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Statement for the mass media by Sergey Lavrov, during the joint press conference summarising the results of the negotiations with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan, Sirodjidin Aslov, Dushanbe, 30 July 2014

30-07-2014, 14:37

Dear Sirodjidin Mukhridinovich,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have conducted very substantial negotiations on the entire spectrum of our bilateral agenda, topical and international issues. Our relations are characterised by alliance and strategic partnership. We appreciate these relations and are committed to their comprehensive development. The agreements reached during the official visit of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, to the Republic of Tajikistan on the 5 October 2012 have entered into force today and are being implemented. They confirm inviolability of the Russian-Tajik friendship, laying firm grounds for further interaction in each and all areas, including political, economic, humanitarian and military.

We intend to continue providing aid to the Republic of Tajikistan in the modernisation and technical re-equipment of armed forces, the build-up of the potential to guard the state border, especially in the direction of Afghanistan. We will adopt these measures bilaterally and within the framework of the implementation of respective CSTO decisions in full scope.

Russia is the leading trade and economic partner Tajikistan. It is glad that in the first five months of this year the trade turnover grew by more than 18% (comparing to the similar period of 2013), but the scope of direct Russian investments in the economy of Tajikistan reached 1.6 billion US dollars – almost 40% from the total amount of direct foreign capital investments.

We supported the activities by the Intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation, which is aimed at the creation of a more favourable business climate for the work of Russian and Tajik companies on markets of our countries. The next session of the Commission, including that to consider such issues, will be held by the end of this year.

The agreements in the migration area, which entered into force this year, will significantly simplify the stay and work of Tajik nationals in Russia. We understand well the significance of this factor for the country’s economy – in 2013 Tajik nationals transferred over 5 billion US dollars to their homeland. We are thankful to our Tajik friends that they understand the measures, which are being undertaken in the Russian Federation to make order in issues of labour migration. Finally, despite certain inevitable painful manifestations at the current stage, these measures are in the interests of these foreign nationals, who want to work honestly and openly in the Russian Federation and to have social protection. We are planning to take new steps in this area – draft intergovernmental agreements on organised recruitment of nationals of the Republic of Tajikistan for temporary labour activities in the territory of the Russian Federation, about cooperation and exchange of information in the area of migration, representations of migration services of the two countries, are at the stage coordination.

We welcome the activation of bilateral interparliamentary cooperation. There was a visit of the Chairwoman of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Valentina Matviyenko, to Dushanbe in March, the President of the lower chamber of parliament of the Republic of Tajikistan, Shukhurdjon Zukhurov.

Deepening of humanitarian and cultural components of our ties, the extension of cooperation in the area of science and education contributes to the build-up of cooperation. We note with satisfaction the growth of interests in Tajikistan to learning of Russian, and for our part, we will stimulate this in all possible ways, including through a special programme, which is implemented by the Federal Migration Service for those, who want to work in Russia.

We also reviewed issues on the international agenda. We paid particular attention to Afghanistan. The situation in this country is degrading and can negatively affect security in the Central Asian region. In this regard, we confirmed the importance of further improvement of mechanisms of our cooperation and coordination of our actions within the framework of the CSTO, CIS and SCO. As you know, an SCO CFM session will be held here in Dushanbe tomorrow, the main task of which will be to prepare for the summit of this organisation, which is scheduled for this September here in Dushanbe.

We actively support Tajikistan’s activities as the SCO Chair, we will be ready to overtake these functions, when the forthcoming summit ends. We wish our colleagues success in the holding of this important international event.

Of course, we talked about the armed conflict in the East of Ukraine. We agree that we need to stop bloodshed and start negotiations immediately to develop generally acceptable solutions for all the nationals and Ukrainian regions. Russia will continue to do everything, what depends on it, to contribute to the creation of the required conditions, as well as to the implementation of the Geneva Statement of the 17 April and the UN Security Council resolution 2166, the implementation of which now faces artificial obstacles.

In general, we are satisfied with the results of the negotiations, which confirmed the commitment of our countries to the continuation of joint work in various formats and the implementation of the agreements reached between our presidents for the peoples of Russia and Tajikistan, in the interests of ensuring peace, security and stability in Central Asia.


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