Opening the press conference, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that in 2019, Russia’s foreign policy efforts will focus on reducing international tensions and building diversified cooperation with nations and national organizations. He stressed that Moscow is ready to develop relationships with partners based on mutual respect and consideration.
Acting Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed that Russia’s efforts to ensure the supremacy of international law and to maintain the central role of the United Nations in world politics, while seeking peaceful solutions for conflicts. and prevent dangerous confrontation scenarios, including North Korea, Iran and Venezuela.
The leaders of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized Moscow’s efforts to promote economic integration in the format of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and Russian activities as members of national organizations. such as the World’s Leading Developed and Emerging Economies Group (G20), the World’s Leading Emerging Economies Group (BRICS), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Arctic Council and Other promising multilateral associations.
Referring to the Eurasian Economic Union, Mr. Lavrov once again affirmed the initial successes in the process of integration and cooperation with external partners of this organization, including Vietnam – FTA partner. First of all.
Acting Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed that Russia’s traditional foreign policy priority was post-Soviet space, including members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which emphasized Russia’s cooperation. and Belarus within the framework of the Union State and coordinating diplomatic activities in the Joint Action Program in the field of foreign policy for the period 2020-2021.
Acting Russian Foreign Minister emphasized the results of cooperation achieved in the past year with Chinese and Indian partners and diverse relations with the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ).
In addition, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry affirmed that Moscow’s efforts have contributed significantly to maintaining a peaceful environment in the Middle East and North Africa, especially in Syria and Libya.
The Russian diplomat said internal political struggles in the US hampered the development of a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington. Nonetheless, essential channels of communication remain in the areas of counterterrorism and exchange of a number of regional security topics, including the situation in Syria, Afghanistan and the Korean Peninsula.