Levan Dzhagaryan

Levan Dzhagaryan is the Ambassador of Russia to Sri Lanka

On the rising Russia-China relations


Russia-China relations have reached the highest level in its history and continue to develop steadily. These relations greatly surpass the Cold War time military-political alliances. They are not institutionalized as a formal block with the differentiation of leader and the followers. The bilateral dialogue is based on trust, there is no abandoned issues to discuss.

During the visit of President Xi Jinping the number of documents on boosting bilateral cooperation were signed. The aim is to increase the volume of goods and services exchange, deepen ties in 8 strategic directions, first of all, in finances, industrial technologies and transport logistics. Common approaches of Russia and China are fixed in the Mutual Declaration on deepening relations of comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction in the new coming era. Implementation of the Economic cooperation development plan up to the year 2030 will help to strengthen the material base of the mentioned declaration.

During the talks on the highest level it was stated that despite the global political and economic turbulence bilateral trade and economic relations are successfully demonstrating positive dynamics. China is strengthening its position as the biggest Russian external trade partner. In 2022 a new record in the volume of mutual trade was fixed, turnover figures are 185 bln US dollars (+30%). In 2023 the Sides are planning to imcrease it to 200 bln US dollars.

Cooperation in the energy sphere is of strategic nature for both countries. The Russian Side successfully assists the Chinese Side in construction works on the 7th and 8th blocks of the Nuclear Power Plant “Tianwan” as well as 3rd and 4th blocks of Nuclear Power Plant “Xudapu”. Two atomic energy boards signed a long-term agreement on cooperation. Supplies of the coal, natural gas and oil are also increasing significantly.

Two countries attached important attention on establishing the independent financial infrastructure, agreed on widening the usage of mutual settlements in the national currency. Russian Rouble and PRC Yuan are used in 65% of trade deals, and this figure will increase. It is done to secure the trade from the sanctioning by the third parties, while the global forex exchange market is volatile. The interest in using PRC Yuan as the currency in settlements with the other countries was also demonstrated.

Russian and China will continue to develop international transportation routes by using the potential of Baikal-Amour and Trans-Siberian Railways as well as the North Maritime Route.

The issues of the bilateral cooperation in space technologies were reviewed, such as satellite navigation, Lunar program and remote scanning of the Earth. Russian and China also discussed strengthening of the bilateral industry cooperation, vehicle, vessel and aircraft construction and other knowledge-intensive businesses.

While discussing the international and regional problems the two Presidents stated that their principal approaches and evaluations are close to each other. The leaders stressed the increase of tensions in the World, accumulation of the crisis and conflict potentials in global politics and economy, widening practice of illegal politically-motivated sanctions and their usage as a tool of unjust competition.

Ukrainian issue occupied a special place in the discussion. The sides discussed the role of USA and its satellites in waging the conflict. The issue of relations between Moscow, Beijing and Washington in general was also reviewed. President Xi expressed understanding of the reasons of conflict, conviction in rightness of the Russian Side and noted a superiority of the Russian forces over the enemy. He also shared the analyses of the provocative behavior of the US in Taiwan.

Views of Russian and China on the Washington-inspired so-called Indo-Pacific strategy, establishing Asian clone of NATO, plans of weapons deployment in the frames of AUKUS are of consensus also for both sides.

The Sides discussed the questions of cooperation in UN, SCO, BRICS and G20, stated their readiness to continue working on connecting integration within the EAEU and Chinese initiative “One belt, one road”.

Vladimir Putin congratulated Xi Jinping on the diplomacy success in the normalization of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, underlined the importance of conciliation of the Leaders of Sunni and Shia Muslims.

This meeting and talks is a outstanding geopolitical event in the process of dismantling of the unipolar World order, building more just and democratic system of international relations based on Law, unlike the Western approach to impose certain random “rules”. Russia-China relations are the key to the regional and global stability, sample of mutually beneficial equal cooperation between the Great Powers.

