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03.02.2017 - Deal is straightforward yet Kiev drags its feet (by Ambassador Yakovenko for FT)

Sir, The latest flare-up in eastern Ukraine is just more evidence of the Kiev government choosing war over reform (Letters, February 1). It has been dragging its feet over implementation of its part of the Minsk 2 accords reached by the Normandy Four two years ago.

02.02.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a joint news conference with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Al Nahyan and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit following the fourth ministerial meeting of the Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum, Abu Dhabi, February 1, 2017

We have finished the fourth ministerial meeting of the Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum in Abu Dhabi.

01.02.2017 - Crimea and Minsk Agreements: what the British media would not tell? (by Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)

The recent escalation in eastern Ukraine is again presented in the British media as Russia’s attempt to wage a proxy hybrid war against Kiev’s pro-western leadership. For fear of an eventual improvement in Russia-US relationships they pray for the sanctions against Russia to stay unless the Minsk Agreements are implemented as well as a punishment for the “Russia’s annexation of Crimea”. Let me set the record straight on that.

01.02.2017 - Final Communiqué The Fourth Session of the Arab-Russian Cooperation Forum at the level of Foreign Ministers Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Feb 1st, 2017

The Fourth Session of the Arab-Russian Cooperation Forum was convened at the level of Foreign Ministers, on February 1st, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The meeting was headed by Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (host country) and H.E. Mr. Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and members of the Forum's Mechanism at the League of Arab States: H.E. Dr. Isselkou ould Ahmed Izid Bih, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (current presidency of LAS Council at summit level), H.E. Mr. Khemaies Jhinaoui, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tunisia (current presidency of LAS Council at Ministerial level), Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al-Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain (previous presidency of the LAS Council at Ministerial Level) and H.E. Mr. Abdelkader Messahel, Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and League of Arab States of People's Democratic Republic of Algeria (next presidency of the LAS Council at Ministerial Level), with the participation of LAS Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Ahmed AboulGheit. Also participated in the proceedings of the Fourth Session of the Forum the Ministers of the Foreign Affairs of: Republic of Iraq, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, State of Libya, Kingdom of Morocco, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Federal Republic of Somalia, Republic of the Sudan, and Republic of Yemen.

01.02.2017 - Foreign Ministry statement on the rapidly deteriorating situation in Donbass

The situation in Donbass has deteriorated sharply in recent days. Ukrainian troops continue to conduct offensive operations to seize positions held by self-defence forces, including in the suburbs of Donetsk. Heavy weapons, including heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, are being actively used to shell residential areas. According to Minsk Package of Measures of February 12, 2015, such weapons should long since have been withdrawn from the contact line. There are casualties and wounded among the civilian population. As a result of the shelling by Ukrainian troops, the Donetsk Filtration Station and the Avdeyevka Coke Chemical Plant have lost power. The lives of miners working in the mines are under threat.

31.01.2017 - PHOTO: Traditional Consular Corps Burns Supper

On January, 25th Consul General of Russia Andrey A.Pritsepov took part in the traditional Presiding Officer's Burns Supper.

30.01.2017 - Alexander Kramarenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for the “International Affairs” magazine (Moscow). Unaccomplished mission of Alexander Benckendorff and its lessons.

11 January marked 100 years since the death of the last Ambassador of the Russian Empire to the UK count Alexander Benckendorff, who was buried in the catholic Westminster Cathedral in London. This anniversary was a timely reminder of his unaccomplished mission in London, where he arrived in 1903. What was it and why is it still relevant now?

30.01.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, January 27, 2017

Positive trends in the situation in Syria and around it that emerged after the declaration of a ceasefire regime on December 30, 2016 with Russian and Turkish mediation are being consolidated.

29.01.2017 - Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump

Vladimir Putin congratulated Donald Trump on taking office and wished him every success in his work. During the conversation, both sides expressed their readiness to make active joint efforts to stabilise and develop Russia-US cooperation on a constructive, equitable and mutually beneficial basis.

27.01.2017 - PHOTO: Burns Supper in Motherwell&Wishaw Rotary Club

On January, 26th Consul General of Russia Andrey A.Pritsepov took part in the traditional Burns Supper, which was held in Motherwell&Wishaw Rotary Club. As the honorary guest of the event Consul General proposed an Immortal Memory Toast underlining the versatility of Robert Burns’ legacy and the great interest of Russian people towards the work of Scotland’s national poet, whose literary heritage is known and appreciated in Russia due to a talented translation of Samuil Marshak.

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