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 RUSSIAN EMBASSY WEEKLY #143

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President of Russia and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin attended the military parade marking the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945.
President of Abkhazia Aslan Bzhania, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov, President of Moldova Igor Dodon, President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic, President of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, and Serb Chairman of the Presidency ofBosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik arrived in Moscow for the commemorative events
Apart from known military hardware, over 20 samples of new military equipment were showcased at the anniversary parade.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: People of Russia,
Our dear veterans,
Foreign guests,
Soldiers and sailors, sergeants, warrant officers and ensigns, Officers, generals and admirals,
I wish you all the best on the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. A victory that determined the future of the planet for decades to come and went down in history as the grandest in its scale, significance and moral value.

This year, the traditional Victory Day celebrations are being held in Russia on June 24. Exactly 75 years ago, the legendary victors paraded right here, along the Kremlin wall, to commemorate the end of the Great Patriotic War.
That parade went down in history as a triumph of unprecedented scale, the triumph of good over evil, of peace over war, and life over death.
On behalf of all the defenders of the Fatherland, they threw the defeated banners and standards of the Nazis down to the ground with contempt, as a sign of just retribution and dire warning.
The combined regiments of various fronts and fleets marched through Red Square. And everyone who fought for their homeland bravely, not sparing themselves, who returned with Victory, as well as millions of soldiers who remained forever on the battlefields invisibly joined their firm measured march.
Today we bow our heads to the sacred memory of all those who never came back, to the memory of sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, grandfathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, fellow soldiers, relatives and friends. We grieve over the veterans who have already left us.
I proclaim a moment of silence.
(A moment of silence.)
We will always remember that Nazism was crushed by the Soviet people – by millions of people of different ethnicity from all republics of the Soviet Union.
At the front and in the rear, in partisan groups and underground resistance, they fought and worked relying on their courage and unity. Having defended their homeland, they continued to fight. They liberated European countries from the invaders, put an end to the terrible tragedy of the Holocaust, and saved the people of Germany from Nazism with its deadly ideology.

It is impossible to even imagine what would have happened to the world had it not been for the Red Army that stood up to defend it.
Its soldiers did not want war, or other countries, or glory, or honours. All they wanted was to finish off the enemy, to gain victory and return home. And they paid an irreparable price for Europe’s freedom. Many hundreds of thousands of soldiers died in foreign lands.
Our duty is to always remember this. Remember that the Soviet people shouldered the main burden of the fight against Nazism.
In 1941, over 80 percent of the armed forces of Germany and its satellites were concentrated to fight the Soviet Union. But this ruthless armada proved powerless against the cohesion of the Soviet people.
It was our people who defeated the terrible, total evil, crushed more than 600 divisions, destroyed 75 percent of the total number of Nazi aircraft, tanks, artillery units, and walked their righteous and infinitely sacrificial path to the end, to their victorious destination.
This is the main truth about the war, honest and clear. We must protect and defend it, and pass it on to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Today’s military parade is a tribute to this sacred truth, to the outstanding generation of victors who determined the outcome of the entire World War II.

Representatives of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Moldova, Mongolia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan will march in this parade along with Russian soldiers.
We are happy to welcome our friends, guests from various countries who came to Moscow to pay tribute to everyone who defended peace on the planet.
We will never forget our allies’ contribution to the common victory, the significance of the second front that opened in June 1944. We honour the brave service members of the armed forces of all countries of the anti-Hitler coalition, and respect the feat of all fighters against Nazism who battled fearlessly in Europe.

In the context of the challenges the planet is facing today, we also know, and are especially keenly aware of what the greatest value is – people, their dreams, joys, hopes, and a peaceful, tranquil and creative life.
We understand how important it is to strengthen friendship and trust between nations, and are open to dialogue and cooperation on the most pressing issues on the international agenda.
Among them is the creation of a common reliable security system, something the complex and rapidly changing modern world needs. Only together can we protect the world from new dangerous threats.
Friends,
The surviving veterans of the Great Patriotic War now live in many different countries. But their great joint feat of saving entire nations from eradication, barbarism and enslavement cannot be split and divided. That heroic deed, without any exaggeration, is the legacy of all humankind.
Dear veterans, our gratitude to you is immeasurable. You have proven with your life and your fight how important it is to be able to defend the values of peace, humanism and justice.
We will do everything in our power to ensure that the memory of your heroic accomplishments never fades. It is our duty of conscience and our responsibility to the present and the future.
Glory to the generation that defeated Nazism!
Glory to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War!
Hoorah!
 

