The funeral ceremony was held in the Church of Saint Sulpice in Paris. It was attended by Jacques Chirac’s family, France’s leadership, as well as the heads of several states and governments, in particular the presidents of Germany, Georgia, Italy, Slovenia, the prime ministers of Belgium, Hungary, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Croatia and other leaders.
After the funeral, Vladimir Putin briefly spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron.
September 30 has been declared a day of national mourning in France. Flags were lowered on government buildings; Jacques Chirac was honoured with a moment of silence at government agencies, public and educational institutions in France.
Jacques Chirac died on September 26 at the age of 86. Vladimir Putin sent a message of condolences to Bernadette Chirac on the death of her husband.
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov signed the book of condolences
at the French Embassy in the U.S.
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov signed the book of condolences at the French Embassy in the U.S. for French President Jacques Chirac and greeted Ambassador Philippe Etienne.
Meeting with Chairman of the Standing Comittee of the National People's Congress of China Li Zhanshu
Vladimir Putin: State visit by President Xi Jinping to Russia last summer has shown once again that Russian-Chinese relations are a positive example of international and bilateral cooperation.
It is for a reason that we describe our relationship as a strategic partnership. This is because we are operating within the framework of international law but primarily in the interests of our nations. We implement all the plans and reach all the goals we set for ourselves, sometimes ahead of schedule. I am referring to the economy, our humanitarian ties, military cooperation and interaction on the international stage.
As you know, we also maintain strong ties between our parliaments. The leaders of the National People’s Congress of China regularly meet with the speakers of the two houses of the Russian Parliament, the Federation Council and the State Duma. I know that your agenda includes talks with Ms Matviyenko and Mr Volodin. Our public organisations and the Russia-China Friendship Committee are working to capacity. Our humanitarian ties, namely cultural and student exchanges are progressing.
Cooperation between our regions is growing rapidly. The governors of Chinese provinces and Russian regions have developed solid relations between their regions and continue to strengthen them. These relations have become a major part of interstate cooperation.
Li Zhanshu: This year we marked the 70th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between China and Russia. Over this period in time our relations have reached an unprecedentedly high level. This became possible above all thanks to the strategic leadership and personal efforts of our leaders.
"Allies in Wartime: The Alaska-Siberia Airway During World War II." – now available online!
This publication by the 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.
This book is a collection of articles, essays and speeches that together illuminate a remarkable chapter in human history—the Alaska-Siberia Airway during World War II. The distinguished writers found herein include well-known historians, anthropologists, diplomats, and political leaders representing the United States, Russia, Great Britain, Canada and France—all among countries allied against Nazi Germany and its Axis powers during the war. Their inspirational memories and observations remind us of a time when cooperation and good will among peace-seeking nations arose victorious over evil.
DOWNLOAD THE BOOK
International Congress of Supreme Audit Institutions
Vladimir Putin delivered a speech at the INTOSAI Congress (XXIII INCOSAI), which is underway at the Manezh Exhibition Hall on September 23–28. The International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) was established in 1953 to promote cooperation between national supreme audit institutions and to improve government audit around the world.
* * *
Vladimir Putin: This is the first time that Russia hosts the main forum of this representative and highly respected international organisation. First of all, I would like to say that it is very important for us that our consistent efforts to improve the system of external public auditing have been highly appreciated by our international partners.
The Congress traditionally attracts interest from around the world. Attending this Congress in Moscow are over 600 delegates from 168 countries, or rather, as your colleague, Mr Kudrin, has just told me, they are from 169 countries, including top audit officials from 128 countries.
I would like to note that we did our best to create the best possible conditions for a fruitful, free and meaningful discussion at your congress. As far as I know, it has practically started. Moreover, your discussion will go well beyond strictly professional subjects and will have truly system-wide significance.
Cooperation, interaction and exchange of experience between national external audit agencies is one of the key steps leading to confidence building, predictability in the global economy and finance, and the basis for our joint work to overcome structural problems, promote economic growth, improve people's well-being, and protect the environment – all the priority areas identified by the United Nations as its Sustainable Development Goals.
