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Opening of Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly

Vladimir Putin delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the 137th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). Before the Assembly the President met with members of the IPU Executive Committee. The President of Russia awarded the Order of Friendship to IPU President Saber Chowdhury. The Order was presented for a major contribution to the development of inter-parliamentary ties, consolidation of cooperation and mutual understanding between the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Speakers of the upper and the lower houses of the Russian Parliament Valentina Matviyenko and Vyacheslav Volodin also took part in the ceremony for presenting the decoration. The Inter-Parliamentary Union is the oldest international parliamentary organisation: it was founded in 1889 and unites parliamentarians from 173 countries and 11 inter-parliamentary organisations.

Press Release on Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin`s Consultations with United Nations Special Envoy for Syria S. de Mistura in Geneva

On October 13 Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin held consultations at the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva with UN Special Envoy for Syria S. de Mistura. The discussion was focused on recent positive developments in Syria which were achieved thanks to the de-escalation process and a successful fight against terrorists of ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra conducted with the key role of Russian Aerospace Forces. The parties agreed that it is necessary to back these important developments with decisive steps towards a political settlement through inclusive intra-Syrian dialogue.

Press release on consultations on security and stability in the South Caucasus

Another round of consultations on security and stability in the South Caucasus took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 10−11. The Republic of Abkhazia, Georgia, the Republic of South Ossetia, the Russian Federation, and the United States took part in the consultations co-chaired by the UN, the OSCE, and the EU. The Russian delegation was led by State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin. Delegations from Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia pointed out that further deepening of Tbilisi's cooperation with NATO is perceived as a real threat to regional security. The NATO exercises held in Georgia during the summer and the autumn involved a record high number of servicemen and heavy equipment. The emissaries of individual NATO states who took part in these exercises stressed the anti-Russian slant of the manoeuvres as well as their significance for Georgia from the point of view of future "de-occupation" of South Ossetia. Such actions by Tbilisi and the Alliance run counter to the goals of the Geneva discussions, devalue the format activities and increase tension in the region. The resolution of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly adopted in Bucharest in the run-up to the round was of an unacceptable and provocative nature.

To the Participants of the CD informal session Dedicated to the 110th Anniversary of the Second Hague Peace Conference

I would like to extend my warm greetings to the participants of the CD thematic meeting dedicated to the anniversary of the Second Hague Peace Conference. The Hague Conference, convened in 1907 on the initiative of Russia with representatives of 44 States in attendance, made an invaluable contribution to the establishment of the modern system of international law. Thanks to the willingness to reach compromise the diplomats managed to carry out a large-scale codification of the laws and customs of war. The resulting documents of the Conference became the first attempt to restrict the right to war, an important step towards securing a principle of peaceful settlement of disputes in international law. With the exception of one Convention, all of them are still in force and play a significant role in the contemporary interaction between States. As 110 years ago, Russia remains deeply committed to the course of developing viable and efficient multilateral agreements, including those in the field of arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation. In recent years together with the like-minded States we came up with a variety of initiatives aimed at preventing an arms race in outer space, strengthening the regime of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, elaborating an international convention on the suppression of acts of chemical and biological terrorism. We note with satisfaction that they are enjoying wide international support.