for it. They are making exclusive references to some “rules-based world order.” They are writing these rules themselves in a narrow circle, deliberately avoiding universal formats where they will have to come to terms with independent countries like Russia or China, to name two.

I would like to mention the need to ensure the rights of our compatriots living abroad, protect their interests and preserve pan-Russia cultural identity. These tasks are fixed in the adopted amendments to the Russian Constitution. President of Russia Vladimir Putin spoke about them at the Foreign Ministry’s expanded Collegium last November. We must be striving to further unite the multi-ethnic, multi-faith Russian world and ensure the development of ties between historical, primordial Russia and our diasporas. I have spoken about this with Mr Andrei Turchak. This must be an important independent area of the commission’s work.

The drafting of a federal law on migration is nearing completion under the plan of measures to implement the Russian State Migration Policy Concept for 2019-2024. Importantly, this document should facilitate as much as possible the terms and procedures for the return of our compatriots to Russia for permanent residence. We should give priority to attracting highly qualified specialists, researchers and promising young people, without any discrimination.

It is time to update the criteria for selecting potential settlers in regional programmes. The governors should exercise personal control over the activities of the bodies authorised to make a decision on accepting new residents. It is necessary to rule out unjustified denials. I believe it is possible to review the possibility of expanding the list of regions for priority settlement. It is particularly urgent to attract our people and potential Russian citizens to districts in eastern Siberia.

Another federal law, On Citizenship in the Russian Federation, is in the works, and we hope it will include our compatriots’ requests that were expressed at the 7th World Congress of Compatriots in October 2021, among other venues.

When the work on draft laws on migration, compatriots and citizenship was underway, the Foreign Ministry and other federal executive bodies spoke in favour of meeting the goals in the state migration policy concept, primarily in terms of simplifying the requirements for citizenship for our compatriots and children born in marriages of Russian citizens with foreign nationals. A number of these ideas and proposals found their way into the draft laws, others, including a hot button issue such as repatriation of the Russians with roots in the Soviet Union, as well as descendants of residents of the Russian Empire, need to be finalised. This issue was reviewed by the State Duma, the Government, and the Presidential Executive Office.

In conjunction with core members of Russian communities abroad, we continue to improve the organisational structure of the compatriot movement, which the World Congress and the World Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots are part of, and which also includes country and regional coordination councils. This is a fairly ramified network which helps organise support for our compatriots abroad rather effectively.

We would also like to make wider use of party diplomacy. Our commission is quite capable of working out specific proposals and approaches. It is also important to get involved in implementing measures to support the Russian language and Russian culture, to preserve the historical truth, including about the Great Patriotic War - World War II, and to counter Russophobia. These are pressing items on the international agenda that are being tackled by official diplomacy and foreign policy agencies, but partisan support with the involvement of other parliamentary groups would help.

There are ways to rejuvenate activities designed to attract our compatriots and foreign students to come to study at Russian universities. Russian education is in high demand. It is important to build this trend up so that our position worldwide can see an additional boost. Our commission will see what it can do to provide financial help to foreign students coming to study at Russian universities, including refunds for travel and accommodation expenses. Most countries are not eligible, though.

The best achievements in culture, art, education, and science should be promoted abroad, and tourist relations should be expanded as well. All of that affects the Russian Federation’s foreign policy positions. Engaging with Russian-speaking youth and foreign citizens is important. Of course, to do so, we need to constantly update our methods and use information and communication technology. The party has a proven track record of working in this sphere, which I think can be put to good use.

Our commission’s goals are quite ambitious. I am confident that the experience of partisan activities and international contacts that the party has gained and is widely using are valuable assets, and we will fulfill the instructions and goals that President Vladimir Putin has set for our team.




