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Russian Ambassador to Sweden Victor Tatarintsev’s speech at a reception for Russia Day
Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
Today we celebrate together one of the major Russian state holidays - the Day of Russia!
Today we honor our motherland, which we love and which we are very proud of. We cherish our great history, our rich cultural and scientific heritage. We are proud of our people, who, even in the extremely difficult times, facing the most serious external challenges are able to evolve, to make breakthroughs to the new political, economic, scientific and creative achievements.
The Russian economy entered the recovery phase. The volume of Russia's gross national product is growing for the third consecutive quarter; inflation targets have been met. Our country demonstrates not so bad dynamics in improving the business climate. High quality of the Russian macroeconomic policy is noted by international investors and business leaders, for whom it is a valid argument in favor of working in the Russian market. Corresponding positive dynamics can be seen regarding inflow of foreign investments into the domestic economy.
The Russian Federation cares not only about the prosperity of their own people, but also makes a significant contribution to the progress of the entire world’s civilization, to the maintenance of international peace and security on the principles of independent development, taking into account the interests of all states, including Sweden.
Russia and Sweden are as we all know neighboring countries with quite a rich history of ups and downs in form of wars, conflicts and peaces. And now our relations are going through not the best period of their development. We have to admit to our pleasure that lately we could witness some signs and steps showing that awareness of no use of freezing ties with such a global actor like Russia - slowly but surely becomes stronger and gets more support here.
As far as the Russian Federation is concerned we are always open and ready to re-establish the level and scope of our bilateral interaction to at least what was the case 3-4 years ago.
The strength and the key to the successful development of Russia lie with civil and national consent in our vast multinational country with a complex federal structure - 85 subjects of the federation, 22 of which are republics. And today we would like to offer you a closer look at one of such Russian regions - the Chuvash Republic, which is situated in Central Russia and where the legendary Volga river is flowing by.
We with the support of the Plenipotentiary representative of Chuvashia to the President of Russia and the Russian fund of cultural and educational programs "Open Sea" have prepared a photo exhibition with a video presentation about Chuvashia and a short performance of a Chuvash folk music group.
I am sure that this presentation will help you to discover a new comer of Russia which you will want to visit, learn more about it, establish business and cultural contacts with it.
Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on the Syrian "chemical dossier"
Reception on the occasion of the Victory Day
On May 8, the Embassy hosted a reception on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.
Among the guests of the event were war veterans, representatives of Swedish authorities, local socio-political, business, scientific and cultural circles, the diplomatic corps, countrymen.
Fake Facebook page of the Embassy
The account "Ryska Ambassaden" on Facebook does not relate to the activities of the Russian Embassy in Sweden.
MINEPS VI - Kazan 2017
International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS) is a forum that facilitates intellectual and technical exchange in the field of physical education and sport and serves as an institutional mechanism for a coherent international strategy in this domain.
It is the only global platform of its kind, engaging governments, intergovernmental organizations, the sport movement, academia and specialized NGOs. The outcomes and recommendations of MINEPS are continuously strengthening the educational, cultural and social dimensions of physical education and sport while guiding the implementation of effective policies and practices around the world.
MINEPS conferences have been organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) since 1976:
1976 — MINEPS I in Paris (France)
1988 — MINEPS II in Moscow (Russia)
1999 — MINEPS III in Punta del Este (Uruguay)
2004 — MINEPS IV in Athens (Greece)
2013 — MINEPS V in Berlin (Germany)
2017 — MINEPS VI in Kazan (Russian Federation)
About MINEPS VI
The Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VI) will be held at the Korston Club Hotel, Kazan, Russian Federation, from 13 to 15 July 2017.
MINEPS VI is being prepared by a Programme Committee and an Organizing Committee. The Programme Committee, responsible for preparing the conference programme, is composed of UNESCO, the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, the Chair of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the International Association of Sport for All (TAFISA) and the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE).
The Organizing Committee is headed by Vitaly Mutko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and includes the authorities of federal and regional bodies of executive powers.
It is expected that MINEPS VI will bring together ministers and senior officials responsible for physical education and sport representing 195 UNESCO member states, as well as representatives of involved international sports organizations.
MINEPS VI is intended to take stock of global developments in sport and to formulate strategic issues in international sport policy, with special reference to UNESCO's International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport, and Declaration of Berlin, adopted by MINEPS V in 2013.
MINEPS VI is expected to mark a shift from declarations of policy intent towards measurable action. Consequently, rather than adopting another declaration, the conference is devoted to agree on a plan of actions to which the ministers commit.
