30 May 2017
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Comment by the Embassy Press attaché

Russia continues efforts to reach a political settlement of the conflict in Syria as soon as possible and to create additional opportunities for waging an unrelenting fight against international terrorists operating in that country and their local accomplices.

The International Meeting on Syria in Astana is scheduled for March 14-15 and will be attended by representatives of the Syrian Government and the armed opposition groups that have supported the cessation of hostilities. On the whole, we are satisfied with the progress of the Astana Process, where the driving force is the three guarantors of the cessation of hostilities – Russia, Turkey and Iran. Agreements reached in this format have made it possible to meaningfully reduce the level of violence in Syria and improve the humanitarian situation. It became possible to substantially expand and consolidate the ceasefire and involve a number of armed groups based in southern Syria in the political process. We proceed from the assumption that the new meeting in Astana will be of much help for holding the fifth round of the UN-sponsored intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, which are to begin on March 23.

We hope that preparations for the new contacts in Geneva will facilitate yet another step towards forming a broad-based and strong delegation of the Syrian opposition, which would take into account the vision and points of view of all ethnic and religious segments of Syrian society and whose willingness to negotiate is not in question. Meanwhile, the military and political situation in Syria remains tense. The government forces are building on their successes in the fight against ISIS and Nusra. As a result of their operations, a vast swathe of eastern Aleppo Province has been liberated. In the face of fierce resistance from ISIS, the Syrian army has reached the Asad reservoir on the Euphrates River, taking control of two pump stations in Al Hafsa, which supply drinking water to Aleppo and its environs. I would like to remind you that Aleppo was cut off from its main fresh water source for almost two months.

The Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria was active in brokering a truce in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.  The truce came into effect on March 6. At the same time, terrorists remaining in the enclave and groups of so-called “irreconcilables” that have actually merged with them do not support this agreement. They made a public appeal to renounce any reconciliation with the Syrian Government and resume attacks on the government forces’ positions. 


29.05.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Cairo, May 29, 2017

Let me once again express my condolences over the deadly terrorist attack in Minya Province. We know Egypt’s firmness in the fight against terrorism, and we are united in this struggle. I hope that we will strengthen our joint efforts here and expand the counterterrorist fight, which must be a common cause in which all stand united against this evil without applying double standards.

29.05.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on the Syrian "chemical dossier"

On May 23, the UNSC held its successive discussion on the state of affairs around the so-called Syrian "chemical dossier". The Western "troika" of permanent members of the UN Security Council sought to give an anti-Assad and anti Russian pronounced spin to this event. It was reconfirmed that these "exposers" of Damascus were not interested in establishing the truth in a crucial issue of who actually stood behind the alleged use of sarin on April 4, 2017, in the Syrian province of Idlib. Representatives of the United States, Great Britain and France have desperately resisted any attempt to figure out to what extent their verdict delivered "in absentia" about the allegedly undeniable responsibility of the Bashar Al-Assad Government for this chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun was justified.

29.05.2017 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the continued hunger strike of Palestinian inmates in Israeli prison

Recently Palestinian-Israeli relations have been further strained by the negative developments concerning Palestinian inmates in Israel. Over 1,200 prisoners have taken part in an indefinite hunger strike since April 17. (According to the media, there are about 6,500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons.)

27.05.2017 - Ambassador Yakovenko takes part in Russo-British Chamber of Commerce Business Forum

On 25 May Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko took part in the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC) Business Forum in London. The event gathered a large number of Russian and British companies.

26.05.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, May 25, 2017

Over the past few days, we have noted with satisfaction the consolidation of positive trends in the military-political situation in Syria. This is directly related to the implementation of the memorandum on creating de-escalation zones in Syria, which was signed by Russian, Iranian and Turkish representatives at the international meeting on Syria in Astana on May 4.

26.05.2017 - Statement by Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich at the OSCE Permanent Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine and the need to implement the Minsk Agreements, Vienna, May 25, 2017

The situation in Ukraine is escalating. The domestic political struggle is intensifying, which takes the nation further away from settling the conflict and aggravates the contradictions in society. Such measures as the blockade of Donbass, the so-called de-communisation, rewriting history, the hunt for “separatists,” restrictions on information through banning Russian-language TV channels, websites and social networks are working against the peaceful settlement of the conflict. The list of such measures continues to expand.

25.05.2017 - Press release on the exchange of greetings between foreign ministers of Russia and Slovenia on the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations

On May 25, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Slovenia Karl Viktor Erjavec exchanged greetings on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two states.

24.05.2017 - Meeting of Vladimir Putin with FIFA President Gianni Infantino

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Infantino, we are glad that you have a positive view of Russia’s efforts to prepare for the FIFA World Cup and Confederations Cup.

23.05.2017 - Condolences to British Prime Minister Theresa May

President Vladimir Putin expressed his deep condolences to Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Theresa May over the tragic consequences of the terrorist attack at the Manchester stadium.

23.05.2017 - Press release on the arbitral tribunal on the law of the sea (claim of Ukraine against the Russian Federation)

On 12 May the arbitral tribunal established under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on the request of Ukraine claiming violation by the Russian Federation of this Convention held its first meeting. The arbitral tribunal presided by Judge Jin-Hyun Paik (Republic of Korea) considered, with the participation of representatives of the Russian Federation and Ukraine, the principal procedural documents that will govern the work of the tribunal.

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