MFA spokesperson Maria Zakharova holds her weekly briefing

MFA spokesperson Maria Zakharova holds her weekly briefing

russian leaders will start and you know that this competition is conducted upon a decree of russian president and its purpose is to involve high skilled staff from around the world into the cooperation with our country and to demonstrate the openness of our country’s approach and to make them interested in the projects implemented by russia our efforts to support the russian population abroad this year this tract has received more than thousands of applications from abroad most of them came from countries related with russia with historic and cultural ties and one of the prizes is scholarship and the possibility to acquire russian citizenship more than 110 participants and in the framework of the competition the participants will be assessed from the point of view of their management and professional skills and real management situations will be simulated and they will enable us to assess the skills of the participants russian foreign minister sergey lavrov will address the participants in a video format and will be accessible on our internet platforms now let’s proceed to the schedule of minister lavrov on the 24th of august russian foreign minister will visit budapest upon an invitation of the minister of economic ties of hungary they will discuss relevant issues of bilateral relations with the focuses on implementation of agreements achieved by russian president and prime minister of hungary victor orban as well as the exchange opinions on international issues including countering the consequences of the coroner’s pandemic the relations between russia and nato and the european union situation in ukraine and gordon karabakh and atres by lavrov is scheduled with the participation of permanent representatives of a traditional organization since the 25th to the 26th of august russian minister lavrov will pay a visit to vienna in the framework of which he will meet federal councillor of the republic sebastian courts will have negotiations with the minister of european and foreign affairs alexander schallenberg and he’ll meet the active corps in the participants of the russian australian forum sochi dialect he will also visit the headquarters of the iaea and the discussion of key issues of the bilateral gender is scheduled as well as a discussion of prospects and main directions of the development of trade economic cultural humanitarian international ties with the focus on the implementation of previously achieved agreements and since the 26th till the 27th of august the russian foreign minister will be in the italian republic with a working visit he will have negotiations with foreign minister of italy de mayo and he will have talks with the president of the council of ministers of italy it’s also scheduled to discontinue opinions of relevant issues of the international regional agenda including their cooperation in g20 and uh in other international forums relations with the european union would not have the situation in ukraine afghanistan settlement in libya in syria they will also discuss the state and the prospects of bilateral relations in political trade economic culture and humanitarian areas the 1st of september is approaching and as you know russian foreign minister traditionally visits the university of the international relations which functions under the auspices of the russian foreign ministry and he has a meeting with students and with professors of the university he will address the students will welcome remarks and it is also intended to have an interactive part and mr lavrov will have a discussion with students and before the visit to mgmo on the very same day on the first of september russian minister lavrov will make a statement in an autonomous non-commercial educational organization dedicated to the knowledge day and another topic related to the schedule of russian foreign minister regards the 76th session of the u.n general assembly we’ve received a lot of questions on it as to whether the russian delegation will go there and how the session will be conducted whether it will be online or in person or in a hybrid format i would like to share the information i have on the 14th of september the 76th session of the un general assembly will start its session we hope that the key events in its framework including high-level meetings week scheduled to take place from the 21st till the 27th of september will take place in person despite all the achievements and technical progress there is no alternative to a confidential dialogue in person though a lot of world leaders think about preparing video statements they will be played out during the high level meetings week whatever the situation is we continue to monitor the epidemiological situation in new york of course it can affect the modalities of the contact of this event and the dynamic and the involvement of the situation with coronavirus will affect the way how the general debates will take place though answering to the questions you’ve received from mass media i would like to say that we still we’re still working on this issue the first comment session of the general assembly will take place amid the growing conflict potential in the world the aggravation of global threats that require an immediate response and collective decisions by the world community this context russia will apply all the necessary efforts to establish a multilateral world order to promote a positive and unifying agenda and to search for adequate responses to modern challenges will continue to speak in favor for the further consolidation of the central coordinative role of the united nations and the strict application of the provisions of its charter including the principles of the sovereign equality of states known interference into the internal states and the settlement of conflicts by political and diplomatic means we would like to focus on countering persistent attempts by a number of countries to undermined when were to change universally recognized international legal norms and to impose non-consensus approaches to solving issues in circumvention of the united nations in the framework of the conception of world order based on rules during the session we will work on the promotion of our country’s priority we talk about the consolidation of the arms control architecture disarmament non-proliferation preventing weaponization of space the establishment of universal rules of conduct in the information space countering the glorification of nazism the rewriting of history the debilitization of the cooperation in the area of country organized crime and terrorism as one of the founders of the united nations