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Vladimir Putin had a long conversation, via videoconference, with President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron.The two presidents discussed in detail a broad range of international and bilateral issues. They expressed their common opinion on the need for Russia-France partnership in resolving topical international issues and a search for ways of parrying urgent global challenges, such as international terrorism, climate change and the growth of conflict potential in many regions of the world. The pooling of efforts in countering the coronavirus infection and overcoming its consequences remains a topical task.Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron noted that as permanent members of the UN Security Council, Russia and France bear special responsibility for maintaining international peace and security in line with the UN Charter, which was signed on June 26, exactly 75 years ago. The Russian initiative to hold a meeting of the heads of state – permanent members of the UN Security Council is designed to play a big role in this context.
 
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Friends,
My friends,
<…> From my student days I remember one of the first Scarlet Sails graduates’ festivals. It was only just launched in Leningrad at that time and immediately elicited an overwhelming response across the country because it inspired a unique atmosphere of romance, youth and aspiration, faith and hope for new victories.
My wish is that you never stop dreaming and aspiring, and making your most daring plans. If you are confident in your goal, just go for it no matter how fantastic it may seem at first. This is the only way to reach real heights, the new inspiring heights in science, art, sports, in technology, in each and every profession, in your favourite business, and in your entire life.
I extend warm congratulations to you, your families and your mentors. I wish you happiness, love and prosperity.
We believe in you and we know that you will succeed.
Good luck and all the best!

  
 
The National Award for charity work has been conferred on Konstantin Khabensky, theatre and cinema actor, film director, and founder of a charity foundation.

Watch Konstantin Khabensky Q&A after special screening of Holocaust drama Sobibor at the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC
May 2, 2018
 

 

HISTORY

Representatives of 50 states signed the UN Charter in San Francisco 75 years ago, on June 26, 1945. This is a key document that enshrines the fundamental principles of interstate cooperation. It has become the foundation of the postwar international order and a cornerstone of the modern system of international law.
Firm commitment to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, including the sovereign equality of states, non-intervention in internal affairs and the refraining from the threat or use of force, is indispensable for international peace and security, sustainable socioeconomic development and implementation of human rights.
Against this backdrop, the attempts by some states to revise the fundamental standards of international law underlying the UN Charter and replace them with a rules-based international order, which implies decision-making by narrow alliances in circumvention of the UN, cause serious concern.
As a founding member of this world organisation and a permanent member of its Security Council, Russia will continue opposing this approach. We urge all our responsible partners to follow suit.

 
 

FOREIGN MINISTRY

Sergey Ryabkov: Russia is not going to try to preserve the Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms at any cost

Russia is not going to try to preserve the Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START treaty) at any cost, because Moscow needs it as much as Washington does, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said during an online session of the Primakov Readings forum entitled The US in the Whirlpool of Crises: Strategic Consequences.
"Naturally, we are ready. The Russian president has said so more than once, when asked if Russia was prepared to see the termination of the New START treaty. The Americans know that we will not try to save the treaty at any cost, let alone the cost we are expected to pay. We believe it is mutually beneficial and necessary to both countries."

"Unfortunately, we cannot basically name any field in bilateral relations and in the approach of Moscow and Washington to international issues, with a rare exception, where a clear and sizable progress was reached in the past years," Ryabkov said.
The senior diplomat said this was a unique situation during a long period of Russian-US and Soviet-US relations. According to Ryabkov, at the moment US officials view Russia as an object of politics and do not consider the possibility of partnership with Moscow even on a very down-to-earth and minimum agenda.
Unfortunately, there is no doubt that Russia is considered as a negative factor in the US domestic context, he noted. "Over the years of Trump’s presidency we have seen various turns of the Russian issue and many of them were absolutely unprecedented from the viewpoint of presenting and whipping up the issue in general and its projection to many processes in the US." Ahead of the November 3 election the Russian issue will be circulating in the US domestic political struggle, Ryabkov said.
"We cannot actually say which administration, the Republican or Democratic, that will assume power in Washington next year after the inauguration of the 46th president of the United States, will be better for us," the senior diplomat added.
He emphasized that the anti-Russian consensus was deeply rooted in the US elites at all levels: US politicians regard Russia as an obstacle to Washington’s dominance in the world and continuing to resolve geopolitical problems on conditions acceptable for them.
Bolton’s memoirs
Russia cannot be certain that confidential talks with the US will not become public following publications of information from closed meetings, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Primakov Readings' online session "The USA in the Crises Swirl: Strategic Consequences."
"There is a trap now: we cannot be certain that some discussions, the delicate, confidential or trusting ones, will not suddenly become public due to some reason," he said. "We’ve seen WikiLeaks publications, we’ve seen the Mueller probe, we’ve seen publication of transcripts of video surveillance footage, and now the Bolton memoirs."
"No we walk the minefield, not knowing which discussion will be disseminated next time by which source. In the meantime, we are talking about things, which, in normal circumstances — not the current chaos — would take decades to declassify. All of this puts diplomacy before completely new challenges," Ryabkov said.
According to the deputy foreign minister, Bolton’s memoirs are dedicated to the US internal policy, not the foreign one. "I am baffled by what is going on in the American political establishment from the standpoint of living on display. I understand that this book, just like many other things happening in the US, is about the US internal policy, not the foreign one. Everything written there regarding foreign policy is just a toolset and continuation of war by other means. This is how it should be treated," he explained.
 