Famous Russian Women – Example for Us Today

On March 8 the International Women Day is celebrated in the World. The origins of this eve lays in the 19th century, when there were several movements for the rights of women, mostly in the western countries. After the October Revolution in Russia, this day was established as a state holiday to commemorate the women’s fight for their rights.

This day we congratulate all women in Russia and outside the country. It is a great tradition to present them tulips, to make some small but pretty things for them. We always love them, but it is a good occasion to demonstrate, to raise our feelings that are deep in our souls.

And this day we would also like to tell you about women who have reached some heights and are well-known in Russia, and, maybe, all over the world. We are proud of them and state them as an example for everybody.

  1. Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova is a Russian engineer, member of the State Duma, and former Soviet cosmonaut. She is known for being the first and youngest woman in space, having flown a solo mission on the Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963. She orbited the Earth 48 times, spent almost three days in space, and remains the only woman to have been on a solo space mission. Before her selection for the Soviet space program, Tereshkova was a textile factory worker and an amateur skydiver. She joined the Air Force as part of the Cosmonaut Corps and was commissioned as an officer after completing her training. After the dissolution of the first group of female cosmonauts in 1969, Tereshkova remained in the space program as a cosmonaut instructor. She retired from the Air Force in 1997 having attained the rank of major general. Tereshkova was later elected in 2008 to her regional parliament, the Yaroslavl Oblast Duma. In 2011, she was elected to the national State Duma as a member of the ruling United Russia party and was re-elected in 2016 and 2021.

  • Valentina Matvienko

Valentina Ivanovna Matvienko is a Russian politician and diplomat serving as a Senator from Saint Petersburg and the Chairwoman of the Federation Council since 2011. Previously she was Governor of Saint Petersburg from 2003 to 2011. She was born in Western Ukraine, graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Chemistry and Pharmaceutics. Being a member of the Communist Party, she started her political career from the lowest ranks in the municipal councils in early 1980s, and then due to her talent was promoted as an Ambassador to Malta and Greece, and then gained other higher positions, serving in the Federal Government. In 2003 she became the first female governor of Saint Petersburg and made an enormous contribution to the development of the second Russian capital. During her rule the city became one of the leaders in foreign investments to the industry, and started to be one of the attraction points for international tourism. The most crucial development project was the Saint Petersburg dam that was completed in 2011. Later, she resigned from her posture, was elected to the Federal Council and became its first Chairwoman.

  • Maria Zakharova

Maria Vladimirovna Zakharova is a career diplomat, spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the first female Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian MFA. She is well-known in Russia and abroad for her participation in political talk shows on Russian television and for contributing commentary on sensitive political issues on social media. She is one of the most quoted Russian diplomats.

  • Margarita Simonyan

Margarita Simonovna Simonyan is a Russian journalist. She is the editor-in-chief of RT and “Rossiya Segodnya”. As a correspondent, she began her carrier in her homeland in Krasnodar region. She covered the counter-terrorist operation in Chechen Republic, and also serious flooding of the Krasnodar region, for her local television station, receiving an award for professional courage. In 2002, she became a regional correspondent for Russian federal “Rossiya” television channel and covered the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis. She then moved to Moscow where she joined the Russian pool of Kremlin reporters. Mrs. Simonyan was the first vice-president of the Russian National Association of TV and Radio Broadcasters and a member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation. Simonyan was only 25 when for her talent she was appointed the editor-in-chief of RT (then known as Russia Today). She has numerous awards for her professional achievements.