These steps are consonant with our long-term plans. Like many other countries, Russia is implementing major projects – on a grand scale without exaggeration – concerning the economy and the social sphere, the environment and technological progress. These national projects are primarily aimed at achieving fundamental, tangible changes in the quality of life of our citizens.
We are focusing on addressing these problems and concentrating significant resources on them, integrating the efforts of the state, the regions and municipalities, businesses and individual citizens into the national projects and programmes, combining all this together to achieve a common goal.
Memorandum of Understanding
The supreme audit bodies of Russia and the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the sidelines of the XXIII #INCOSAI Congress in Moscow. This is a renewed version of the Agreement of November 7, 2007. The main goal of the document is to create a framework for the exchange of experience and the development of best audit practices in both countries.
“Despite some hurdles in Russia-U.S. relations, the cooperation of the supreme audit bodies is positive and professional,” - the head of the Russian Chamber of Accounts, Alexei Kudrin, said after the signing. The next step is the visit of the delegation of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to Moscow in the next few months. We will discuss strategic audit, audit in the social sphere, IT, digitalization, as well as environmental and human resources issues”.
The memorandum also allows the supreme audit bodies of the two countries to conduct joint and parallel inspections.
“We already have an experience of working together. We participated in the analysis of the environmental situation in the Arctic region. Now we are discussing others, including bilateral parallel checks, which would allow us to study the practice of various forms of state support in our countries, and then compare the experience” - concluded Alexei Kudrin.
Visit Russia. Visit Kaliningrad
Kaliningrad was founded by Teutonic Knights in the 13th century and was called Königsberg until 1945. We recommend stopping at the beautiful cathedral housing Kant’s tomb; Labiau, Tapiau, and Georgenburg castles; the Museum of the World Ocean; and the Amber Museum.
Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo
On September 27, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a separate meeting with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly session in New York. They discussed a broad range of items on the joint agenda.
Mr Lavrov emphasised that Russia is open to dialogue with the United States in many diverse areas but that constructive cooperation is only possible if it is based on respect for each other’s interests. In this context, Mr Lavrov noted the futility of the attempts to impose sanctions or exert other pressure on Russia because they only damage the prospects for bilateral cooperation in resolving key global issues and undermine global security. The Foreign Minister emphasised that the denial of visas to Russian representatives for attending multilateral events at the UN was unacceptable, as well as for resuming the bilateral dialogue.
Mr Lavrov and Mr Pompeo also discussed the prospects for their interaction for a settlement on the Korean Peninsula, in Afghanistan and other regions of the world.
Mr Lavrov expressed the hope that the new authorities in Ukraine would start fulfilling the Minsk Agreements of February 12, 2015 in good faith.
The officials shared the opinion that the foundation for overcoming the Syrian conflict was a peaceful negotiating process under the aegis of the UN with the participation of all constructive forces, with the respect for the country’s sovereignty, preservation of its territorial integrity and the final elimination of terrorist hotbeds.
Mr Lavrov and Mr Pompeo also reviewed issues related to bilateral relations.
LEARN MORE ABOUT FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEY LAVROV'S MEETINGS DURING 74th SESSION OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answer to a question by Rossiya-1 television channel
Question: Could you please comment on the situation with the US side’s failure to issue visas for the Russian delegation so that they could take part in the session of the UN General Assembly?
Sergey Lavrov: I believe that there is no need for any comments here. It is a real disgrace for this power which is trying to prove that it voices the sublime truth. This is simply a real disgrace.
Article “A Forward-Looking Partnership” by Sergey Lavrov speccialy for Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Renmin Ribao (China)
This year, our countries are marking an important date: the 70th anniversary of our diplomatic relations.
On October 2, 1949, the Soviet Union became the first country to recognise the People’s Republic of China, on the very next day after it was established. In our country, a new China gained a reliable friend that supported it in its nation-building efforts and economic recovery, and helped consolidate its international standing.
Of course, our people share ties that go back centuries. We have been learning to understand each other, work together and be friends for a very long time. As a result, today we have achieved an unprecedented level of cooperation that can be described as a comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation. In June 2019, during the state visit by PRC President Xi Jinping to Russia, our two leaders announced a new era in Russia-China relations, paving the way to even more mutual support across the board.
