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Russian Heritage Night
12/25/2020

Russian Heritage Night

Technology is a powerful think
Just asked Aleksey Yashin on his Live Instagram Session about Hockey Diplomacy and got instant answer -Yes it exist Look at this photos and you will know this for sure:

What we all hope will become a new tradition last weekend history was made and for the first time in history of Hockey team from Israel - Bat-Yam played against team from Emirates -Dubai Mighty Camels in Dubai
Before the game players and fans heard video message of support from
Gary Bettman - commissioner of NHL, Alexi Morozov- President of KHL ,Slava Fetisov and others
Ceremonial puck was dropped by Canada’s ambassador to the UAE Marcy Grossman
On February 1, US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan visited an ice hockey match between Moscow’s clubs Spartak and Dinamo at the Arena CSKA stadium and took part in the ceremonial puck drop to start the game

Russian Ambassador to US Antonov has also expressed his support for the proposal to develop bilateral relations through ‘hockey diplomacy,’ put forward by the US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan.
"We support any initiative to develop interstate contacts, between official representatives and agencies, between public organizations and between citizens of our states," the Russian ambassador said.

"We can only wish success to Sullivan and confirm that ‘hockey diplomacy’ really works.
Our company Play It Abroad Inc. organizing event in Washington DC to get Mr. Antonov on the Ice
All this moments of Miracle on the Ice happens because of hard work of hockey enthusiast: Slava Fetisov & Sergey Rybakov ( organizers Last Game),Alexander Braverman
(President of Play It Abroad Inc),Slava Paller ( Co- Funder of RHN in NHL),Vladimir Burdun ( President of UAE Sport Association) & Lev Genin (Vice President ASCEND) Scott Mac and many more 🏒🥅🏒

#RHN #RussiansInNHL #PlayItAbroad #LastGame #ASCEND
#HockeyDiplomacy #ХоккейнаяДипломатия

Embassy of Russia in the USA / Посольство России в США
12/23/2020

Embassy of Russia in the USA / Посольство России в США

❗Embassy Comment on the 10th Anniversary of the #NewSTART Treaty ratification by the U.S. Senate

Ten years ago, on December 22, 2010, the US Senate voted 71-26 to ratify the Russia-US New START Treaty, exceeding the two-thirds majority required by law. Speaking to the press after the vote, President Barack Obama said that the Treaty would make America safer, reduce the nuclear stockpiles of the two countries, and “advance our relationship with Russia which is essential to making progress on a host of challenges.”

Today, New START is the last bilateral agreement verifiably and transparently limiting world’s two largest nuclear arsenals. Since it entered into force on February 5, 2011 the total number of warheads covered by the Treaty has been reduced by one-third, and the number of delivery vehicles by more than half.

New START also plays an important role in bolstering mutual transparency and predictability. As of December 2020, Russian and US teams have carried out 328 on-site inspections, visiting each other’s missile, submarine, and bomber bases. The two sides have also exchanged over 21 thousand notifications on the status of their strategic offensive arms.

As things stay now, the Treaty is doomed to expire on February 5, 2021. President Vladimir Putin’s proposal from December 2019 to extend it for 5 years without preconditions still stands. The extension will give Russia and the US time to find common ground on the ways to adopt the arms control regime to today’s security environment.

We call the US side to use what little time we have left till February 5 to save New START for the benefit of our two countries and the whole world.

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Russian Foreign Ministry - МИД России
U.S. Department of State
State Department- Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance
Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
Arms Control Association
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Defense One
Defense News

12/22/2020
Russian Foreign Ministry - МИД России

Russian Foreign Ministry - МИД России

#СВОИХНЕБРОСАЕМ

📘 Информационное агентство ТАСС выпустило книгу-альбом "Своих не бросаем", посвященную возвращению россиян домой из различных стран мира во время пандемии коронавируса.

ℹ️ В издании рассказывается об усилиях российских дипломатов: о масштабах работы говорят цифры вывозных рейсов и доставленных домой граждан, которые приводятся в начале каждой статьи, посвященной той или иной стране. В каждом случае речь идет о тысячах россиян, которые смогли попасть на родину благодаря непрерывной работе межведомственной команды.

🌍 Всего в книгу, вышедшую тиражом 2 000 экземпляров, вошли истории возвращения россиян из 53 стран Европы, Азии, Африки, Северной и Южной Америки. В альбоме представлено множество фотографий и схем, иллюстрирующих процесс организации и выполнения рейсов. На них запечатлены как сами пассажиры, так и российские дипломаты - сотрудники посольств, а также центрального аппарата МИД России, выезжавшие за рубеж в особо сложных случаях. Всего на 224 страницах собраны десятки иллюстраций. Те, кто хочет узнать об этой истории больше, могут воспользоваться QR-кодом, перейти по ссылке и посмотреть посвященный этим событиям документальный фильм, снятый при участии российского внешнеполитического ведомства.

