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10.05.2017 - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the Mir Interstate Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, May 10, 2017

Question: Will you please comment on the latest talks held by President of Russia Vladimir Putin with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan? Sergey Lavrov: I can say, in addition to what has been said in detail at these leaders’ news conferences, that the talks were held in a constructive spirit. Nevertheless, the results slightly differed, because Germany and Turkey are two different states and our different partners. Our relations with Turkey are developing at a more positive pace than our ties with Germany. However, our trade with Germany is second largest after China, I believe. Also, both Germany and Turkey have shown great interest in the joint work of our business communities. German companies have not left Russia, which is additional proof of our conclusions regarding the abnormal situation when our European and other Western partners, place politically- and ideologically-charged approaches above the fundamental economic interests of their nations. I believe that the departure from this unusual trend is increasing. Not everyone in the European Union is prepared to accept this. The so-called aggressive minority is trying to maintain EU unity at any costs, whereas the principle of solidarity provides for looking for a compromise between two extremes. There are forces that are categorically against normalising relations with Russia and also those who call for breaking out of the sanctions dead-end already now. As I say, we don’t want to interfere in internal debates, but we are monitoring their development in the EU.

10.05.2017 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s consultations with Acting US Under Secretary of StateThomas A. Shannon, Jr.

On May 8, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov held consultations with Acting US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. in New York.

07.05.2017 - Memorandum on the creation of de-escalation areas in the Syrian Arab Republic

The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic (hereinafter referred to as “Guarantors”): • guided by the provisions of UNSC resolution 2254 (2015); • reaffirming their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic; • expressing their determination to decrease the level of military tensions and to provide for the security of civilians in the Syrian Arab Republic, have agreed on the following. 1. the following de-escalation areas shall be created with the aim to put a prompt end to violence, improve the humanitarian situation and create favorable conditions to advance political settlement of the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic: • Idlib province and certain parts of the neighbouring provinces (Latakia, Hama and Aleppo provinces); • certain parts in the north of Homs province; • in eastern Ghouta; • certain parts of southern Syria (Deraa and Al-Quneitra provinces). The creation of the de-escalation areas and security zones is a temporary measure, the duration of which will initially be 6 months and will be automatically extended on the basis of consensus of the Guarantors.

04.05.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini, Haikon Kartano Manor, Porvoo, May 4, 2017

To be sure, aside from our bilateral relations, which are very eventful, our dialogue always embraces international politics, including security issues in the Euro-Atlantic area and more specifically in the Baltic region. In this regard, there is a well-known initiative proposed by President of Finland Sauli Niinisto. We will analyse its progress.

03.05.2017 - Telephone conversation of President Putin with US President Donald Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the United States Donald Trump. A wide range of current issues regarding the two countries’ cooperation in the international arena was discussed, with an emphasis on future coordination of Russian and US actions to fight international terrorism in the context of the Syrian crisis.

03.05.2017 - News conference following Russian-Turkish talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a joint news conference following the talks.

03.05.2017 - Meeting of President Putin with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel

Russian President Vladimir Putin received Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel at his Sochi residence. Following the talks, Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel made press statements and answered journalists’ questions.

03.05.2017 - Statement by Ambassador Mikhail I.Ulyanov, Head of the Delegation of the Russian Federation at the First Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Vienna, May 2, 2017

We are starting the next NPT review cycle in rather difficult circumstances. The Treaty is still facing serious challenges. Of course there were problems before but in recent years they have become particularly visible. We observe the increasing radicalization of approaches to nuclear disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation and even to peaceful uses of nuclear energy. NPT-relevant issues are being discussed at alternative fora with work there arranged not on the basis of mutually respectful dialogue and the rule of consensus as it is the case in the framework of the NPT, but on simple voting. The current situation does not contribute to the integrity and viability of the Treaty which makes us look into its future with concern.

02.05.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

On May 1, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the latter’s request.

28.04.2017 - Memorable gifts are presented to son of the Scottish Veteran of Arctic Convoys

On 27th of April 2017, the Russian Consul General in Edinburgh Mr Andrey A.Pritsepov handed over to a son of a WWII Veteran who took part in the Arctic Convoys, Mr Tom Sleith, a set of memorable gifts created on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the first Arctic Convoy calling Archangelsk as well as a personalized officer wrist watch “VOSTOK” .

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