Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, October 4, 2017

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets with university graduates joining the Ministry’s diplomatic service

On October 9, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with the university graduates of 2017 who have been accepted into the diplomatic service at the Russian Foreign Ministry.

It has to be stressed that this year the Ministry hired the largest number of university graduates in the last five years. All in all, 115 graduates have been hired this year.

Such meetings have long been a good tradition. New diplomatic workers at the Ministry will have a chance to speak directly with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on topical issues of the current foreign policy agenda.

Also taking part in the meeting will be Ministry executives and foreign policy veterans whose experience and knowledge are invaluable for the new generation of Foreign Ministry staff.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to take part in the meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will chair a regular meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States in Sochi on October 10.

The agenda will cover various aspects of the many-sided cooperation within the CIS, including topical international issues. Particular attention will be paid to the problems of combating corruption, ensuring security and fighting terrorism.

The ministers are expected to approve the draft statement in support of the institution of family and traditional family values developed at the initiative of the Russian side as part of the Year of the Family being held in the Commonwealth in 2017.

A number of documents aimed at deepening cooperation in the economic, law-enforcement, military and cultural areas are to be passed.

The draft documents approved by the meeting will then be submitted for consideration to the Council of CIS Heads of State (October 11, Sochi) and the Council of CIS Heads of Government (November 3, Tashkent).

I would like to draw your attention as media representatives to the fact that the official Russian MFA site has posted an announcement on the accreditation of journalists for the upcoming event. Those planning to cover the event should make sure you get your accreditation before noon on October 6.