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SPEECHES, INTERVIEWS, ARTICLES

19.05.2015

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov answers media questions ata Working Breakfast organised by Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Moscow, May 19, 2015

Question: Everybody is interested in the Ukraine situation and how the Minsk-format dialogue is unfolding. Everyone has heard about the difficult negotiations with US Secretary of State John Kerry, but nobody knows what was discussed exactly. Could you give us some details? What can you say about the possibility of the United States’ involvement in the peace process in Ukraine? What steps can we expect from Russia and the United States to normalise bilateral relations? Is a meeting between the US and Russian presidentspossible in the foreseeable future? Can you tell us about the current visit to Moscow by US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland?

We saw you driving a Pobeda carin Sochi. Who gave it to you? Did the car impress John Kerry?

Sergey Lavrov: When we arrived in Sochi to prepare for John Kerry’s visit, a Foreign Ministry representative introduced me to Sochi residentVartanYeremyan, a descendant of a Great Patriotic War veteran (a street in Sochi is named after the Yeremyan brothers), who runs a carservice business. Among other things, he repairs and restores vintage cars. The Pobedayou mentioned was presented as a gift to one of the veterans who lived in Sochi in 1960, and who was a friend of Yeremyan. Before his death, the owner of the car left it toYeremyan, saying,you know how to keep a car well, and I really want you to have this car so it can serveas long as possible to anyone who remembers what Pobeda (Victory)means.

After telling this story, Yeremyanasked me to drive it to the Eternal Flame, a memorial of Sochi residents who were killed or died in hospitals where they were brought from the front,wounded. I thought it made sense, especially in view of a wreath laying ceremony at the monument at the start of John Kerry's visit to Sochi. I was expecting him there, and the Secretary of State arrived with his motorcade. We attended the ceremony which left him profoundly moved. There were dozens, maybe hundreds, of young people who were holding candles. He was really touched. I asked him if he wanted to drive the Pobeda with me to the negotiation venue. He said, I would love to, but we have to follow the rules;we have our security service here, and this ideashould have been arranged in advance. That’s the end of the Pobeda story.

Now about Ukraine. During our talks (in Sochi), we discussed other things too, but we did focus on Ukraine most of the time. The issue also took up a lot of time during President Vladimir Putin’smeeting with John Kerry. Essentially, we talked about finding common ground. I have to say it went quickly because Russia and the United States both support full and comprehensive implementation of the Minsk Agreements. But, as the saying goes, the devil is in the details– namely, the specific provisions of the Minsk Agreements of February12, the specific tasks facing the working subgroups established in Minsk on May 6, as well as the varying understanding of specific problems. Spending so much time on this during the meeting of four heads of state in Minsk on February 12, we derivedfrom the need for strict compliance not only with the problem-resolution steps stipulated in the Minsk package, but also with the agreements’content.

To be continued...

 




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I NOTE a rather questionable article by Mark McLaughlin (“Russians lurking near Faslane to eavesdrop on nuclear submarines", The Herald, July 11). Do you really believe that 145 million Russians would elect a leader who would command his nuclear submarines to chase someone\'s sole and lonely operative U-boat which is firing missiles in the opposite direction or Type 45 destroyers with faulty engines or an aircraft carrier without aircraft on it, all of them being located in Scottish waters?



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