Friday, 28. April 2017

Russia

We reproduce Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a joint news conference following talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Moscow, April 12, 2017:

Good evening,

This has been a long day. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and I held talks, followed by a lengthy meeting with President of Russia Vladimir Putin, which lasted for more than two hours.

WFTUThe World Federation of Trade Unions representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents condemns the barbaric attack in the underground station in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Sochi 2017We reproduce an article written by Nikolas Papadimitriou, President of WFDY, and published today on the Facebook page of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY):

The World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) for 70 years now has established itself in the consciousness of millions of people. In 1947 during a period of time where the people were still trying to stand through the debris that fascism and Nazism left in World War II, thousands of progressive youths from around the world, by feeling the necessity for international unity they implemented the WFYS.

Liberated Berlin 1945. Photo: ArchiveOn December 19, the plenary meeting of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York adopted a traditional resolution titled Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. The document was co-authored by Russia and 55 other UN member states from across the world. The General Assembly adopted the resolution by a recorded vote of 136 in favour, to 2 against (Ukraine, United States), with 49 abstentions. The text was approved by the UN GA Third Committee in November.

Russian Ministry of Foreign AffairsThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow issued today a statement by Minister Sergey Lavrov on the murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov in Ankara:

This is a terrible tragedy. We are grateful to the Russians who have brought flowers at this time of night. I have received many telephone calls and internet messages. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova has also received numerous messages of condolence from Russians and requests to convey their sincere condolences to the family on the heinous murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov. President of Russia Vladimir Putin has just had a telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish leader telephoned to express his heartfelt condolences on this tragedy. The presidents have agreed to conduct a joint investigation into this barbaric crime. A special investigative group will go to Turkey tomorrow to join their Turkish colleagues in investigating this crime. Our main goal is to learn who stands behind this crime. As President Putin said in a telephone conversation with President Erdogan and in his televised address, we are convinced that the main objective of those who organised this barbaric crime is to hinder the normalisation of relations between Russia and Turkey in order to undermine the effective struggle against terrorism in Syria. It is a futile attempt that will not succeed.

Communist Party of Russian FederationCommunist Party of Russian FederationThe Communist Party of Russian Federation (KPRF) announced that they are planning to use Stalin’s images in the State Duma election campaign. Party Secretary for informative-analytical work and electoral technologies who also represents the Communist Party of Russian Federation (KPRF) in the lower house Sergei Obukhov, informed Kommersant about the plan to use Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s image in the upcoming State Duma elections. Obukhov explained that the Party considers Stalin’s image as a means of attracting voters additional to the traditional electorates. 

WFDY delegates at the Lenin Mausoleum in Moscow. Foto: JCVWFDY delegates at the Lenin Mausoleum in Moscow. Foto: JCVIn 2017, Russia will host the next World Festival of Youth and Students. This decided the General Council of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) this sunday in Moscow. Russia’s youth authority, Rosmolodezh, supervising the Russian bid said the decision was about the hosting country, while the hosting city will be named at a meeting due later in spring. This First International Preparation Meeting will be hosted in Ecuador, the country of the last World Festival in 2013.

Sergei Pospelov. Foto: vk.comSergei Pospelov. Foto: vk.comWe reproduce the statement of Sergei Pospeloy on behalf of the Russian Federal Youth Agency at the General Assemblea of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY):

Dear comrades, dear friends!

First of all let me congratulate you with a holiday - international day of youth!

Allow me to thank the organizers of this meeting for their warm welcome and hospitality. It is truly great to be here in Cuba – a country with which Russia shares a long history of friendship and a common understanding of the world along with its threats, challenges and future perspectives.

Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi: Opening with the symbol of the World Youth Festival 1985Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi: Opening with the symbol of the World Youth Festival 1985A Russian delegation led by the head of Russia's Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, Sergei Pospelov, departed on Monday for the capital of Cuba, Havana, to officially submit a Russian bid to host the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students in Russia in 2017, the agency said Monday. Pospelov said the bid was due to be officially presented at the General Assembly of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) in Cuba on November 8-12. According to him, the winning country is likely to be announced this week.

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