and the responsible world community member russia will continue to improve the reputation of this organization as the basis of a true multilateral approach and a universal platform for an equal and efficient interstate cooperation we are ready to work with all the associates and i would like also to draw your attention to the fact that the russian approaches to the issues on the agenda of the 76th session of the engineering assembly are reflected in the instruction sheets published on the website of the russian foreign ministry it is called russian approaches to the issues of the general assemblies topics let’s proceed to the relevant agenda and what can be more relevant than the situation in afghanistan it affects not only the situation in the country but in the region and in the world in addition to the statement already made by russian officials and responding to a great number of questions due to the changed political situation in afghanistan and simon all of them we would like to add the following and would also like to mention all the questions of concern for the mass media the rise to power of taliban in kabul is a fair complete it’s a reality that the world community has to bear in mind while is further establishing cooperation with afghanistan only the central province of panchayat is out of taliban’s control and afghan taj cheeks under the leadership of former vice president saleh and his son ahmed shah massoud formed armed resistance units here ghani who fled the country and who was recently found in the united arab emirates obviously bears responsibility for what has happened throughout this three recent years he had all the capabilities to ensure the success of the inter-afghan peace process and to establish an inclusive government with the participation of all the ethnopolitical forces of the country but he missed that chance would like to highlight that talibans are actively involved in the establishment of an order they demonstrate their willingness to conduct a dialogue with influential afghan political leaders including with former president of afghanistan hamid karzai on the future state system and as i say they are ready to bear in mind the interests of the citizens including women which is very important to us i would like to stress the today’s comment by russian foreign minister lavrov that he made during a press conference having highlighted that when there was a civil war throughout the whole territory of afghanistan we spoke in favor of an interior af afghan dialogue with the participation of all the ethnic powers and now when taliban rise to power in kabul the russian federation is in favor of a national dialogue that will enable afghanistan to establish a representative government that will elaborate agreements on the final state system in the country speaking about how it may become possible just like throughout the recent years in the framework of the group of three plus and in the moscow format the russia uh the russian federation has always spoken favor of the expeditious launch of these negotiations and the afghan government didn’t tend to implement them that’s why happened what we are witnessing right now it’s a reality we need to deal with it we need to use diplomacy the knowledge of history and all the tools that include diplomatic skills meanwhile we reaffirm our stunts aimed at facilitating the international dialogue in afghanistan i would like to recall that we are committed to the relevant decisions of the u.n security council we also believe and russian foreign minister also has mentioned it today that the moscow format has the greatest prospects because the situation has already a regional scale and countries adjacent to afghanistan also respond to it and all the five central asian countries take part in the moscow format as well as china india pakistan and the united states and the parties to the conflict themselves once again as russian minister lavrov said the efficiency of this group has always been recognized and russia is ready to renew the work of the moscow format if it will if it is deemed reasonable of course we also record all these statements by taliban they say that they are willing to have a dialogue with other political forces in afghanistan they have already announced a number of meetings with uh the representatives of different political forces now as for this situation in kabul the embassy of russian kabul including its consular servers continues its normal work working ties with representatives so the new authorities are established in order to ensure the security of russian citizens and the continued work of our foreign mission of course there are several difficulties in the consular work due to the collapse of the former state system they are natural and due to obvious reason the legalization of documents is suspended it is due to the collapse of the previous state structure in afghanistan now regarding russian citizens in the country because a lot of questions were dedicated to this topic the consulate has information about around 100 russian citizens mostly ethnic afghans who in different times started in russia or in the soviet union started families received citizenship and then returned to the historic homeland the consulate of the embassy actively works with them as well as addresses other requests from russian citizens we take note that the majority in the majority of cases people ask for assistance to return to the russian federation they all will be considered closely i would also like to emphasize that there is no intention to evacuate the embassy or russian citizens that are seen in afghanistan at this time the matter of organizing routine charter flights is in the works we have already done this before in the context of the chronovirus pandemic using the local air company since we do not have this option right now we intend to organize special flights for those russian citizens who wish to leave afghanistan taliban’s representatives assured russia that they would not hinder this process and gave the relevant security and safety guarantees now regarding the situation in the airport of kabul wills received a number of questions whether we had information about russian citizens we do not have any information about there being any russian casualties as a result of known events in the airport of campbell recently i would also like to mention that we received a number of questions regarding the prospects of trade and economic relations between russia and afghanistan i believe that it is premature to make any assessments at the same time we have no reason to not believe that they will be further developed after state structures are considered consolidated and pieces restored in the afghan