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13.01.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, January 12, 2016

We expect the officials to focus on Syria, considering our countries’ shared interest in an early political settlement of the extremely dangerous Syrian crisis. This crisis is directly affecting Syria’s neighbour, Jordan, which has accepted over 600,000 Syrian refugees. Like our Jordanian partners, we believe that there is no alternative to a political settlement of the protracted Syrian crisis by the Syrians themselves without any preconditions and with active international support. We have taken active steps within various formats to expedite the achievement of this goal in combination with our contribution to the fight against the terrorist groups in Syria.


12.01.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with former Lebanese Foreign Minister Jean Obeid

On January 12, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov received former Lebanese Foreign Minister Jean Obeid.


12.01.2017 - Telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The two leaders focused on the situation in Syria. They pointed out that the ceasefire agreements reached between the Syrian Government and the moderate opposition through the mediation of Russia and Turkey have been mostly complied with and agreed to continue their joint efforts to prepare the intra-Syrian talks in Astana, Kazakhstan.


11.01.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

On January 10, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.


11.01.2017 - Comment by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on the new US sanctions against Russia

On January 9, the outgoing US administration expanded sanctions against Russia, the fourth hostile move in less than three weeks. We could have continued without comment, since the inadequacy of the leaders in Washington, who have fallen into a sanctions-mania, is something that is clear to everyone. But the situation begs for a few pertinent remarks.


10.01.2017 - Russian embassy on the talk of impending official anti-Russian witch hunt in Britain

Judging by media reports (The Sunday Times is particular), the British authorities are planning to emulate the Obama Administration and launch an official campaign to counter presumed “concerted drive by Russia to undermine the UK”. It follows the EU summit and the successful humanitarian evacuation from Eastern Aleppo, brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey, which helped save lives of thousands people and separate bona fide Syrian opposition from foreign terrorists/jihadists, and the adoption of the UN Security Council resolution 2328 on Syria. Now there is a ceasefire in place endorsed by another UNSC resolution. HMG is also widely suspected of and expected to brief the incoming US Administration against Russia.


09.01.2017 - Press release on Jerusalem terrorist attack

On January 8, a lorry driver deliberately rammed a group of Israeli soldiers and civilians at a bus stop in Jerusalem, killing four and wounding 17. The attacker, an Arab resident of East Jerusalem, was gunned down.


08.01.2017 - Christmas greetings

Vladimir Putin congratulated Orthodox Christians and all Russians celebrating Christmas today.


05.01.2017 - The Russian Embassy on Russia’s military effort in Syria

Russia’s MOD announced major outcomes of our military effort in Syria for the period since 30 September 2015.


30.12.2016 - New Year greetings to foreign heads of state and government

Vladimir Putin sent Christmas and New Year greetings to heads of state and government and heads of international organisations. In his congratulatory messages addressed to the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Elizabeth II and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Theresa May, the President of Russia confirmed the conviction that the positive development of bilateral relations and partner collaboration in dealing with pressing international issues meets the interests of the peoples of Russia and the UK.


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