In this regard, the presence at the Conference of senior officials of sports industries from all over the world, who shall endorse the final document by consensus, is of high importance. Therefore, the Russian Federation has undertaken a committment to cover the expenses of participation in MINEPS VI of sport ministers of the 50 least-developed countries.
Pursuant to Resolution 38C/47, a common framework for the international follow up to the Declaration of Berlin and the International Charter will be developed. As this common framework is expected to serve as a unified, international reference for orienting policy makers, especially, public sport authorities and the sport movement, it will also need to reflect the sustainable development goals (“SDGs”, Agenda 2030), that recognize the role of sport as “an important enabler of sustainable development”.
The following SDGs are particularly relevant:
- Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages;
- Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all;
- Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls;
- Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all;
- Reduce inequality within and among countries;
- Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable;
- Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
Main themes and sub-topics of MINEPS VI
The Conference agenda is structured around three main themes, including specific sub-topics that will be further specified during the preparatory process:
Theme I:Developing a comprehensive vision of inclusive access for all, including
national sport strategies and plans; the cooperation between public authorities, sports organizations and other stakeholders; gender equality; non-discrimination; quality physical education.
Theme II:Maximizing the contributions of sport to sustainable development and peace, including physical activity and health; social inclusion; values and civic education; youth empowerment; national cohesion; urban planning; indigenous & traditional games; sport in post-conflict settings; major sport events; sport & ecology/climate change; sport and economic development.
Theme III:Protecting the integrity of sport, including good governance of sports organizations; fight against the manipulation of sports competitions; fight against doping; protection of participants, spectators and workers; child protection; fight against sexual exploitation and misconduct; prevention education and awareness rising.
Kazan Action Plan is considered to be an outcome document of MINEPS VI that includes five actions:
- Elaborate an advocacy tool presenting evidence-based arguments for investments in physical education, physical activity and sport;
- Develop common indicators for measuring the contribution of physical education, physical activity and sport to prioritized SDGs and targets;
- Develop a comprehensive set of international guiding principles orienting sport ministers’ interventions in the field of sport integrity (in correlation with the International Convention Against Doping in Sport);
- Conduct a feasibility study on a Global Observatory for Women, Sport, Physical Education and Physical Activity;
- Develop a clearinghouse for sharing information according to the sport policy follow-up framework developed for MINEPS VI;
The draft Kazan Action Plan is forwarded to all concerned stakeholders by the UNESCO Secretariat and is currently under discussion at the level of national sport authorities around the world.
In compliance with the bid submitted to UNESCO in September, 2016, to host the the Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VI), «the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation shall support the implementation of the articles of the mentioned Action Plan in every possible way».
At the same time the implementation of the mentioned actions is impossible without collective work of national sports governing bodies and international sport organizations that is coordinated by UNESCO.
- Draft Kazan Action Plan.
- Provisional Programme of MINEPS VI.
- Invitation to the Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VI) forwarded to Sports Ministers throughout the world on behalf of Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General.
Physical education and sport in the Russian Federation
Development of physical education and sports is a top priority of the country’s social policy. The Russian government has launched sport federal target programmes aimed at developing both high-performance and grassroots sport, modernizing children’s sports schools and providing them with equipment and gear, creating regional centres for sports reserve development, and constructing budget-friendly sports venues that will provide Russian citizens with the opportunity to practice sports.
Russia annually hosts a number of major grassroots sports activities, such as the Cross-Country Race of the Nation, Ski Track of Russia, Golden Puck and Leather Ball, as well as Spartakiades for different groups of population – students, young people, working teams, disabled people and retirees. Compared with the year 2008, the share of population regularly practicing physical activities and sports increased twice and reached 43 million people.
On September 1, 2014, the Russian government launched implementation of the Russian National GTO (the Russian acronym for the ‘Ready for Labour and Defence’ slogan) Health and Fitness Programme, or the GTO complex. The complex consists of standards for the physical development and preparedness of people across various age groups. Since the signing of the executive order on revival of the GTO complex, up to 700,000 people took GTO tests, and almost half of them passed them and were awarded gold, silver and bronze badges for meeting standards.
In view of positive social benefits of hosting sporting events such as development of sports infrastructure, promotion of healthy lifestyles and engagement of different groups of society in sports, the federal government invests considerable efforts in the delivery of major international events in Russia. This was evidenced by successful implementation of a whole number of high-profile sports projects: the 27th Summer Universiade (2013) in Kazan, the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games (2014) in Sochi, the 16th FINA World Aquatics Championships and 16th FINA World Masters Championships (2015) in Kazan, and the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships (2016) in Moscow. Even more, in 2017 the FIFA Confederations Cup will be held in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan, and in 2018 eleven Russian cities will play host to the FIFA World Cup.
