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28.08.2013 - Interview of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov by the Abkhazian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, Moscow, 25 August 2013

Question:Abkhazia is on the eve of its anniversary. Five years ago the Russian Federation acknowledged the sovereignty of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in very complicated conditions. This allowed the removal of tensions in the region and the countries became entities under international law. What is your assessment of the situation today?

21.08.2013 - Ambassador’s Notebook: Crisis in Egypt

The political crisis in Egypt is not easing up. Mass protests by supporters and opponents of Mohammed Morsi continue in Cairo and some other major cities. There have been fierce clashes with security forces resulting in numerous casualties. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Egypt may be heading toward a civil war.

16.08.2013 - Ambassador’s Notebook: G20: On the Road to the St. Petersburg Summit

Russia has focused its G20 Presidency agenda this year on two main tasks: achieving balanced growth and creating jobs. Our priorities, supported throughout the Presidency by all our partners, are to encourage investment, increase transparency, and make regulation more effective.

14.08.2013 - Article of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov «Russia–EU: Prospects for Partnership in the Changing World», published in «Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review»

It gives me great pleasure to address the readers of such an influential publication as the JCMS Annual Review and share my views regarding relations between the two biggest players in Europe – the Russian Federation and the European Union. The importance of this subject should not be underestimated because the future of our common continent in the 21st century will primarily depend on the EU and Russia – and their interaction.

08.08.2013 - Independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia: Why it happened (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

In August 2008, the President of Georgia, in breach of the UN Charter and in violation of other international obligations and commitments, started a conflict which resulted in the loss of civilian lives and destruction.

05.08.2013 - Dmitry Medvedev's interview to Russia Today TV channel

Dmitry Medvedev is interviewed by Russia Today correspondent Oksana Boyko on the events in August 2008 and consequences of the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict. The interview was recorded on July 24, 2013.

13.07.2013 - Ambassador’s Notebook: Why we Should Strengthen International Efforts to Combat Terrorism

This category of new challenges and threats is now firmly established on the international agenda. It has become a factor of global and regional security, and sometimes an instrument of geopolitical influence. They can only be combated effectively by working together, especially since the criminal world has considerable financial and material capabilities.

03.07.2013 - Ambassador’s Notebook: Russia and the Asia-Pacific Region

Relations with the Asia Pacific states are among Russia’s foreign policy priorities. The shift in the global economy’s center of gravity towards the Asia Pacific region is accompanied by growing interaction in the area and a proliferation of multilateral structures and initiatives.

28.06.2013 - Is it possible to make a nuclear-free world? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

The recent speech by President Barack Obama in Berlin indicated his intention to take further steps towards a nuclear-free world

24.06.2013 - Interview of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Rossiya 24 TV Channel (St Petersburg, 20 June 2013)

Question: Sergey Viktorovich, we meet “on the fields” of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Therefore, my first question is: what meetings will you have here, whom will you talk to, what do you plan to discuss?Sergey Lavrov: Beside participation in the meetings of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, I have planned my own contacts with a whole range of participants (of the Forum), including Incumbent Prime Minister of Lebanon Najib Mikati, President of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Vuk Jeremić. I have just had a conversation with the Administrator of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark. We discussed prospects of our interaction in building up Russia’s contribution into international contribution to development. I will have a talk with President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani, some other meetings. Never a dull moment.

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