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04 september

Embassy Weekly Online | September I

  •  #Afghanistan | Almost twenty years of the United States and NATO presence in Afghanistan have ended, as their last military personnel had left the country this week. The long-standing problems of terrorism, drug trafficking and the low living standard of the local population, in fact, have not been resolved. Much has only worsened. Foreign forces were unable to sustain a stable political system. The "final chord" of the military presence of the international coalition was another case of the civilians’ casualties as a result of an American drone strike, which resulted in the collapse of a residential building and the death of 9 people, including 6 children. Russia strongly condemns this unproportional use of force.
    Together with that, we are greatly concerned about the growing socio-economic tension in Afghanistan connected with the suspension of financial, material and technical assistance provided by traditional donors from the Western states. There still remains uncertainty in terms of reopening state institutions and banks. We call on the international community to take effective steps to prevent the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. For our part, as it was stated by Russian Foreign Ministry’s Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, we are considering the possibility of delivering Russian humanitarian aid to Kabul. 
  • The United Nations Security Council on August 30 passed a resolution on Afghanistan, while Russia has abstained. In his statement, Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vassily Nebenzia stressed that we had to do that because the draft missed our principled concerns. For example, despite the fact that the draft resolution was proposed against the backdrop of a heinous terrorist attack, the sponsors refused to mention ISIS and the “Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement” – the organizations that are internationally recognized as terrorist ones. We see here a clear unwillingness to recognize the obvious and an inclination to divide terrorists into “ours” and “theirs” – https://russiaun.ru/en/news/afghan300... 
  • In the mid-1990s. Russia presented its vision of collective security in the Persian Gulf. Since then, our Concept has been repeatedly refined in accordance with the situation in this strategically important region. By August this year, the Russian Side, in coordination with our regional partners, completed work on updating the Concept. Its new version is focused on adopting a long-term joint program to strengthen stability and security, including confidence-building measures, creating mechanisms for resolving disputes and resolving conflicts in the region. Full text of the document - https://bit.ly/3DHSm5w 
  • On September 1, the Day of Knowledge was widely celebrated in Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin met pupils of schools and gymnasiums - https://bit.ly/3DSZ3BZ, while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addressed the Yevgeny Primakov Gymnasium (https://bit.ly/3zL4KiA) and the MGIMO students (https://bit.ly/3taeVej).
    It was a special day at the Russian Embassy's School as well, and not just because this is a traditionally joyful occasion, but because this academic year the School has started in a new special status. Earlier, in May, it was decided to name the School after Alexander Kadakin – prominent Russian diplomat and former Ambassador to India. No wonder that one of the key events was a lesson dedicated to his life and work in India 
  • #EEF2021 | The Eastern Economic Forum has started in Vladivostok on September 2. Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in its Plenary Session on September 3 – http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president..., video - https://youtu.be/wmPDMghnv54 Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi also addressed the Forum with the greeting video message. 
  •  On September 3, an official ceremony of planting the “Trees of Friendship” and installation of a memorial monument was held at the premises of the Indian Army Headquarters. Dedicated to the 76th anniversary of the end of World War II, the ceremony is intended to perpetuate the memory of the Soviet and Indian warriors who made a significant contribution to defeat the Nazism. 
  •  #Paralympic Games in Tokyo continued to attract our overall attention this week. Sportsmen from Russia and India demonstrated brilliant performance and encouraging will to win, with new medals keep coming every day! Wish them all the success and the best of luck for these final days of the Games!