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11 January marked 100 years since the death of the last Ambassador of the Russian Empire to the UK count Alexander Benckendorff, who was buried in the catholic Westminster Cathedral in London. This anniversary was a timely reminder of his unaccomplished mission in London
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  • Date: 26-01-2017, 16:23
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Transnational threats, such as terrorism, illegal trafficking in narcotic drugs and human beings, organized crime, including cyber-crime, remain among the most significant threats to peace, security and stability worldwide and to the participating States of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Such criminal activities undermine the social and economic development of nations, fundamental freedoms of people in OSCE region, their safety, stability and enjoyment of human rights. Andrey G. Karlov, Diplomat, Ambassador, an outstanding personality well respected by authorities of many states, including his own, by diplomatic community in Ankara and far beyond was deprived from his right to life, liberty and security that is essential and fundamental to every human being. Terrorist decided that he may just take away the life of the Ambassador when the Diplomat was opening an exhibition devoted to develop friendly and mutually beneficial relations between nations. Thus the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights was blatantly violated. Fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic staff according to the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations were blatantly violated as well.
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, happy New Year and best wishes on all holidays.
The past leap year was not easy. In addition to the troubles that usually befall leap years, some man-made events also took place which were not conducive to strengthening international security.
Russia’s vision of its goals in the international arena is described in detail in the country’s new Foreign Policy Concept that was approved in November by President Vladimir Putin. I am sure that all those who are interested in this sphere of our country’s activity have familiarised themselves with it. International issues were very prominent at President Putin’s news conference (December 23, 2016), as well as in a number of his other statements. I will therefore not lay out our vision of the year’s results. We’ll do better to leave more time for questions and answers.
1. The outgoing year 2016 was a difficult one for world politics and international relations. The international situation remained tense. Acute contradictions between states and associations of states with regard to fundamental issues of the world order remained unchanged. Blood was shed in entire regions, where statehood and the legitimate basis of the government have been undermined by external interventions or foreign support to local extremist and radical forces. The terrorist threat in the belt of instability ranging from North Africa to South Asia’s borders has taken on a systemic dimension. The entire world has to pay a high price for the attempts of a limited number of countries to retain their global "leadership" at all costs.