  • Elizaveta Glinka

Elizaveta Petrovna Glinka was a Russian humanitarian worker and charity activist. She studied at the Russian National Research Medical Institute in Moscow, graduating in pediatric anesthesiology and later got her additional medical education in the US, where she studied palliative care. In 2007 she founded a humanitarian NGO “Spravedlivaya Pomoshch” (in English, “Fair Care”). The organization works to support terminally ill cancer patients, vulnerable and homeless people by providing medical supplies, financial and legal aid, and other essential services. In 2010, her foundation collected and distributed aid for victims of forest fires and in 2012, for those who lost their homes after floods in the Krasnodar region of Krymsk. Since November, 2012 Glinka was a member of the Russian Presidential Council for Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights (HRC). With the outbreak of the War in Donbass she became involved in evacuating the sick and injured children from the territory of the newly founded Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics to the hospitals in Moscow or Saint Petersburg, where they could receive medical attention. It has been estimated that she travelled more than 20 times into conflict zones, and saved about 500 children. For her civil heroism she was decorated with numerous awards and the Russian state prize. Unfortunately, Elizaveta Glinka aged 54 died in the Russian Defense Ministry Tupolev Tu-154 crash on 25 December 2016, while travelling to Syrian Latakia to deliver medical supplies to Tishreen University Hospital.

  • Darya Dugina

Darya Alexandrovna Dugina was a Russian journalist, political scientist and activist. After graduating from the Moscow State University, she worked as a journalist, writing for RT and conservative channel “Tsargrad”. She was affiliated with the International Eurasian Movement, and worked for them as a political commentator. She was killed by Ukrainian terrorists in the Moscow region, while her car was exploded on the route to annual festival “Tradition”. Four months later she might have reached her 30 years.

Our dearest women! We use an occasion to congratulate you on Your Day! This congratulations are going from the very depth of our hearts! Remain being beautiful and inspire us for the further fulfilments in this hard but interesting life!

Russia: What We Are Fighting For


On February 24, 2022 the Special Military Operation in Donbass and Ukraine was launched by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in accordance with the Order of the Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces President Vladimir Putin. The beginning of the Operation took place on the background of a serious crisis both in the system of international relations in Europe, and inside the Ukraine as a result of illegal coup d’état in 2014, organized directly by USA. That bloodshed was unleashed by Ukrainian nationalists, the main tool of the national traitors, charmed by the prospects to gain unlimited power, proposed by Americans.

The neo-Nazi regime was formed in Kiev, an ancient Russian city, in the waters of the Dnieper River near which the whole Russia was baptized in 10th century.This regime was formed – I’d like to stress that, – directly by Americans in collaboration with their European puppets. Orwell’s Order was established: good is bad, traitors are heroes, etc. The main idea was “we must do everything not like in Russia”. This idea is known also as a concept of “anti-Russia”. And the main problem is that the people that live there are Russians too, but they are made to forget about this totally, by rewriting history, destroying sacred monuments and institutions like canonic Church, burning books, – to cut a long story short, by full brainwashing.

The European countries showed their real faces too: they not only supported the illegal coup d’état and bloodshed. As occurred later, that was their first step in waging a full-scale war against Russia by using the people with the same origins and speaking mostly the same language. Nothing can be worse than a civil war, and they understand it. But, serving the diabolic ideas of uniting the Globe under the reign of the Americans, they often use this tool.

Today the battlefield is situated in Ukraine, but the battle is not for Ukraine only. It is for the principles of the future World order, in which our children will live and create a better existence. We are fighting for the freedom and life of Russia, targeted by the West.

Nevertheless, the Russian Side made numerous efforts to reduce tensions. We are the country that suffered the most from the World War II, and we don’t want war again. Our last and the most comprehensive effort was the proposal to give us security assurance. It means that the US-led NATO alliance should guarantee that Russia will not bethreatened by any means. But they refused to give us those guarantees. Why? – They grew up Nazis not to introduce them to Europe, but to fight with Russia. This situation is repeated by Europeans once-twice a century. They are dreaming to destroy our country, our way of life, to rob our natural resources, and to break the last obstacle to them to enslave everybody by their freaky demands, like blessing the same-sex marriages, kids gender changes and other abominations that are totally unacceptable for our culture and, we suppose, for the majority of the World.

After the Western refusal to guarantee our security there were no doubt that they have blessed the new iteration of war in Ukraine to exterminate the population that had a different view on the future of themselves and their children. Some days ago one senior – and not very young – American politician meant Ukraine told his voters that “democracy stands”. In his opinion, we suggest, democracy means the rule of Americans with suppression of dissent, with political murders, with high level of corruption and with no attention to the demands and temptations of people. Hypocrisy and double standards of the Western elite are so disgusting that never need to be described.