In October 2015, Russia submitted a bid to host the Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VI). Russia’s bid was approved on February 9, 2016. The sports capital of the Russian Federation, Kazan (Republic of Tatarstan), was selected as the host city for the upcoming conference.
The city’s achievements in the field of event management were more than once acknowledged with prestigious awards. On November 6, 2013, at the 7th International Sports Event Management Awards (ISEM) in London, UK, Kazan became winner in the Highly Commended Sport City category. In 2014, during the SportAccord International Convention in Belek, Turkey, SportsBusiness International magazine presented Tatarstan’s capital with the Best Newcomer award.
In 2009, Kazan was recognized as the ‘Sports Capital of Russia’. The city rightly and proudly bears this name, being a driving force for Russian sports development. Kazan is home to many award-winning athletes and sports clubs that participate in international competitions. The Rubin Football Club, Ak Bars Hockey Club, Zenit and Dynamo Volleyball Clubs, UNICS Basketball Club, and the Sintez Water Polo Club are the clubs whose names speak for themselves far beyond the country.
Staging of the 27th Summer Universiade in 2013 has given a new impetus to the development of children’s, youth and university sports not only in Kazan, but all over Russia. The Universiade was staged to the highest possible organizational standard and was dubbed as the best ‘World University Summer Games’ ever. Thus, Kazan has become a well recognizable city on the international sporting scene and an attractive place for hosting sporting events of all sizes.
In the summer of 2015, Kazan hosted one more major event – the 16th FINA World Championships – which became record-breaking in terms of the number of participating countries and cumulative TV audience. Apart from high-profile projects, Kazan regularly stages national and international sporting events at its venues. In 2017, together with Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Sochi Kazan will play host to matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup and in 2018 the city is also in the list of 11 Russian cities for matches of the FIFA World Cup.
Condolences to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
The President expressed his condolences to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in connection with the tragic aftermath of the terrorist act in Stockholm.
Working visit of delegation of Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade
On March 14 a delegation of Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade headed by the first deputy Minister Gleb Nikitin was on a working visit to Sweden.
Mr. G.Nikitin was received by Swedish Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde, had negotiations with state secretary Oscar Stenström and heads of some Swedish companies to discuss the ways of development of Russian-Swedish trade and economic relations.
An important outcome of the meetings and negotiations of the first deputy minister was the agreement to hold a meeting of the co-chairs of the Russian-Swedish Steering committee on trade and economic cooperation. This intergovernmental body on the Russian side is headed by Minister of Industry and Trade D.Manturov, on the Swedish one - by Minister for EU Affairs and Trade A.Linde.
Press-conference following the meeting of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with Swedish Foreign Minster Margot Wallström
Russian Embassy opens a book of condolence
The Embassy of the Russian Federation presents its compliments to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, all Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations in Sweden and regrets to inform them with profound sadness that Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Turkey Mr. Andrey G. Karlov was murdered in the terrorist attack in Ankara on 19th December 2016.
A book of condolence will remain open at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Sweden, Gjörwellsgatan 31 on the following dates:
20th December from 11.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 17.00
21st December from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 17.00
The Embassy of the Russian Federation avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, all Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations in Sweden the assurances of its highest consideration.
Stockholm, 20 December 2016
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden,
all Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations
Meeting with Governor of Jämtland County
On November 21, 2016 Russian Ambassador Victor Tatarintsev met Governor of the County Administrative Board of Jämtland County Jöran Hägglund to discuss relevant issues of Russian-Swedish interregional cooperation.
Meetings with Swedish students
On November 14-15, 2016 Embassy attaché Natalia Zlatkina met students at Solberga gymnasium in Arvika and Karlstad University. The participants discussed key international issues.
Working visit of representatives of Border Service of Russian Federal Security Service to Sweden
On November 14-16, 2016 a delegation of Border Service of Russian Federal Security Service headed by first deputy chief of the head of Department for Coast Guard of the Border Service vice-admiral Aleksey Volskiy was on a working visit to Sweden within the framework of the cooperation programme with colleagues from the Swedish Coast Guard.
The parties expressed their mutual satisfaction with the state of the current interaction and agreed to maintain its pace.
On November 16 the Russian delegation was received by Russian Ambassador to Sweden Victor Tatarintsev.