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12.04.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the visit by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

In light of a visit by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, which begins today, we would like to express hope for productive talks. This is important not just for the future of Russian-US interaction but also for the international environment overall.

12.04.2017 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s response to a media question

Question: What is Russia’s approach to a new UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria put forward by the UK, France, and the United States? Alexander Yakovenko: We don’t think that there is any need in such a resolution. What is missing is the will of our Western partners to establish the truth, to get to the bottom of it. We’ve got to understand that they have already acted militarily and diplomatically (in Lucca) on the basis of their narrative to which they are politically bound.

11.04.2017 - Meeting of President Putin with President of Italy Sergio Mattarella

President Vladimir Putin met with President of Italy Sergio Mattarella, who has come to Russia on an official visit, to discuss key aspects of Russian-Italian relations and current international issues.

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?

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