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08.12.2016 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, December 7, 2016

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will travel to Hamburg today to attend the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting. He plans to hold many bilateral and multilateral meetings on the sidelines of this event. In particular, today he will meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. In the next few days he will meet with the foreign ministers of the CSTO member states, as well as with colleagues from Austria, Kazakhstan, Spain, Armenia and several other countries, in addition to conducting active work at the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting.

08.12.2016 - Meeting of Vladimir Putin with Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Sechin, I would like to congratulate you on the conclusion of a privatisation deal to sell a large stake in our leading oil and gas company Rosneft: 19.5 percent. The deal was made on an upward trend in the price of oil and it therefore reflects on the value of the company itself. In this respect, the timing is very good and the overall value of the deal is significant: 10.5 billion euros. Together with the Bashneft company that you acquired recently, this amounts to $17.5 billion. Even the first by itself is the largest privatisation deal, the largest sell-off and acquisition in the oil and gas sector in the world in the outgoing year 2016.

07.12.2016 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in OSCE Ministerial Meeting

Russia has called for strengthening the OSCE role and prestige, and for enhancing its international demand. The organisation’s long-term goal is to create a community with equal and indivisible security based on the decisions taken at the OSCE summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, in 2010. The immediate goal at this stage, which is noted for confrontation and the crisis of European security, is to restore trust between the member states. Russia is ready for this dialogue.

06.12.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland, Moscow, December 6, 2016

06.12.2016 - Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Our “concerned” French and British colleagues surely know that Aleppo residents are already receiving such aid – not just on paper but in fact – from Russia, through the Defence Ministry, the Hmeymim Centre for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides and the Russian Emergencies Ministry.

05.12.2016 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the upcoming visit to Russia by Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland will visit Russia on December 6-7 at the invitation of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Sergey Lavrov and Thorbjorn Jagland will hold talks on December 6.

03.12.2016 - Comment by the MFA on the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution on North Korea

On November 30, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2321 on strengthening sanctions on the DPRK. This document is a consolidated international response to the fifth nuclear test conducted by North Korea in September in violation of multiple Security Council resolutions. Pyongyang’s provocative actions with respect to nuclear missiles demanded a response in the form of additional severe sanctions. Under the UN Charter, these sanctions are binding for all member states.

03.12.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Moscow, December 1, 2016

Question: In your opinion, will Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States turn a new page in the dialogue between Moscow and Washington? What kind of relations does Russia want to build with the US? Did Moscow help Donald Trump become president, as representatives of the Democratic Party allege? Sergey Lavrov: If you allow me, I would like to begin with the last part of your question. Those who “helped” Donald Trump become president were the US citizens who voted for him on November 8. As President Vladimir Putin has said on a number of occasions, Russia has never sought to influence the election campaign, believing it to be an internal affair for the US. If anybody tried to interfere with the elections, it was the allies of the US. Just read what many European leaders said and wrote about Donald Trump during the campaign.

03.12.2016 - Annual Address of Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, to the Federal Assembly, Moscow, The Kremlin, December 1, 2016

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon colleagues, members of the Federation Council, State Duma deputies, citizens of Russia, Today, as usual in these annual addresses, I will speak about our tasks in the economy, the social sector, domestic and foreign policy. This year’s address will focus particularly on the economy, social issues, and domestic policy.

01.12.2016 - Ambassador Yakovenko meets representatives of Russian Quantum Centre

On 28 November 2016 Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko met a delegation of the Russian Quantum Centre headed by its CEO Ruslan Yunusov to discuss plans of holding a EU-Russia-UK conference on quantum technologies. Such a meeting would greatly contribute to the forthcoming Russia-UK Year of Science and Education in 2017 and promote broader international cooperation in the area of quantum technologies.

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