Today at the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan a master class was held for future specialists in international affairs from one of the most famous diplomats in the world – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The Russian Foreign Minister gave a lecture to teachers and students of two Turkmen universities – the Institute of International Relations and the International University of Humanities and Development.
The head of the Russian foreign affairs agency focused mainly on Turkmen-Russian relations. Lavrov stressed that Moscow treats with deep respect the policy of permanent positive neutrality pursued by the Turkmen leadership and regards it as a contribution to the stability and sustainable development of the region of Central Asia.
According to the main Russian diplomat, the peace-loving course of Moscow and Ashgabat, the coincidence or proximity of approaches to key international and regional problems, allow the parties to cooperate productively at various multilateral venues.
Sergey Lavrov noted that from January 1 of this year, Turkmenistan has been performing the functions of chairman in the CIS and Moscow supports the priorities outlined in the concept of the Turkmen chairmanship. These include the intensification of political and diplomatic cooperation within the framework of the CIS, an increase in the level of partnership between the CIS and international organizations, as well as cooperation of the Commonwealth countries in energy, transport, communications and communications.
Lavrov especially noted the fruitful cooperation in the Caspian Sea. According to him, the well-being and prosperity of the peoples of the region largely depends on how the situation develops in the Caspian region. In this connection, the head of the foreign affairs ministry of the Russian Federation stressed that the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, signed on August 12 last year, guarantees the use of the sea only for peaceful purposes, and does not provide for the presence of armed forces of non-regional powers.
After the lecture, teachers and students asked Sergey Lavrov questions. To the credit of future Turkmen internationals, the questions were interesting. There were those, the answers to which help a little to see not only a well-known diplomat, but an ordinary person.
Question: Do you find time in your busy schedule for recreation? If so, what are your priorities – sports, creativity, family?
Lavrov: Well, probably, sports and communication with children, grandchildren. I have three of them already. It always pleases. And sport. Sport is something that distracts from various concerns. I play football at least once a week. And in the summer I like rafting in Siberia. And it really distracts. You don’t think about anything else, you just want to survive (laughter in the hall).
Question: Mr. Minister, we know that you are a graduate of the MSIIR. Based on this, so that you can advise us, future international specialists?
Lavrov laughs: There are no secrets. We must study well. Languages, history, the history of diplomacy, the history of the world. And no electronic means of conducting various negotiations and different cases will not replace direct communication. Therefore, it is very important that a person is sociable. Well, if someone is naturally given to be sociable, the ability to convince, to find some solutions with his colleagues, this is great. But nature is not so generous. Therefore, sometimes, if you yourself feel that there is not enough quality of communication, then you should try to work it out in yourself. Diplomacy is generally the very first profession in the world, because for everything else you need to agree. And diplomacy is the art of negotiating.