Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meetings on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference

As we have already announced, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will attend the Munich Security Conference. We received a lot of questions regarding his bilateral and multilateral meetings planned as side events of the Conference.

Now I can confirm the following meetings on the sidelines of the Conference: meetings with Foreign Minister of Japan Taro Kono, OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger, Foreign Minister of Spain Alfonso Dastis, Foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh Shoukry, Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Foreign Minister of Slovakia, President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak, Foreign Minister of Moldova Tudor Ulianovschi, Foreign Minister of Croatia Marija Pejcinovic-Buric, and President of Greek New Democracy opposition party Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

The possibility of a Normandy format meeting is being considered, although we cannot confirm it yet.

The statement by Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov will be devoted to the future relations between Russia and the European Union.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with representatives of business circles of Russia and Germany

On February 17, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Vice-Chancellor, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Sigmar Gabriel will meet with representatives of business circles of Russia and Germany during the traditional working breakfast on the sidelines of the 54th Munich Security Conference.

They will discuss the state and prospects of trade and investment cooperation of our countries that are developing steadily in a difficult environment of political risks and economic sanctions. Particular attention will be paid to the Russian Government’s measures to stimulate the growth of the national economy and improve the investment climate in our country.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s talks with Foreign Minister of Algeria Abdelkader Messahel

As part of the established practice of regularly comparing notes on current issues of the international and bilateral agenda, Foreign Minister of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria Abdelkader Messahel will be on a working visit in Moscow on February 18-19 on the invitation of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. In addition to extensive talks at the Russian Foreign Ministry on February 19, the Algerian guest has a number of other meetings planned, including at the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

We regard Algeria as one of our leading partners in Africa and the Muslim world. Russia and Algeria share many common approaches in foreign affairs. Both countries are in favour of ensuring stability and balance of interests in international relations, strengthening the central role of the UN, respecting the fundamental norms and principles of international law, including the right of nations to determine their future without outside interference. We stick to similar approaches, for example, with regard to Syria and Libya.

Working together, we have developed an impressive array of mutually beneficial ties between Russia and Algeria. They are rich and diverse in nature, covering both the material sphere, primarily, defence industry and fuel/energy cooperation, as well as scientific and cultural exchanges. Our annual trade has exceeded $3 billion for several years now. During Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Algeria in October 2017, an extensive programme of concrete steps was agreed upon. It will also apply to research-intensive areas, in particular, the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. The successfully functioning mixed Russian-Algerian intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation, which has already held eight plenary sessions, is called upon to play an active role in implementing these plans.

We believe the proper environment has been created for close interaction with Algeria, and our traditionally friendly relations will remain on an upward trajectory.

Pakistani Foreign MinisterKhawaja Muhammad Asif’s working visit to Russia

On February 20, Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, will pay a working visit to Moscow at the invitation of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The ministers will discuss the current state of affairs and prospects for bilateral relations, and exchange views on important issues of the international and regional agenda.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Pakistan. Today, we can state that cooperation with Pakistan features prominently on the list of Russia’s foreign policy priorities. We maintain an intensive political dialogue with Islamabad, and maintain constructive interaction on international platforms, primarily, the UN. Additional opportunities for partnership opened up after Islamabad joined the SCO in 2017 as a full member.

We plan to further strengthen the multi-dimensional ties between Russia and Pakistan, primarily in the area of trade and economic cooperation, as well as counter-terrorism.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in a conference commemorating Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin

On February 20, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy will host a conference commemorating Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin. The participants will share their memories of the outstanding Russian diplomat and his career milestones at the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Taking part in the event will be Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Chair of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Konstanin Kosachyov, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Pankin, the heads of various departments at the Russian Foreign Ministry, foreign ambassadors accredited in Moscow, leading Russian diplomats, scientists and journalists.

I can assure you that this will be a very informative event. Apart from talking about Vitaly Churkin’s procedural activities, there will be lots of memories about what kind of a person he was.

We invite Russian and foreign journalists to attend this event.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to the Republic of Slovenia

On February 20, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will pay a working visit to the Republic of Slovenia, during which he is planning to meet with President of Slovenia Borut Pahor and hold talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Karl Erjavec.

The focal points of the upcoming talks will be the current state of and prospects for the development of bilateral relations and opportunities for deeper cooperation in the political, trade, economic and humanitarian spheres. Special attention will be given to cooperation in matters of war memorials, above all, with regard to the opening and activity of the International World War II Research Centre in the city of Maribor. The sides are expected to exchange opinions on the situation in the Balkans and on a number of current European issues.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Serbia

On February 21–22, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will pay a working visit to the Republic of Serbia coinciding with the 180th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Mr Lavrov will hold meetings with President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic as well as talks with First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Ivica Dacic. He will also take part in the unveiling of new mosaic work on the dome of the Church of St Sava in Belgrade performed with Russia’s help, and hold a joint appearance with Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic for students of Belgrade University.

The plan is to discuss key areas of bilateral cooperation and ways to implement joint projects as well as share thoughts on current issues on the Balkan and international agenda.

180th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Russia and Serbia

Russian-Serbian diplomatic relations mark their 180th anniversary on February 23. On February 19, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will open an exhibition of historical documents commemorating this important event at Building No. 1 of the Foreign Ministry as part of celebrations.

The exhibition will feature copies of historical documents, including documents from the Russian Empire’s Foreign Policy Archive, starting from 1838, the year when diplomatic ties were established, to the latest visit of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to Russia in December 2017.

The exhibition will be additional evidence of the unchanging sincere feelings of mutual respect and sympathy between our peoples bound by the inheritance from our ancestors.

Global reaction following the crash of the AN-148 plane

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the words of sympathy people all around the world, starting with heads of state to regular people, conveyed on our tragedy: an AN-148 passenger plane crash in the Moscow Region on February 11.

Let me say that Russia received condolences from dozens of nations, governments, foreign ministers, prime ministers, international organisations, diplomats in Moscow and a large number of religious and social activists. In many countries, ordinary people came to diplomatic missions of the Russian Federation to pay the tribute to the victims.

We are still receiving messages from various countries.

I would like to say once again that Russia thanks everyone who was moved by the tragedy and sent us words of sincere support.

To be continued…


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation