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08.07.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to Russian media questions following President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, Hamburg, July 7, 2017

Question: Mr Lavrov, how did this long meeting go? Sergey Lavrov: If the presidents see that they have issues to discuss and to solve something rather than just exchange opinions, I don’t think that time is of paramount importance. Indeed, they had a very long conversation. My feeling was confirmed that President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of the United States Donald Trump are driven by the national interests of their countries and pursue them primarily by seeking to achieve mutually beneficial agreements rather than trying to act out confrontational scenarios and invent problems out of the blue. It was in this concrete and business-like vein that Syria, Ukraine, the Korean Peninsula, cyber security and a number of other issues were discussed. Agreements were reached on some quite concrete things.

07.07.2017 - The chemical incident in Khan Sheikhoun: why is the West not interested in the truth? (by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko)

There are speculations about the chemical incident in Khan Sheikhoun on April 4 flared up by the recent report by the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria (FFMS). On the surface, this report looks somewhat respectable, has been welcomed by some countries as a “highly professional” piece of work and even hailed to have provided incontestable evidence of Damascus’ guilt for the “chemical attack”. Russia’s assessments of this document are much more reserved. Its quality leaves much to be desired and let me explain why we think so.

07.07.2017 - Russian and Chinese initiative on solving Korean Peninsula’s problems (by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko for RT)

The recent DPRK’s missile launch caused serious concerns in the international community. These actions contradict relevant UN Security Council resolutions. Meanwhile, to avoid further escalation we all should maintain calm, renounce provocative moves or belligerence of all types and work actively together to defuse tension. Re-launching a dialogue on the comprehensive resolution of the problems is the only way to a sustainable settlement.

06.07.2017 - Collective Security in Eurasia: Managing Diversity and Multiple Threats (by Ambassador Yakovenko for OCA Magazine)

25 years ago several independent states, formerly Republics of the Soviet Union, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Belorussia, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, signed the Collective Security Treaty. 10 years later they established the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO). Even this chronology shows that it was not an easy process. It took time for the member-states to assess their own security interests and requirements, as well as the overall security picture in the region they share.

06.07.2017 - On the FCO comment on the jury verdict on the murder of Boris Nemtsov

We have taken a note of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office calling for a fuller investigation into the case of Boris Nemtsov’s murder.

06.07.2017 - Article by Vladimir Putin published in the German business newspaper Handelsblatt

Ahead of my trip to Germany to take part in the Summit of the Group of Twenty, I would like to share some thoughts about cooperation within the G20 framework with the readers of Handelsblatt, one of the most popular and reputable German newspapers.

05.07.2017 - Joint statement by the Russian and Chinese foreign ministries on the Korean Peninsula’s problems

The Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China are the Korean Peninsula’s neighbours, therefore the development of the situation in the region concerns the national interests of both countries. Russia and China will closely coordinate their efforts in order to promote a complex solution to the Korean Peninsula’s problems, including that of the nuclear issue, for the sake of achieving a lasting peace and stability in Northeast Asia. In the spirit of strategic cooperation the foreign ministries of Russia and China (hereinafter referred to as Parties) state the following: 1. The Parties are seriously worried by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s statement of July 4, 2017 about a ballistic missile launch and consider this statement unacceptable and in disharmony with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

05.07.2017 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov’s meeting with FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva

On July 4, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov had a meeting with Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Jose Graziano da Silva on the sidelines of FAO’s 40th session in Rome.

05.07.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to media questions, Moscow, July 4, 2017

Question: What kind of format is being planned for a meeting between the Russian and US presidents? Sergey Lavrov: Any format that will suit them. As soon as everything is agreed upon, it will be immediately announced. We are ready. It is not up to us.

04.07.2017 - Press release on the start of the 40th Session of the FAO Conference

On July 3, the 40th session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) opened in Rome. The Conference is held on a biennial basis and is the highest governing body of the FAO. More than 1,000 delegates from 171 countries, including 85 ministers and senior officials, arrived at the FAO headquarters. Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachyov leads Russia’s inter-agency delegation. A delegation of the Eurasian Economic Commission is attending the session as an observer.

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