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05.04.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

On April 4, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone with Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif at the latter’s initiative.


04.04.2017 - Article by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, “Russia and Armenia – Age-Old Traditions of Friendship and Trust: 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations,” published by Novoye Vremya newspaper, Armenia

On April 3, 2017, we celebrate an important event – 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia. This date symbolises a new stage in Russian-Armenian centuries-old ties. We are united by long-standing traditions of friendship and mutual support as well as by cultural and spiritual kinship. Both of our peoples have come through many trials with flying colours, supported each other in sharp turns of history, and fought side by side in the difficult years of the Great Patriotic War.


04.04.2017 - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s response to a media question about Poland’s accusations against Russia concerning the Polish President’s plane crash near Smolensk

Question: Could you comment on today’s statement by the Prosecutor General’s Office of Poland about charging Russian dispatchers of taking deliberate actions that led to the Polish President’s plane crash on April 10, 2010? Zakharova: During a special news conference held on April 3 regarding the investigation of the Polish President’s plane crash on April 10, 2010, representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Poland announced that the Russian dispatchers who serviced that fateful flight at the Smolensk-Severny airfield were being charged with allegedly taking deliberate actions that led to the disaster.


04.04.2017 - Telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump

The Presidents noted that terrorism is an evil that must be fought jointly and agreed to continue their contacts.


31.03.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, March 30, 2017

The situation around Mosul is continuing to deteriorate. The military operation to free the city, which has been going on for four months now, has not yet achieved its declared goals, specifically eliminating ISIS’s main base in Iraq. Despite the forces and assets used in combat operations, Iraqi government troops, unfortunately (we take note of this), have bogged down in gruelling urban fighting in the western right-bank part of Mosul. Each step forward here comes at great cost. Regular army forces and militias have to breach ISIS’s multi-layered defence involving the use of locals and civilians as a human shield. Unfortunately, these tactics are well known to us.


30.03.2017 - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the National Interest Magazine, published on March 29, 2017

Well, after the American election, soon after Election Day President Putin and President-elect Trump talked over the phone. It was a good but very general discussion touching upon the key issues in our relations, and of course the key international issues. And they agreed that they would continue being in touch and after the inauguration they talked again, and they reconfirmed the need to look for ways which would be effective in handling international problems. And of course to see what could be done to bring the bilateral relations to normalcy. They also agreed that Mr. Rex Tillerson and I would look into the agenda in some more details, and would also discuss the preparation for the presidential meeting which should take place when both countries, both leaders feel comfortable.


29.03.2017 - Russian Embassy’s press-secretary responds to a media question

Question: Can you comment on a Russian-Chinese initiative on investigating use of chemical weapons in Iraq and Britain’s reaction to it? Press-secretary: On 24 March, Moscow and Beijing put forward a draft resolution proposing that OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism in Syria to be extended to Iraq. Such an initiative reflected our serious concern over an increasing number of cases of chemical weapons use by terrorists in Iraq and the spread of WMD-terrorism throughout the region on the whole.


29.03.2017 - Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov answers questions from readers of the newspaper Argumenty i Fakty

In seeking early implementation of the Minsk Agreements we assume that a long-term solution to the problems connected with the deep crisis that has hit Ukraine can only be found by political and diplomatic means. The Minsk Package of Measures of February 12, 2015 has been approved by the UN Security Council, which passed Resolution 2202 of February 17, 2015. We are convinced that there is no alternative to the Minsk Agreements today. The West thinks likewise. The main provision of the Minsk Agreements is Kiev’s direct dialogue with Donetsk and Lugansk. Neither Russia, nor the new US President, nor anybody else can do for the parties to the conflict what is needed to achieve a settlement, and that is to agree with each other directly on mutual guarantees of security and the principles of building a common future.


28.03.2017 - On FCO “concern about Russian protest arrests”.

Surprised with the statement of the Foreign office. Russia respects and protects the rights of citizens to voice their concerns or protest peacefully. Nevertheless, there is a set legal procedure for arranging public events in a major city. In many cases it was followed, resulting in civilized, democratic meetings where our citizens voiced their criticism of the Government, which is normal. Unfortunately it was not always the case. Some of the self-labeled “anti-Kremlin activists” consciously misled people, provoking illegal actions, including the attack on a policeman who was wounded. Pupils and teenagers were actively recruited to participate in the event, mostly by promises of monetary reward.


28.03.2017 - Press Secretary answer to a media question on Defence Secretary Fallon statements

Question: Media report that on 27 March UK Defence Secretary Mr Fallon said that Russian behavior abroad is becoming more “assertive and arrogant”. What can you say on that? Answer: We are disappointed, though not surprised, by a string of unfounded accusations against Russia made by Mr Fallon.


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