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10.10.2016 - Comment by the Press and Information Department on an attack against a refugee camp in Niger

Reports indicate that an armed attack was perpetrated against a refugee camp housing Malian refugees in Niger on October 6. More than 20 Niger law enforcement personnel, who guarded the camp, were killed in the attack. Niger has declared two days of mourning.


10.10.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Channel One’s Vremya weekly news and analysis programme, broadcast on Sunday, Moscow, October 9, 2016

Question: Is it possible to make a deal with the US? You went through very complex and lengthy negotiations with US Secretary of State John Kerry, and agreements were reached. The Pentagon is now bombing the Syrian army and several dozen people were killed. How can an agreement be reached against this backdrop? Sergey Lavrov: Reaching agreement is not easy, and making sure that an agreement that had been reached is actually implemented is even harder. Regarding Syria, this is like a chronic disease. For example, back in June 2012, just over one year after the start of the so-called Arab Spring, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was asked to try and find a way out of the crisis. He devised a plan, called the Kofi Annan six-point peace plan. Russia supported this plan, while the West made a wry face and refused to review it. We had to go to great lengths to convene a meeting in Geneva, bringing together the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the key Arab countries and Turkey as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in an attempt to make progress on the issue. We succeeded in adopting the so-called Geneva Communique, which is attributable for the most part to our direct contact with then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. We adopted the communique on June 30, 2012 after negotiations that lasted for many hours. It took us two days to fulfil Russia’s commitment under the document to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad approve the document. Days and weeks went by and neither the US nor the other Western or Arab countries were able to convince the opposition to do the same.


10.10.2016 - Foreign Ministry statement in connection with Russia's veto of the French-proposed UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria on October 8, 2016

On October 8, the Russian Federation voted against the UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria, proposed by France. The text of the document, which was obviously drawn up with Washington's encouragement directly after the United States refused to observe the Russian-US agreements on the Syrian settlement, flagrantly misrepresented the actual state of affairs and had a politically-charged and unbalanced character. The French-proposed document indiscriminately laid the blame for the escalation of tensions in the Syrian Arab Republic solely on the country's authorities and plainly attempted, through a ban on military flights over the city of Aleppo, to afford protection to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and the militants that have merged with it, despite the UN member states' obligation to fight the terrorist threat with all available means. The draft resolution completely obscured the fact that the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo was provoked deliberately, when in August and September the militants refused to provide access to humanitarian convoys, threatening to open fire on them. At the same time, the document ignored the need to promptly initiate an intra-Syrian political process, which is being sabotaged by the same Syrian opposition members who are supported and covered by the West in every possible way.


07.10.2016 - Russian Embassy Press-secretary's Comment Regarding the FCO Statement on "Memorial" Organization

The Embassy is surprised by the recent official statement made by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the decision of the Russian authorities to assign the organization "Memorial" a status of "foreign agent".


07.10.2016 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, October 6, 2016

I have to start this briefing with a phrase that has opened many of the briefings in the past few years: the situation in Syria remains tense. It is particularly complicated in the north of the country, mainly in and around Aleppo where government forces continue fighting Jabhat al-Nusra militants and groups affiliated with it.


06.10.2016 - Statement by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Aleksey Meshkov at the OSCE Mediterranean Conference in the framework of a High‑level Segment on "Youth North and South of the Mediterranean: Facing Security Challenges and Enhancing Co-operation" Vienna, October 6, 2016

Mr. Chairman, Ladies and gentlemen, We believe that today's conference is a good opportunity to conduct an in-depth analysis of the situation in the Mediterranean region and its impact on the overall Euro-Atlantic security.


06.10.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault, Moscow, October 6, 2016


06.10.2016 - A new cultural project "Translit"

24 October - 7 November. Russian & British artists travel along the Trans-Siberian Railway (which celebrates its centenary in 2016). "Translit", a new promising project from the British Council in Russia, to celebrate the bilateral Year of Language & Literature.


05.10.2016 - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s reply to a media question

Question: Can Russia meet Japan’s territorial claims halfway? Has any headway been made in the talks at the level of Russian and Japanese Deputy Foreign Ministers? Maria Zakharova: Talks on the peace treaty have been conducted since 2014 by a decision of President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Three rounds of consultations have been held to date.


04.10.2016 - Remarks by Mikhail Ulyanov, Director of the Foreign Ministry Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control and Representative of the Russian Federation at the First Committee of the 71st Session of the UNGA, New York, October 3, 2016

On October 3, 2016, President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed an executive order to suspend the Russian-US Agreement Concerning the Management and Disposition of Plutonium Designated as no Longer Required for Defence Purposes and Related Cooperation (Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement or PMDA), which was signed in Washington and Moscow on August 29 and September 1, 2000, and the Protocols to this Agreement signed on September 15, 2006 and April 13, 2010.


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