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13.02.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Irada Zeynalova’s Itogi Nedeli programme for the NTV network, Moscow, February 12, 2017

Question: All of a sudden, it turns out that being a diplomat is not merely a hard and challenging, but also a dangerous occupation. Only last year, Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was killed and Russian diplomats were expelled from the US. In 2015, Russian embassies were fired upon, and there were attacks against diplomats. To what extent do you believe that in today’s charged atmosphere this profession has become dangerous? Can it be compared to the situation with the ‘red diplomatic couriers’ of Soviet times? Sergey Lavrov: I just wanted to refer to those diplomatic couriers. In fact, serving as a diplomat has never been a comfortable occupation. This is a responsible and challenging job, among other things, because people have to work in countries facing political uncertainty, where government coups, unconstitutional regime changes and clashes take place. On top of that, most countries have a different climate, which is always a challenge for the human body.

09.02.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in the presentation of the 26th volume of the Foreign Ministry series Foreign Policy Documents of the USSR

On February 8, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took part in the presentation of the 26th volume of the Foreign Ministry’s series Foreign Policy Documents of the USSR.

09.02.2017 - Press release on Russia-EU talks on countering terrorism

On February 8, Moscow hosted talks on international cooperation in countering terrorism between the Russian interagency delegation, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov, and the EU delegation, led by Deputy Secretary General for CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policy) and Crisis Response at the European External Action Service (EEAS) Pedro Serrano.

08.02.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s message of greetings to the Participants in the Meeting of the Governance Committee of the Arctic Economic Council

I would like to extend a warm welcome to the participants in the meeting of the Governance Committee of the Arctic Economic Council held in Russia for the first time.

07.02.2017 - Comment by Russian Embassy spokesperson

Question: On 5 February the Sunday Times published an article calling on British companies to withdraw their advertising from the Russian channel RT. Please comment on this call. Answer: Such a call from the Sunday Times is no wonder, especially after Defence Secretary Michael Fallon’s recent speech. Of course we understand that not everyone in UK is happy about the popularity of the Russian channel and the alternative worldview it represents. But this shouldn’t be a reason for a blatant crusade against the channel in such a foul fashion.

06.02.2017 - Russian Ambassador to the UK met Executive Director of the International Sugar Organization Mr Jose Orive

On 6 February 2017 Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko met Executive Director of the International Sugar Organization (ISO) Mr Jose Orive.

06.02.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, February 3, 2017

On February 10, the Russian Foreign Ministry will mark Diplomats’ Day, which was established by Russian Presidential Executive Order No. 1279 of October 31, 2002. This holiday unites staff members of the central administrative office of the Foreign Ministry, foreign missions and representative offices in the Russian Federation’s regions. Every day, Russian diplomats solve issues related to securing the interests of our country and its citizens in the international arena, seeking solutions to conflicts and crises and responding to the global challenges of today’s world. Russian diplomats will celebrate their professional day at work, reviewing the intermediate results of their activities and analysing the goals set to them by their leadership. International relations, sadly, remain strained and global challenges remain acute. Competition in all areas is increasing at a turning point of global development. Hotbeds of conflicts are merging into large zones of instability. There is a growing gap between levels of welfare of different countries and regions, and cultural and civilisational contradictions are growing.

02.02.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a joint news conference with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Al Nahyan and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit following the fourth ministerial meeting of the Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum, Abu Dhabi, February 1, 2017

We have finished the fourth ministerial meeting of the Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum in Abu Dhabi.

01.02.2017 - Final Communiqué The Fourth Session of the Arab-Russian Cooperation Forum at the level of Foreign Ministers Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Feb 1st, 2017

The Fourth Session of the Arab-Russian Cooperation Forum was convened at the level of Foreign Ministers, on February 1st, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The meeting was headed by Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (host country) and H.E. Mr. Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and members of the Forum's Mechanism at the League of Arab States: H.E. Dr. Isselkou ould Ahmed Izid Bih, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (current presidency of LAS Council at summit level), H.E. Mr. Khemaies Jhinaoui, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tunisia (current presidency of LAS Council at Ministerial level), Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al-Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain (previous presidency of the LAS Council at Ministerial Level) and H.E. Mr. Abdelkader Messahel, Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and League of Arab States of People's Democratic Republic of Algeria (next presidency of the LAS Council at Ministerial Level), with the participation of LAS Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Ahmed AboulGheit. Also participated in the proceedings of the Fourth Session of the Forum the Ministers of the Foreign Affairs of: Republic of Iraq, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, State of Libya, Kingdom of Morocco, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Federal Republic of Somalia, Republic of the Sudan, and Republic of Yemen.

01.02.2017 - Foreign Ministry statement on the rapidly deteriorating situation in Donbass

The situation in Donbass has deteriorated sharply in recent days. Ukrainian troops continue to conduct offensive operations to seize positions held by self-defence forces, including in the suburbs of Donetsk. Heavy weapons, including heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, are being actively used to shell residential areas. According to Minsk Package of Measures of February 12, 2015, such weapons should long since have been withdrawn from the contact line. There are casualties and wounded among the civilian population. As a result of the shelling by Ukrainian troops, the Donetsk Filtration Station and the Avdeyevka Coke Chemical Plant have lost power. The lives of miners working in the mines are under threat.

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