Where does this success stem from? It is primarily attributable to the fact that our cooperation is rooted in the universally recognised norms of international law that are free from any ideology. Our cooperation has its own inherent value and is not directed against anyone. We do not impose our approaches or values on one another, let alone meddle in each other’s domestic affairs. We have succeeded in putting aside sensitive issues of our common past, leaving them to the discretion of historians. The border question has been settled for good. Today, the dialogue between Russia and China can be defined as mutually respectful interactions between two equal partners. This dialogue is actually more advanced than some formal alliances, judging by the level of mutual trust, the resilience and depth of our cooperation.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Meeting with Dr. Henry A. Kissinger
On September 26, in New York, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov visited former US Secretary of State Dr. Henry A. Kissinger.
The current state and prospects of Russia-U.S. relations were discussed. As well as several topical issues of the international agenda.
Russian Deputy FM: US foreign policy under Trump is very selfish
As the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly continues in New York, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov sat down with RT International correspondent Maria Finoshina to discuss a wide range of topics. During the exclusive interview the minister talked about Russia-US relations, Iran’s nuclear program, and US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Opinion by Maria Zakharova
Several members of the official Russian delegation have been denied US visas they needed to be able to attend the UN General Assembly. This is an outrageous example of US disrespect for UN member states and its obligations as the host country of this world organisation. This latest case of disregard for the rights of sovereign states and international organisations, as well as failure to honour one’s obligations under international law, will be the main subject of Sergey Lavrov’s conversation with Mike Pompeo in New York.
By the way, the US side cited “technicalities” dealing with the timeframe for submitting documents. This is not true. The required documents were submitted within the timeframe set by American diplomats. The documents that were submitted several months before the trip were returned with the wording that they were submitted “too early.”
Something is badly out of order over there.
Comment by Ambassador Anatoly Antonov
Today we witnessed another destructive decision made by of our American partners - restrictions were imposed on a number of Russian citizens, companies and ships allegedly related to the supply of aviation fuel to our military in Syria. The motive hasn’t changed – Washington has been very jealous for a long time of the absolutely legitimate and, most importantly, successful Russian fight against international terrorism in Syria.
We have repeatedly stated that we do not accept such an approach, we do not recognize unilateral restrictive measures. The United States continues to choose sanctions over a constructive dialogue and cooperation with Russia on the issues important to global stability.
It is noteworthy that all this happens on the eve of the meeting between Minister Lavrov and Secretary Pompeo in New York. We had hoped they would be able to concentrate more on improving relations between our countries.
Instead, the two ministers will have no chance but to start their discussion on the artificially created problems – visa issues and sanctions.
The latest Okhotnik unmanned aerial vehicle made its first automated flight in full configuration
During the flight, the Okhotnik UAV and the leading aircraft in conjunction had worked out expanding of the fighter’s radar field and target designation for the use of the long-range aviation weapons without entering into the air defence conditional response zone.
The flight lasted more than 30 minutes. The trials of the brand-new combat system designed by the Sukhoi company are being run at one of the Russian Defence Ministry's test airfields.
The Okhotnik UAV is constructed with special materials and coatings using the flying wing configuration to make it practically invisible for the radar detection means. It is equipped with special-purpose devices for optoelectronic, radio and other kinds of surveillance.
Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding latest US sanctions against Russia
The sanctions which the United States adopted on September 26 against several Russian individuals and vessels plus one company became the 75th round since 2011, when Washington curtailed its own policy to reset bilateral relations and started destroying them. The US initiators of sanctions pressure on Russia have not achieved any results. But this time they acted more unreasonably than ever.
Washington has announced that it is punishing Russia for facilitating the delivery of jet fuel to Russian forces operating in Syria. This can be interpreted as the United States siding with terrorists, because the Russian Aerospace Forces were deployed in Syria in 2015 to provide assistance to the government forces in their fight against terrorist groups.
