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RUSSIAN EMBASSY WEEKLY #109
 

Vladimir Putin held talks with President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez who arrived in Russia on a working visit.
The presidents discussed prospects of further consolidating Russia-Cuba strategic partnership in different spheres as well as topical issues on the international agenda.
Vladimir Putin: … Seeing that the history of Cuban-Russian relations is so well known there is no need to go into any details.
I would like to note though that this time your visit is that of an extended one: you have already been to several places. I hope all this was not only interesting but beneficial as well.
Our permanent contacts continue at the highest level as well as at a high level. We are actively cooperating and supporting one another on the international arena. Russia has always had a particularly good understanding for Cuba’s independent stand and sovereign policy.
I am pleased to note that last year we saw our trade start to grow, by 33 percent. Obviously, taking into consideration the conditions which Cuba finds itself in it is far from easy to solve various economic and social issues but on the whole you are coping with them well.
We are delighted to point out the further consolidation of Cuban statehood.
 
Talks between Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban covered the entire range of issues related to Russian-Hungarian cooperation, above all in the field of trade, the economy and culture, as well as several topical international and regional matters.
Following the meeting, a package of agreements was signed in the presence of the leaders, including a plan of measures on implementing a comprehensive programme of Russian-Hungarian interregional cooperation and a treaty between the Russian Federation and Hungary on social security.
The documents signed also include memorandums on cooperation in oncology, physical fitness and sports, and railway transport. In addition, the sides signed a number of agreements on cooperation between Russian oil companies LUKOIL and Transneft and the Hungarian oil and gas corporation MOL Group.
 
Vladimir Putin: … Regarding the deadline for Hungary to join TurkStream, as far as I know (the Prime Minister will correct me if I am wrong), Hungary is very interested in this project from the point of view of ensuring its energy security and increasing its role in Europe’s energy sector in general. Hungary is more than welcome to join TurkStream.
The TurkStream project will be completed by the end of this year. We have already finished the Black Sea part, and we will soon be done in Turkey. By the end of next year (approximately), we will have completed work in conjunction with our Bulgarian and Serbian partners. It is only 15 kilometres across Hungary.
In fact, we can coordinate it with our colleagues, begin this work early next year and finish it quickly enough if Hungary is interested. As far as we understand, the answer is positive.
Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban had a meeting with the heads of Christian churches of the Middle East held with the assistance of Hungary.
 
Vladimir Putin took part in the unveiling of a monument to Yevgeny Primakov in the park square near the Foreign Ministry: “He was and remains for me an example of deep, responsible and proactive love of the homeland, an example of generosity, reliability and decency”.
The unveiling ceremony was attended by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and Yevgeny Primakov’s widow Irina Primakova. Special Presidential Envoy for International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoi conducted the ceremony.
October 29, 2019 is the 90th birth anniversary of outstanding statesman, scholar and politician Yevgeny Primakov.

Yevgeny Primakov was one of Russia’s leading experts in oriental studies and a prominent scholar in the fields of the global economy and international relations. Mr Primakov was Prime Minister (1998–1999), Foreign Minister (1996–1998), and Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (1991–1996).

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s article about Yevgeny Primakov from the book titled The Unknown Primakov: Memoirs, published in Russian Business Guide
Yevgeny Primakov was never on the side of confrontation. His famous U-turn over the Atlantic was not an attempt to increase tension in the world but a reminder that dialogue with Russia is only possible on equal terms and that international relations must be based on international law. Primakov knew that #diplomacy cannot succeed without personal contacts and used his intellect, knowledge and talent for open communication based on mutual respect to develop good relations with the overwhelming majority of his foreign colleagues.
Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov opened exhibition at the Russian Cultural Centre commemorating 90’s anniversary of Yevgeny Primakov, an outstanding Russian diplomat and politician. He formulated the principle of multipolarity and always focused his efforts on firmly upholding the national interests of Russia.
 
Photo Exhibition
at Russian Cultural Centre in Washington, D.C.
 
 

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Heads of Government Council Meeting

Dmitry Medvedev: “Our cooperation has reached a new level in all areas, from the economy and politics to security, culture and education. Today, trade between Russia and all SCO member states totals nearly $150 billion.”

“Our cooperation has reached a new level in all areas, from the economy and politics to security, culture and education. Yet, as we mentioned in the restricted attendance meeting earlier, the environment in which we interact is not ideal: one way or another we are all facing pressure, protectionist methods, trade wars and sanctions. This certainly does not make our work easier. But even under such conditions, in this complicated situation, we are moving forward, our cooperation is growing and mutual trade is increasing.”Heads of delegations of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s member states: Defence Minister of the Republic of India Rajnath Singh; Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin; Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang; Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Muhammedkaly Abylgaziev; Minister of Maritime Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Syed Ali Haider Zaidi; Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev; Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan Kokhir Rasulzoda; Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov.
 

