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12.05.2017 - Statement by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council, Fairbanks, USA, May 11, 2017

I would like to express our appreciation for the hospitality of our American hosts and to congratulate them on their successful chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Russia has been working hard to promote the development of the Arctic as a territory of peace, stability and cooperation. There is no potential for conflict here. International law is reliably protecting the national interests of the Arctic states, which bear special responsibility for long-term development in this region.


11.05.2017 - The OPCW investigation of Khan-Sheikhoun chemical incident: how credible? (Article by Ambassador Yakovenko for The Daily Telegraph)

Unfortunately, there is still no proper reaction by the OPCW to the alleged use of sarin in Khan Sheikhoun of 4 April. The work of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) to Syria is shrouded in secrecy. What is clear is that it continues to operate in a remote mode, using Internet data mostly concocted by the radical elements of the Syrian opposition, including the notorious “White Helmets”. From the scarce information one can gather that the samples taken from those injured or dead were tested in the OPCW-licensed laboratories in Britain and Turkey and established to be sarin or sarin-like substance. However, the samples were not taken at the site of the incident, but, it appears, in the Turkish territory, to which the injured and the bodies of the dead were taken. Hence the basic principle of the investigation, that of the chain of custody, hasn’t been observed. There are no answers on that from our Western partners. As there is no clear evidence that those people were from Khan Sheikhoun and not from somewhere else.


11.05.2017 - The Worshipful Mayor of Southwark speech on Victory Day (May 9 2017, Imperial War Museum)

I welcome you all here today at the Soviet War Memorial as we remember those who gave their lives during the Second World War on the 72nd anniversary of the victory of the allied forces in Europe.


11.05.2017 - Ambassador Yakovenko met Executive Director of the International Coffee Organization

On 11 May Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko met the new Executive Director of the International Coffee Organization (ICO), Mr. Jose Dauster Sette, who informed the Ambassador about the situation in the world coffee industry and in the ICO. The issues related to the development of cooperation between Russia and ICO were discussed.


11.05.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions following talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Washington DC, May 10, 2017

Today I had a bilateral meeting with State Secretary Rex Tillerson at the US State Department, and then we both had a meeting with President Trump. We focused on our interaction in the international arena. It was confirmed that, despite all the known difficulties, our countries can and should join efforts to address key issues of the international agenda. We spoke in detail about Syria, including in the context of the recently formulated ideas about creating de-escalation zones. We share an understanding that they should represent a step towards ending the violence throughout Syria which will help us resolve humanitarian issues and create a solid foundation for moving towards a political settlement based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254.


10.05.2017 - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the Mir Interstate Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, May 10, 2017

Question: Will you please comment on the latest talks held by President of Russia Vladimir Putin with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan? Sergey Lavrov: I can say, in addition to what has been said in detail at these leaders’ news conferences, that the talks were held in a constructive spirit. Nevertheless, the results slightly differed, because Germany and Turkey are two different states and our different partners. Our relations with Turkey are developing at a more positive pace than our ties with Germany. However, our trade with Germany is second largest after China, I believe. Also, both Germany and Turkey have shown great interest in the joint work of our business communities. German companies have not left Russia, which is additional proof of our conclusions regarding the abnormal situation when our European and other Western partners, place politically- and ideologically-charged approaches above the fundamental economic interests of their nations. I believe that the departure from this unusual trend is increasing. Not everyone in the European Union is prepared to accept this. The so-called aggressive minority is trying to maintain EU unity at any costs, whereas the principle of solidarity provides for looking for a compromise between two extremes. There are forces that are categorically against normalising relations with Russia and also those who call for breaking out of the sanctions dead-end already now. As I say, we don’t want to interfere in internal debates, but we are monitoring their development in the EU.


10.05.2017 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s consultations with Acting US Under Secretary of StateThomas A. Shannon, Jr.

On May 8, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov held consultations with Acting US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. in New York.


10.05.2017 - PHOTO: On the opening of the new Arctic Convoys Museum in Aultbea

In the framework of the commemorative festival in Pool-Ewe arranged by the Russian Arctic Convoy Project on 7th May this year an opening of a new Museum of the Arctic Convoys took place in Aultbea in the bay of Loch-Ewe.


10.05.2017 - PHOTO: On arrival of a training ship from St Petersburg "Yunyi Baltiets" to Scotland

In the framework of the commemorative festival in Pool-Ewe arranged by the Russian Arctic Convoy Project this year a training ship from St Petersburg "Yunyi Baltiets" with 47 cadets onboard, students of the Maritime Technical College named in honour of Admiral Senyavin, came to Loch-Ewe on 5th May.


09.05.2017 - Ambassador Yakovenko’s remarks at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial (London, 9 May 2017)

Today we honour and remember men and women who fought heroically, sacrificing their lives in the fight against fascism. We also honour all those who selflessly toiled at factories to bring the Victory Day nearer. All those who suffered one way or another, went through all the hardships and tragedies of that war



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