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Putin to map out main tasks for Russian diplomatic service at meeting with ambassadors

July 01, 2014, 8:51 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Main topics of discussion will be strengthening peace, maintaining global and regional stability and security, promoting Russia’s foreign policy priorities, developing mutually beneficial cooperation with foreign partners
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Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

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MOSCOW, July 01. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to map out the main task for the Russian diplomatic service at a conference with ambassadors, envoys and permanent representatives, the main topic of which has been formulated as the defense of Russia’s national interests and consolidation of the groundwork of international relations.

“The tasks the Russian diplomats are faced with — strengthening peace, maintaining global and regional stability and security, promoting Russia’s foreign policy priorities, developing mutually beneficial cooperation with foreign partners — will be the main topics under discussion at the conference,” the Kremlin press service said.

Under the provisions of Russia’s Constitution, the president maps out the guidelines of foreign policy. He has a big role in determining Russia’s positions on the international arena, he presents Russia in international relations, appoints and revokes the country’s diplomatic representatives to foreign states and international organizations.

By tradition, the conferences of ambassadors and permanent representatives are held on a biennial basis. This will be the seventh such conference.

The organizers have invited top government officials, speakers of both houses of parliament, representatives of ministries and departments engaged in international business operations, researchers, experts, and business executives.

Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said earlier the conference would update the tasks of the diplomatic services as specified in the revised version of the State Concept of Foreign Policy.

He recalled the focal points of Russia’s foreign policy, like speeding up integration processes in the CIS, interaction with partners in the Euro-Atlantic region, as well as cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East.

Lukashevich reaffirmed that Moscow proceeds from the principle of unconditionally political settlement of conflicts in different parts of the world and the supremacy of international law norms as the tools for settling the conflict situations.

Along with it, Moscow insists that international law should not be used as an instrument for serving the selected actors in international relations.

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