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07.11.2016 - Reply by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova to a media question in connection with reports on US military hackers’ penetration of Russia’s telecommunications networks and electric grid

Question: How would you comment on the reports that US military hackers have penetrated Russia’s telecommunications networks and electric grid? Maria Zakharova: Regarding the recent media reports that US military hackers have penetrated Russian’s telecommunications networks and electric grid, as well as “the Kremlin’s command systems”, we expect a response from the US authorities, including the White House and the Department of State with a legal assessment of the reports.

04.11.2016 - State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin’s interview with Rossiya Segodnya information agency

State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin’s interview with Rossiya Segodnya information agency, November 3, 2016

03.11.2016 - Mosul and Aleppo. 4 differences (courtesy of Russian MoD)

The forces of the Western coalition have encircled ISIS in Mosul, and are preparing for the assault. The public is being repeatedly told “No, Mosul is not like Aleppo!” And now, thanks to our colleagues from the Ministry of Defence, we can offer a professional view, why Mosul is not like Aleppo – and why the situation there is actually worse.

02.11.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s speech at the Fourth Russian-Greek Civil Society Forum, Athens, November 2, 2016

In the current difficult international situation, civil societies are objectively playing an increasing role in maintaining an atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding, forming a positive agenda for international conflicts with an eye to the future and expanding humanitarian exchanges. We welcome public diplomacy initiatives that promote a culture and values of equitable, mutually beneficial partnership in international affairs. In the past few years the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs took a number of practical steps to facilitate productive foreign policy dialogue between government agencies and NGOs. I am referring to the formation of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund and the Russian International Affairs Council.

01.11.2016 - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s comment on the use of chemical warfare agents by terrorist groups in Syria

On October 30, terrorists reportedly fired homemade shells stuffed with toxic agents at the Hamdaniya and Dahiyat al-Assad neighbourhoods in western Aleppo poisoning at least 35 people, many of whom have been hospitalised.

31.10.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview for the Rossiya 1 television network documentary entitled “My mind is set: Yevgeny Primakov”, Moscow, October 31, 2016

Question: My first question is about Yevgeny Primakov’s decision to turn the plane around in mid-flight [over the Atlantic]. I must admit that I don’t completely agree with the way we highlight this decision as the focal point and possibly even a symbolic element in his career. What was the meaning behind this turn-around? What did it change?

31.10.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with Foreign Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides, Moscow, October 31, 2016

I am happy to see you again. We maintain regular contacts at various levels, which is evidence of trust and the special nature of our political dialogue. In May 2015, we had the honour to welcome President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, who attended the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. In December 2015, I was happy to experience your hospitality in Cyprus. In July 2016, Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev met with President Anastasiades on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. In September, I had the honour of meeting with President Anastasiades on the sidelines of a UN General Assembly session. Mr Kasoulides, you also attended that meeting. Today we are happy to welcome you to Moscow.

31.10.2016 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation with the bank accounts of the Russia Today Office in the UK

The abnormal situation surrounding the Russia Today Office in the United Kingdom continues to evoke serious concern. The NATWEST Bank persists in its intention to close the RT accounts, thereby creating an objective obstacle to the channel’s further functioning.

31.10.2016 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veterans

On 28 October Attaché of the Embassy Oleg Shor presented the Ushakov medals to the Arctic Convoys veterans Mr Barney MITCHELL, Mr Valentine BURN, Mr Henry Myers FREEL, Mr Robert ROBERTSON, Mr David George HOSKINS, Mr Elliot JAMES and Mr James Eric HARRIS, who were awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for their personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.

28.10.2016 - Comment by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva on the implementation of the Russia-US agreements on Syria

The public sphere is recently actively used to force Anti-Russian rhetoric in the context of the Syrian crisis. There are attempts to diminish Russia’s role and depict our country as the prime cause of all the troubles in Syria. It is speculated that Moscow counts on the military solution of the conflict. The aim of this campaign is simple – to conceal the true culprits of the failure of the CoH in Syria and disguise the true causes of the non-fulfillment of the Russia-US agreements. The Russian Federation made a thorough fact-based comparative analysis of implementation of the Russia-US agreements. It includes all aspects such as compliance with and monitoring of CoH, granting of humanitarian access to besieged areas, joint fight against terrorism.

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