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a joint news conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu follo

Question (addressed to Sergey Lavrov): How does Russia feel about what’s happening on the Syria-Turkey border and the fact that the United States still has its troops deployed near the oil rigs? Russia has been saying from day one that the US presence in Syria is illegitimate, but now the Americans are talking about their economic interests in a destroyed country. Is that appropriate?

Sergey Lavrov: With regard to US actions in Syria, of course, they run counter to international law. The United States and members of the US-led coalition have no legal grounds to be in Syria. They are there against the position of the legitimate Syrian government. A couple of days after it had been announced that all the US troops would withdraw from Syria, it was stated that they would stay there.

Even the troops withdrawn to Iraq started returning back to Syria under the pretext of protecting oil fields from ISIS. I think this is just an excuse, all the more so as the US leaders publicly announced in March that ISIS was defeated and completely destroyed. But if you take a principled approach to the situation, then, of course, this is an illegal action. The expert community in the United States is discussing ways to evaluate the current developments. Experts are expressing an opinion which we absolutely share. They are citing the rulings made by international courts on similar cases. According to these rulings, illegal exploitation of natural resources of a sovereign state without its consent is illegal. We operate on this premise. Our US colleagues are well aware of our position. We will uphold it.

READ ALSO: Joint Statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey on Syria

Ambassador Antonov speaks at "The Great Game" TV-show on Channel One
 
The appearance of medium-range and shorter-range missile in Europe is the primary hazard of the collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces INF Treaty. Russia will have to take additional measures, if such weapons are deployed to Europe, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov told the Bolshaya Igra (Big Game) TV program on Russia’s Channel One on Sunday.
"The most dangerous moment regarding medium-and shorter-range missiles is the appearance of this type of missiles in European countries. We can actually return to the situation before that well-known treaty was signed in the late 1980s. That will be a completely new regional and strategic situation, which will require additional actions from us. That’s why a moratorium on deploying medium-and shorter-range missiles anywhere in the world is so important today," he said.
The Ambassador recalled that the INF Treaty "concerns primarily the security of US allies and the United States itself." "What we observe today in the arms control system is the destruction of everything that has been achieved by the USSR, the United States and then Russia over the past 50 years," Antonov added.
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Roscosmos will help NASA with the delivery of astronauts
to the orbital outpost

On October 29, 2019, according to the contract obligations, NPO Energomash (part of Roscosmos State Corporation) sent off three liquid-fuel RD-180 rocket engines that had earlier been accepted by the customer.

In the middle of October, Pratt & Whitney, United Launch Alliance and RD Amross representatives signed contracts for three commercial engines. After the acceptance procedure, the RD-180 engines were prepared for shipping and sent off on October 29.
RD-180 rocket engines are used in the American Atlas family carrier rockets.

Ambassador Antonov's welcoming remarks at the musical evening featuring the medalists of the International Tchaikovsky competition at the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC

 Dear friends,

I would like to cordially welcome you at the Russian Embassy. Today we honor three young but already accomplished musicians – Kenneth Broberg, Zlatomir Fung and Ansel Norris. They represented the U.S. and became prize-winners of the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition.
I am confident that the successful participation of the American colleagues in this prestigious competition will serve as a springboard in their professional career and international recognition of their talents.
Not many people know that the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 was won by a U.S. citizen, outstanding pianist Van Cliburn. His sensational performance in Moscow at the height of the Cold War helped break down cultural barriers and gave hope for finding mutual understanding between our countries based on love for classical music.
I would like to acknowledge selfless efforts of Valery Gergiev – co-chair of the Organizing Committee of the Competition – who does a lot for further professional growth of its winners. Yesterday they were honored at one of the main concert venues in the U.S. – the Carnegie Hall, this week a series of performances will take place at a new concert hall of the Russian capital – Zaryadye Hall.
Dear friends, I would like to stress once again that such events as today are extremely important. Cultural cooperation once helped melt the ice of the Cold War. Its importance can be hardly overestimated nowadays too, since the universal language of art unites people of the most diverse nationalities, no matter what is going on in the world of “big politics”.
This is the goal which Ms. Susan Carmel, founder of the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History at the American University, recipient of the Russian Order of Friendship, has been pursuing for years. Tonight’s concert, like many other Russia-U.S. cultural projects, is the result of her tireless work.
 

