Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the United States Donald Trump
Vladimir Putin thanked Donald Trump for the information passed on by the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that helped detain the terrorists who plotted to set off explosions at Kazan Cathedral in St Petersburg and other public places in the city. The information received from the CIA was enough to locate and detain the criminals.
The Russian President asked the US President to convey his appreciation to the Central Intelligence Agency director and the operatives of US intelligence services who received this information.
Vladimir Putin assured Donald Trump that in the event that Russian intelligence services receive information that concerns terrorist threats to the US and its citizens, they will promptly pass it on to their US colleagues via partner channels.
The President congratulated People’s Artist of the USSR, composer Rodion Shchedrin on his 85th birthday
People’s Artist of the USSR, composer Rodion Shchedrin
Vladimir Putin signed an Executive Order awarding Rodion Shchedrin the Order of Honour for his great contribution to Russian music and many years of creative work.
The message of greeting, sent earlier by the President of Russia, reads, in part:
“Your creative work, which embodies great traditions of classical music and daring novel endeavours, has become a truly significant factor in Russian and global music, enriched it with the wonderful pieces you composed in a wide variety of genres, styles and trends.”
Rodion Shchedrin is a winner of the Lenin Prize and State Prizes of the USSR and the Russian Federation, the author of seven operas, five ballets, three symphonies, 14 concertos, a large number of chamber, instrumental, vocal, choir and topical music pieces as well film soundtracks and theatre music pieces.
Vladimir Putin presented the composer with a painting by Vasily Denisov called High Rigger. High Riggers was a popular song from the 1957 feature film The Height, and Rodion Shchedrin was the author of the soundtrack.
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Vladimir Putin met with permanent members of the Security Council
Putin meeting with permanent members of Security Council
The situation on the Korean Peninsula was discussed, particularly in the context of the telephone conversation between Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump.
The situation in Syria was also touched upon. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu briefed members of the Council on the process of withdrawing Russian military forces from the Syrian Arab Republic.
In addition, there was an exchange of views on current issues on the national agenda.
Attending the meeting were Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Foreign Intelligence Service Director Sergey Naryshkinand Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov.
Senior officials from the UK National School of Government International met with state and international organisations to discuss reform processes in Uzbekistan
British Embassy Tashkent
Alan Whaites, Senior Adviser and Head of Profession, and Leila Brosnan, International Adviser, of the UK National School of Government International (NSGI) visited Uzbekistan on 6 – 15 December 2017.
The NSGI is a cross-cutting civil service unit in the UK that provides advisory and capacity-building support in governance and centre of government reform to overseas governments, using a practitioner-to-practitioner model of support that is adapted to local priorities and the local context.
During their visit Alan Whaites and Leila Brosnan met with a number of state and international organisations, including: the State Agency for Project Management under the President of Uzbekistan; the Centre for Strategy Development; the Chamber of Audit; the Academy of Public Administration under the President; the Institute for Monitoring of Current Legislation under the President of Uzbekistan; the Ministry of Justice; the Ministry for Development of Information Technologies and Communication; the Institute of Forecasting and Macroeconomic Research under the Cabinet of Ministers; the Agency for Science and Technologies; Tashkent State Law University; UNDP; World Bank; GIZ; EBRD and others.
During the meetings the NSGI experts discussed the reform process underway in Uzbekistan and the future prospects for UK support for these reforms.
On his visit to Uzbekistan Alan Whaites, Senior Adviser and Head of Profession of NSGI, said:
We are impressed by the ongoing reforms as well as the energy and change in Uzbekistan. We are really grateful for the welcome we received from all organisations and people that we met, and for their interest in partnership with the UK.
The UK delivered a statement during the interactive dialogue on the OHCHR report of the Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine in Geneva on 15 December 2017
The session takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva
The UK welcomes the 20th OHCHR report of the Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. The temporary decrease in fighting and the related casualties highlighted in this report shows that the situation on the ground can be improved if there is a will to do so. However, the return to an increase in fighting shows that without a genuine ceasefire or the removal of heavy weapons the likelihood of sudden and violent increases in fighting remains. The shelling of critical civilian infrastructure and facilities liable to produce humanitarian and ecological catastrophe should be stopped.
The UK notes with deep concern the continuing reports of arbitrary detentions, torture and ill treatment on both sides of the contact line. The ongoing activities of illegal parallel state structures in areas controlled by Russian backed separatists, including the ‘pronouncement’ of a second ‘death penalty’ in the so called ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ and the re-arresting of an individual every 30 days for the last 8 months to keep him in pre-trial detention, are also deeply worrying.
The report details ongoing human rights violations and abuses in illegally annexed Crimea. These violations and abuses target the Crimean Tatar minority as well as those who advocate Crimea’s rightful place as a part of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders. Reported violations include the arrest of 49 Crimean Tatars for single person protests, arrests apparently in violation of the laws of the Russian Federation applied by the de facto authorities. The de facto authorities continue to deny international monitoring organisations access, preventing a true independent assessment of the human rights situation. We continue to call on the Russian Federation to grant access, in line with UN General Assembly resolution 71/205.
What has been the effect of the increase in bureaucratic obstructions put on the provision of humanitarian assistance across the contact line by the Russian backed separatists?
Has the OHCHR received reports of other religious minorities suffering persecution similar to that endured by Jehovah’s witnesses in separatist controlled Donetsk and Luhansk?