On February 10, Russia celebrates Diplomats Day – a professional holiday, the date of which is associated with the first mention of Posolsky Prikaz (literally “Ministry of Embassies”) in 1549 – the first state agency responsible for the country’s foreign affairs.
The strategic tasks of Russian diplomacy today include ensuring global peace and stability, promoting the principles of multilateralism, international law and the central role of the United Nations.
Through diplomacy, one projection can produce substantial and concrete results for all of humanity. A more recent example is the renewal of the Treaty on Strategic Arms Reduction between the Russian Federation and the United States of America (known as New START) on February 3 without preconditions and right at the start of the Joseph Biden government’s withdrawal. which was made possible thanks to the enormous diplomatic effort.
In practice, partners not only have points of convergence, but of course also points of divergence. In an open dialogue between equals, diplomats who do not accept a tone of doctrine try to find out what connects the positions of their states and seek to exploit the potential for existing cooperation by focusing on these growth points.
It is the way forward. This was the case when the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell visited Moscow on February 5th. And it is precisely this kind of work that the Russian Embassy in Lisbon is doing in terms of the constructive and mutually beneficial relationship with the Portuguese authorities.
The author writes according to the new orthographic convention