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04.08.2015 - Nato activity on Russian borders has increased (letters to the editor, Financial Times)

Sir, As regards your report “Russian jets test Nato’s Baltic airspace response time” (July 31): let me point out that it is important to look at the Russian Air Force flights (which are mostly training sorties) in international airspace within a broader context of Nato countries’ and their partners’ activities on our borders.


04.08.2015 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Head of HAMAS Politburo Khaled Meshaal

On August 3, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Doha with Head of HAMAS Politburo Khaled Meshaal on the sidelines of his working visit to Qatar.


04.08.2015 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman Yusuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah

On August 3, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, now in Qatar on a working visit, held a meeting with Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman Yusuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah, who had arrived in Doha to attend a conference of foreign ministers of the member-countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.


04.08.2015 - Press release on the meeting of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with former Chairman of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib

On August 3, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Doha with former Chairman of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib during his working visit to Qatar.


03.08.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Qatar

On August 2-3, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will pay a working visit to Qatar. In Doha, he will be received by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, and will hold talks with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah.


03.08.2015 - The Foreign Ministry’s statement on the anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act

August 1 is the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, in 1975. This document is of intransient importance as a symbol of détente and cooperation. It has played a major role in contemporary Europe, emerging as one of the foundations of the modern architecture of international relations.


31.07.2015 - Deputy Head of the Information and Press Department Alexander Bikantov’s reply to a media question on the open part of the “public inquiry” on the Litvinenko case

Question: Please comment on the open part of the “public inquiry” on the Litvinenko case to be concluded on 31 July in the UK and the refusal of Dmitry Kovtun to give evidence in a video call from Russia. Answer: As is known, in 2014 British judicial authorities suspended the Coroner’s inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, wherein the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has a status of an “interested person”. At the same time the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation provided active assistance to the British inquest until July 2014, when the start of the so called “public inquiry” was announced. In August 2014 the Investigative Committee was compelled to refuse to participate in the “public inquiry”. The only reason for this is that, despite what its name suggests, it offers no transparency both for the Russian side and for the general public. Thus, there were justified concerns over its possible politicization. Eventually, our apprehensions proved to be fully justified. The open sessions of the “public inquiry”, which were held from January till March 2015 and resumed last week, have been abound with references to “secrecy”, all kinds of insinuations and outright partiality, in particular, towards those witnesses, who offered evidence that failed to comply with the “general line” of the prosecution.


30.07.2015 - BRICS Joint Statement Regarding the Principles of Elaboration of International Instruments on Outer Spacе Activities, New York, July 27, 2015

The BRICS comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa,


30.07.2015 - The Foreign Ministry’s statement on the discussion of further steps related to the continuing investigation into the MH17 disaster at the UN Security Council

On July 29, one year after the crash of the Malaysian MH17 airliner in southeastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, the UN Security Council considered an initiative advanced by a number of countries to establish an international tribunal for the prosecution of those implicated in the tragedy.


30.07.2015 - Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.


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