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28.09.2016 - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova's answer to a media question

Question: What can you say about the preliminary conclusions of the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office? Maria Zakharova: Russia is disappointed that nothing has changed in the investigation into the Boeing crash. The conclusions reached by the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office confirm that the investigation is biased and politically motivated. Arbitrarily laying blame and engaging in wishful thinking has become the norm for our Western colleagues. I would like to ask them: When will it be enough?

28.09.2016 - Ambassador Yakovenko takes part in Russo-British Chamber of Commerce Centenary Business Forum

On 27 September 2016 Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko took part in the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC) Centenary Business Forum in London with the participation of its Patron HRH Prince Michael of Kent. The event gathered a large number of Russian and British companies.

27.09.2016 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad

On September 27, special presidential representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov received Ambassador of the Syrian Arab Republic to Russia Riyad Haddad, at the latter’s request.

27.09.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s television interview for the Pozdnyakov programme on NTV, September 26, 2016

Question: Speaking at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council convened by the United States and some European countries, US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power accused Russia of “barbarism” in Syria. Are we again being accused of all sins? Sergey Lavrov: I think that’s the case, to a certain extent, all the more so since this meeting and the Western initiative to convene it as an emergency meeting on Sunday of all days, raises several questions. We dealt with this issue for the entire past week during high level debates at the UN General Assembly. As a rule, these debates concern various issues that are most urgent for UN member countries. Naturally, Syria prevailed at these debates. Syria was discussed at a fully-fledged ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council, and two sessions of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), which US Secretary of State John Kerry, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, and I organised as the group’s co-chairs and which turned into an hours-long discussion. Naturally, delegations devoted the lion’s share of their attention to the Syrian crisis in their speeches and general debates.

26.09.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Vesti v Subbotu news show, New York, September 24, 2016

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Vesti v Subbotu news show, New York, September 24, 2016

24.09.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, New York, September 23, 2016

A year ago, from the same rostrum at the anniversary session of the UN General Assembly, plenty of accurate assessments were made of the situation at this crucial stage of international development. The main theme was the recognition that humankind, in transitioning from a bipolar and unipolar international order to an objectively evolving polycentric, democratic system of international relations, is faced with challenges and threats that are common to all and that can only be overcome by joint efforts. It was rightly noted that there is a pressing need to change the philosophy governing relations between states and do away with attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of states and impose development models on countries and nations.

24.09.2016 - Statement by the Quartet's Principals New York, 23 September 2016

Representatives of the Quartet — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, United States Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini — met in New York on 23 September.

23.09.2016 - Heroes Wanted!

Over the last couple of years Russian Embassy has made a big effort to present an Ushakov medal in person to each and every surviving veteran of the Arctic Convoys. Today, after some 3000 awardings, only about 150 of them are waiting for a medal, which will be presented in the next few weeks. However, despite all our efforts and those of the UK Ministry of Defence, we have been unable to locate some 160 veterans. We are publishing a list of names, with their last known area of residence, in the hope that our readers will be able to trace them.

23.09.2016 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veterans

On 21 September Attaché of the Embassy Oleg Shor presented the Ushakov medals to the Arctic Convoys veterans Mr Reginald Arthur POND, Mr George HILL and Mr John Henry HAGGER, who were awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for their personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.

23.09.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to media questions following the ISSG meeting, New York, September 22, 2016

Question: What has happened? Sergey Lavrov: Nothing has happened; we will continue consultations.

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