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Dear Erlan Abilfaizovich,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I can fully share your assessments, which have just been stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Erlan Idrisov, with regard to the negotiations in Ust-Kamenogorsk today.

We have good impressions from visiting this part of Kazakhstan – the city and the Province, where the multinational nature of the Kazakh people is clearly visible. We value this multinational nature, because we are also such a state and are interested that everybody lives in peace and consent with each other. As friends, we talked about this in detail and fairly today.

We have reviewed the course of the implementation of the agreements reached between the presidents of our countries, who meet very frequently – there were three meetings this year only and no less contacts are yet to come this year.

Dear Sirodjidin Mukhridinovich,

Colleagues,

First of all, I would like to thank our Tajik friends for their warm hospitality and good organisation of our work.

The issues relating to the preparation for the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, which will be held on the 11-12 September in Dushanbe, and filling it with content, were the focus of attention at our meeting today.

The session of the Council of Heads of Member States (CHS) will be held against the backdrop of the uneasy situation in the world. The establishment of a new polycentric model of the world order is accompanied by the intensification of global competition, which is frequently unfair and aggressive, rivalry in the area of value landmarks and development models.

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.

Veterans, friends,

According to our tradition, we give tribute to the memory of the employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the former Ministry of Foreign Trade, who have laid down their lives for freedom and independence of our country.

The day, which is celebrated as a Victory Day all over the world is sacred for us. The significance of this memory and celebration is growing years after year: human memories, sense of gratitude and inexpiable owing are supplemented by practical tasks to prevent the revival of the fascist ideology in Europe and in the world. For many years, the European continent has been closing eyes as this ideology finds supporters, but its leaders recruit new followers, organise marches in honour of former SS warriors, who were recognised as criminals at the Nuremberg Trials. The events in these days are not just marches with slogans singing Nazi criminals; they are a living manifestation of fascism.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Foreign ministers of the Caspian states have held a conference in preparation of the Fourth Caspian Summit, which will be held this year in the Russian Federation.

We reviewed the course of work on the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea and stated significant progress, which was reached also in the process of today’s negotiations. I would like to sincerely thank my colleagues and all the experts for their contribution to this significant progress.

We reviewed draft documents many of which have been developed and which are planned to be approved at the Fourth Caspian Summit. We devoted special attention to the implementation of the assignments accepted at the Baku summit in 2010. First of all, these are issues related to the delimitation of water spaces. Our positions became significantly closer on this topic. The second assignment from leaders of our countries is related to the measures to preserve the population of endangered fish. Today we discussed the progress of work on the respective intergovernmental agreement.

As the standoff in the eastern Ukraine deteriorates into violence it’s up to world powers to step in and calm things down. Despite tough talk from Washington, the US, EU, Russia and Ukraine have managed to reach a framework to peace in Geneva. But will it be enough to avert a civil war? Sophie asks the Russian Foreign minister himself – Sergey Lavrov is on Sophie&Co today.

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Sophie Shevardnadze: Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign minister, it’s great to have you on our show today.

 

Sergey Lavrov: Thank you for the invitation.

SS: So, just the other day Joe Biden on his visit to Kiev said that time is short for Russia to make progress on its commitments made in Geneva. What is expected of Russia?

Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen!

We have ended our meeting on the situation in Ukraine, which continued the series of contacts between the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and me. This time we gathered together with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, and the Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Andrii Deshchytsia. Like during our meetings with John Kerry in the bilateral format, our partners prefer separate press conferences. Therefore, I am alone with you, but they will tell about their impressions about the results of this meeting individually.

We approved a document – Geneva Statement of April 17, 2014, in which we agreed that we need to take primary and specific steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security of all Ukrainian nationals. We agreed that all sides must refrain from any violence, intimidation or provocative actions. We strongly condemned and rejected all expressions of extremism, racism and religious intolerance, including anti-semitism. These are very topical requirements in terms of the events in Ukraine in the last months.

Question: Hello, Sergey Viktorovich. I feel that now you are not just a Minister of Foreign Affairs, but a Minister of Military Affairs. Every time I see and hear you, I sense a tremendous concern and think the world has gone mad. My generation does not remember such a level of escalation. What is really happening?

Sergey Lavrov: I think that the entire world system is being reformatted, because after the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact disappeared, those whom we call “the West” lost their historical opportunities, when Russia proposed several initiatives, which would not only allow them to truly unite the European continent, but also the Euro-Atlantic region, including Eurasia. There were propositions to make the OSCE the centre of such work on the basis of equality of all countries.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We had some very productive negotiations with my Angolan colleague George Chicoti, which were held in the traditionalatmosphere of trust and mutual understanding between our countries.

We appreciate the high level of relations with Angola – Russia’s time-proven friend and partner. We are glad that this country has convincingly settled down to a course of independent and sustainable national development.

We discussed issues on our bilateral agenda, having devoted special attention to the development of trade and economic ties, which have gained in good dynamics and are developing according to the agreements, including high-level agreements, which were concluded in 2009.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have conducted another session of the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council, which was held in a constructive and trustworthy atmosphere and was quite substantial. We exchanged opinions on topical problems of regional and international security, primarily in the area of the Organisation’s responsibilities and in adjacent regions.

We paid special attention to the reinforcement of foreign policy coordination within the framework of the CSTO. The documents, which we have approved today, will contribute to this: The Plan of consultations of representatives of member states of the organisation on foreign policy, security and defence issues for the second half of 2014 – first half of 2015 (the Plan includes more than twenty measures) and the List of topics for joint statements of the CSTO member states in the UN, the OSCE and other forums. About ten topics have been agreed, on which a document for joint presentation to the respective multilateral structures will be prepared.