Conference of Russian Federation Ambassadors

President of Russia
Conference of Russian Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives.




2/3 Photo: the Presidential Press and Information Office Conference of Russian ambassadors and permanent representatives. July 1, 2014
Vladimir Putin took part in a conference of Russian Federation ambassadors and permanent representatives on protecting Russia’s national interests and strengthening the foundations and principles of international relations.
Also taking part in the conference were the heads of the Government, both chambers of the Federal Assembly, ministries and agencies involved in international activities, and representatives of the national expert and business communities.

President awarded orders to eight Foreign Ministry employees and the honorary title of Honoured Worker of the Diplomatic Service of the Russian Federation to two.

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Beginning of conference of Russian Federation ambassadors and permanent representatives

Meetings with the diplomatic corps have become a tradition. We need this direct conversation to make an overall assessment of the situation in the world, to set current and long-term foreign policy objectives and on that basis to more effectively coordinate the work of our missions abroad.

I would like to begin by saying that the Foreign Ministry and our embassies are under a lot of pressure; we see this, we are aware of this, but this pressure will not be reduced. It will only increase, just as the requirement to show efficiency, precision and flexibility in our actions to ensure Russia’s national interests.

You know how dynamic and unpredictable international developments may sometimes be. They seem to be pressed together and unfortunately are not all of a positive nature. The potential for conflict is growing in the world, old contradictions are growing ever more acute and new ones are being provoked. We come across such developments, often unexpectedly, and we observe with regret that international law is not working, the most basic norms of decency are not complied with and the principle of all-permissiveness is gaining the upper hand.

We are observing this in Ukraine as well. We need to understand clearly that the events provoked in Ukraine are the concentrated outcome of the notorious deterrence policy. As you may know, its roots go deep into history and it is clear that unfortunately, this policy did not end with the end of the Cold War.

In Ukraine, as you may have seen, at threat were our compatriots, Russian people and people of other nationalities, their language, history, culture and legal rights, guaranteed, by the way, by European conventions. When I speak of Russians and Russian-speaking citizens I am referring to those people who consider themselves part of the broad Russian community, they may not necessarily be ethnic Russians, but they consider themselves Russian people.

What did our partners expect from us as the developments in Ukraine unfolded? We clearly had no right to abandon the residents of Crimea and Sevastopol to the mercy of nationalist and radical militants; we could not allow our access to the Black Sea to be significantly limited; we could not allow NATO forces to eventually come to the land of Crimea and Sevastopol, the land of Russian military glory, and cardinally change the balance of forces in the Black Sea area. This would mean giving up practically everything that Russia had fought for since the times of Peter the Great, or maybe even earlier – historians should know.

I would like to make it clear to all: this country will continue to actively defend the rights of Russians, our compatriots abroad, using the entire range of available means – from political and economic to the right to self-defence envisaged by international humanitarian law.

I would like to stress that what happened in Ukraine was the climax of the negative tendencies in international affairs that had been building up for years. We have long been warning about this, and unfortunately, our predictions came true.

You know about the latest efforts to restore, to maintain peace in Ukraine. Foreign Ministry staff and the Minister himself took an active part in this. You know about the numerous telephone conversations we had on this subject.

Unfortunately, President Poroshenko has resolved to resume military action, and we failed – when I say ‘we’, I mean my colleagues in Europe and myself – we failed to convince him that the road to a secure, stable and inviolable peace cannot lie through war.

To be continued.
Live coverage of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin at the meeting of ambassadors

“Events provoked by Ukraine became a concentrated expression of the policy of deterrence. This policy continued after the cold war. Under threat of our compatriots, the Russian people”, – said in the beginning of his speech the head of state.

In his speech, the President touched on the issue of the Crimea. “We had no right to leave the Crimea and Sevastopol to the mercy of radicals. We could not allow to earth of Sevastopol come NATO troops”, – said Vladimir Putin

The head of state commented on the decision of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko refusal to cease fire. “Unfortunately, the President Poroshenko took the decision to resume hostilities. We could not convinced that the road to peace can not lie through war,” he said.

“Everything that happens in Ukraine – it’s up to the Ukrainian state. A growing number of refugees. But it is absolutely unacceptable is the murder of journalists. Who’s afraid of objective information? Those who commit crimes,” said the Russian President.

Speaking about the situation in the world, the head of state noted the erosion of spiritual and moral values. He also spoke about the attempts of the US to put pressure on European countries because of their cooperation with Russia. “What is now doing with French banks, nothing but internal disturbances is. We know about the pressure exerted our American partners on the French that they refused to supply Mistrale in Russia. What is it, if not blackmail” – asked the President of Russia.

Vladimir Putin spoke about the progress in the establishment of the Eurasian Association. Separately President of Russia noted the progress of negotiations with Kyrgyzstan.

The Russian President also focused on the project of construction of new pipelines. “We will promote the South Stream deal. More and more politicians and businessmen understand that they become hostages of the ideological policy,” said Vladimir Putin.

Speaking about the gas debt of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin noted that Russia is closely monitoring gas supplies to Europe. “No reverse no. Our gas, in fact, receive. We all see. We do not take action, so as not to aggravate the situation,” said the head of state.

The Russian President also pointed to the danger of interference in the internal Affairs of other countries. According to Putin, Europe needs a safety net to the Libyan, Syrian, Iraqi and Ukrainian crises were not infectious .

The head of state said that Russia is not going to cease relations with Washington. “We are not going to close our relationship the United States. We have always strived to be predictable partners. However, instead of our legitimate interests are often ignored. If we play the role of outsiders who do not have final say – then and these formats are interesting to us. We do not have to pay our interests because we are allowed to sit,” he said.

“We are ready for constructive dialogue, but on an equal basis,” Putin summed up.

According to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, “the President determines the main directions of foreign policy of the state”. It is the head of the country to a great extent form and position of Russia on the international arena. He represents Russia in international relations, appoints and recalls diplomatic representatives of foreign States and international organizations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a speech at the meeting of ambassadors and permanent representatives of the Russian Federation, which occurs every two years. He noted the importance of containing the spread of the crisis in Ukraine and noted that Russia will not pay national interests for the right to sit next to the other powers.

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