I’m happy to be at this annual Assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy (Russian abbreviation SVOP). It is always a great pleasure for me to meet people and feel the intellectual potential, which enables the Council, its leaders and representatives to respond to global developments and analyse them. Their analysis is always free from any hysteria, and its members offer well-grounded and solid arguments, taking a step back, since those caught in the midst of events can hardly adopt an unbiased perspective. We are inevitably influenced by the developments, which makes your observations, analysis, discourse and suggestions even more valuable to us.
As far as I know, this year’s Assembly will focus on prospects for accelerating domestic growth in Russia. There is no doubt that concerted efforts by our society as a whole to bring about comprehensive economic, social and spiritual development are a prerequisite for making Russia’s future sustainable. That said, by virtue of my professional duties, I have to focus on foreign policy issues, which are still relevant for the Assembly’s agenda, since in this interconnected, globalised world, isolating internal development from the outside world is impossible.
19 November 2014
Esteemed deputies of the State Duma,
I’m pleased to have this opportunity to speak to you again as part of the Government Hour. The Foreign Ministry appreciates the deputies’ focus on cooperation between our ministry and the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the corresponding committees of the State Duma and the Federation Council. Teamwork is important for the effective implementation of Russia’s foreign policy. Sincerely, without any flattery, we appreciate the active and constructive contribution that the State Duma makes in promoting Russia’s interests in the international arena as it makes use of parliamentary diplomacy and the full range of tools available to members of parliaments across the world.
President Putin has made extensive remarks about how he views the current international situation, including at the meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club and in an interview during his recent Asian tour. The President has been candid in his offers to work with our partners to make a clear and honest appraisal of what’s really going on in the world, why it is becoming less safe and predictable, and why risks are multiplying.
18 November 2014
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) international non-governmental organisation has published a report entitled “Incendiary Weapons: Recent Use and Growing Opposition”, which was prepared in cooperation with the Harvard Law School.
The report cites evidence collected and documented by HRW experts, confirming the use of the Grad incendiary rocket systems in the town of Ilovaysk and the village of Luganskoye of the Lugansk Region in August-October 2014. Several unexploded shells with incendiary warheads were found near Ilovaysk.
The above evidence, coupled with the proof released earlier of cluster shells used against residents of Ukraine’s southeast, attests to repeated violations of international humanitarian law and one of the most fundamental human rights, the right to life.
18 November 2014
Ladies and gentlemen,
We have had constructive talks with the Foreign Minister of Germany and will continue them during a business lunch. I am happy to welcome Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Moscow.
Russian-German relations have been a vital factor of European politics for decades. Although we have diverging views on the situation in Ukraine, our dialogue has never stopped. In my view, this is an important and notable fact. The other day, President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the G20 summit in Brisbane.
Today our talks focused on Ukraine. We agree that it is our common goal to stabilise Ukraine as soon as possible, to ensure a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weaponry in keeping with the Minsk Protocol, as well as to take other actions stipulated in that document. Russia has called for the unconditional continuation of the Minsk process. It is a unique format in that all conflicting sides are represented in this process mediated by Russia and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
17 November 2014
Question: Could you comment on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s recent statement on Russia?
Answer: In his public statements Mr Stoltenberg is primarily guided by the decisions and directives reflecting the consolidated position of all 28 NATO member-states. The Alliance’s current approaches on a wide range of world and regional policy issues, including NATO’s policy toward Russia, were formulated at the NATO summit in Wales on 4-5 September this year.
The new Secretary General’s statements fall short of Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s aggressive Russophobia, and Mr Stoltenberg clearly lives in his predecessor’s shadow.
Unfortunately, we see that the Alliance is not interested in a constructive discussion of mounting problems, and prefers to fan anti-Russian sentiment to justify plans to strengthen NATO’s defence capability and increase its military presence at Russia’s borders, creating serious security risks in the Euro-Atlantic region.
Permanent Representative
Alexander V. GRUSHKO
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