The impunity always causes serious problems, and the West has never been punished neither for their colonialism, nor for the numerous invasions around the world. This time they have aimed at invading Russia using their Ukrainian Nazi stooges, who were dreaming of massacres like their “heroes” Bandera and Shukhevich that served to the West too. They were dreaming of killing innocents, women and children not only in Donbass, but also in Crimea, Kuban, Rostov, Voronezh, Belgorod and Bryansk. The most inadequate of them even wanted to sprinkle Moscow Kremlin with blood. But the Western Media is very experienced in making an image of sheep for werewolves, and is still choking the World in its nets. That’s why there were a small number of humans in the world who really understood, why that was happening.

The United States and the West spent over 150 billion US dollars to keep the hotspot of conflict in Europe. Is this abigsum? You know the figures of your domestic economic problems and can easily compare it. But big business – big money. Do US need a strong Europe? No. They need it weak, dependent and controlled. They did their best to grow the “exalted” elite that does what the US want, that by their own hands destroy the European culture, history, industry and prestige. As during and after the World War II, as well as the whole US history, the wealth of America (and Britain) is being done on fighting and looting.

We are not fighting against the Ukrainian people. How one part of the body can struggle against another? We are fighting against the cancer cells in our common body, that are caused by cruel Western experiments. The cancer must be eliminated or it will kill its body.

These cancer cells in the body of our civilization are supported by the West in all spheres. The idea of the West is that this tumor would like to spread metastases to the whole body, while shouting that it is fully independent in all its actions and life. But it is not true. It is inspired by the experimentations, that are following the example of their Hitler’s predecessors. But unfortunately it sucks the juices from the very common body.

Curing this cancer, we have the following main aims: demilitarization, that means to stop the growth of the tumorto isolate it; and denazification that means to destroy the very opportunity to produce the cancer cells – false propaganda, that affects minds of the people and makes them be aggressive against others.

Saying it in the political language, the vision of demilitarization is legally proclaimed status of Ukraine as neutral state with no NATO forces, for example, missiles, and no accession of Ukraine to NATO. Denazification means to provide Russian language, spoken by 80% of the population, the status of the official language and cancelling all the discriminative laws against the ethnic minorities.

But the struggle in Ukraine is not only about the improvements of the state of the Russians who are living in that country. This crisis became possible because of the serious faults of the system of International Relations. That system was originated as a result of World War II and is based on the Rule of Law. Nevertheless, there was no decade in which this Law and Order had not been violated by the West. You can remember the war of Vietnam, for example. But after the collapse of the Soviet Union the Western powers felt that they will never be punished for ages! That’s why they really were going “off the chain”! In last 30 years they have invaded more than 30 countries and sponsored “regime changes” in several others. They unleashed a number of proxy wars, they created and pitted the gangs of international terrorists against several nations, including Russia. They were killing and injuring people “just for fun” in numerous “hidden” prisons, or even in the countries they occupied. They launched a big market of forced laborers, kidnapped children and young women forced to prostitution, they encouraged production and distribution of narcotics and established nets of illegal organ donations from the killed and injured soldiers and non-combatants in the areas of war. Their crimes can not be calculated.

All these crimes are still not investigated, and the criminals are not imprisoned. They are ruling corporations and even some states, but their future is ugly as well as their past. They are greedy and can not stop themselves. And those who are fascinated by the image of carefree life, created by Hollywood on the basis of that “masters of life” do not really understand what they are doing and how it can be resulted. We are fighting for the just world, for prosperity of all nations. They are fighting for their greed.

Today the battlefield is situated in Ukraine, but the battle is not for Ukraine only. It is for the principles of the future World order, in which our children will live and create a better existence. We are fighting for the freedom and life of Russia, targeted by the West now. West wants to destroy the very name of our state, people and culture. The want Russia not to exist. And our heroes are fighting now on the frontlines to exclude the implementation of the western plans, that became clearnow.