Moscow is planning to invite parading groups from the Allies of World War II, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and France to the Victory Day parade in Moscow next year

According to Russian Deputy Defence Minister Andrey Kartapolov, up to 20 parading groups from CIS states, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Egypt, Israel, Iran, India, China, Mongolia, Poland, and Serbia are planned to be invited. About 356 war veterans, including 156 from abroad, will be invited to attend the parade.
In general, parades will take place in 28 cities. Besides Moscow, they will be held in such hero cities as Volgograd, Novorossiysk, Saint Petersburg, Sevastopol, Smolensk, and Tula.
In addition, smaller-scale celebrations will take place in 374 Russian cities and villages and in 7 cities abroad, where Russian troops are located, including Syria's Hmeymim.
 

Briefing by MFA’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova

International Public Diplomacy Forum, Dialogue on the Volga: Peace and Mutual Understanding in the 21st Century: This forum is a platform for interaction between representatives of the authorities, science, the business community and the people of the Russian Federation and its foreign partners for the purpose of strengthening cooperation, expanding international public relations and promoting external openness for the most effective resolution of global and regional problems and the peaceful and safe development of peoples and states.
US funding the White Helmets pseudo-humanitarian organization: The US government thinks it can spend US taxpayer money on these pseudo-rescuers, once again unequivocally demonstrating the lack of a constructive approach and real interest in resolving the Syria crisis and helping the country return to peaceful life. It would make more sense to use this money for direct humanitarian aid and rebuild hospitals and schools and purchase medical equipment rather than sponsor an organisation that engages in unseemly and illegal activities.

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On October 28, Ambassador Antonov took part in the International Advisory Council Meeting of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies


Zakharova Slams NYT Article About Russia Holding Up Sick US Attache's Evacuation as 'Fake' 

"The Russian side did everything to minimize the delay, which was caused by incorrectly issued documents for foreign doctors who arrived by a charter flight – the carrier mistakenly designated them as part of the crew. It took 20 minutes to correct the documents. But this did not delay the boarding: it began 40 minutes before takeoff," she explained.
"The plane did take off five minutes earlier than the time set by the airline and endorsed by relevant services in-flight documents, which in principle makes the whole story about the intentional delay of the flight meaningless! This is a fake: to have the facts and not publish them as well as distort the materials of the original source," she summed up. <…>

Visit Russia, discover Moscow



Experience St.Basil’s Cathedral
built from 1555 to 1561. Not in Soviet-style, Congressman Steve Scalise.

8 facts about Russia’s best-known church
 

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s answer to a media question about Washington’s anti-Russian invective in connection with the events in a number of Latin American countries

Question: During the recent hearings on Capitol Hill, representatives of the US administration and Congress emphasised a certain role of “external players” in encouraging the latest anti-government protests in a number of Latin American countries. Russia was mentioned among them. What can you say about such statements?

Maria Zakharova: Indeed, anti-government protests recently took place or are taking place in some Latin American countries – Haiti, Honduras, Peru, Ecuador and Chile. They are linked with domestic problems that these states encountered. We are watching their efforts to normalise the situation with concern and sympathy.
Nobody should have any doubts that Russia is interested in a stable Latin America that is politically and economically sustainable. We are developingmutually beneficial cooperation with all Latin American countries based on mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs in accordance with the UN Charter and international legal standards. <…>

READ ALSO: Comment by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the NATO Council’s visit to Ukraine


Welcome to Dream Aero Full Flight simulator

We wish Dream Aero US team good luck and success!

During the open ceremony on October, 30 guests could meet real pilots and cabin crew, get free flights and many valuable gifts.Visit Metropolitan Area to experience Full Flight Simulator of a new Boeing 737NG.
 

Day in history, 1899  

On November, 1st, 120 years ago, the legendagy Russian cruiser Varyag was launched by the American shipyard William Cramp & Sons of Philadelphia.

The stirring story of the cruiser Varyag


 

MGIMO-Princeton meeting

On October 31, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov met with graduate and undergraduate students from Princeton University, who arrived in Moscow to take part in joint activities between their university and MGIMO University. During the meeting, they discussed Russian-US relations and current international problems.

Happy Halloween!

Meet probably best Pumpkin in Town:

In Russia, Halloween is not a traditional holiday like in Europe or America. Russians began to mark it only recently, but it has already become quite popular with young people. Tonight, clubs will run theme parties with essential pumpkin lanterns and consume contests.

What’s Russian Halloween?
 

Congrats Team Russia at ISU World Cup in Salt Lake City!

Russian team won gold at the Mixed Gender 2000m relay! So proud of you. Let’s go, Russia!
Check out the pivotal moment
 

Russian Students had a tour of our Embassy


 

«International Youth Sled Hockey Invitational» in Grand Rapids, USA

  
Congratulations to all participants of the tournament and especially - Russian team on winnig silver medal!

 READ MORE: International Youth Sled Hockey Invitational kicks off Saturday in Grand Rapids
Sled Wings hockey team hosts tournament in Grand Rapids
 

"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.

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