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14.10.2016 - Press release on the results of the joint meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, Council of Defence Ministers and the Committee of Secretaries of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation Security Councils

On October 14, Yerevan hosted a joint meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, Council of Defence Ministers and the Committee of Secretaries of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) Security Councils.


14.10.2016 - Press release on the results of the joint meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, Council of Defence Ministers and the Committee of Secretaries of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation Security Councils

On October 14, Yerevan hosted a joint meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, Council of Defence Ministers and the Committee of Secretaries of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) Security Councils.


14.10.2016 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, October 13, 2016

I’d like to start with a detour through some of the history of information support for Russian foreign policy. This history is long. Way back the Ambassadorial Prikaz (Office) began to issue hand-written sheets (the first prototype of a Russian newspaper), using foreign publications as one of the sources. This “newspaper” began to be issued on a regular basis in Moscow in 1621 although its periodical versions appeared as early as in June 1600. It existed until the start of the 18 century.


13.10.2016 - Russian Embassy in the UK welcomes winners of MegaFon Football Tournament

On 12 – 16 October 2016, the winners of the 11th Future Depends On You open Russian nationwide football tournament for teams from children’s homes and orphanages, organized annually by MegaFon, headed to London for their prize trip. For the first time in the tournament’s history, the young footballers have been invited for a reception at the Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom. The meeting with Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko was held on 13 October at the official residence in the format of a traditional English tea ceremony.


13.10.2016 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on a mortar attack on the area of the Russian Embassy in Damascus

The area of the Russian Embassy in Damascus came under a mortar attack starting at 11.30 am on October 12. The shots appear to have been fired from the Jobar neighbourhood which is controlled by extremists. One of the mines exploded in direct proximity to the external security post of the Embassy and another landed a short distance from the entrance to the consular department. Two mines detonated a hundred metres from the Embassy fence. A mine landed without exploding on the roof of a local school a short distance from the Russian Embassy. The premises of the Embassy campus were littered with fragments following the attack. None of the Embassy staff were injured. We are assessing the material damage from the attack.


13.10.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Amanpour program on CNN International, Moscow, 12. October 2016

Question: We are here at an extraordinarily difficult and painful time: what’s happening in Syria has got the world very, very upset. In the United Kingdom people are saying that this is the worst bombardment of civilians since the Nazis bombed Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. John Kerry has said that Russia and the Syrian regime owe the world more than an explanation about why they keep hitting hospitals, medical facilities, women and children. Why are you doing that? Sergey Lavrov: Well, I think all these statements have to be verified. Just as in the case of accusations regarding hacker attacks against the Democratic Party, we never got any confirmation of the accusations against us. We have been asking for facts, we have insisted on the investigation into the attack on the humanitarian convoy in Aleppo on September 19. And what my friend and new colleague Boris Johnson was saying was absolutely politicking, not…


12.10.2016 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

On October 11, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke over the phone to Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif. The conversation, which took place at Russia’s request, focused on the current situation in Syria. Both officials stressed that a political solution to the Syrian crisis has no alternative, and called for stepping up international efforts to create the necessary conditions to promote it.


11.10.2016 - Comment of the Press-Secretary of the Russian Embassy

Today’s parliamentary debate on Syria is depressing. The speeches of those who participated in the discussion contradict the logic of all previous decisions of the International Syria Support Group as well as UN Security Council resolutions (Britain is a member of both). USA and other members of the Western coalition failed to separate Jabhat Al-Nusra from the so-called “moderate opposition” they work with.


11.10.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to media questions on the sidelines of the World Energy Congress, Istanbul, October 10, 2016

We are open to cooperation in all formats, both old and new ones. The ball is in the US court. It is the Americans who should answer the question about what is left in Syria, because we have not shut down anything.


11.10.2016 - Press release on Russia’s participation in the Second Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit

A Russian delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov took part in the Second Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit in Bangkok on October 9-10.


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