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VIDEOS

12.04.2021

Video address by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight into space, Moscow, April 12, 2021


Сolleagues, friends,

This year, the whole world is celebrating a truly significant event, the 60th anniversary of the first manned flight into space. On April 12, 1961, a citizen of our country, Yuri Gagarin, for the first time in human history, orbited the Earth in a manned spacecraft.

The significance of this breakthrough into near-earth space cannot be overestimated. The launch of the Vostok spacecraft ushered in a new era in the centuries-long chronicle of civilisation. Our great compatriot made a tremendous contribution to the progressive development of humankind, and confirmed our people’s ability to effectively cope with the most challenging and responsible tasks.

Yuri Gagarin continues to be a model of heroism and dedication for billions of people around the world; he continues to inspire people to take on any obstacle and achieve the most ambitious and noble goals. It is no coincidence that ten years ago, the UN General Assembly declared April 12 as the International Day of Human Space Flight, at Russia’s initiative.

Colleagues,

We are confident that constructive cooperation in space exploration should remain among the key areas on the unifying international agenda. Over the past decades, Russia, as a leader in space exploration, has provided assistance to a number of states in launching manned flights into orbit. At the UN Committee on Outer Space, we are pursuing a consistent policy line to ensure equal access of states to outer space and to preserve it for future generations.

We consistently maintain that guaranteed prevention of an arms race in outer space is crucial to its use for constructive purposes, for the benefit of all humankind. We support the launch of negotiations on the development of an international legally binding instrument prohibiting the deployment of any type of weapon there and the use or threat of force. We propose using the relevant Russian-Chinese draft treaty submitted at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva in 2014 as a basis for the future document. To stabilise the situation while such a multilateral document remains in the works, we propose relying on the international initiative (put forth by Russia and supported by other countries) for countries to make a political commitment on no-first-placement of weapons in outer space. About 30 countries have already joined it.

Friends,

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is making every effort to perpetuate Yuri Gagarin’s memory. The Ministry building on Smolenskaya Square is housing a TASS photo display, The Messenger of Peace, dedicated to the first cosmonaut’s role in creating an atmosphere of friendship, trust and mutual understanding between countries and peoples. Russian missions around the world have also planned a series of commemorative events on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first manned flight into space. We will continue this effort to preserve the continuity of times and generations and to raise the awareness of the unfading significance of such historic events, not only for our people, but for the entire world.

Wishing you all the best,

Happy Cosmonautics Day!





LATEST EVENTS

16.07.2021

Tchaikovsky: 180 Seasons Later - project by Victor Maslov

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29.06.2021

Update on travel rules for flights to Russia from the UK (29 June 2021)

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25.06.2021

Russian Ambassador to the UK A.Kelin on the incident with HMS "Defender" in Russian territorial waters

Russian Ambassador to the UK A.Kelin on the incident with HMS "Defender" in Russian territorial waters.


24.06.2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to Channel 4 News, 23 June 2021

Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin has given an interview to Cathy Newman from Channel 4 News.


22.06.2021

80 years since the beginning of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945

80 years ago, on 22 June 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, without a declaration of war. This marked the beginning of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. On this day we remember those who sacrificed their lives for us and for today's blue sky.


12.06.2021

Russia Day Concert, 2021

We hope you enjoy our festive concert of classical music with performances by Nadey Hakim (clarinet), Aleem Kandur (violin), Victor Maslov (piano), Haydn Bateman (guitar) and Nina Mishchenko (harp). Your hosts for the evening will be Anastasia and Ilya Erofeev.


12.06.2021

Russia: Larger Than Life in 4K

On this day we celebrate our national holiday Russia Day. Russia is home to more than 190 ethnicities and unique cultures, 11 time and 7 climate zones. We tried to cram its vast expanse and enigmatic beauty anto a 10-minute short. Enjoy our modest attempt!


21.05.2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to Guy Faulconbridge on Reuters, May 20, 2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin gave an interview to Guy Faulconbridge on Reuters.


09.05.2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's Victory Day Address

On 9 May 2021 Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin gave an address at the Victory Day ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial in London, marking the 76th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.


09.05.2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's message on the occasion of the 76th Anniversary of Victory Day

Dear compatriots! I wish to congratulate everyone on the 76th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War! The historical significance of this event cannot be overstated. The foundations of the modern world order are rooted in our Victory over Nazism. The legacy of the Great Victory remains relevant to this day: Europe and the world free from Nazism were made possible by the incredible act of heroism of the Soviet soldiers and the peoples of our country. Let us not forget how, in the face of ordeals, the Allies have joined forces for the sake of peace and humanity.



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