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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.


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.


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!



Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to Andrew Marr on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC, April 18, 2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin gave an interview to Andrew Marr on his BBC programme The Andrew Marr Show.


Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s address on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first human spaceflight

Dear friends! 60 years ago Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to fly into space. We are rightfully proud of the fact that this scientific and technological breakthrough has been accomplished by our country. Yuri Gagarin made an invaluable contribution to the development of space exploration as well as international humanitarian cooperation. The spaceflight turned him into a true hero not only at home but also around the world. This is why the UN announced 12 April to be the International Day of Human Spaceflight.


Stephen Walker presents his new book 'Beyond', dedicated to first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin

The Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin welcomed British writer Stephen Walker who presented his new book 'Beyond', dedicated to the first human spaceflight by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on 12 April 1961.


Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview with RT, 26 March 2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin gave an interview to RT, speaking on the current state of Russia-UK relations and their prospects.


Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to LBC, 20 March 2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to LBC


Ambassador Andrei Kelin's address at the international conference «A Decade of War in Syria», 15 March 2021

This month marks 10 years since the beginning of the “Arab Spring” in Syria. What had been peaceful rallies at first, was quickly fuelled by the significant foreign interference and within several months had grown up into fierce clashes with the government forces. Later it paved the way for a full-scale civil war. The dire situation was further aggravated when ISIL and a number of other terrorist groups conquered significant part of the country’s territory, causing even more unbearable damage to the economy, infrastructure, human and cultural legacy of the Syrian Arab Republic.


Ambassador Andrei Kelin's address on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Ladies and gentlemen! Dear friends! Today, the Holocaust Remembrance Day is marked worldwide. 76 years ago the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by the Red Army. Regrettably, due to the coronavirus restrictions, we cannot meet at the Soviet War Memorial like we would normally do. Nevertheless, it is essential for all of us to remember one of the darkest, most tragic and shameful chapters in the history of mankind. It is a powerful reminder of the perils of discrimination and intolerance, of just how catastrophic and barbaric the incitement to racial hatred can be.


Christmas Concert 2020

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


Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s address on the occasion of installing the memorial to the Soviet pilots in Errol, Scotland

Dear friends! Today, on 11th November, Remembrance Day, the memorial to the Soviet pilots has been installed in Errol, Scotland, also commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II. I would like to say a few words about that episode of the war. The Soviet Union desperately needed airplanes, and in 1943, in the heat of the bloody battles, the British Government passed over a number of twin-engine Albemarle bombers. To perform the secret task of transporting them, a group of pilots from the Moscow special air group have come to the airbase in Errol in 1943 where they joined the RAF 305 Squadron, formed to prepare Soviet aircrew.


Ambassador Andrei Kelin's message of congratulations on the occasion of the 175th Anniversary of the St Mary and St Nicholas Church in Wilton

Dear Rector Wood, Dear congregation, On behalf of myself and everyone at the Russian Embassy in London please accept our most sincere congratulations on the occasion of the 175th Anniversary of the St Mary and St Nicholas Church in Wilton. On this momentous day it is an honourable pleasure to remember that our Russian compatriots have played a decisive role in building the Church, as it was done upon the initiative of Catherine Woronzow, Countess of Pembroke. It is a vivid demonstration of how powerful we can be when we join the efforts of all the faithful and those compassionate toward the present and the future of the church.

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