Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at Russia-Africa Public Forum, Moscow, October 22, 2018
October 16, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria H.E. Alexey L. Shebarshin presented the letters of credence to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria H.E. Mohammadu Buhari.
Russia continues to do its utmost to build a world based on the principles of law, truth and justice. We are not alone in this aspiration. Our allies and partners in the CSTO, EAEU, CIS, BRICS and SCO, and the overwhelming majority of countries in the world stand for democratisation of international life in all of its manifestations and in the interests of all nations without exception. The West is also compelled to heed their voice, which is increasingly reflected in the G20 activities. Under the current turbulent conditions the role of the UN, an indispensable venue for overcoming disagreements and coordinating the international community’s actions, is objectively increasing. The priority of collective work in the interest of coordinating solutions acceptable for everyone was enshrined in the foundations of the UN.
Due to the Holiday and the day off in Nigeria on October 1, 2018, reception of applicants in the consular section will not be held.
It is important to understand that Russian foreign policy is devoid of ideological colouring and the main criterion, which we use to assess our partners, is the extent of their readiness to promote equitable and mutually beneficial relations with the Russian Federation based on compliance with international law and reciprocal respect for each other’s interests. I would like to emphasise that Russia is open to constructive cooperation with all partners – and not only in Europe – who are willing to meet halfway. Moreover, we are ready to cooperate to an extent, to which our partners would agree.
Exactly 100 years ago, a diplomatic courier desk was opened at the People's Commissariat of Foreign Affairs. However, as with the diplomatic service itself (our Ministry was founded in 1802, but the Embassy House had been established many centuries before that), the first mention of couriers dates back to 885. I even think that the need for delivery of such correspondence existed still earlier, and there were people whose job was to handle such post.