🇷🇺 Книгу открывает цитата министра иностранных дел России С.В.Лаврова, ставшая лейтмотивом для всего альбома:

💬 Иногда возвышенно говорят: "Своих не бросаем". Это тот самый случай. Были, конечно, что называется, косяки. Они в отдельных случаях всегда происходят. Когда идет большая работа, где-то, бывает, проявляются недостатки. Я был очень приятно... даже не удивлен. Я знал, что в большинстве своем наши ребята очень отзывчивые, но в целом ряде посольств проявляли такую особую креативность.

Рассказ о вывозных рейсах из каждой страны сопровождается комментариями послов о том, с какими трудностями пришлось столкнуться при оказании помощи соотечественникам. Во многих случаях приводятся истории самих пассажиров, которые делятся своими впечатлениями. Завершают раздел по каждой стране соответствующие заметки ТАСС.

🇷🇺 Официальный представитель МИД России Мария Захарова, которая участвовала в работе по возвращению россиян, положительно оценила выход такого издания и выразила благодарность агентству за проделанную работу.

💬 #Захарова: Мы благодарны за то внимание, которое журналисты, коллектив агентства уделили беспрецедентному и сложному периоду, в котором находились мы все в связи с оказанием содействия гражданам по возвращению на родину.

На передовой этой работы оказались российские посольства за рубежом. В этой книге представлен, как мы понимаем, взгляд послов и сотрудников дипломатических и консульских представительств на те проблемы, которые приходилось решать. Также материалы ТАСС, которые мы называем тассовками, стали своеобразной летописью того момента.

💬 М.В.Захарова отдельно отметила, что в альбоме предоставлено слово самим гражданам, которые возвращались домой, а книга при этом интерактивная.

ℹ️ Регулярное авиасообщение между Россией и другими странами было прервано в конце марта из-за пандемии коронавируса. После этого можно было осуществлять только так называемые вывозные рейсы. На родину таким образом вернулось более 300 тыс. человек.

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Embassy of Russia in the USA / Посольство России в США
12/21/2020

Embassy of Russia in the USA / Посольство России в США

#OTD in 1️⃣8️⃣9️⃣6️⃣, Konstantin Rokossovsky, one of the most prominent Red Army commanders of #WWII, was born.

⚔️Born in Warsaw, Congress Poland under Russian rule, Rokossovsky served in the Imperial Russian Army during World War I. After the war he joined the Red Army and fought with great distinction during the Russian Civil War. Rokossovsky held senior commands until 1937 when he fell victim to Joseph Stalin's Great Purge, during which he was branded a traitor, imprisoned and tortured.

⚔️After Soviet failures in the Winter War, Rokossovsky was reinstated due to an urgent need of experienced officers. Following Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union, Rokossovsky played key roles in the defense of Moscow and the counter-offensives at Stalingrad and Kursk. He was instrumental in planning and executing part of Operation Bagration —o ne of the most decisive Red Army successes of the war — for which he was made Marshal of the Soviet Union.

⚔️After the war, Rokossovsky became Defence Minister and Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers in the newly established Polish People's Republic. He was dismissed in 1956 when Władysław Gomułka became the leader of Poland. Rokossovsky then returned to the Soviet Union, where he lived out the rest of his life until his death in 1968.

📚Learn more about Rokossovsky's most famous offensive operation "Bagration"
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https://www.rbth.com/history/330546-soviet-operation-bagration

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Музей Победы
Российское военно-историческое общество
Российское историческое общество
The National WWII Museum
Friends of the National World War II Memorial

Embassy of Russia in the USA / Посольство России в США
12/18/2020

Embassy of Russia in the USA / Посольство России в США

‘Going around in circles’: 🇷🇺 Deputy FM Sergey #Ryabkov says 🇺🇸pushing ‘unacceptable’ terms on #NewSTART deal

The United States, while proposing to hold meetings on the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, also known as the New START Treaty, put forward conditions for extending the deal that are unacceptable for Moscow, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told TASS on Friday commenting on remarks by US Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea.

“Our colleagues in Washington say that they offered to meet us five times to finalize the deal, and we tell them that we offered to agree on the arrangement proposed by [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin 25 times and handed over our proposals in writing. Instead of accepting this simple and clear arrangement, they pressed for additional conditions that are unacceptable for us,” he explained.

