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27.12.2016

Trilateral consultations on Afghanistan in Moscow

On December 27, the third round of trilateral consultations on regional problems, involving special representatives on Afghanistan and senior officials from Russia, China and Pakistan, ended in Moscow. The participants also met with Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.

The parties pointed to the worsening security situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and were especially worried about intensifying activities by extremist groups in that country, including the Afghan branch of ISIS.

The participants agreed to continue efforts to assist in furthering the national reconciliation process in Afghanistan, based on the key role of the Afghans themselves and in line with the principles of integrating the armed opposition into peaceful life. Russia and China, as permanent members of the UN Security Council, reaffirmed their readiness for flexible approaches to the prospect of excluding certain individuals from the list of sanctioned persons as part of efforts to promote a peaceful dialogue between Kabul and the Taliban movement.

The participants agreed to continue consultations in an expanded format and therefore would like to see Afghanistan take part.




LATEST EVENTS

27.04.2017 - Remarks by Director of the Foreign Ministry Information and Press Department Maria Zakharova at the 39th Session of the UN General Assembly’s Committee on Information (COI), New York, April 25, 2017

Our delegation proposes including in the text of resolutions that will be drafted by the UN General Assembly’s Committee on Information, recommendations for the DPI to start working to develop basic parameters for a strategy to fight fake news stories and disinformation. Russia will be willing to provide comprehensive support in achieving this goal, the importance of which for the purpose of the creative development of a healthy media environment is hard to overestimate.


27.04.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s talks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

On April 26, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held talks with Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir, who was in Moscow on a short working visit.


27.04.2017 - Press release on Turkish airstrikes against Iraq and Syria

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26.04.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the humanitarian situation in Yemen

It is our strongly held view that so long as the bloody internal political conflict in Yemen involving the Saudi-led ‘coalition’ continues, the humanitarian problems facing peaceful Yemenis will continue to worsen. The people of Yemen are literally struggling to survive against a sea and air blockade, mass famine and epidemics.


25.04.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions during a joint news conference with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, Moscow, April 25, 2017

I have held talks with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier and his delegation. OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier has come to Moscow to attend the sixth Moscow International Security Conference sponsored by the Russian Ministry of Defence. We welcome this opportunity to hold a detailed exchange of views on current issues on the OSCE agenda.


25.04.2017 - Draft OPCW decision on Syria chemical incident that Russia proposed and UK opposed

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24.04.2017 - Foreign Ministry statement on the OSCE car explosion in Ukraine

According to statements coming from the OSCE, on the morning of April 23, 2017 an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission vehicle returning from a patrol, experienced a mine explosion in the district of Slavyanoserbsky, Lugansk Region, two kilometres away from the line of contact, resulting in the death of one paramedic from the United States working as a contractor with the OSCE. International monitors who were also in the vehicle were wounded.


21.04.2017 - Victory Day Сelebrations in the UK

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21.04.2017 - Embassy Press Officer on Sir Alan Duncan’s comments regarding protection of rights of LGBT community in Russia

On 20 April Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan, speaking in the Commons, accused the Government of Chechnya of inciting violence against LGBT people, persecution of gays and ill-treatment of over 100 men because of their sexual orientation. These allegations are solely based on publications in the “Novaya Gazeta” newspaper and are not supported by any other proven data. Russian law enforcement authorities received no notifications from the so-called “victims” of threats. Nevertheless, they conducted proper checks, which didn’t reveal any evidence of violence and ill-treatment of LGBT persons.



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