Speeches, Statements and Interviews

President Putin addressed the citizens of Russia ahead of the State Duma election.

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/66699 President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Citizens of Russia, friends, In the next few days, on September 17, 18 and 19, we are going to elect deputies to the State Duma. The election of a new legislature is a vital event in the life of our society, our country. All of us are equally interested in electing responsible, energetic and respected members of parliament, who can keep their word, fulfil your requests and their promises and live up to the hopes and trust of the citizens of Russia. I would like to emphasise that the ultimate essence of elections is the expression of their will

FM Sergey Lavrov answers media questions following a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union State, Minsk

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to media questions following a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union State, Minsk, September 10, 2021 Question: We pursue a common foreign policy. We seem to be already looking in the same direction. How much further do we need to go in this regard? Sergey Lavrov: I think our prospects for further coordination of our foreign policies are good. Yesterday’s presidential meeting

News conference following Russian-Belarusian talks (important development of ‘Union State’)

Vladimir Putin and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko held a joint news conference at the Kremlin following Russian-Belarusian talks President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Lukashenko, ladies and gentlemen, We will briefly inform you about the results of our today’s work. Our talks with the President of Belarus were intensive and constructive, as they have always been, which is fully in line with the nature of relations between our countries. I have said this before but would like to repeat it today: Belarus,

Speech by President of Russia Vladimir Putin at the BRICS summit + New Delhi Declaration

The theme of the summit is “BRICS@15: Intra-BRICS cooperation for continuity, consolidation and consensus.” The summit was attended by President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, President of China Xi Jinping, and President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa. The key agreements have been laid down in the New Delhi Declaration. * * * Speech by President of Russia Vladimir Putin at the BRICS summit President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Prime Minister Modi, President Xi Jinping, President Ramaphosa, President Bolsonaro, Ladies and gentlemen, First, I would like to join my colleagues

Plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/66586 President Putin attended the plenary session of the 2021 Eastern Economic Forum. Its theme is The Opportunities for the Far East in a World under Transformation. President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and President of Mongolia Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh joined the session via videoconference. President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, Prime Minister of the Republic of India Narendra Modi, and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha sent their video greetings to the forum. * * * Plenary session moderator Sergei

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions from MGIMO students and faculty

Ed: This is a wide ranging discussion of international affairs Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions from MGIMO students and faculty on the occasion of the beginning of a new academic year, Moscow, September 1, 2021 Friends, As always, I am delighted to be here on September 1, and not only on this day, of course, since we hold events here at other times of the year

Explanation of vote by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia after the UNSC vote on a draft resolution on Afghanistan

Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Mr.President, The Russian Federation strongly condemns the terrorist attack that was carried out in the vicinity of the Kabul airport on 26 August killing hundreds of people. We express our condolences to the friends and families of those killed and wish speedy recovery to the injured. At the same time, we had to abstain during the vote on the draft

Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the meeting of the so-called Crimea Platform in Kiev

https://www.mid.ru/en/main_en We have taken note of an event that was held in Kiev on August 23 and was entitled a “Crimea Platform Summit.” The stated aim of this political project, developed with active involvement of government experts from the United States, the UK and the European Union and funded by the United States Agency for International Development, is “the de-occupation of Crimea and its reintegration with Ukraine.” The participants involved

Joint Declaration of the International Crimea Platform participants

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Adopted and opened for joining on August 23, 2021, Kyiv, Ukraine The Participants in the International Crimea Platform, being guided by the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Paris Charter for a New Europe, as well as rules and principles of international law, including international human

Nasrallah: Afghanistan is worst debacle in US history, Biden hopes for civil war

Resistance News Unfiltered Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, on August 17, 2021, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 9th night of Ashura, two days before the martyrdom of Imam Hussein. Source: video.moqawama.org Translation: resistancenews.org Transcript: […] My last point is Afghanistan, which I quickly mentioned before. What is happening in Afghanistan right now is an emergency situation that is grabbing the attention of the whole

News conference following Russian-German talks

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/66418 (The formal transcript is not fully released yet, but this page will be updated as it gets released.) Update: The formal transcript is now complete on this page.   President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, Today’s talks with Madam Federal Chancellor were traditionally constructive and business-like. We had an in-depth discussion, including with the participation of the delegations, on the current state of Russian-German relations and their prospects and exchanged views on a wide range of issues. As you are aware, this

The Flight from Kabul and the Legacy of General Soleimani

Written by Seyed Mohammad Marandi for Almayadeen and highly recommended by our regular Middle Eastern correspondent. Iran has strong reason to believe that the sudden withdrawal of western forces was designed to create instability and chaos in Afghanistan. Roughly 20 years ago, after the Taliban’s crushing defeat in Afghanistan and the complete withdrawal of support from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia under US pressure, the Quds Force began a dialogue with

A Major Report by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on Human Rights

Most geopolitical commentators and analysts saw the purported hegemon’s War on Terror effective as a policy since 9/11, being replaced by a purported War on the Human Rights of other countries.  The War on Terror pretext started falling apart as a reason for maintaining hegemonic control through: color revolutions, attempts at regime change in other countries (striking examples: Venezuela, Cuba), attempts at destabilization as a pretext for hegemonic interference (most

UN Security Council high-level debate on maritime security

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/66352 The event took place at the initiative of Prime Minister of the Republic of India Narendra Modi. India holds the presidency of the UN Security Council in August 2021. * * * President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Prime Minister, my dear friend, Mr Modi, ladies and gentlemen, Let me thank you, Mr Prime Minister, for the fact that you, as someone who is currently holding the UN Security Council presidency, convened this Security Council meeting to discuss an important and sensitive topic, namely, modern challenges and threats in maritime security. Your

Russia’s position at the seventy-sixth session of the UN General Assembly

https://www.mid.ru/en/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/4834791 1.      The goal of the 76-th session of the UN General Assembly (GA) is to reaffirm the central and coordinating role of the Organization in international affairs. Owing to its representativeness and universality, the UN is rightfully viewed as a unique platform for an equitable dialogue aimed at reaching compromise solutions with due regard to different opinions. Attempts to undermine the authority and legitimacy of the UN are, in

Sayyed Nasrallah’s Full Speech in the “Renewing Media Discourse and Managing Confrontation” Conference

https://www.english.alahednews.com.lb/61144/385 Translated by Staff The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, delivered a speech at the opening session of the Renewing Media Discourse and Managing Confrontation Conference on July 5th, 2021 I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan. In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Merciful. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and prayers and peace be upon our Master and Prophet,

Foreign Ministry Statement on the interstate claim brought by Russia against Ukraine with the European Court of Human Rights

https://www.mid.ru/en/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/4825996 On July 22, 2021, the Russian Federation filed an interstate complaint against Ukraine to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) invoking Article 33 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR). This step is long overdue. The current situation in Ukraine leaves Russia no choice but to involve international courts. We are referring to the discrimination against the Russian-speaking population, including their deprivation