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11.04.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the terrorist attacks in Egypt

On April 9, a series of terrorist attacks hit the Coptic Christian churches in Egypt, including St. George Church in Tanta (Gharbia Governorate) and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, leaving over 40 people dead, most of them parishioners, and more than 100 wounded.


10.04.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

On April 8, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by telephone with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the initiative of the US side.


10.04.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the cancellation of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s visit to Russia

The UK Foreign Office said that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had decided not to visit Moscow as planned on April 10, 2017 under the pretext that “developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally.”


07.04.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions during a joint news conference with CIS Executive Secretary Sergey Lebedev and Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov following a meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers, April 7, 2017

I would like to thank our friends from Uzbekistan who are hosting this meeting and did everything to ensure that it is held at the highest level and yields results.


07.04.2017 - Foreign Ministry statement on US military action in Syria on April 7, 2017

The United States conducted strikes against Syrian government troops in the early hours of April 7, using chemical weapons attacks in Idlib Province as a pretext. The US opted for a show of force, for military action against a country fighting international terrorism without taking the trouble to get the facts straight. It is not the first time that the US chooses an irresponsible approach that aggravates problems the world is facing, and threatens international security. The very presence of military personnel from the US and other countries in Syria without consent from the Syrian government or a UN Security Council mandate is an egregious and obvious violation of international law that cannot be justified. While previous initiatives of this kind were presented as efforts to combat terrorism, now they are clearly an act of aggression against a sovereign Syria. Actions undertaken by the US today inflict further damage to the Russia-US relations.


06.04.2017 - Letter of Russian Consul General in Edinburgh Mr Andrey Pritsepov to the Herald newspaper, published 06.04.2017

Tragedy should pull us together


06.04.2017 - Response by the Press Secretary of the Embassy to a media question

Question: Could you comment on the current practice of refusal of UK visas to Russian citizens – residents of Crimea and Sevastopol?


06.04.2017 - RUSSIAN EMBASSY COMMENT ON CHEMICAL INCIDENT IN SYRIA

As always, a murky affair at a critical point in the fighting and search for peace in Syria. The words “loosely aligned groups” cover up the harsh reality of the entire province of Idlib being under an-Nusra control. Like the downing of Malaysian airliner over East Ukraine in July 2014 was meant to bring Berlin on board as regards the Western policy of sanctions against Russia, this time the new US Administration is the target. Why does nobody ask who benefits from such timely incidents?


06.04.2017 - Foreign Ministry statement regarding Palestinian-Israeli settlement

Moscow reaffirms its support for the two-state solution as an optimal option that meets the national interests of the Palestinian and Israeli people, both of whom have friendly relations with Russia, and the interests of all other countries in the region and the international community as a whole.


06.04.2017 - Statement by H.E. Mr. Gennady Gatilov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, at the Brussels Conference "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region", Brussels, 5 April 2017

Indeed, the Syrian conflict is the worst crisis of our time. We are confident that it is not possible to resolve humanitarian problems without reaching a political solution. Certain positive changes have recently taken place. Russia jointly with Turkey and Iran launched the "Astana format", within the framework of which the issues of strengthening the ceasefire regime are being discussed. Thanks largely to this initiative it has become possible to resume the intra-Syrian negotiations, the last round of which has just taken place in Geneva. Of course, the process is not easy. The parties have accumulated mutual distrust over the years of the conflict. However, the task before all of us is to help the Syrians reach sustainable agreements by themselves and in accordance with the parameters set forth in United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254, including on the issues related to the drafting of the constitution and the fight against terrorism. It is extremely important that the Syrians themselves determine the fate of Syria.


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