According to Ryabkov, “if and when the US retracts its additional conditions, an agreement can be reached fairly quickly.”

“As long as there is no such understanding, there are no grounds for a face-to-face meeting either, since there is no point in going around in circles and debating over the same arguments. However, we are open to dialogue, that’s for sure. In this case, we see yet another attempt by the American side to shift the responsibility for its own inability to negotiate onto others,” the Russian senior diplomat stressed.

Billingslea earlier said that the Russian Foreign Ministry had rejected US proposals for meetings on the extension of the New START deal. He thus commented on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s remarks at his annual press conference that Moscow is ready to continue dialogue on prolonging the treaty with Washington but is awaiting a response from its US partners.

Russian Foreign Ministry - МИД России
12/17/2020

Russian Foreign Ministry - МИД России

🔴 #ПрямойЭфир Ежегодная пресс-конференция Президента 🇷🇺России В.В.Путина 17 декабря 2020 г.

#PutinPresser2020 #ПрессКонференция2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNOURFAKsl8

Embassy of Russia in the USA / Посольство России в США
12/15/2020

Embassy of Russia in the USA / Посольство России в США

🇷🇺🇺🇸 Vladimir Putin sent a message to Joseph R. Biden congratulating him on his victory in the presidential election in the United States of America.
💬 In his message, Vladimir Putin wished the President-elect every success and expressed confidence that Russia and the United States, which bear special responsibility for global security and stability, can, despite their differences, effectively contribute to solving many problems and meeting challenges that the world is facing today.
The President of Russia noted that with this in mind, Russian-American cooperation, based on the principles of equality and mutual respect, would meet the interests of both nations and the entire international community.
“For my part, I am ready for interaction and contacts with you,” Russia’s Head of State stressed.

🔗 http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/64660

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U.S. Department of State The White House Biden-Harris Presidential Transition

Russian Foreign Ministry - МИД России
12/14/2020

Russian Foreign Ministry - МИД России

🔈 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov’s opening remarks at the 28th Assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy, Moscow, December 10, 2020

💬Colleagues, friends,

Fyodor Lukyanov spoke about the role of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy. Who would have thought at the time when the Council was created, and I was invited to join in as a co-founder, that the Council would live to this day. The experience gained over the decades of its functioning is instrumental in our work and makes it possible to bounce ideas off the expert community, which is deeply versed in international matters and is keenly interested in them. This is important.

This year was truly challenging and pivotal. Humanity was unprepared for the differences and mixed trends that had been piling up on the agenda over years and exacerbated confusion in international affairs. The habitual way of life of hundreds of millions of people and states, as well as ordinary citizens, has been upended, many sectors of the economy found themselves on the verge of collapse, business activity has significantly decreased, global cooperation chains were disrupted and the unemployment rates went up. Closed borders abruptly reduced the chances for maintaining multifaceted contacts between the countries and the people.

The scale and inertia of the events that we are witnessing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic make it impossible to say when life will get back to normal. I hope Mr Lukyanov was right when he confidently stated, albeit with reservations, that we will be able to meet in person in the spring. So far, humanity and its best representatives in the person of healthcare professionals are just trying to understand where we are and when this might end. Many people are saying that this will never end, and we will have to live with it just like the annual flu, but with much more severe consequences. One of the key lessons of the pandemic is that no one can secure themselves against these cross-border threats.

The pandemic affected literally everyone. Clearly, this kind of global cataclysm can only be overcome by uniting and rising above fleeting differences. President #Putin has repeatedly stated this firm position adopted by #Russia. Unfortunately, a number of countries, primarily the United States and its allies, are trying to take advantage of this situation in their geopolitical interests and ignore the needs that are common to humanity.

The term “common to humanity” does not at all mean an average, consensus-based or accommodating understanding of how the inter-civilisational diversity should be respected. This manifests itself in way too many areas of modern international life, including the interpretation of multilateralism energetically promoted and propagated by our Western colleagues. This is also happening in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, despite the fact that people in #America and #Europe are suffering from #COVID-19 as badly as people in other countries.

The need for conducting a mutually respectful dialogue and rejecting artificially created confrontational schemes is nowhere to be seen. Just think of the indiscriminate accusations against #China regarding the spread of the disease. There was an attempt to blame the PRC for everything that happened. This undermined the efforts to achieve unity, including of the research capacities, in order to come up with effective responses. In addition to healthcare aspects, we must take a closer look at the international bodies in charge of the health and well-being of the people. The #WHO-related developments are quite telling in his regard. Ideas are being put forward to create some non-governmental institutions mandated to determine the international community’s policy. This is a clear attempt to sideline the World Health Organisation. These developments are reminiscent of neo-colonial approaches and habits and show the attempts to restrain the formation of new global centres and to punish those who pursue an independent foreign policy. This can also be seen in the “vaccine race.” We are well aware of attempts to oppose the new concept of the so-called rules-based international order to everything that has been created after establishing the #UN and forming a large block of universal international legal instruments.