Russia has long observed with alarm that Washington is patronising Jabhat al‑Nusra and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorists, supplying them with whatever they need and trying to protect them from strikes even though they are the direct successors of al-Qaeda and have been designated as terrorist organisations around the world. When Washington adopted sanctions against Russian company Sovfracht for fuel deliveries to Syria in 2016 and subsequently froze many of its assets (by the way, they have not been released to this day and hence can be considered stolen), it explained its actions by a desire to put pressure on Russia over Crimea. The mask has finally slipped, and we can see Washington’s open desire to hinder the eradication of terrorism in Syria.
The United States has exposed its complicity with terrorism. Sanctions are nothing new for Russia. The fight against terrorism will continue in Syria even though the United States is openly patronising terrorists and has illegally occupied part of Syria’s sovereign territory, thus hindering the settlement of the conflict in Syria.
We resolutely condemn Washington’s cynical and unprincipled policy.
Ambassador Antonov visits Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral in New York
On September 26, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States Anatoly Antonov met with the interim chief of the Patriarchal Parishes in the United States, Bishop Matthew of Sourozh.
The meeting took place in the main building of the Russian Orthodox Church in North America - St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York. During the conversation, the current state of Russian Orthodoxy in the United States was discussed as well as issues related to the preservation of the Russian cultural and historical heritage.
'Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares' sculpture unveiled in Iowa
An official opening of a reduction of the "Let US Beat Swords into Plowshares" statue by the Soviet sculptor Yevgeny Vuchetich took place on Saturday in the State of Iowa, the United States. The monument was set in front of the mansion on the farm of Roswell and Elizabeth Garst in Coon Rapids, visited by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev sixty years ago during the visit to the United States.
"Today we are gathered for a special occasion. Sixty years ago, the leader of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev visited the United States <…> Agriculture turned into one of critical areas of cooperation between the two countries and Soon alter agriculture became one of the crucial areas in cooperation between our countries and "served as a bridge between our people" - said Ivan Ponomaryov, the Agricultural Attache of the Russian embassy in the United States.
IV Russian Good Manufacturing Practice Conference
The 4th Russian GMP (good manufacturing practice) conference was held on September, 23-25 in Solnechnogorsk (Kaliningrad region). Among participants were one of the prominent American scientist Steven A. Karli - Director for the Veterinary Biology Centre of APHIS, representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and experts from the key agricultural watchdog - Federal service for veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance.
The parties expressed mutual interest in cooperation and informed each other about the upcoming inspections, discussing the differences between surveillance systems for veterinary medicines manufacturers in Russia and the United States.
This Week In History. Soviet Embassy Information Bulletin
75 years ago on September 27, 1944, Information Bulletin issued by the Soviet Embassy in Washington, DC reported the following:
▪️ Certain Lessons of Versailles
▪️ Fighting in Latvia
▪️ Armistice Agreement with Finland
READ THE ORIGINAL
156 Years Ago, Russian Ships Arrived in NY and SF to Safe The Union
In September 1863, a Russian fleet of six warships headed to the East coast of North America and stayed there for seven months. Based in New York, they patrolled the surrounding area. A similar thing occurred in the West coast where a fleet of six warships was based in San Francisco. This helped to prevent sudden attacks of Southern raiders on these crucial Union port cities.
Both the citizens and the government of the Union gave a warm welcome to the Russian Navy, and witnesses described that the Americans were eager to see Russian sailors and officers, and to invite them to banquets and celebrations.
September 26 marks the 170th anniversary of the birth of Ivan Pavlov
170 years ago, on September 26, 1849, the world famous Russian scientist, physiologist Academician Ivan Pavlov was born.
Western newspapers described Ivan Pavlov as “a romantic, almost legendary personality,” and “a star that illuminates the path for humanity.” He was an honourary member of 130 academies, universities, and scientific societies. It was Pavlov who made physiology a full-fledged science recognised all around the world.
In 1904, Pavlov was awarded a Nobel Prize for achievements in the study of the physiology of the digestion system. Impressed by the scientist’s work, Alfred Nobel who was the founder of the famous award decided to create a prize for Physiology, apart from Medicine. This was done precisely to ensure that Pavlov could get it.
Visit Kamchatka From Alaska
Attend PFD Travel Fair on Sat, Oct 5 and win two tickets from Anchorage to Kamchatka on Yakutia Airlines! Ticket discounts for all attendees!