The Russian Federation continues to perform the rights and fulfil the obligations following from the international agreements signed by the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics.
Accordingly the Government of the Russian Federation shall perform the functions of a depository in conformity with the corresponding multilateral agreements instead of the Government of the USSR.
Therefore, the Ministry kindly requests to consider the Russian Federation as a Party to all international agreements in force instead of the USSR.
Moscow, January 13, 1992."
By Note of 14 April 1992 received at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at The Hague on 11 May 1992, the Russian Federation confirmed that the declaration of 13 January 1992 applies also to this Convention and reworded the communication made by the Government of the USSR in 1966.
Unofficial English translation:
With regard to the provisions of Articles 1, 6, 9 and 15 of the above-said Convention, I have the honour to inform you that in conformity to the procedure existing in the Russian Federation legal documents issued by foreign law authorities and intended for the delivery to persons residing on the territory of the Russian Federation, as well as legal instructions of the above-mentioned law authorities should be forwarded for execution to the relevant Russian institutions by diplomatic channels through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. This procedure shall, by no means, prevent diplomatic and consular missions of foreign countries in the Russian Federation to present documents to citizens of the countries represented by these missions in accordance with the conditions stipulated in the last paragraph of Article 6 of said Convention.
Statement on the Convention of 1 March 1954 on Civil Procedure
"Reaffirming its firm commitment to respect and fully comply with generally recognised principles and rules of international law, the Russian Federation, with reference to the declaration of Ukraine of 16 October 2015 regarding the Convention of 1 March 1954 on Civil Procedure, states the following.
The Russian Federation rejects to the above mentioned declaration of Ukraine and states that it cannot be taken into consideration as it is based on a bad faith and incorrect presentation and interpretation of facts and law.
The declaration of Ukraine regarding "certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine" cannot serve as a justification for non-compliance with its obligations, disregard for humanitarian considerations, refusal or failure to take necessary measures to find practical solutions for issues that have a very serious and direct impact on the ability of residents of those regions to exercise their fundamental rights and freedoms provided for by international law.
The declaration of independence of the Republic of Crimea and its voluntary accession to the Russian Federation are the result of a direct and free expression of will by the people of Crimea in accordance with democratic principles, a legitimate form of exercising their right to self-determination given an aided from abroad violent coup d'état in Ukraine which caused rampant radical nationalist elements not hesitating to use terror, intimidation and harassment against both its political opponents and the population of entire regions of Ukraine.
The Russian Federation rejects any attempts to call into question an objective status of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as constituent entities of the Russian Federation, the territories of which are an integral part of the territory of the Russian Federation under its full sovereignty. Thus, the Russian Federation reaffirms that it fully complies with its international obligations under the Convention in relation to this part of its territory".