Russia believes it is imperative to look for ways to unite countries and governments, to look for a constructive agenda relying on the principles of collegiality and equality, which should contribute to de-escalating international tensions and ensuring the predictability of global processes. Later, we will discuss the initiatives that Russia has been promoting to this end. A #CSTO summit and a Collective Security Council meeting took place on December 2. Among other decisions, the participants adopted a statement by the heads of state on forming a just and sustainable international order. Among other initiatives, this document proposes setting up a meeting of authorised representatives of the CSTO, the #CIS, the SCO, the #OSCE, #NATO and the #EU and seeing if these organisations can sit down and form a common agenda, jointly identify problems and, ideally, outline ways to overcome them. This is not something radically revolutionary. In 1999, the Platform for Co-operative Security was adopted at the OSCE Summit in Istanbul. It proclaimed the unification of the efforts of the OSCE and other sub-regional organisations in the Euro-Atlantic space. Some time ago, before the pandemic, we told our Western partners that it would be nice to take advantage of that consensus and try to build bridges between these organisations, instead of watching them build up confrontational potential, but our Western colleagues chose to step aside. Cooperative security and engagement of the bodies created in the post-Soviet space were important in the 1990s (in this case, in 1999), when the #West still hoped that we would follow the path charted by the winners of the Cold War. Now, we have officially submitted a proposal on behalf of the CSTO heads of state. Let’s see how the West will respond to it.

Our goal is clear. We seek stability, fair opportunities for all states, including, of course, Russia. Gunboat diplomacy or democratic or any other sort of messianism is hardly an option if we want to accomplish this. I mentioned the rules which the West wants to base the international order on. There’s an “effective multilateralism” initiative which is openly opposed to multilateralism within the UN. There’s a tendency to interpret it as the need to return to Euro-Atlantic solidarity without exemptions. We are seeing this. I believe that more positive and sustainable results can be achieved through joining efforts based on the observance of the norms and principles of the UN Charter. We are upholding this consistently. President Putin’s initiative to hold a summit of the UN Security Council’s permanent members is part of our policy. It is imperative that they realise their responsibility under the UN Charter and act upon this responsibility. We must do our best to defuse this tension acting together. Heads of all UN Security Council permanent member states gave their consent. The coronavirus pandemic thwarted our efforts to agree on specific dates. However, we are working on it and agreeing on the concept and the potential outcomes of this summit.

We realise that the UN is not a static structure. It needs reform, including the reform of the UN Security Council. Our position is absolutely clear and consistent. It is necessary to increase the representation of the developing countries of Asia, Latin America and Africa if we want to make this body more representative. Only this approach will add value to reforming the UN Security Council. Everything else is up for discussion, but it is unlikely that an increase in Western representation on the Security Council will add diversity of opinions to this central body, which is in charge of peace and security on the planet. In any case, it is necessary to strive for the broadest possible agreement between the member states, so everything will depend on compromises. We are ready to discuss these compromises based on a balance of interests. In principle, this is the key to what needs to be accomplished if we want to ensure stability and harmony in the world inasmuch as this harmony is possible.

We believe that respect for the cultural and civilisational specifics of the modern world and refusal to impose one development model and values on everyone is an absolutely necessary step if we want to calm down the current situation. We see that this approach is shared by the overwhelming majority of participants in international communication. We disagree with the Western attempts to portray Russia as a country in isolation or a geopolitical loner. The viewpoint of our Western colleagues whereby everyone who disagrees with them is a lonely state probably has the right to exist.

However, we can see how the positions that we share are promoted within BRICS, the SCO, the CSTO and the CIS. The EAEU is actively working to align its plans with China’s Belt and Road Initiative. There is the G20. It has been in existence for quite a while, but was brought to the highest level and its meetings were made regular after the 2008 crisis. At first they met twice a year, then once a year. The G20 is the recognition of the fact that the G7 (and even the G8 in its old format) is not capable of resolving all international problems. The #G20 includes the #G7, the #BRICS countries and a number of other like-minded states. The recognition that the G20 is necessary in order to develop generally acceptable approaches based on the balance of interests is a highly symptomatic trend.

