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28.02.2017 - State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin’s answer to a media question

Question: A statement has been made by Tbilisi the other day that Russia may withdraw its recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the future. Can you comment on it? Grigory Karasin: Indeed, such speculations are not uncommon. It is difficult to see where they come from. This may be a clumsy attempt to encourage mistrust towards Russia among our neighbours. The Republic of Abkhazia and the Republic of South Ossetia are independent sovereign states with which the Russian Federation enjoys neighbourly, friendly and allied relations. This is our firm and unshakeable position. We would like everyone to remember this once and for all.


28.02.2017 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's speech at Defender of the Fatherland Day reception

On 23 February, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation celebrate their main holiday - the Defender of the Fatherland Day. This day is important not only for those who wear or used to wear military insignia, but also for all those who care about the words "Motherland" and "duty". Peace of our homes is guarded by those who serve in the country as well as abroad. Throughout history people in Russia respected military, which, according to Peter the Great, was "the first of the worldly affairs as the most important for the defense of the Fatherland". As the history teaches us – the stronger the army is, the safer is the world.


27.02.2017 - PHOTO: Russian Maslenitsa Festival in London

The Russian Orthodox Maslenitsa festival, which marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring, has its origins in pagan sun worship. Every year since 2009, Russian pianist and producer Olga Balakleets has organized a weeklong celebration of Russian culture around London to coincide with Maslenitsa. This year’s festival included an impressive series of musical, cinematic and other events, along with a reception in the House of Commons.


27.02.2017 - Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov at the farewell ceremony with Vitaly Churkin

We bid farewell to our friend, an outstanding diplomat of our times, who achieved the utmost everywhere he was posted by his Motherland. All of us, diplomats at the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, understand that this is a tribute to our profession.


25.02.2017 - PHOTO: A lecture on Russia's foreign policy at UCL

23 February UCL's School of Public Policy hosted an event on Russia's foreign policy, titled "Russia's Foreign Policy: Should We Be Concerned?".


25.02.2017 - VIDEO: MFA spokesperson M.Zakharova briefing (22 February 2017)

MFA spokesperson M.Zakharova briefing (22 February 2017)


22.02.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding media question on the internal Libyan crisis

We have taken note of the February 19 interview which Fayez al-Sarraj, Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord, gave to Reuters on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. He said he had a positive view on Russia’s role in resolving the Libyan crisis. In that interview, Libyan Prime Minister mentioned the possibility of Russia acting as an intermediary between the Tripoli government and political factions in eastern Libya.


22.02.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

On February 21, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the initiative of the US side.


21.02.2017 - Embassy comment on Russia’s decision to recognize the validity of documents issued by the de-facto authorities in Donetsk and Lugansk

The decision to accept ID’s and other documents issued by the de-facto authorities in Donetsk and Lugansk (East Ukraine) does not imply Russia’s legal recognition of the said authorities.


21.02.2017 - Security Council Press Statement on Passing Away of Ambassador Vitaly Churkin

The members of the Security Council were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, prominent Russian diplomat and Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations on 20 February 2017.



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