And we would like to address our beloved Ukrainian brothers, who, unfortunately,are now on the opposite side of the frontline. We are not fighting against you. YOU are used as a tool to destroy us. That is not a novel, remember how it was when during “ruina” you were set to fight each other by then Western mentors, Polacks? That was done to continue your exploitation by the Poland colonialists, to prevent your reunification with a rising Russia, to destroy finally your self-vision as Russian Orthodox Christians. Your leaders were intoxicated by Poland, byits bright image of “szlachta” (gentry). What have they given you finally? Western slavery and bloodshed. The hangover of your elite was very hard for the common people.

History always repeats. And this time the hangover, unfortunately, will be hard for you too.

The puppet regime in Kiev and its foreign sponsors will be defeated! Truth is on our side! The victory will be ours!

Views expressed are author’s own

February 23 – Russian Day of the Fatherland Defender

By tradition February, 23 is a day when we honour people whose lives are closely tied to the Armed Forces, who are ready to counter any threats to our security day and night. Previously this day was named as Day of the Army and Navy.

The history of this day brings us to the beginning of the 20th century. After the victory of the October Revolution in the situation when the old Armed Forces was unable to defeat the German and Austro-Hungarian conquerors, the Army was organized by Bolsheviks on the volunteer basis. Then-time formed “Red Guards” stopped the offensive of the Germans in the area of Narva and Pskov on February 23, 1918. The entire Russia was saved, even though inside the country the civil war was unleashed by political antagonists.

These doesn’t mean that in 1918 the whole history of the Russian Army starts. As an ancient state, we have had Armed Forces for ages. We will remember forever the famous Russian commanders: Alexander Nevsky, Dmitry Donskoy, Mikhail Vorotynsky, Dmitry Pozharskiy, Boris Sheremetiev, PyotrRumyantsev, Alexander Suvorov, Mikhail Kutuzov, Mikhail Barclay-de-Tolly, PyotrBagration, Alexey Yermolov, Pavel Nakhimov, Stepan Makarov, Mikhail Skobelev, Alexander Kolchak, Alexey Brusilov, – the list goes on and on. Our history consists of ages when we needed to defend ourselves from the conquerors, mostly from the West. We will remember all soldiers, the defenders of our sacred Motherland, both those who put their lives on the altar of the Motherland, and those, who stayed alive and whose blood is circulating in our veins.

The most glorious page of the Army’s history, of course, is the Victory in the Great Patriotic War – a part ofthe Second World War.Our state has made the greatest contribution to the defeat of the Nazi, the brown plague, that threatened the whole humanity.

After the victorious end of the Second World War our Army has helped to rebuilt the areas affected by war not only on the territory of the USSR, but also in the Eastern Europe, including Poland, Czechoslovak Republic, Hungary, German Democratic Republic etc. But our opponents hasn’t been sleeping, and waged new threats.

The global confrontation between the socialist states and the capitalist world started after the famous speech in Fulton by British ex-Prime Minister Winston Churchill posed new tasks for our Armed Forces and Navy. That was not a big secret for the Soviet Leadership that after the victory our “allies” will turn into enemies. Even before the end of the struggle on battlefields “Tommies” and “Yankees” started the planning of “Operation Unthinkable” which assumed a surprise attack by up to 47 British and American divisions in the area of liberated Dresden in the middle of Soviet lines. To strengthen the future attack, the “allies” even planned to reestablish from 10 to 12 divisions, formed from the captured soldiers and commanders of the Hitler’s Wehrmacht.Sober-minded officers of the British from Joint Chiefs of Staff understood the prospects of the decision to start the next World war when the guns of the previous didn’t become cool.

After the liberation of the western parts of the Soviet Union there were many “asleep” communities of the anti-Soviet elements. They were controlled by the Nazi intelligence. But when the Nazi Germany was defeated, a big quantity of the former Nazis “had chosen freedom” and started to collaborate with the Americans. So, this network of the collaborants, most of who were Banderovites, started to serve the “star and stripes” flag. The US intelligence waged a large-scale war of terror against the civil population of those districts and some Soviet bodies. The end to those terrorists was pointed only in the middle 50s, but some of them were hiding till 90s, when after the collapse of the Soviet Union they “came upstairs” and became heroes – probably, for their collaboration with Nazis and long stay in cashe.

