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17.02.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s comment and answers to media questions following talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Bonn, February 16, 2017

We have held a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. It was a pragmatic and business-like meeting, which I would describe as productive in that we compared our views on prospects for working together in the areas which our presidents discussed in principle during their telephone conversation on January 28. We reaffirmed the existence of similar or identical interests, primarily with regard to the irreconcilable struggle against terrorism in the context of our cooperation within the political settlement in Syria and other countries where terrorism has taken root. We also discussed the situation in Afghanistan and Ukraine. Our American partners have expressed interest in joining the efforts that are being taken to settle these conflicts.


17.02.2017 - Embassy comment on BBC Two film

The film “Russia’s Hooligan Army” shot and broadcast by BBC Two with Russia-hosted 2018 FIFA World Cup in mind is quite shocking. One gets the impression that its goal is to sow fear in British society and warn the fans against travelling to Russia. Based on edited footage of football fans’ clashes in Marseille and violent Russian fans, the filmmakers from the government-funded channel did their best to discredit Russia and the forthcoming World Cup.


16.02.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, Moscow, February 16, 2017

I would like to welcome you in Moscow in a very timely visit. And just on the eve of the long-awaited, long-expected resumption of the negotiations in accordance with the Resolution 2254 in Geneva and just on the very day when another round of consultations is being held in Astana in the context of the meeting between the Government and opposition with mediation of the Russian Federation, Iran and Turkey.


16.02.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s talks with the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura

On February 16, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held talks in Moscow with the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura ahead of the upcoming intra-Syrian talks in Geneva under the aegis of the UN, scheduled for February 23.


16.02.2017 - PHOTO: Ambassador Yakovenko visits University of Oxford

On 15 February Russian Ambassador to UK, Mr Alexander Yakovenko visited the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Mr Yakovenko met with Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the School, and gave a talk about Russian foreign policy to the students and visitors of the event. Q&A session followed.


15.02.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, February 15, 2017

Visit by UN Secretary General Special’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to Russia On February 16, Moscow will host talks between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. The meeting will be held in the run-up to the inter-Syrian talks scheduled to convene in Geneva on February 23 under UN auspices. Mr Lavrov and Mr de Mistura will exchange views on the full range of issues related to the Syria settlement, including progress in the so-called Astana process launched by Russia, Turkey and Iran to facilitate talks between the Syrian Government and the Syrian armed opposition. Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov will hold a separate meeting with the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.


15.02.2017 - Ambassador Yakovenko congratulates Ambassador Elliott

Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Dr Alexander Yakovenko sent a message to former Ambassador of Ghana to the USSR Mr John Banks Elliott, now living in Britain, to congratulate him on his 100 birthday and Russian Diplomats' Day. During his tenure as the first Ghanaian Ambassador to Moscow, Mr Elliott witnessed and participated in many foreign policy events which now became history, and made an outstanding contribution to bilateral ties and USSR-Africa relations.


14.02.2017 - PHOTO: Presentation of the book with the stories of the Arctic Convoys Veterans – "Cold seas and warm friendships"

On 13 of February a lecture on the book with stories of veterans of Arctic Convoys «Cold seas and warm friendships», released with the support of Russian Consulate General in Edinburgh on the 75th anniversary of the first Arctic Convoy "Dervish" in August 2016, was held in the National Library of Scotland.


14.02.2017 - UK – RUSSIA YEAR OF SCIENCE AND EDUCATION: THE BEGINNING OF A BEAUTIFUL RELATIONSHIP? (Robin Grimes, FCO Chief Scientific Adviser, Part of Global Science and Innovation Network)

At the end of the classic film Casablanca, Rick says to the Chief of Police “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship”. So, as we embark upon a year of UK Russia Science & (Science) Education events, what do we expect our scientific relationship to look like 12 months from now? There are some crucial points to bear in mind.


14.02.2017 - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s reply to a media question regarding transit trade in the South Caucasus

Question: It has been reported that during their recent meeting in Prague, State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin and Special Envoy of the Georgian Prime Minister for Relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze discussed the Russian-Georgian agreement on customs administration and trade monitoring dated November 9, 2011. Can you comment on the statement by the South Ossetian Foreign Ministry to the effect that the issue of transit via South Ossetia must be negotiated with the republic’s authorities? Maria Zakharova: This position of South Ossetia is absolutely legitimate. The 2011 agreement between Russia and Georgia does not provide for other countries’ obligations. The customs administration and trade monitoring measures stipulated in this agreement are applicable exclusively on the territory of Russia and Georgia. The terms for the transit of commodities under it should be negotiated additionally with the transit countries.



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