community but once again i would like to emphasize that we have on our agenda a lot of matters that we will comment upon in the future as soon as we receive the relevant information and another topic in the light of the situation in the airport in kabul and incapability of western countries to ensure the evacuation of their diplomats servicemen and civilians from afghanistan not to mention the afghans who cooperated with them and their families who wish to leave the country but have no such opportunity we would like to state the following in order to prevent the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in afghanistan we are ready to provide the services of the russian civilian aviation to allow for any number of afghan citizens including their families to fly to any foreign country if there is such an interest we were assured by the new authorities in afghanistan that there are no principled obstacles for flights of russian planes to and from kabul safety of planes crews and passengers is guaranteed as we were assured by the relevant representatives of afghanistan this is what concerns security in the region and in the world in recent days this information has been circulating all over the world there was a sense that perhaps at least this would prompt media outlets and authorities representatives of our western partners to not only be more realistic but also return to return to reality because reality stopped waiting for the western community to pay attention to it and started to dominate in a way that leaves no room for fantasy but in spite of all those attempts to accuse somebody and to find any justification for one’s own difficulties are not something that our western partners are willing to give up just yet we have taken note of an article published in the british times about the submarines that are allegedly close to the coast of ireland and are trying to gain access to underwater internet cables for intelligence purposes i would like once again to emphasize that there are real threats that are drawing attention to themselves in a way that has not been seen not even in any blockbuster in the world perhaps because journalists and politicians have become too drawn into the virtual reality and their own speculations here is another example we believe that such a publication in the british times is another underhanded attempt to propagate anti-russian propaganda ungrounded statements once again following the spirit of highly likely obviously have one purpose only to create a feeling of a certain growing russian threat how long are they going to mislead the public with such miss is difficult to tell i have taken out of the statement made by the uk at the highest level that they are ready to help citizens afghanistan to financially support them perhaps afghans will tell the subjects of her majesty the queen in the uk about real threats and about the real situation in the world about challenges about security and will finally be able with their own life stories to denounce the myths that state that allegedly the threat comes from russia and sometimes from china it is not worthy that lack of facts as always is being glossed over by the authors with citing certain experts represented by veterans of british special agencies we call upon london to give up the practice of spreading false information about russia we would like to once again remind everyone that it is useless to make gracophobia a state policy we underscore that it is important to engage in dialogue which is based on mutual respect and mutual interest and another topic related to britain we have taken note of many calls to review the allegedly groundless decision to revoke journalist accreditation visa from a bbc journalist in moscow sarah reigns for it this is promoted by britain and emphasizing non-governmental organizations abroad these materials that are made in such a way deliberate and deliberately try to mislead the public are an intentional and cynical attempt to mispresent information regarding the fact of who in reality bears responsibility for the situation [Music] in order to put an end to such speculations i would like to emphasize the detailed explanations published on saturday regarding the reasons for the situation connected to the unmotivated refusal of london to issue visas to russian journalists also contains information about the methods to de bloke this deadlock the surprise shown by the uk after we have been warning them for over two years is quite amazing since we have been talking about it for a long time and we also see that representatives are misdirecting their complaints we can see that this situation has been staged when any other attempts to overcome the high-handedness of british approaches towards media outlets from russia and trampling now on the freedom of speech in london when these attempts have proved to be pointless proportionate measures against a british a british media person is the only way to react perhaps it is the only way to draw the attention of the british public to the arbitrary actions of london against russian journalists perhaps the goal has been achieved since there is such a stir in the media the accents are all wrong but in this case it will not be possible to turn the situation head over health and state that we are talking about persecution of british journalists in russia this is not so this is a response to britain persecuting for two years russian journalists who worked or worked or used to work in the united kingdom they were refused to visas their visas were not extended they were forced to leave the country without giving them the necessary documents without any grounds whatsoever and without any explanation what can i say as you know we always fulfill our promises we have promised to answer and we have answered answered i would also like to ensure london that as soon as russian journalists will start to receive visas and will get their visas extended sarah will be able to apply for a russian visa in russian diplomatic missions there will be no obstacles but once again that is it is a two-street road and another point those who are so worried about the restoration of rights of some journalists while ignoring the trumpline of rights of other journalists cannot be called freedom of speech depend defendants if you defend it then you have to defend everyone and once again regarding our western partners in europe as a whole we see no unsolvable problems that could demand and call for military resolution or substantial presence in the territory of military and political blocs nevertheless the real estate of affairs and the growing military presence of nato in our western borders shows that the alliance has a different opinion