During the post-war period our Armed Forces staff exercised various tasks to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state, as well as did its international duty. Even in the cold and hungry times after the collapse of Soviet Union, our Armed Forces continued to be backbone of the Russian statehood.

After the start of the Special Military operation in Ukraine our servicemen once again proved their commitment to the high ideas of the Russian World – providing help and assistance to the civil population, risking their lives to avoid the deaths among the civilians. We treat the local population in a humane manner, that makes our enemies angry. They, like 80 years ago, are stranglers of all positive moments, they are the angels of death, that are trying to break all Russian, but they are breaking humanity inside them, as it was ordered by their foreign sponsors from Washington and Brussels. To eliminate the new great tragedy of the World scale is badly needed now to cut the neo-Nazi tumor out, to knock the weapons from the arms of fascist schizophrenics. That’s why our heroes are fighting now there. The enemy and its’ foreign sponsors will be defeated!

On this day we express sincere words of gratitude to the veterans of the War, to all who fought and who worked behind the lines during this very difficult time. Let us thank our veterans who represent the best examples of courage, strength of spirit, bravery, heroism. Let us pay tribute to our fathers and grandfathers who shoulder to shoulder regardless of national and religious affiliation has protected us– present generation – from the fascist plague. We must of course hold sacred the memory of our ancestors’ feats. We must support their heroic efforts. 

Today we are living in a world which is in the process of change. We are living in historical time of forming new architecture of the International Relations’ System. In a new era, the smaller nations will be secured from unceremonious interventions in internal affairs, policy of double standards, lie and slander, manipulations of facts, mass fooling people, that now are used as tools by the Western hypocritical leaders. These Western maneuvers lead to the spread of violence, new artificial pockets of instability in the World.

Happy Defender of the Fatherland Day!

The Russian Diplomats’ Day- the history, the present, the plans



On February 10, Russia celebrates Diplomats’ Day, the professional holiday of the Foreign Ministry’s current and retired staff members. It was established by the Presidential Decree in 2002.The date is closely associated with the history of Russia’s first foreign affairs agency – the Ambassadorial Department, created on February 10, 1549, and headed by Ivan Viskovatyi, actually, the first professional organizer of the diplomatic service of the Russian State. Even though, the history of diplomatic ad-hoc relations traces its roots to the olden time of the Rus’, with its first capital in Kiev.

A modern professional diplomatic service appeared during the reign of Peter the Great, the first Russian Emperor. His reforms made the country part of the emergent European diplomatic system.In 1718, the Foreign Affairs Collegium, subordinated to the Senate, the country’s supreme institution of state authority, replaced the Ambassadorial Department. Compared to the modern Foreign Ministry, the new agency had a broad remit. Not only did the Collegium monitor diplomatic mission exchanges, but it also oversaw the affairs of Russia’s ethnic groups living in borderline regions.

Following the reforms of Emperor Alexander I, in 1802 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was created. One-man management became an important innovation, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs replacing the Collegium’s members.Today Ministry’s structure has expanded considerably and now has over 40 departments, and more than 200 embassies, consulates, and representative offices abroad.

In 1856, Alexander Gorchakov was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Empire, and brilliant victories of Russian diplomacy are linked with his name. He managed to achieve the lifting of restrictions on Russia’s sovereignty over the Black Sea, resolutely upheld the rights of Christian nations in Turkey and prevented the threat of an all-out European war.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Russian Empire’s diplomacy made an invaluable contribution to expanding the norms of humanitarian law. In 1898, Emperor Nicholas II initiated the first international disarmament conference in history. Its delegates met in The Hague and agreed to renounce the use of poison gases and explosive bullets. In 1907, delegates to the 2nd Hague Conference banned the use of the most barbaric means of warfare and established an international arbitration court, the oldest organization for resolving disputes between states by peaceful means.

