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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

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07.03.2022 - Statement by Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak March 07, 2022

Regrettably, we have seen the statement by European politicians on energy issues and calls to dump Russian oil and gas. European officials are once again trying to shift the problems and failures of their own energy policy of recent years onto Russia. The result is the spike in energy prices we are witnessing today. I can say with complete confidence that Russia has nothing to do with the current price spike and volatility in the market.


05.03.2022 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the European Commission’s decision to suspend cooperation with Russia in cross-border and transnational cooperation programmes

On March 4, 2022, we learned from the European Commission’s press release about its decision to suspend cooperation with Russia in seven cross-border cooperation programmes (Russia – Poland, Russia – Lithuania, Russia – Latvia, Russia – Estonia, Russia – South-East Finland, Karelia and Kolarctic), as well as in the transnational Interreg Baltic Sea region programme. The Commission also suspended cooperation with our Country in preparation of the new programmes for the period till 2027. However Russia has not yet received an official notification.


05.03.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with TV channels RT, NBC News, ABC News, ITN, France 24 and the PRC Media Corporation, Moscow, March 3, 2022

Question:Unprecedented sanctions pressure is being exerted on the Russian Federation due to the recent events, primarily “on the ground.” Has Russia changed its position? Does the world hear what Russia is saying? What do you think about the ongoing talks in Belarus? What should we expect from the next round? Sergey Lavrov: This is a comprehensive question. You have touched on many issues. I am sure the world is listening to Russia, but it is difficult to say at this point the extent to which it hears us. The majority may understand what this is about, but they have to obey the toughest dictate.


05.03.2022 - Embassy comment on the fourth anniversary of the Salisbury incident

It has been four years since the so-called ‘poisoning’ of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Over these years, allegations of Russia’s using chemical weapon in Salisbury were repeated so often by the British authorities that they are now treated as axiom (which needs no proof, as we know) by many in the UK. It didn’t make such allegations any more credible, though.


04.03.2022 - Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s comment on German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's statement regarding suspension of Nord Stream 2’s certification, March 2, 2022

We regard the German authorities’ decision to halt the certification process for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project unacceptable and unseemly from the point of view of international commercial law.


02.03.2022 - Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s comment on the expulsion of diplomats from Russia’s Permanent Mission to the UN, March 1, 2022

We regard the expulsion of 12 diplomats from the Russian Permanent Mission in New York as a deliberate and cynical escalation in Russia-US relations provoked by Washington in violation of US obligations under the corresponding agreement with the host country. The Biden administration is continuing a policy that seeks not only to completely destroy the foundations of interstate relations, but also to undermine the central role of the UN in an attempt to impose the notorious “rules-based order” dictated by the United States and its satellites.


02.03.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the High-Level Segment of the UN Human Rights Council’s 49th session, via videoconference, March 1, 2022

I hoped to be able to attend the Human Rights Council in person after a two-year break. However, I have been forced to address you via videoconference. The reason for this lies in the outrageous measures taken by the European Union, which has refused to respect one of the fundamental human rights – the right to freedom of movement. Members of the European Union chose the path of unilateral illegitimate sanctions and used them to avoid having to engage in direct honest dialogue, face to face. This is something that they are clearly afraid of.


01.03.2022 - Remarks by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov to participants of the first substantive session of the open-ended ad hoc Intergovernemntal Committee of experts to elaborate a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes, 28 February 2022

I extend my greetings to the participants of the first substantive session of the UN Ad Hoc Committee to Elaborate a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes. The establishment of the Ad Hoc Committee to develop this kind of international legal instrument was the need of the hour. Crime in cyberspace has a truly global character. The world community is facing a real "cyberpandemic". Cybercriminals are capable of inflicting serious damage on economic activities of States and the wellbeing of millions of people. The numbers speak for themselves. While in 2018, as estimated by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the annual damage amounted to 1.5 trillion US dollars, in 2025 this figure may reach 9 trillion.


01.03.2022 - Foreign Ministry statement on the EU’s role in the developments in Ukraine, February 28, 2022

For many years, the European Union, posing as a peacemaker, lavishly financed the Kiev regime, which came to power in an anti-constitutional coup. The EU stood in silence while the population of Donbass was being exterminated and the Russian language was being strangled in Ukraine. It disregarded our endless calls to take notice of the predominance of Nazis in the Ukrainian authorities, and the socioeconomic blockade and murder of innocent civilians in the southeast of Ukraine. The EU conditioned its future relations with Russia on the implementation of the Minsk Package of Measures but has done nothing to encourage Kiev to start implementing its main provisions. At the same time, the EU gave Kiev money and visa-free travel and extended anti-Russia sanctions under far-fetched pretexts. The EU took part in Kiev’s performances, which put in question the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation.


25.02.2022 - Foreign Ministry statement in connection with the unilateral restrictive measures imposed by the EU in response to the recognition by the Russian Federation of the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics

The European Union has decided to support the illegitimate US practice of imposing unilateral restrictive measures on Russia. Instead of analysing what happened and critically re-evaluating their role in the situation in the DPR and LPR, the EU has resorted to the sanctions approach mistakenly believing that they are an effective way forward. Contrary to internationally accepted rules, the EU restrictions affect a representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry.


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