20 October 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. 


20.10.2017 - Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club

Vladimir Putin took part in the final plenary session of the 14th annual meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club titled The World of the Future: Moving Through Conflict to Cooperation. Read the transcript.

17.10.2017 - Visit to Scottish textile company Johnstons of Elgin

During a visit to Aberdeenshire on 29th of September 2017 Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh Andrey A.Pritsepov visited the largest company producing cashmere and woolen cloth Johnstons of Elgin where he had a meeting with the management of the company and enjoyed a mill tour.

17.10.2017 - Visit to University of Aberdeen

On 29 of September 2017 during the trip to Aberdeen Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh Andrey A.Pritsepov visited University of Aberdeen and met with the Vice-Principal on Internationalization Professor John Paterson. They discussed issues of developing ties with higher educational institutions in Russia and prospects for cooperation in the field of remote medicine. The mutual interest in closer interaction in the training of engineering personnel for science-intensive and high-tech areas was emphasized.

16.10.2017 - First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov’s answer to a media question regarding British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s visit to Russia

Question: The Foreign Office announced yesterday that Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson would visit Russia. Do you have any comments to make on this?

11.10.2017 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov’s meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Hekmat Khalil Karzai

On October 10, Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov met with visiting Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Hekmat Khalil Karzai, who arrived in Moscow to attend the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group meeting.

11.10.2017 - Foreign Ministry statement on the situation in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, Spain

Guided by the fundamental principles of international law, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation views the developments in Catalonia as the internal affair of Spain.

10.10.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at the expanded meeting of the CIS Foreign Ministers Council, Sochi, October 10, 2017

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at the expanded meeting of the CIS Foreign Ministers Council, Sochi, October 10, 2017

10.10.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

On October 9, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the latter’s initiative.

09.10.2017 - Russian Energy Week Forum plenary session

President Putin attended a plenary session of the first Russian Energy Week (REW) Energy Efficiency and Energy Development International Forum.

09.10.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press department on the upcoming meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers

On October 10, a regular meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers will be held in Sochi within the framework of Russia’s CIS Chairmanship in 2017. The agenda is comprised of 18 topics covering a broad range of issues related to CIS cooperation. The CIS foreign ministers will discuss practical measures for promoting multilateral cooperation between the CIS countries and will exchange opinions on current international issues. The documents they will adopt following this meeting will be forwarded to the CIS Council of Heads of State.

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