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Depositing the instrument of ratification by the Russian Federation of the 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention of 1930

On 17 January 2019 H.E.Ambassador Gennady Gatilov, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva deposited to Mr.Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization the instrument of ratification by the Russian Federation of the 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention of 1930.

Russian humanitarian convoy for South-East of Ukraine

On 20 December 2018 the Russian Federation sent the 84th humanitarian convoy for the people of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine. The convoy of EMERCOM Russia delivered more than 450 tonnes of humanitarian aid, including foodstuff for children, medicines, medical equipment and New Year’s gifts. The humanitarian aid by the Russian Federation is being delivered to Donbass since August 2014. During this period convoys of EMERCOM Russia delivered more than 85 thousand tonnes of the humanitarian aid to the people in need.

Joint Statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey on Syria, Geneva, 18 December 2018

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the Astana format held the trilateral meeting and consultations with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Syria Mr. Staffan de Mistura in Geneva on 18 December 2018.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s responses to media questions during a joint news conference following a meeting with Head of the Federal Department (Minister) of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland Ignazio Cassis, Geneva, November 28, 2018

First of all, I would like to once again thank Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland Ignazio Cassis and his staff for inviting me here for a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Geneva International Conference on Afghanistan. We discussed in detail our relations, which have always been constructive and pragmatic and based on mutual respect and consideration for each other’s interests. We are enjoying steady growth in trade. We welcome the consistent build-up of Swiss investment in Russia and Russian investment in Switzerland. Today, we confirmed our course of encouraging the business community to continue increasing cooperation between Russian and Swiss businesspeople. New solutions in trade and economic cooperation are being drafted for the next meeting of the Mixed Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation to be held in Bern on December 4.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the Geneva International Conference on Afghanistan, Geneva, November 28, 2018

Mr President, Ladies and gentlemen, Colleagues, Today’s meeting offers a good opportunity for assessing the performance of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IRA) over the last four years and for analysing the political processes under way in that state. And, of course, the international community can reaffirm its readiness to continue rendering support to Afghanistan in its bid to become a peaceful, independent and self-reliant state free of terrorism and drug related crime.