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Embassy Weekly Online | October III

First of all, we would like to congratulate our Indian friends on the historic
1 billion vaccine milestone. That is a really fascinating achievement reached after only nine months in the world's biggest vaccination drive. Russia is always ready to contribute further to our joint fight with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Russian President’s Week

This week Russian President Vladimir Putin had a large number of interactions. On October 15, he took part, via videoconference, in a meeting of the Heads of State Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The summit is being held in the year of the 30th anniversary of the CIS. The leaders summed up the main results of multilateral cooperation, reviewed prospects for its further development, and exchanged views on current international and regional issues.

Watch (https://youtu.be/epPasw2gcxs) and read more here + http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/66937

On October 21, Vladimir Putin made strong comments regarding current global developments during a plenary session of the 18th annual meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club. This year’s theme is Global Shake-up in the 21st Century: The Individual, Values and the State. The four-day programme includes over 15 in-person and online sessions. Watch (https://youtu.be/-axJ3yXgK0M) and read more here — http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/66975

United Nations Day

On October 24, the world will celebrate the 76th anniversary of the UN Charter. Nowadays, in view of the growing number and complexity of new challenges and threats, it is more important than ever to maintain a strict commitment to the central coordinating role of the UN in international affairs. We see the United Nations as an uncontested platform for developing effective ways to ensure global stability and security, sustainable socio-economic development, and the protection of human rights.

The UN Charter remains the cornerstone of the modern system of international law, enshrining the fundamental principles of interstate interaction, including
the sovereign equality of countries, non-interference in their internal affairs and
the settlement of disputes by political and diplomatic means, without the threat or use of force. Only strict adherence to these norms can help all of us to avoid a recurrence of global conflicts. Russia, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and the state that stood at the origins of the UN, together with India and other states will continue the efforts to strengthen the authority and increase the potential of the Organization. Mostly because #UNCharterIsOurRules — संयुक्त राष्ट्र अधिकारपत्र हमारे नियम है Follow our social media accounts for the special flashmob on the occasion.

Russia’s response measures to NATO decisions regarding the Russian Permanent Mission to NATO

On October 6, 2021, the NATO Secretariat officially announced decision to withdraw the accreditation of eight members of the Russian Permanent Mission to NATO on November 1, 2021, as well as to reduce the overall number of mission personnel to 10. No reason for this decision has been provided. Obviously, NATO policy towards Russia is becoming more aggressive. The myth about the alleged “Russian threat” is being promoted, in part, to strengthen the bloc’s internal affinity and to make it look important in the current geopolitical circumstances.

Commenting on the situation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that this decision by NATO was not a surprise. “The staff of our mission to NATO was reduced twice in the recent years at NATO’s insistence (in 2015 and 2018). Since 2014, NATO has significantly minimised contacts with our Permanent Mission. This corroborates the fact that NATO is not interested in an equal dialogue with us or any joint work. If that is the case, we do not see much reason in continuing to pretend that things may change in the foreseeable future”, he said.

In response to these unfriendly actions, the Russian side has adopted the following decisions:

- In the absence of the necessary conditions for conducting diplomatic activities, due to NATO’s deliberate steps, the functioning of the Russian Permanent Mission to NATO, including its chief military representative, shall be suspended; the Russian Ambassador to Belgium shall be authorised to maintain emergency ties with the bloc’s headquarters. The ambassador of one of NATO member states in Moscow, to be chosen at the bloc’s discretion, could perform similar functions.

- Activities of the NATO Military Liaison Mission in Moscow shall be suspended. The accreditation of its employees shall be withdrawn on November 1, 2021;

- The NATO Information Office at the Belgium Embassy in Moscow shall be closed down.

The NATO International Secretariat is officially notified of this decision by the Russian side – https://bit.ly/3jr7v2C

Moscow meetings on Afghanistan

On October 20, Moscow hosted the third meeting of the Moscow format on Afghanistan with the participation of representatives from Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as a delegation of the Taliban Movement.

During the event, the prospects for the development of the military-political situation in Afghanistan were discussed. The importance of forming an inclusive Afghan government, reflecting the interests of all ethnopolitical forces of the country, was emphasized as a key step towards promoting inter-Afghan national reconciliation.

A concern was expressed about the manifestation of the activity of international terrorist organizations in Afghanistan, primarily ISIS. The sides reaffirmed their determination to continue rendering assistance to ensure peace and security in Afghanistan and the region.

In his address Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov noted that Russia attaches great importance to the activities of this mechanism and consider it as the most relevant one in terms of developing regional consensus and a common understanding of how the situation in Afghanistan and around it will unfold. “The major undeniable advantage of the Moscow consultations is that they bring together Afghanistan, all of its neighboring countries without exception and other influential countries of the region”, he noted. Watch (https://youtu.be/rGO50VEsW3I + https://youtu.be/hjNDjqMcu8s) and read more here - https://bit.ly/3jq0qzh

7th World Congress of Compatriots Living Abroad

On October 15-16, 2021, the Seventh World Congress of Compatriots Living Abroad was held in Moscow. The forum was attended by about 400 leaders and activists of public associations of compatriots from 102 countries, including India.

In his message to the forum participants, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin noted that this year's Congress is of particular importance, as it is the first such event after introduction of a provision into the Constitution of the Russian Federation on the protection of the rights of compatriots, on the preservation of the all-Russian cultural identity.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov who is also the Chairman of the Government Commission on the Affairs of Compatriots Abroad, stressed in his speech that the Russian diaspora makes significant contribution to supporting the Russian language, popularizing the achievements of Russian culture and Russian education, disseminating an objective image of Russia and our traditional values.

“We witness the US-led Western countries trying to undermine the foundations of the UN-centric architecture of the world order formed in the wake of World War II and to replace the universally recognised international legal norms with their own self-serving “rules-based order.” Our Western colleagues are openly unhappy to see Russia’s stable development and its positions in the international arena becoming stronger. However, our detractors’ efforts to drive a wedge between our compatriots, or to erode their identity and pit them against the historical Russia are futile. Despite all the difficulties, our communities are providing a dignified defence of their right to maintain ties with their Motherland, to be part of it, and to participate in cultural and economic projects.” - https://bit.ly/3aXfArf