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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s article on the 30th anniversary of the Organisation of Black Sea Economic Cooperation published in the International Affairs journal on June 17, 2022

This year marks an important milestone, the 30th anniversary of the Organisation of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) which was created amid global change, optimism and hope for eliminating dividing lines in the interest of achieving global peace, well-being and prosperity.

In these 30 years, the BSEC has travelled a path of success starting out as a purely dialogue format and growing into an all-encompassing organisation in the Greater Black Sea region. For the first time in its thousand-year history, the Black Sea region has acquired an identity of its own and a reliable institutional framework. For many years now, the BSEC has been a driving force in developing collective decisions to promote sustainable development, expand economic opportunities, and integrate the Black Sea region into global supply chains.

Russia takes pride in being one of the founders of the BSEC and is one of its active participants. In conjunction with other states, we make consistent efforts to reinforce the organisation’s practical potential and to create proper conditions for effective operation. Key initiatives include the creation of a ring road around the Black Sea, sea route expansion, interaction on emergency situations and firefighting, and cooperation between law enforcement agencies. In the foreseeable future, we are counting on positive dynamics in trade facilitation and the introduction of a “one-stop shop” customs clearance mechanism.

Today, in the context of the ongoing formation of a more fair and democratic multipolar order, the BSEC is facing new challenges stemming from imbalances in leading global markets, growing geopolitical differences and the redistribution of global economic power. Growing protectionism, unfair competition and unilateral restrictions are cause for concern.

However, crisis phenomena should not obscure available opportunities. Technological innovations are opening up new horizons in the digital realm. Economically and socially sound solutions are needed to respond to climate change. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the “bottlenecks” of globalisation, made it necessary to adjust certain conventional approaches and to take a fresh look at regional cooperation.

These circumstances dictate the need to revise BSEC economic strategy. We are on our way to resolving this issue. It is important to focus on promoting region-to-region connectivity and establishing productive cooperation between the BSEC and the EAEU. We are supportive of the “integration of integrations” concept in our efforts to create an absolutely barrier-free economic space within the Greater Eurasian Partnership.

The Black Sea region largely owes its success to its favourable geographical location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and at the junction of trade and transport routes of Eurasia, Africa and the Middle East. Ongoing regional cooperation in trade, customs administration, transport, ICT, tourism, cultural and educational exchanges and agriculture is laying a solid foundation for the further strengthening of its status.

We will continue to push for transport, energy and trade expansion with elements of the green and digital economies. We see great opportunities in deepening cooperation in the banking and financial sectors, in particular through creating a regional mechanism for mutual transactions in national currencies, developing infrastructure for the use of national payment systems in the BSEC countries, promoting digital currencies and mutual recognition of credit ratings. To get there, the member states need to work as a team.

Russia is committed to building up joint efforts through the BSEC Business Council. The significant potential of the International Centre for Black Sea Studies and the Parliamentary Assembly of Black Sea Economic Cooperation should be fully engaged as well.

Pressing ahead with the busy BSEC agenda requires additional extrabudgetary resources. During Russia’s chairmanship in 2016, we established the BSEC Project Cooperation Development Facility and donated $1 million to it. To date, almost the entire amount has been put to good use. The funds have been used to expand regional cooperation in tourism, small- and medium-sized businesses, e-commerce, environmental protection and the food industry. We have partnered with the Eurasian Development Bank to explore options for creating innovation project mechanisms.

We look to the future with optimism. Despite the existing difficulties, we believe that the BSEC will remain a meaningful and sought-after platform that will ensure prosperity in the Black Sea region and among its peoples for many years to come. 




08.08.2022 - Embassy comment on the current situation around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, 8 August, 2022

The Zaporozhye NPP was secured by Russian military servicemen at an early stage of the ongoing Special Military Operation with a clear objective – to prevent Ukrainian nationalist formations and foreign mercenaries from carrying out deliberately staged provocations and “false flag” attacks with predictably catastrophic consequences. The plant is run by the Ukrainian energy operator, but Russian military servicemen ensure the safety and security of the power plant.

08.08.2022 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on anniversary of the August events of 2008 in the South Caucasus, 8 August 2022

Today, on the 14th anniversary of the beginning of Georgia’s military aggression against the people of South Ossetia and the Russian peacekeepers of the Joint Peacekeeping Forces in the zone of the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict, we yet again pay the tribute to the memory of the victims of that treacherous attack and to the courage of those who sacrificed their lives to save the South Ossetian people from extirpation.

06.08.2022 - Statement by Mr. Igor Vishnevetskii, Deputy Head of the Russian Delegation, at the 8th Plenary Meeting of the 10th NPT Review Conference, 6 August 2022

Right during our meeting, alarming information is coming about the situation at the Zaporozhye NPP. Just two hours ago, the Ukrainian armed forces shelled the Zaporozhye NPP with large-caliber artillery. The shells hit the facility distributing electricity to the plant, which is fraught with the risk of its blackout.There is a fire in the area of the shelling as pipelines were damaged.

05.08.2022 - Statement by Mr. Andrey Belousov, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the Russian Federation at the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (Cluster I, Nuclear Disarmament) 5, August 2022

Nuclear disarmament is at the forefront of the international agenda. Despite visible progress in strategic arms reduction, the nuclear powers are accused of almost sabotaging their disarmament obligations. We cannot agree with this interpretation, at least with regard to the Russian Federation.

05.08.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions following ASEAN ministerial meetings, Phnom Penh, August 5, 2022

We held a Russia-ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meeting. This is an annual event. We reviewed the implementation of the agreements reached at the Russia-ASEAN summit in the autumn of 2021 held via videoconference. The summit adopted an important document – the Comprehensive Plan of Action (CPA) to implement the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Russian Federation strategic partnership (2021–2025).

03.08.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions following talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Wunna Maung Lwin, Nay Pyi Taw, August 3, 2022

We held good talks with our colleagues from Myanmar. This year, we have intensively developed contacts in all areas. Our mechanisms for cooperation include the trade, economic, military, military-technical, humanitarian and education fields.

02.08.2022 - Statement by Mr. Igor Vishnevetskii, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the Russian Federation at the 10th NPT Review Conference (General Debate), New York , August 2, 2022

In over half a century of its existence, the Treaty has become a key element of the international system of security and strategic stability. The obligations stipulated by the Treaty in the areas of non-proliferation, disarmament, and the peaceful use of nuclear energy fully serve the interests of nuclear and non-nuclear-weapon states alike.

02.08.2022 - Foreign Ministry’s statement on personal sanctions on British politicians, journalists, and businesspeople, 1 August, 2022

In response to the British government’s expanding list of personal sanctions on the leading representatives of Russia’s social and political circles, business and the media, Russia has included the British politicians, journalists, and businesspeople, who promote London’s hostile policy aimed at demonising Russia and isolating it internationally, on the Russian “stop list.”

01.08.2022 - Embassy comment on Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK Vadym Prystaiko’s claims to Russian property, 1 August, 2022

Ambassador Prystaiko has claimed that Russia “should return at least a third” of its properties abroad, which date back to USSR times, including its properties in the UK. It is important to point out that such claims by Ukrainian officials have no basis in international law.

01.08.2022 - Press release on the results of the SCO Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting, Tashkent, 28-29 July, 2022

The agenda of the meeting focused on preparations for the meeting of the SCO Heads of States Council to be held in Samarkand in September. The summit is to consider the state of multilateral cooperation and prospects for its further development, and identify priorities and practical measures to step up SCO’s activities at the current stage. Particular attention will be paid to the enhancement of the organisation's role in world affairs in the light of the current geopolitical realities.

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