In 1918, the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs (NKID) began to implement the foreign policy of Soviet Russia. The Russian Empire’s diplomatic ranks were replaced with the single rank of Plenipotentiary Representative. A special institute, now the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy, was established to train NKID specialists.

In the 1920s, the Soviet Union won wide-ranging international recognition and established diplomatic relations with 25 countries. In the 1930s, the Soviet Union prioritized the establishment of a collective security system for Europe. Unfortunately, Great Britain and Germany prevented the implementation of this Soviet-French initiative.

During World War II, over 360 NKID employees volunteered to fight at the front, and many of them were killed in action. Diplomatic ranks and special uniforms were reinstated, and the NKID was again renamed the Foreign Ministry.

At that time, Soviet diplomacy did its best to strengthen the Anti-Hitler Coalition and to facilitate the opening of the Second Front in Europe. Following the defeat of Nazism, the Soviet Union became a great power and a pillar of the bipolar international order. The postwar European system was determined with the active involvement of high-ranking Soviet foreign policy officials, and it was also decided to establish the UN to safeguard future generations from the horrors of another world war.

Post-war Soviet diplomacy made a weighty contribution to supporting national-liberation movements in Asia, Africa and Latin America, to curbing the arms race and formalizing the principles of security and cooperation in Europe. Andrey Gromyko who headed the Foreign Ministry almost throughout the entire Cold War played a special role in the nuclear disarmament process.

Today, the Foreign Ministry of Russia is guided by the Concept of Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation as endorsed by the President of Russia on November 30, 2016. In accordance with this document Russian foreign policy is aimed at ensuring the country’s national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity, creating favorable conditions for sustainable economic growth, strengthening international peace and stability, enhancing the role of the UN, and developing bilateral and multilateral relations of mutually advantageous and equitable partnership with foreign states. The key principles of Russian foreign policy have remained unchanged: independence, openness, predictability, pragmatism, a multi-directional approach, and the upholding of national interests. Recently, the Foreign Ministry has prepared an updated draft of the Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation which takes into account therecent global changes took occurred in international politics over the past five years, and now it is under consideration of the President.

Russian Diplomats’ Day gives us anopportunity to remember the past, think about the present and future of Russia’s diplomatic service, as well as look back at the Russia’s diplomatic performance in 2022.

On February 24, 2022 the Special Military Operation started. The aims of that Operation are to protect the civilian population of Donbass from the cruelties conducted by the Western-controlled puppet Nazi regime in Kiev, denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine as well as prevention from creation of any threat to the Russian borders, including Ukraine’s joining aggressive anti-Russian NATO. The US-sponsored forces that seized power in Ukraine by coup d’état in 2014 unleashed the civil war in that country to eliminate Russian minority and those who supported them and opposed impudent rewriting of history, abusive for every normal citizen, when criminals become heroes, and monuments for heroes are being broken by hooligans-in-power. So the Western powers’ interference once again has launched a proxy war, as they used to do in numerous cases, incited one part of people to another.

Russian diplomacy at the moment is facing challenges sprouting from the current process of the international order transformation. The Western powers after the collapse of the Soviet Union have imagined that it is their sole right to govern the whole world on their will. Checks and balances, that made then-system viable, were broken, leaving only several institutions alive not to make the entire life on Earth be the hell. The West launched a hypocritical policy of neocolonialism, using the tools of economic enslaving, manipulation over human rights, democracy and law. Now we are on the frontline of fighting for the new just world order, that will include prosperity for all nations, equal rights for every country all over the World, firm guarantees of security for all, as well as the basic role of the international law without any bite for those who claim themselves as “exclusives”.

Totally illegal unilateral sanctions imposed against the Russian Federation and aggression against our Motherland in economic, financial, information and cyber spaces prove that our demands are fully right and correct, and in 2023 we will continue to defend the right of all nations to live in a peaceful and just world. The enemy and its foreign sponsors will be defeated, and the truth will triumph over the hypocrisy and lie of our adversaries!