Reviewing peace problems should not be driven by ideology, but rather be approached on the basis of equality. President Putin’s initiative to form a Greater Eurasian Partnership is going in the same vein. The partnership is supposed to unite continental efforts with the participation of the EAEU, the SCO and ASEAN and be open to all countries of our vast continent, including the EU states in the long run. This is a long process, but it is crucial to set this goal.

Russia’s proposals regarding strategic stability, arms control and European security are indicative of our constant readiness to achieve mutual understanding. You are aware of our position on renewing the Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty (START), a moratorium on deploying ground-based intermediate and shorter-range missiles and de-escalating tensions along the Russia-NATO contact line. We came up with a proposal to agree on an arrangement that the exercises on both sides are conducted at a distance from the contact line, and also agree on the minimum distances that may not be violated by military aircraft and warships of Russia or NATO.

Conceptually, we came up with a proposal a long time ago (and failed to see any reciprocity on the part of the United States) to confirm, in the statement made by our countries, and perhaps in the Russia-NATO format, the unacceptability of nuclear war. Many of you have probably seen the recent remarks by US Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea, where he almost ridiculed our proposal and called on any future US Administration to never agree with the statement on the unacceptability of nuclear war.

We believe that implementing these initiatives or, at least, a professional straight-to-the-point and substantive discussion of the subject, possibly along with other steps, would help improve the overall atmosphere in Russia-West relations. Dialogue itself on these matters would improve it. But so far these ideas have been hanging in the air.

Leaving behind almost everything that has been achieved so far, including our proposals, Mr Billingslea puts forward confrontational ideas, including sanctions against all buyers of military products from Russia and China. This is a fairly telling philosophy, which, unfortunately, has not met any serious opposition in Washington so far.

If we take a close look at what we have heard from the North Atlantic camp so far, we can come to a conclusion that it has consciously opted for not just a policy of containment, but confrontation. Perhaps this approach underlies its unwillingness to admit that the world must change. We are now witnessing two opposite trends in Europe. French President Emmanuel Macron is strongly promoting the EU’s strategic autonomy. The trend embodied by #Germany is based on the assumption that defending Europe without the United States is impossible. We have already asked about whom they want to defend it from, but haven’t received a clear answer yet. Given this, multipolarity, which Yevgeny Primakov foresaw many years ago, has shown its objective nature. In an effort to stop it, they are doing whatever it takes in order to minimise the number of potential poles that have the strength and courage to uphold national interests.

One of #Washington’s primary goals is to make the EU lose its strategic independence and return to the fold of Euro-Atlantic unity, where everyone is aware of who pays the piper and calls the tune.

Despite the above, we are open to an equal dialogue. Most importantly, our counterparts must be willing to engage. We will keep the communication channels open until they are. Our proposals and initiatives remain on the negotiating table. They have been reiterated many times. It is enough for our partners to know that they remain valid. However, in order to move ahead, we need our Western colleagues to respond to them.

Keeping open the channels for a dialogue on all matters, we will continue to work on the newly available opportunities in the economy, culture, science and people-to-people contacts. We do not fence ourselves off from this. Those who want to impose their agenda on us and ignore our status of a subject in international affairs must understand that we are not going to either make excuses or seek approval for our actions. Threats, sanctions or attempts to come up with other punishments are absolutely pointless and counterproductive. It is strange that the West has not realised this so far.

We do not need interaction with the West any more than the West needs Russia and what it has to offer. If our Western colleagues prefer to stick to certain rules and concepts that they themselves invented when they talk with each other, this is up to them. They can build a dialogue with other participants in international life, including Russia, solely on the basis of a generally accepted code of conduct. You can call it the rules enshrined in the UN Charter, namely, respect for the sovereign equality of states, the principle of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs and the peaceful settlement of disputes.

We are pursuing our own foreign policy, which has taken shape over the past two decades. It is aimed at ensuring the country’s security and creating the most favourable external environment for achieving our internal development goals. We are aware that the goal of the West is to prevent us from creating this particular external environment that is beneficial for our internal development. Everything that is being done to contain Russia is clearly done to this end. Attempts to destroy external opportunities that can be used to promote Russia’s growth continue unabated, but, in any case, there’s more to the world than the West. In the 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, we wanted to become part of something, but we now realise that there isn’t much we can become part of. At least, the West is not building anything of its own. Indeed, President Macron has come up with a proposal to conduct an analytical and philosophical dialogue about whether modern capitalism can meet the needs of the people and resolve related problems.

If we take Western development models, we have no place to fit in. The coronavirus, as if everything else wasn’t enough, showed it very convincingly. We need to build something ourselves. This is a fairly ambitious and complex goal, but it calls for immediate action.

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