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Question: What is the main outcome of the year for you? Sergey Lavrov: It is difficult to highlight something specific. If we speak about foreign policy, I cannot make an evaluation myself. We have tried to do everything that is necessary in order to fulfill the instructions of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, to implement the foreign political course set by him. It is not for me to judge how successful we were. This should be left to the people to decide, of course, and to the leadership of the Russian Federation.
Colleagues, We are glad to welcome you at the regular meeting of the Business Council at the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation. Today, we have agreed to discuss a range of issues related to ensuring effective political and diplomatic support for our companies’ operations abroad and bolstering Russian businesses’ positions in foreign markets.
Madam President, Mr Putin, Allow me to thank you for your participation in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Russian cultural centre and an Orthodox church. I would also like to express sincere gratitude to the leaders of Singapore for their decision to allocate a site for the construction of this complex in the very centre of your wonderful city.
Question: The issue of Russia’s financial contribution to the Council of Europe has long been on the agenda after Russia’s voting right was suspended. How important is the Council of Europe to Russia? What, in your view, is the likely solution to this impasse?
This year we mark the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Egypt. This anniversary has ushered in a new, very important stage in our peoples’ relations, deeply rooted in the past. Way back in the 15th-17th centuries, Russian travelers who went to the Middle East on business or made a pilgrimage to holy places visited Egypt in order to see the monuments of world culture and learn more about the everyday life of the Egyptians.
My Slovak colleague Miroslav Lajcak and I had meaningful talks. We focused on prospects for cooperation between our states, which, despite the notable events in Europe, continues to advance steadily in all areas. I am referring to political dialogue, inter-parliamentary ties and regular contacts between our foreign ministries.
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,First of all, I would like to welcome once again my colleague Mr Melanesi who is visiting Moscow for the first time as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Italian Republic.

Madam President, ladies and gentlemen, The speeches delivered during the general discussion at this session of the UN General Assembly confirm the fact that international relations are going through a very complex and contradictory historical stage.

Question: Mr Lavrov, you said that Russia has uncontestable evidence – not “highly likely” as the British like to say, but uncontestable – of the fact that the so-called chemical attack in Douma near Damascus was staged by a country that wants to be in the first ranks of Russophobic nations. This country was later named by Igor Konashenkov, Russian Defence Ministry’s Head of the Department of Information and Mass Communications, who said that it was Great Britain. I believe we are not going to be like the British and will not accuse anyone without having proof. When and what evidence are we ready to present against the UK?
Ladies and gentlemen,Colleagues,
Now that international relations have entered a period of radical change, which has overturned the thesis about “the end of history,” we should remember what happened in the relatively recent past. As Russian historian Vasily Klyuchevsky said, “History (…) punishes us for not learning its lessons.”