Arctic
Washington’s allegations that Russia is pursuing military activities in the Arctic are caused by US policy to deter Moscow, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.
The diplomat pointed out though that there are numerous examples of constructive Russian-American interaction within the framework of the Arctic Council and expressed hope that the Arctic remains an "oasis of mutual understanding and practical interaction."
Additionally, the official mentioned that the Arctic issues will not be discussed at the BRICS summit scheduled for the fall.
Strategic Stability
Fundamental and substantial disagreements on some matters of strategic stability remain between Russia and the US, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS Friday.
During the recent Russian-American consultation in Vienna, the sides spoke in a friendly and constructive manner, focusing on the matter at hand, "realizing the necessity to find a way forward," Ryabkov noted.

"We did not limit ourselves to mere relaying of our positions, which both Russian and the US are well aware of. These positions are rather strict in many aspects, poorly combining in a number of fields, incompatible in a whole number of elements, but we worked for a result," Ryabkov said. "That this result is beyond our field of view is another matter. But a constructive, calm, business-like approach to these issues, creative in many ways, provides a dose of optimism," Rybakov said.
"I hope that, when this work continues, including on the level of expert groups, whose establishment we have negotiated, and later on our level of inter-agency delegations, we will be able to augment this progress, although, I repeat, disagreements are very significant and fundamental in some aspects," the senior diplomat added.

 
Arms Control
"As an essential element of our position on the future of nuclear arms control we insist that the United States’ closest NATO allies possessing nuclear weapons should join these hypothetical talks. They are France and the United Kingdom," he said. "We make no secret that this is our priority. As far as the United States is focusing on the necessity to go beyond the frame of the traditional Russian-US dialogue in this sphere [insisting that China join it — TASS] and make it multilateral, our priority is to have the above mentioned states join this process."
The senior Russian diplomat recalled that Russia had long been saying that "after the signing of the current Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms and its implementation by Moscow and Washington, it will be necessary to think about a multilateral nature of the nuclear arms control process."

"The upper limits set by the Treaty for each of the sides is 1,550 warheads," he explained. "Further hypothetical reductions in this sphere are possible only if the corresponding arsenals of other countries are duly taken into account in this process. There are no gaps between any of the elements of our position. On the contrary, it is a coherent and very logical, long-standing position."
According to the Russian senior diplomat, the lineup of the future multilateral process is a "separate big topic to be discussed." "Our logic and methodology are applicable to this sphere too," he went on to say. "We respect positions of the corresponding countries on what they will do in this context. We understand that these are very serious matters that cannot be resolved immediately."
"This is another reason why it would be right to extend the existing New START Treaty after February 5, 2021 to win time to continue the discussion about who will be involved in the future talks, what these talks will focus on, how to organize them and more," Ryabkov said. "It takes time. It cannot be resolved overnight, or even in a month. It takes much more efforts, both intellectual and political, and sophisticated solutions. So, let us discuss what is to be done and how it is to be done while the existing treaty stays in place." 
Russia US
"As for further steps, we should rebuild trust. We should accumulate positive impulses and energy via joint efforts, via cooperation, via practical interaction to be able to set more meaningful tasks. Now, to be frank, we have zero trust. Regrettably, we are suffering numerous stresses in our relations. We are living through quite a difficult period," he said, adding that the most appropriate tactics in such conditions would a "tactic of small steps."
"Let us work on the agenda that cannot be distorted and transformed into breaking-news headlines by those who is not interested in the normalization of Russian-US relations, who doesn’t want to see this factor as beneficial for international relations. Later on, if we manage to do it, I think we will be able, directed by the leaders and relying on the experience of our predecessors, to build something new and worthy that would be on a par with the joint Soyuz-Apollo spaceflight," Ryabkov stressed.