the leadership of nato elaborating on the need to forcefully contain moscow as we can see there is no real threat even in nato’s opinion why is this happening the answer is quite simple for many years nato has been focused and has been invested investing a lot of resources into ensuring that their public was paying most of their attention to the allegedly only real threat which is russia but the reality is different now we can see what is happening rotating presence in the baltic region and in poland comes down to a permanent deployment on the ground of four nato battalion groups that can collectively be seen as a reinforced mechanized infantry brigade with heavy weapons against the backdrop of the kovite 19 pandemic the alliance continues to conduct drills at the eastern flank including under the scenario of opposing a matching enemy that is assumed to be russia we believe such steps to be a provocation and at the very least a short-sighted step the baltic countries are often among key supporters of anti-russian policies didn’t gently clean up the bogus threat of russian so-called innovation even brussels admits that there are more military forces in the region deployed than ever before nato continues its mission to patrol their space of the baltic region it is also true of the navy presence nato ships with guided missiles often enter the baltic sea in the area of the kaliningrad region they provoke a large response forces of russia and in the opinion of our military experts are testing our readiness to give an adequate answer we are worried of the prospect of the growth of american military presence in poland a substantial increase in the overall strength of u.s servicemen is in the works there in addition to the already deployed 400 500 people in the area these plans go against the against the provisions of the founding act on mutual relations cooperation and security between russia and nato from 1997 which has defined as a common goal the strengthening of stability in the euro-atlantic region also take note of growing military activity close to southern borders of russia kiev systematically carries drills and rigorous scenarios involving troops from nato countries modernizes military infrastructure facilities statement made by alexey reznikov on the 10th of august says that american air defense systems can be deployed in the territory of country this is another testament to the reluctance of kiev to fulfill their package of measures which in its paragraph 10 orders the ukrainian authority as a part of the conflict to ensure the withdrawal of all foreign military units mercenaries and military equipment as we can see kiev and their western handlers have opted for ukraine’s militarization thus making it harder to achieve peaceful settlement of the conflict this inevitably changes the balance of powers in europe and brings about a new arms race we closely follow the situation and should the united states or nato take any further steps to undermine security in the continent we will take the necessary measures in order to protect our legitimate national interests we call upon the country members of the alliance to once again abide by the principle of military restraint our concrete suggestions to describe tensions in europe were given to nato leadership and they are still valid ukraine ukraine on the 70th of august the russian mfa returned without consideration a note from the ukraine’s foreign office containing a protest due to foreign minister sergey lavrov’s visit to crimea to participate in the tough reading forum the note was returned due to inadmissible terminology which the rus which the ukrainian mfa used in order to question russia’s right to crimea this phrase contains a lot of potential you can discuss how the node was prepared and drawn up what wardings it used what can we advise to our ukrainian colleagues it is high time they realized that the republic of crimea and the city of sebastopol are territorial units of the russian federation the matter was settled by the crimeans themselves on a referendum in accordance with the nation’s right to self-determination enshrined in the documents of the united nations of the osce and ukrainian laws this decision made after the kudatan kiev allowed crimeans to avoid discrimination by ukrainian authorities today their rights are guaranteed by the russian constitution a social economic humanitarian situation in the peninsula has improved considerably by the way russia is the only country in the world that has two regions where the ukrainian language enjoys the same status as it does in ukraine unfortunately kiev does not reciprocate we call upon ukraine to stop trying to encroach upon the territorial integrity of our country and we reaffirm that we will continue to return such nodes of protest concerning crimea or other territorial units of the russian federation what really deserves more attention from kiev is the following despite protests of the public of jewish organizations in canada official otava refuses to undertake any actions to eradicate such a shameful phenomenon as the construction of memorial to nazi collaborators i’m talking about a number of monuments in different cities including in the province in the capital of the province of edmonton we’re a bust of how stormfire roman shohabic was built and when at night unknown people wrote on this if i must say so memorial a real nasty and a nasty monument once again provoked a discussion on the unacceptability of the glorification of hitler executors and canada we’d like to highlight that the majority of the canadians to not share the homage to the heads of boundaries but among some political leaders including certain members of the government there is a much support towards such russophobic ultra nationalism promoted by the current regiment kiev that’s why it’s not surprising that the calls by the jewish community in canada and such famous ngos as my breed and france of simon visiontal center who talked about the necessity to get rid of nasa’s symbols remain unresponded moreover mass media and historical students book promote the so-called the only true point of view according to which nasa accomplishes headed by bandarian chukevich fought for the independence of ukraine and in reality on the official level hitler is equated with the soviet union where 27 million people tied to achieve the victory over nazism we call upon the canadian authorities who talk about their commitment to human rights and democracy who may only leave service condemning anti-semitism to undertake real actions the so-called zero tolerance towards narcissism is the requirement of the modernity and a duty of remembrance of soviet and canadian veterans who fought against the