21 | 07 | 2019

On February 6, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with Cuban Ambassador to Russia Gerardo Penalver Portal at the latter’s request.

On February 5, First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov received Cuban Ambassador to Russia Gerardo Penalver Portal, at his request.

During their conversation, Mr Titov and Mr Portal underscored the importance of further expanding Russian-Cuban strategic partnership in numerous areas of cooperation, including political dialogue, trade, economic and investment ties, cultural and humanitarian exchanges, as well as issues relating to the regional and international agenda.

According to Article II of the Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, Russia and the United States were to meet the following aggregate limits on strategic arms by February 5, 2018:

- 700 deployed ballistic missiles (ICBMs), deployed submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), and deployed heavy bombers equipped for nuclear armaments;

- 1,550 nuclear warheads on deployed ICBMs, deployed SLBMs, and deployed heavy bombers equipped for nuclear armaments;

We are deeply disappointed with the new US Nuclear Posture Review, which was made public on February 2. The first impression is: the document is focused on confrontation and is anti-Russian. It is regrettable that the United States justifies its policy of massive nuclear build-up with references to Russia’s policy of nuclear modernisation and the allegedly increased reliance on nuclear weapons in Russia’s doctrines.

We have been accused of lowering the threshold for the first use of nuclear weapons and aggressive strategies.

None of this has any connection with reality. Russia’s Military Doctrine clearly limits the possibility of using nuclear weapons to two hypothetical defensive scenarios: first, in response to an aggression against Russia and/or its allies involving the use of nuclear or any other weapons of mass destruction, and second, in response to a non-nuclear aggression, but only if Russia’s survival is endangered. The 2014 Military Doctrine introduced a new term, the “system of non-nuclear deterrence,” which implies preventing aggression primarily through reliance on conventional (non-nuclear) forces.

Mr Chairperson,

I would like to use this occasion to express our support for the successful OSCE conference on anti-Semitism in the OSCE area, which was held in Rome on January 29. We are grateful to Mr Michele Galizia (Switzerland) for the report he has delivered on behalf of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which is currently chaired by Switzerland.

The Red Army liberated the Auschwitz (Oswiecim) death camp 73 years ago. In 2005, the UN officially proclaimed January 27 International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. I would like to mention that on January 27 we also marked the 74th anniversary of the lifting of the Nazi siege of Leningrad. This was yet another act of heroism by Soviet soldiers that we will never forget.

The Russian Defence Ministry has commented on the incident involving a US reconnaissance plane off the coast of Crimea on January 29, providing the necessary explanations in response to the Pentagon’s concerns regarding its “unsafe interception.”

For our part, we took note of our US partners’ unending attempts to play up what have become basically routine cases of mutual escorting.

Comrades, friends, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

This year marks the 75th anniversary of victory in the Battle of Stalingrad. This memorable date is widely commemorated in our and many other countries of the world.

No doubt, the Battle of Stalingrad, which was the turning point in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 and WWII in general is part of the key events in world history.

It became a vivid manifestation of the courage, fortitude, and self-sacrifice of all the peoples of the former Soviet Union, which thwarted the criminal, evil intentions of the Nazis, and prevented a global catastrophe. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the heroes.

Dear Comrade Zyuganov, 

BEST WISHES TO THE CANDIDATE OF THE CPRF IN THE 2018 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 

The Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Britain sends its best wishes to the Communist Party of the Russia Federation for the success of Comrade Grudinin in the forthcoming presidential elections.

Historical leader of the communist movement “Labor Russia” Victor Ivanovich Anpilov died at the age of 73.  

ICP, 20 January 1918

He was born in 1945 in the Krasnodar Territory. He graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University and worked for many years in the State Television and Radio of the USSR.

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