Touching on the June 24 Victory Parade in Moscow, the senior Russian diplomat emphasized that historic memory was still alive and it could not be erased. However, in his words, foreign colleagues keep on trying to distort historical facts. "Our overseas colleagues did not keep out of politicizing the holy memory about who made the biggest contribution to the Great Victory," he said, adding he hoped the joint statement by Russian and US Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, on the 75th anniversary of the meeting of the Soviet and US troops on the Elbe River would be a tuning fork in the countries’ approaches to the history of World War II and its heroic heritage. "We will cherish it," he pledged.
  

June 23, 2020. Russian WWII Veteran Galina Brok-Beltsova is preparing for a Victory Parade in Moscow. We received from her a special greeting to American WWII veterans and the Palm Springs Air Museum personnel, who presented her a painting “Lt. Galina Brok-Beltsova" by Stan Stokes.
«U.S. veterans have presented to me a painting and handed it over to Moscow. Female aviators of Russia and me personally express deep gratitude to the artist for his excellent work.
What I see depicted is a stormy frontal sky, a red star - symbol of the USSR, Vladimir Petlyakov Pe-2 dive bomber, so-called “Peshka” or “Pawn”, which finally promoted to a “Queen”. And a face of a young girl, Galina Brok. As many call it – a collective image of a Soviet female pilot.
This picture looks very symbolic to me. I see it as a recognition by U.S. veterans of the decisive contribution of the Soviet people to the fight against fascism and great common Victory of the anti-Hitler coalition.
We believe in mutual intent of our countries to strengthen peaceful relations and friendship.
With love,
Galina Brok-Beltsova
June 23, 2020»
"We have paid attention to another piece of fake news, launched in the media space by the American intelligence community, about alleged involvement of Russia’s military intelligence unit in contract killings of US troops in Afghanistan. That unpretentious fake clearly demonstrates low intellectual abilities of US intelligence propagandists who have to invent such nonsense instead of devising something more credible. Nevertheless, what else could be expected from the intelligence agency that has failed miserably in the 20-year-long war in Afghanistan," the foreign ministry noted.
The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed to US intelligence agencies’ involvement in Afghan drug trafficking.
"Should we speak about facts - moreover, well-known [facts], it has not long been a secret in Afghanistan that members of the US intelligence community are involved in drug trafficking, cash payments to militants for letting transport convoys pass through, kickbacks from contracts implementing various projects paid by American taxpayers. The list of their actions can be continued if you want," the ministry said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry suggested that those actions might stem from the fact that the US intelligence agencies "do not like that our and their diplomats have teamed up to facilitate the start of peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban."
"We can understand their feelings as they do not want to be deprived of the above mentioned sources of the off-the-books income," the ministry stressed.

 
Russia celebrates the Crimean Tatar Flag Day

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WE REMEMBER
In memoriam of Yevgeny Primakov
June 26, we cherish the memory of an outstanding statesman & academician, Russia's PM (1998-99) & FM (1996-98) Yevgeny Primakov, who passed away in 2015. It was he who laid the foundations of Russia’s foreign policy principles & created the concept of a polycentric world.
 
VISIT RUSSIA
City of Arkhangelsk turns 436! 
Founded in 1584 in the delta of Northern Dvina, it was the first seaport of Russia. Today, Arkhangelsk carefully preserves history & traditions of WhiteSea North— land of brave explorers, energetic merchants, shipbuilders and sailors.
 
 
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"Pipeline to Russia: The Alaska-Siberia Air Route in World War II" – now available online!

This publication by the U.S. National Park Service and Alaska-Siberia Research Center is free for the public. You are welcome to download and share this book with your friends, colleagues and affiliated institutions, and keep this title in your e-library.

The heroism and dedication of the Soviet and American participants of the Alaska–Siberia Airway will not be forgotten. It is our civic duty to express our deep respect to those whose efforts led to the program’s success and, in the process, brought the war to a close. This is our history. Future generations should be brought up with a respectful spirit of patriotism to understand this history of cooperation between our countries. This edition will preserve awareness of that massive effort for all time.

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