military machine of hitler we also have taken note of the fact that the american diplomatic mission in moscow is once again given to the public opinion faked information related to american citizens who served their sentence for crimes committed on the territory of the russian federation in particular i’m talking about trevor reid who was sentenced for an attack against political officers and he is presented by the united states as a victim of a biased and unfair court a part of artificial traumatization of what has happened and the accusation of the so-called deliberate severity of the punishment though in the united states the resistance to law enforcement deserves a more severe punishment i know you’ve seen such images the embassy misleads the audience of social media claiming in its official twitter that the government of the russian federation does not announce the location of this american citizen despite its obligations that’s not true at all a relevant message of ambassador sullivan was published on the 16th of august but back on the 12th of august the american embassy had been informed with an official note of the foreign ministry according to which following the appeals denial reid arrived to a panel colony in mordovia to serve his sentence once again i’ve announced it to our the american side though this information has already been transferred to american double diplomats previously all the requests regarding his health organization of telephone talks with him and the location of the detention facility had also been provided through law enforcement agencies and the russian foreign ministry intends to continue to provide all the necessary assistance we would like to hope that the state department will reciprocate as well as other american agencies towards russian citizens imprisoned in the united states in particular i mean but and hiroshenko and i will quote once again the united states the deliberate severity is obvious there and the they received are disproportionately alone and the requests of our diplomats regarding the provision of adequate medical assistance to them or they are transferring to a more humane um mode of punishment are unresponded and we’re not going to put up with it the 23rd of august is the anniversary of the non-aggression pact signed between russia i mean the ussr in germany this is a pretext for speculations of a number of european capitals who do not even conceal their willingness to rewrite the historic lesson and they are driven by their political desires with the willingness of some parties or political groups and all these actions to not be their long-term or middle term prospects everything is done for the benefit of immediate interest and the future is not taken into consideration today’s we are witnessing calls from brussels to present as equal totalitarian regimes for the world conflict and with such a cynicism they are trying to violate to blame us for this violent war and it shocks us the revisionist claim that the non-aggression-packed sign between germany and the ussr pledged europe into toughness stands up to no scrutiny there is such a feeling that europe didn’t plunge into darkness in 1939 but it’s doing it right now it’s the darkness of ignorance i would like to recall that during the second half of the 1930s our country and soviet diplomats worked on establishment of a common system of the european security and they tried to organize a resistance to the nancy aggressor who wasn’t strong enough back then but western countries didn’t allow us to do so the agreement signed in september 1938 by the hearts of the governments of germany great britain france and italy changed the balance of power for the benefit of germany haven’t allowed german and polish armed forces to annex a part of czechoslovakia the area of tushin so that’s the annexation the occupation of the whole territory of the czechoslovakia in 1939 became a natural result of the policy of western capitals aimed at appeasing hitler moreover before august 1939 non-aggression agreements had already been signed between hitler and poland and aggression pact of 1938 great britain english german sea agreement of 1935 was italy the so-called back of steel of 1939 denmark non-aggression pact of 1939 and france the non-aggression declaration of 1939 lithuania latvia estonia non-aggression pacts of 1939. the feeler of the soviet french and british negotiations to talks on concluding a treaty mutual assistance failed because of london and paris who hadn’t given the relevant mandate to their representatives and the real danger of war on two fronts with germany in the west and japan in the east where they already were clashes left the soviet union’s no choice thus the soviet union was one of the last countries of europe who concluded such an agreement with germany but western countries ignored this fact publishing their materials and it’s obvious that western mass media are guided by relevant immediate interests moreover western ukraine and belarus former russian terror tourists ceased by poland in 1929 were removed from the german control by the ussr and the soviet union protected the population of this territory for a period of time from the horrors of the german occupation and later on they walked in the rear and the served and fought in the red army i would like to remind them throughout the year of war only in lithuania and nasty and their accomplices eradicated more than 96 of the jewish population and the assessments of this historic events were given by president putin in the article’s 75th anniversary of the great victory these conclusions are relevant today the attempts of a number of european capitals to blame as for the second world war contradicts the historic facts in the common sense and moreover they contradict the decisions by the tribunal of nuremberg the promotion of such radical kazi historical conceptions immediate permissiveness towards neo-nazi movements the relentless war against the monuments of soviet liberators especially in the baltic countries in poland in the czech republic and in ukraine offends the memory of the melancho victim of the second world war and those who gave their lives to free europe from nazism and it can lead to dangerous consequences another feature another date is a 20 is the 31st of august when we’ll celebrate his 80th anniversary of the arrival to the ussr of the first arctic convoy from great britain this convoy which consisted of seven carriers and 16 novel escort ships successfully passed from uh scupper flow in the orkney islands was codenamed turvish russia will always remember with gratitude that during the most difficult first month of the great patriotic war the participants to the anti-hitler coalition