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30.01.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, January 27, 2017

Positive trends in the situation in Syria and around it that emerged after the declaration of a ceasefire regime on December 30, 2016 with Russian and Turkish mediation are being consolidated.

29.01.2017 - Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump

Vladimir Putin congratulated Donald Trump on taking office and wished him every success in his work. During the conversation, both sides expressed their readiness to make active joint efforts to stabilise and develop Russia-US cooperation on a constructive, equitable and mutually beneficial basis.

26.01.2017 - First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov on Russia-UK relations

Unfortunately possibilities of returning to a normal dialogue that appeared due to the change of the UK government in the summer of 2016 has not received any practical implementation yet. London returned to Russophobic rhetoric that we had heard in the last two years from [former] Prime Minister David Cameron.

26.01.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov answers questions from the media, Moscow, January 26, 2017

Question: Would you share the results of the Astana meeting with us? Sergey Lavrov: I already spoke about everything yesterday. Question: What are the next steps? Sergey Lavrov: We have to work, work and work more.


The delegations of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey, in line with the Joint Statement of their Foreign Ministers made in Moscow, on December 20, 2016 and the UN Security Council resolution 2336.

25.01.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions during the Government Hour at the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Moscow, January 25, 2017

Thank you for inviting me to speak as part of the Government Hour in the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. The Foreign Ministry appreciates the interest you take in foreign policy matters. We have always viewed parliamentary diplomacy as an important and effective asset for implementing Russia’s foreign policy, enhancing trust and mutual understanding in international affairs. The Foreign Ministry is interested in stepping up cooperation with the Federal Assembly.

24.01.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation in the Gambia

We are closely following the political situation in the Gambia, where in the past days there has been more stability thanks to international efforts, including by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and several neighbouring countries.

23.01.2017 - Mr Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Putin, in BBC HARDTalk

Mr Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Putin,in BBC HARDTalk on the future of US-Russian relations.

20.01.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, January 19, 2017

The ceasefire in Syria, which was introduced on December 30, 2016 with input from Russia and Turkey, is generally holding across the country. Violations are localised and thoroughly dealt with by Russia and Turkey, which are the guarantors of the December 29, 2016 agreements. We note with satisfaction that since December 30, 2016, the level of violence in Syria has visibly declined and the humanitarian situation has improved. The efforts by the Russian centre for reconciliation of opposing sides have helped normalise the situation in the Wadi Barada area near Damascus. The ceasefire has been joined by nine towns in this district, from which 1,268 militants have withdrawn. Most of them have laid down their arms and returned to a peaceful life. The others will be given an opportunity to leave for Idlib with their families in accordance with the established arrangement.

19.01.2017 - Agricultural Attache Derbenskiy took part in the Worshipful Company of Farmers’ annual event

On 17 January 2017 the Agricultural Attaché of the Russian Embassy Vladimir Derbenskiy took part at the Worshipful Company of Farmers’ annual event.

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