23.01.2022 - Embassy comment on the recent Foreign Office statements regarding Russia and Ukraine

The UK Foreign Office continues with a series of provocative statements on the situation around Ukraine. Sidelined by its short-sighted policy from the real diplomatic processes, Britain sees its role in constantly stoking anti-Russian sentiments. The logic is simple: let no day pass without accusing Russia of preparing an 'imminent' invasion of Ukraine, and, on this concocted 'basis', try to play the ideological leader of the 'free world' defending itself from 'autocrats'.

09.01.2022 - Press release on the situation in the Republic of Kazakhstan, January 8, 2022

Following the events on January 5-6, the situation in the country is gradually improving. Economic activities in the republic are returning to normal. Passenger train services have been restored in full, and additional trains were rolled out to serve the most popular destinations. The operation of some of the national payment systems has stabilised. It has been announced that state support will be provided for small and medium-sized businesses that suffered from looting. Public transport has resumed operation in the Mangystau Region as well as at Aktau International Airport.

06.01.2022 - Foreign Ministry statement on the CSTO Collective Security Council’s decision to send CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces to the Republic of Kazakhstan

On January 6, 2022, the CSTO Collective Security Council, which comprises heads of state and government of CSTO member states, in response to the request by President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, made a decision to send CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces to the Republic of Kazakhstan for a limited period of time, with the aim of stabilising and normalising the situation in the country.

20.12.2021 - Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko’s interview published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta on December 20, 2021

Question: Mr Grushko, discussions of the action plan regarding NATO’s expansion, which Russia has proposed to Washington, are ongoing. You have mentioned a “military-technical alternative,” if NATO rejects Moscow’s proposals. What do you have in mind? Alexander Grushko: If our concerns are disregarded and NATO countries are not ready to show military restraint, we will have to use the response instruments at our disposal. There is no other option. If the other side decides to project, let alone use force, that is, if it applies its defence capability as a means of economic or political pressure, this will be unacceptable to Russia, and we will find methods to neutralise these threats.

20.12.2021 - Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s interview with Interfax News Agency, December 18, 2021

The security situation in Europe, the Euro-Atlantic region and Eurasia has indeed greatly deteriorated recently. This has happened because of a series of concerted actions by the United States and its NATO allies, which, generally speaking, can be described as an attempt to undermine Russia’s security and to create a hostile environment around us. We cannot accept this.

18.12.2021 - Press release on the outcome of the seventh round of negotiations to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

On December 17, a meeting of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA closed the seventh round of Vienna talks on restoring the full implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal. The participants noted that significant progress had been made, which paved the way for the next stage. The delegations will hold further consultations in their capitals.

18.12.2021 - Foreign Ministry statement on the withdrawal of the Russian Federation from the Treaty on Open Skies

As of December 18, 2021, the Russian Federation is no longer a party to the Treaty on Open Skies (Treaty) and has consequently ceased to be a member of the group of States Parties stipulated in its provisions.

17.12.2021 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Russia’s reciprocal list of British citizens denied entry to the Russian Federation

We consider London’s latest unfounded anti-Russian attack to be practical confirmation of the British government’s intention to continue its destructive course in bilateral affairs. We are forced to state that the British authorities’ consistent efforts to ratchet up sanctions completely undermine Russia’s attempts at various levels to put interstate relations back on a constructive track.

17.12.2021 - Press release on Russian draft documents on legal security guarantees from the United States and NATO

During the December 15, 2021 meeting at the Russian Foreign Ministry, the US party received a draft treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on security guarantees and an agreement on measures to ensure the security of the Russian Federation and member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

16.12.2021 - Foreign Ministry Statement

The Russian side strongly believes that the guilty verdict brought in by the German court against the citizen of the Russian Federation Vadim Sokolov on December 15 in the case of the murder of Georgian citizen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, former terrorist gang leader in the North Caucasus, in Berlin on August 23, 2019, is extremely biased and is clearly a case of an explicit political put-up job. We insist that the Russian citizen is innocent. He has the right to appeal to the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Germany against the unjust verdict.

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