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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

Good afternoon,

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.

Today, we discussed our positive progress. In 2021, our trade went up by 20 percent to $430 million, and it has increased another 50 percent in the first five months of this year (over 2021). There is every indication that the current pace will continue. We will do all we can to facilitate this.

We have good potential in the energy industry, including nuclear energy. Rosatom State Corporation is working with its partners on using nuclear technology for non-energy purposes. This applies to ICT and traditional hydrocarbons. Bashneft maintains strong cooperation with its Myanmar partners. Roscosmos is creating infrastructure for the remote probing of the Earth’s surface in cooperation with its Myanmar colleagues. Other key industries are also making steady headway.

The two countries have traditionally maintained regular military contact. The Russian Defence Ministry plans to hold a number of events in August, including the International Security Conference, the International Army Games and the Army-2022 International Forum. As in previous years, we invited our Myanmar colleagues to take part in all of these meetings and events.  

We look forward to seeing a representative delegation from Myanmar at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok (September 5-8 of this year). The republic’s ministries were represented at the St Petersburg forum (June 15-18) by top executives.

We are developing humanitarian contacts, as well as education and training of civilian and military professions including at the Interior Ministry level. Our colleagues are increasingly interested in learning the Russian language, which is taught at two universities in Myanmar. We plan to establish one more Russian centre in the Yangon University of Foreign Languages. We and our partners in Myanmar are reviewing many cultural and humanitarian projects.

A Myanmarese religious and cultural centre was opened in the Kaluga Region. We are working to establish a parish of the Patriarchal Exarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church in Southeast Asia and build a temple in Yangon, the country’s biggest city (our colleagues have confirmed their consent for this today). Our compatriots living in the republic will welcome this.

We talked about the need to coordinate positions in the international arena. We are closely cooperating at the UN and in the context of ASEAN-Russia relations. We reaffirmed our high assessment of Myanmar’s firm positions in the world arena as regards unconditional respect for the UN Charter and the principle of the sovereign equality of states.

The republic occupies a balanced and responsible position on the situation in Ukraine, being fully aware of the reasons for these developments, notably, the West’s striving to dictate its will to all and everyone and do whatever it wants in any part of the world.

Question: It was reported earlier that Myanmar and Russia were discussing the use of Russian Mir payment cards in the country. Myanmar also favours settlements in yuans and rubles between the EAEU and ASEAN countries. At what stage are the talks on settlements in these currencies between the participants of these international associations? When will Russian Mir сards be accepted in Myanmar?

Sergey Lavrov: These items are on the agenda. For obvious reasons, this issue is discussed by the Russia-Myanmar Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, which plans to convene a regular session in Myanmar in the second half of this year.

Contacts on the use of Mir payment cards have already been established with the national financial regulator of Myanmar. Two meetings were held to discuss cooperation between central banks on specific issues of using the payment message system of the Central Bank of Russia. I believe these discussions will produce concrete results by the meeting of the commission and it will be possible to talk about them in more detail.

Question: Today, the main topic of discussion is Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. (We watched it before and during the flight.) The Russian Foreign Ministry has already called it a provocation. What is the attitude in the region to this visit? What explains the choice of time for the visit? Is it linked with the failures of the US administration’s policy, or is it just an attempt to divert attention?

Sergey Lavrov: I don’t know. I am not going to judge what motivated them. I have no doubt that this reflects the same line that we are discussing as regards the Ukrainian situation – a desire to prove to all and everyone that they can do anything they want with impunity. “My way or the highway” – this is how it sounds. I don’t see any other reason to create such an irritant out of the blue, being perfectly aware of what this means for the PRC.

Question: The other day, President Joe Biden stated his willingness to discuss with Moscow a treaty to replace the New START after 2026. If this format is reactivated, is Russia ready to invite China to join it?

Sergey Lavrov: As for the discussions on a potential new treaty upon the expiration of the current START, two meetings took place in July and September 2021 as part of our strategic dialogue. After that, the United States took a break. The Americans have not suggested resuming talks at the current stage of international relations. They have developed a habit of making announcements through a microphone and then forgetting about them.

We have not received any proposals on resuming the negotiating process. When and if this happens, the PRC will decide itself whether to join these talks. The Americans are well aware of our position.




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).

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.

29.07.2022 - Embassy reply to a media question regarding Defence Secretary Ben Wallace’s claim against Russia, 29 July 2022

We have numerously urged UK officials to refrain from insulting and escalatory rhetoric intended to camouflage their own foreign policy failings. It seems Secretary Wallace has forgotten events of the recent past. And we know that history has a habit of repeating itself badly when politicians fail to learn from its mistakes. Seeing such omissions from a Defence Secretary is a worrisome sign. Nevertheless, we are happy to once more refresh Secretary Wallace’s memory.

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