gave the soviet union a hand and the course of war showed the important contribution of the arctic convoys they are exploited on the territory of the northern atlantic inscribed in the history of the liberation of europe from nazism on the 12th of august liverpool hosted memorial in vance and uh russian ambassador to great britain andrey kellyn and military attaching of the embassy british officials and representatives of the dip mission took part in this event a special message by a daughter of the british queen princess anna was addressed to the guests and solemn events dedicated to this date will take place on the 29th and the 23rd and the 31st of august in northangelsk among the major events a scientific conference landlist and article voice will take place as well as solemn meeting fire miles of the victory the history of the archicon voice is an integral part of the history of the russian british relations a good example of the fruitful cooperation between moscow and london based on mutual respect equal rights and common interests i would also like to comment on the situation in haiti haiti as you know there was a earthquake on the 14th of august 14 kilometers from the saint louis and the departments of granance and deep suffered the most and the tragedy claimed more than 10 000 people there are no russian citizens among those who died and those who were wounded we don’t have such information but we take note of the situation and as you know russian president sent a condolence telegram to prime minister of haiti we express our synthesis to the people of haiti and we would like to express our condolences to the relatives of those who died and we wish everyone the speediest recovery on our part we make efforts to speed up the response to the natural disaster a team of russian hollymen who work under contract of the world food program selflessly provide logistic assistance transporting humanitarian cargos and medicine we are also monitoring situation in ethiopia where there are more and more frequent clashes between the governmental army and the t cri people’s liberation front the tplp continues military actions have an established control over not only tigray but adjacent provinces of afar and mahar previously spared by the conflicts the forces of tigre tried to take under control the freeway lincoln ethiopia to djibouti which can aggravate the humanitarian situation and will increase the number of refugees and eternally displaced people we are concerned with the toxic environment around this conflict created by international mass media we hope that we believe that responsible comments made by some journalists do not contribute to the settlement of the conflict and only put fuel to the existing differences in pg and the parties to find mutually acceptable solutions we believe that armistice is the only reasonable way to stop the bloodshed and to improve the humanitarian situation and to progressively stabilize the social and economic situation and to enable internally displaced person to come to their residence we call upon the international community to support the steps undertaken by the government of ethiopia to normalize the situation integra and to bring this region back to peace to restore the normal life of the population we assume that the key role in the settlement of this internal conflict is to be paid by the peoples of ethiopia themselves and by the african community and i would like not so much announce but once again to draw the attention that from the second to the fourth of september in vladivostok the sixth eastern economic forum will be held it was established in 2015 in order to foster an accelerated economic growth in russian far east and in order to facilitate international cooperation in the pacific rim the agenda of the forum will be centered on searching for new opportunities to develop the far east and eastern asia in the changing moor world the parties will discuss the matters related to the transformation of international relations overcoming the pandemic and its consequences challenges and threats in the field of trade and economy digitalization ecology environment as well as integration including a as part of russian initiative the big eurasian partnership as part of the vast program of the forum plenary and topical sessions will be held such as the value of the big eurasian partnership digital logistics reliable and fast transit between asia and europe north seaway faster closer safer business dialogues will also be held with key partners in the asian and pacific region as well as other events leaders of a number of foreign states have been invited to participate we hope that the forum will be a major step to implement our strategic policy aimed at making far east one of the centers of economic growth in the region and now i am ready to answer your questions i believe you have a few we have with us international life the quality is very poor if it is possible please reload the sound is distorted while we are waiting do we have moscow baku with us good afternoon today many experts indicate that the situation between azerbaijan and armenia due to regular fire reminds the situation before the war in karabakh last year what efforts does moscow take in order to settle the situation we understand that negotiations are underway why there are no trilateral meetings on the matter will such meetings be held at the higher highest levels and another question i would like to know whether or not the focus of moscow on the situation in the region has shifted due to rising challenges in the world i would like to just ask whether we will have other questions do we have armenia’s tv we will answer the questions related to this matter as a whole can i ask my question yes of course the provocation of azerbaijan’s military forces at the border between our menendez urbanist and azerbaijan continue two servicemen from armenia died on the 16th of august moreover there are there is undeniable proof that azerbaijan’s military troops engaged in sniper fire against populated areas how do you assess such provocations from azerbaijan that cause human life loss and that have as a target populated areas thank you do we have other questions related to the same matter if not stated in his interview to cnn turk said the following there are many young people has accepted the situation it is a very strange situation when the defeated party has accepted the fact we are expecting statements from russia a few days ago the russian defense ministry said that it started supplies the leader of azerbaijan says in his interview that he expects that russia will fulfill all the provisions of the trilateral agreement on karabakh alif receives also weapons from turkey but