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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

08.01.2017

Christmas greetings

The President’s message reads, in part:

“Christmas brightens our lives with special joy, awakening the kindest feelings and turning our thoughts to spiritual origins and traditions. This is the time for good thoughts and deeds and sincere care for those in need of help and support.

The Russian Orthodox Church and other Christian denominations play a huge and a truly unique role in revitalising our spiritual integrity and moral values and preserving our rich historical and cultural heritage. Their cooperation with government and public agencies in education and charity and in strengthening the institution of the family and the upbringing of the younger generation has been expanding. They also do a great deal to bring harmony into interethnic and interreligious dialogue and preserve civil peace and accord in our country. Such vast constructive work deserves deep appreciation and respect.

I wish all Orthodox Christians and all Russians observing the holiday health, success and prosperity.”

Vladimir Putin attended Christmas mass at Spassky Cathedral in St George's (Yuriev) Monastery in Veliky Novgorod.

After the service, the President toured the monastery’s St George's Cathedral, which has been the resting place of the monastery’s rectors and several Russian princes. He was updated on the results of the archaeological excavations conducted on the premises. The findings included a tomb with remains of St Theoctistus, Archbishop of Novgorod and Pskov in the 13th-14th centuries, who was reburied in the monastery in 1786. The burial site was considered lost during the Soviet period. Vladimir Putin was also shown fragments of ancient Russian frescoes which can be restored. In addition, the President saw the tombs of Alexander Nevsky’s mother and elder brother –Rostislava (Feodosiya) Mstislavna and Prince Theodore Yaroslavich.




LATEST EVENTS

23.03.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the entry ban to Ukraine for Russia’s Eurovision 2017 contestant Yulia Samoilova

The Ukrainian officials have, once again, proved their image of a regime infested with Russophobic paranoia and nationalist insecurities.


23.03.2017 - Condolences to Prime Minister of Great Britain Theresa May

Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to Prime Minister of Great Britain Theresa May over the tragic consequences of a terrorist attack in central London.


22.03.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura

On March 22, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Moscow with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. The officials, who met ahead of the fifth round of the UN-facilitated intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, continued their exchange of opinions on the entire range of issues pertaining to the settlement of the Syrian crisis.


22.03.2017 - Press release on a formal meeting of the General Assembly to pay tribute to the memory of the late Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vitaly Churkin

On March 21, the UN General Assembly held a formal meeting to pay tribute to the memory of the late Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vitaly Churkin. The formal meeting was held in a friendly atmosphere to full house. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, President of the 71st session of the General Assembly Peter Thomson, representatives of Britain, the United States (as the host country) and five regional groups of the UN member states, as well as the leaders of the Russian Permanent Mission to the UN, spoke highly of Vitaly Churkin’s professional and personal qualities.


21.03.2017 - Press release on the results of the second round of Russian-Japanese two-plus-two format consultations

On March 20, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov participated in the second round of the Russian-Japanese consultations of foreign and defence ministers in the two-plus-two format in Tokyo. This dialogue format was resumed in accordance with the leaders’ agreement following President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Japan on December 15-16, 2016. The previous round was held in November 2013.


20.03.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Foreign Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida, Tokyo, March 20, 2017

Thank you very much for your invitation to attend today’s events and for organising them. I believe that it is very important for us to maintain regular, proactive and meaningful contacts.


17.03.2017 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the occasion of the three-year anniversary of Crimea’s unification with Russia

On these March days, we celebrate the third anniversary of a landmark event in the modern history of Russia, which received the poetic name of the Crimean Spring. The proclamation in March 2014 of the independence of the Republic of Crimea and its unification with the Russian Federation were a legitimate exercise of the right of the people of Crimea to self-determination following an armed coup in Ukraine and the mayhem wreaked by radical national forces that did not hesitate to use terror and intimidation on both political opponents and the population of entire regions of that country.


17.03.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, March 16, 2017

We note with satisfaction that the cessation of hostilities (CoH) in Syria, guaranteed by Russia, Iran and Turkey, has made it possible to significantly reduce the level of violence in that country. Ceasefire violations are limited. The CoH regime has made it possible to concentrate the Syrian Army’s efforts on fighting ISIS. As a result of the successful offensive operation by the Syrian Armed Forces, vast areas in the east of Aleppo Province extending as far as the Euphrates River were liberated. The al-Khafseh water treatment facility, recaptured from terrorists, has resumed fresh water supplies to the provincial capital and the area around it.


16.03.2017 - Why Are Fugitives From Justice Welcome in the UK?

The total number of Russian nationals the British authorities have refused to extradite to the Russian Federation over the period from 2002 to 2016 is 51 persons. Among those wanted and accused of committing various criminal offences in Russia are the following.


16.03.2017 - To participants and guests of the “Valentina Tereshkova: the First woman in space” exhibition (15 March 2017)

I am glad to welcome you at the opening of the exhibition dedicated to Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova. The name of Valentina Tereshkova, legendary “Chaika”, is known worldwide. She was the first woman to scale the heights of outer space. And the only one to have piloted a spaceship on her own. Her flight was one of the brightest and most significant events of the 20th century.



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