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31.10.2016 - PHOTO: 75th Anniversary of the Arctic Convoys in Liverpool

On 31 October by the kind invitation of the Ministry of Defence in partnership with the Royal British Legion and the City of Liverpool Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko took part in a solemn ceremony commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Arctic Convoy missions which was held in Liverpool Town Hall.


31.10.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview for the Rossiya 1 television network documentary entitled “My mind is set: Yevgeny Primakov”, Moscow, October 31, 2016

Question: My first question is about Yevgeny Primakov’s decision to turn the plane around in mid-flight [over the Atlantic]. I must admit that I don’t completely agree with the way we highlight this decision as the focal point and possibly even a symbolic element in his career. What was the meaning behind this turn-around? What did it change?


31.10.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with Foreign Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides, Moscow, October 31, 2016

I am happy to see you again. We maintain regular contacts at various levels, which is evidence of trust and the special nature of our political dialogue. In May 2015, we had the honour to welcome President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, who attended the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. In December 2015, I was happy to experience your hospitality in Cyprus. In July 2016, Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev met with President Anastasiades on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. In September, I had the honour of meeting with President Anastasiades on the sidelines of a UN General Assembly session. Mr Kasoulides, you also attended that meeting. Today we are happy to welcome you to Moscow.


31.10.2016 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation with the bank accounts of the Russia Today Office in the UK

The abnormal situation surrounding the Russia Today Office in the United Kingdom continues to evoke serious concern. The NATWEST Bank persists in its intention to close the RT accounts, thereby creating an objective obstacle to the channel’s further functioning.


31.10.2016 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veterans

On 28 October Attaché of the Embassy Oleg Shor presented the Ushakov medals to the Arctic Convoys veterans Mr Barney MITCHELL, Mr Valentine BURN, Mr Henry Myers FREEL, Mr Robert ROBERTSON, Mr David George HOSKINS, Mr Elliot JAMES and Mr James Eric HARRIS, who were awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for their personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.


28.10.2016 - Comment by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva on the implementation of the Russia-US agreements on Syria

The public sphere is recently actively used to force Anti-Russian rhetoric in the context of the Syrian crisis. There are attempts to diminish Russia’s role and depict our country as the prime cause of all the troubles in Syria. It is speculated that Moscow counts on the military solution of the conflict. The aim of this campaign is simple – to conceal the true culprits of the failure of the CoH in Syria and disguise the true causes of the non-fulfillment of the Russia-US agreements. The Russian Federation made a thorough fact-based comparative analysis of implementation of the Russia-US agreements. It includes all aspects such as compliance with and monitoring of CoH, granting of humanitarian access to besieged areas, joint fight against terrorism.


28.10.2016 - Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club

Vladimir Putin took part in the final session of the Valdai International Discussion Club’s 13th annual meeting, which this year took the theme The Future in Progress: Shaping the World of Tomorrow.


27.10.2016 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov on a bust of Nazi criminal Harald Nugiseks erected in an Estonian school

We learned with indignation that a bronze bust of Harald Nugiseks, volunteer of the 20th Waffen Division of the SS, has been installed at Laupa Basic School, Estonia, to mark his 95th birth anniversary. Students held gatherings to commemorate the “legendary hero”. The school principal assumes that the event will promote children’s patriotism.


26.10.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s speech and answers to questions at the meeting with representatives of the Association of European Businesses (AEB), Moscow, October 25, 2016

Today business circles or business diplomacy play a special role in maintaining trust and mutual understanding between nations. We know about your striving to build up mutually beneficial cooperation and continue to work actively in the Russian market. We know that you understand that confrontation and the logic of sanctions are counterproductive. We appreciate and share this approach.


26.10.2016 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with OSCE Chair-in-Office, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

On October 25, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone with Chair-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Federal Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the latter’s request.



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