he is for some reason shying away from military cooperation with russia how can russia comment upon this since weapon supplies between russia and armenia are also part of the deal what provisions are being cited here i will try to make a summary i will give a generalized answer regarding nagornikara baja at the border and in the south caucus as a whole the situation in transcaucasia is a focus of russian attention as you know undoubtedly we see as a priority the implementation of trilateral agreements between the leaders of russia azerbaijan and armenia from the 9th of november 2020 and the 11th of january this year there is systematic contact at the han house levels with baku and jerivan in summer in moscow meetings of the russian president vladimir putin prime minister of armenia and president of azerbaijan live took place in summer the work is ongoing also in the foreign ministers defense ministries border agencies regarding bilateral trilateral contacts are being discussed with parties and decisions are made depending on the value and efficiency of a meeting and what contribution it can make the details about some aspects discussed due to their special sensitivity are not always released to the public especially when it comes to security since it can’t ward sustainable advances i would also like to emphasize that confrontational or militaristic rhetoric are completely counterproductive unfortunately such heritage sometimes is used by politicians in the countries of the south caucasus this only damages the main purpose which is a sustainable result you know what we are seeking it is uh all enshrined in the agreements i have cited today in baku and in german as a whole the stabilizing role of the russian peacekeeping troops is commanded our troops are deployed in agony karabakh along the line of contact and in the election corridor thanks to the actions of our peacekeepers on the ground the situation in the region has improved significantly it is relatively calm information about refugees returning to their homes is regularly being published on the website of our ministry of defense and certain matters are being resolved on the operative level separate incidents are caused by a lack of trust between baku and jeri when russia advocates for a holistic improvement of azerbaijani armenian relations and we make our stance known both to baku and to geravan at the highest levels we call upon both parties to as soon as possible get rid of mutual irritants in the humanitarian field exchange prisoners of wars under their overall formula share minefield maps in their entirety russia’s it is russia’s right to supply weapons abroad we have heard many commentary on the matter we cooperate both with armenia and with azerbaijan while taking into account the need to maintain a balance of power in the region when it comes to questions raised in media outlets regarding our assessment of the situation on the armeni near nazarbaijani border we would like to mention that the russian ministry of interior has repeatedly called both gervais and baku to refrain from the use of force and use purely political and diplomatic means to decrease tensions we have emphasized that it would be counterproductive to use confrontational rhetoric in the current context and we believe that a long-term decision and long-term solution is to launch negotiations to delimit the borders with the view of its future demarcation we are ready to assist in this when it comes to the trilateral working group under the joint presidency of vice prime ministers of russia azerbaijan and armenia as we have probably already seen messages have appeared in the media that the group resumed its work on the 70th of august the meeting was held in moscow the corresponding information has been published on the website of the russian government and we are pleased to note that as a whole the parties managed to return to the practical discussion of approaches towards deep broken economic and transport ties in the south caucasus which in our point of view could contribute considerably to unleashing the economic potential of the region i understand that this is a general commentary i have touched upon all the points raised if you have additional questions we are ready to provide an additional commentary international live are you with us yes i can hear you please your question i have two questions first russia as a whole has approved of the change of authority in afghanistan and predicts a stabilization of the situation in the country can you explain why are your predictions so optimistic i would like to emphasize that russian officials have never made such a proven statements they have never made statements approving the change of power in afghanistan we are just reporting the reality it would be strange if we failed to see it but here there are considerable differences in assessments between what you have said and what we have said our assessments only concerned the objective situation in kabul after the taliban established effective control over the capital we also provided information about the positive signals that we received from their taliban’s leadership regarding their future plans for the country we are just registering and taking note of their statements the taliban has already started to install public order reaffirming security guarantees for the population and for foreign diplomatic missions russian citizens also live in the territory our diplomatic missions are operating there our diplomats are serving in the area so it is a very principled point for us on the 7th of august the first official press conference was held and taliban’s representative campbell declared a general omnision they made promises to observe the rights of women and to fight against drug trafficking against international terrorist groups how can you command upon an outburst of russophobia in central asia does the case in kazakhstan and kyrgyzsta reflect the policy of the authorities what measures does russia take in order to protect the interests of the russian-speaking minority we always take note of any information regarding manifestations of nationalism be it religious nationalism language nationalism against our compatriots and representatives of russia-speaking population foreign states we do it systematically and when we make our comments we are talking about a public assessment it does not substitute the practical day-to-day work that russian mfa russian embassies do in this regard we know about materials in the internet about the incidents in kazakhstan giza kyogre that were quite high profile and caused quite a stir in the russian society our embassies in north sultan and bushkak timely responded and i would once again emphasize