Mr Torkunov,
Mr Bazhanov,
Happy Knowledge Day! I’d like to congratulate the new students in attendance on getting accepted to one of the world's best universities – and I stand by these words.
This is a special year in the history of MGIMO. This October, we will celebrate its 70th anniversary. The Second International Forum of MGIMO Alumni will also take place in October. MGIMO approaches its anniversary at the height of its success and in great shape thanks to the creative approach of the university administration, faculty and professors, and the inquisitive and hungry minds of the students.
The university has established itself as a leader in training high-calibre specialists in international affairs and as a leading think tank providing wide-ranging analysis. In conjunction with the Diplomatic Academy, MGIMO provides a valuable product that aids the work of the Foreign Ministry.
I believe that this class of first-year students has every reason to be proud of becoming members of this family – the MGIMO fraternity – and to start preparing themselves for an eventful and exciting career in government service, journalism, business and, of course, diplomacy, because MGIMO remains the main source of employees for the Foreign Ministry. We are interested in hiring talented young people.
I hope that the Young Diplomats Council will assist us in arranging regular meetings so that you can learn first-hand about their work and life, and how they enjoy working at the Foreign Ministry. I’ll just answer for them now – they love it. If you hear anything different, don’t believe it.
1 September 2014
Moscow has not failed to notice the statements by Ukraine’s Defence Minister, Valery Geletei, who said that “the operation to liberate eastern Ukraine from terrorists is over” and announced the start of a “Great Patriotic War,” arguing that “tens of thousands” will fall in this conflict.
The sanity of Ukraine’s Defence Minister, who posted this on his Facebook page, is something to be gauged by specialists in areas other than the military affairs. The only noteworthy message in this text is the appointment of the Chief of General Staff, Viktor Muzhenko, as the “architect of glorious victories” by Ukraine’s armed forces in southeast Ukraine.
Mr Geletei’s call to prepare for another “tens of thousands” of victims in what he calls the “Great Patriotic War,” which will be in substance a new punitive operation in his own country, is utterly shocking. In so doing, he draws the Ukrainian people deeper into the continuing bloody civil conflict. The European history has hardly ever witnessed such a perfidious pretext for staying in office at whatever cost.
One can hardly believe that such utterances come from a defence minister of a civilised country. Otherwise, it is simply incomprehensible how tens of thousands of Ukrainian families could have entrusted to this bureaucrat the lives of their children, brothers and husbands, who have been drafted into the Ukrainian army to take part in the fratricidal war in their own country.
29 August 2014
On 29 August, the city of Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, hosted the celebrations dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising against the Nazi invaders, at which the Russian Federation was represented by Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu. The Russian delegation was warmly welcomed in Slovakia, where people remember Russia’s major contribution to the liberation of the Slovak people from the German occupation.
But on its way back, a flagrant incident occurred, with the Polish side, which had allowed the Russian flyover to Slovakia, refusing to let through the Russian plane as it returned to Moscow, allegedly for technical reasons.
29 August 2014
The centrality given to false claims of Russian aggression and incursions by our troops and armoured vehicles in discussions of the crisis in Ukraine raises a number of serious questions.
Why do those clamouring for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council consistently block our proposals for a comprehensive discussion of the origins of the Ukrainian tragedy and for collective action on a solution that serves the interests of all Ukrainian people, and instead treat Ukraine like a bargaining chip in unilateral geopolitical schemes?
Why do our partners in the UN Security Council, the OSCE and other international organisations consistently refuse to discuss the aerial bombardment and shelling of Ukrainian cities and towns, where entire neighbourhoods, schools, kindergartens, hospitals and Orthodox churches are destroyed and civilians continue to be killed?
29 August 2014
It is clear the militia has achieved a major success in intercepting Kiev’s military operation, which represents a grave danger to the population of Donbass and which has already led to the loss of many lives among peaceful residents.

As a result of the militia’s actions, a large number of Ukrainian service members who did not participate in the military operation of their own volition but while following orders have been surrounded.

I call on the militia groups to open a humanitarian corridor for Ukrainian service members who have been surrounded, so as to avoid any needless loss of life, giving them the opportunity to leave the combat area unimpeded and reunite with their families, to return them to their mothers, wives and children, and to quickly provide medical assistance to those who were injured in the course of the military operation.
Permanent Representative
Alexander V. GRUSHKO
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