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Invasion of Ukraine by Russia

Information on sanctions, travel advice and consular assistance, Australia's humanitarian assistance and media releases.

Foreign policy

Russia, as the main successor to the Soviet Union, aims to consolidate its role as one of the centres of a multipolar global order. Russia's self-image as a great power is based mostly upon military strength, arms sales, its permanent seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC) and geography.

In addition to its permanent seat on the UNSC, Russia is a member of BRICS, the Eurasian Economic Union, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), ASEAN Regional Forum, East Asia Summit (EAS) and the Group of 20 (G20).

Australia-Russia Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

Travel information

Heads of Government

Includes Heads of State, Prime Ministers, Foreign, Trade and Aid Ministers.

Embassies and consulates




The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade seeks your feedback on the information provided on Europe. Please contact us by:

  • Mail:
    Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    Northern, Central and Eastern Europe Section
    Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe Branch
    RG Casey Building
    John McEwen Crescent
    BARTON ACT 0221
  • Fax: (02) 6261 2176 or 6261 2990
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