that when i say respond i not only mean a public statement but also practical steps on the 16th of august sergey lavrov held a phone conversation with the minister foreign office of the caucasian republic and called upon the authorities of the country to respond to such cases in order to prevent violation of rights and dignity of our compatriots the head of the creation foreign office assured us that everything would be done in order to prevent such instances of nationalism and to foster the role of the russian language in the fun conversation of sergey lavrov with the minister for foreign affairs of the kazakhstan of kazakhstan on the 18th of august the parties reaffirmed that the activities of the so-called language patrols would be thoroughly inspected and that they would do and there would be a corresponding reaction from kazakhstan’s authorities protection of rights and interests of russian citizens and compatriots abroad has always been a priority in the foreign policy of russia our embassies to closely follow such situations and are ready to provide any necessary assistance to the russia to russian citizens and russian compatriots for any state for any people nationalism in any manifestations is an evil and a scorch that should be fought against the official stance of the countries you mentioned and their representatives is well known and there is no doubt that these countries will stand by their position thank you do you have other questions please media outlet there are contradictory statements given by the acting and the forward presidents of the united states regarding the escape from afghanistan of ghani i have already commented upon the inter-afghan dialogue you are a common guest on our briefings we have always commented upon this question we believe that this is a matter that should be solved based on based on the legal framework that exists unfortunately the chance they had that the afghanistan had has been missed when it comes to the legal assessment it all can be analyzed by journalists politicians government officials but we have provided a global assessment interaction dialogue on a good foundation based on consideration of mutual interests understanding of afghanistan’s history meant to consolidate the society is the most important element and russia in this case has been wholly consistent do you have any other questions yes please first of all as the oldest of all journalists present i would like to say that in your absence mr bekansev had a briefing to your team worked very well they responded very well to the questions the second thing i would like to say i know that you’ve recently had a lot of work but the most important thing is your work in social networks and your statement within the program the territory of the meanings i would like the your statement to be published for it not to be lost now the question at the big conversation president of belarus lokashenko talked about the simplification of the procedure of acquiring the citizenship of the country in this regard we would like russia to pay more attention to these issues the demographic situation and the shortage of labor made this issue a priority in russia this question has already been rised but the situation is not changing at the same time i’d like to say the following a lot of compatrions want to get back the russian citizens citizenship that they lost during the period of time when russia didn’t allow double citizenship now this norm is set forth in the renewed constitution the second thing is the following the children and the grandchildren of a lot of compatriots who were born after the collapse of the soviet union had to acquire different nationality though they wanted to have the russian citizenship for their children thirdly a lot of families of compatriot are in a situation when different family members have different nationalities and amid confrontation and sanctions they are on opposite sides moreover the villainous of former social countries and the eu states are more and more willing to acquire the russian citizenship i’m not talking about single cases i’m talking about thousands or even millions can the russian foreign ministry has an influence on the problem of acquiring the russian nationality or at least a residence card because amid the aggravated confrontational compatriots are often victims of the reign of terror and different attacks i can name a number of surnames if these people received help and assistance in receiving russian nationality there would be more advocates of russia who would see the truth in their own languages about russia for example there is czech republic citizenship who takes care of the monuments to the soviet soldiers she is uh a pensioner and she would speak the truth about the history of russia and now she’s been terrorized but this topic is endless it has already been covered in specialized literature can i answer your question briefly and if necessary i will be ready to provide additional information to you because your inf question contains also a wish i would uh like to briefly comment on the legal basis that we use on this work so s4 is the citizenship the russian foreign ministry is guided by the federal law on citizenship of 2002 and by the constitution of the russian federation the main prerequisite the main condition of getting the russian citizenship is applied only to people who live permanently on the territory of the russian federation and citizenship can be gained abroad only by people who have no citizenship and by minors and a conception of the migration policy of the russian federation was approved by and adopted by the president in 2014 the main task of this conception is to allow the permanent residency in the russian federation of our compatriots who live abroad and who can integrate successfully our society and the ministry works actively on the development of federal laws aimed at simplifying the existing procedures and rules of russian citizenship for example one of the changes that has been introduced is the abolition of the requirement of renouncing from the existing citizenship moreover the procedure can be simplified is simplified for the specialists of professions of an interest to russia of those who received education in russia moreover there are categories of citizenship who citizen citizens who can require nationality without getting a residence card before this is enormous labor it involves experts legal specialists and we intend to continue this work thank you very much for your intention i wish everyone good health thank you you
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MFA spokesperson Maria Zakharova holds her weekly briefing

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