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31.05.2017 - President Putin’s interview with Le Figaro

President Putin’s interview with Le Figaro The interview was recorded on May 29 in Paris during the President’s visit to France.

30.05.2017 - Ambassador Yakovenko takes part in presentation of “Scythians” exhibition

On 30 May Ambassador Dr Alexander Yakovenko visited the British Museum to take part in the press launch of the forthcoming exhibition “Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia”.

30.05.2017 - Terror threat level in the UK lowered to severe

Based on the progress of the ongoing investigation, the British Government lowered the terrorism threat level from critical to severe.

30.05.2017 - Press release on 2+2 talks between Russian and Egyptian foreign and defence ministers

On May 29, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu held talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry and Defence Minister Sidqi Subhi in Cairo. The ministers were received by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who noted that Egypt’s priority was developing and strengthening mutual friendship and fruitful partnership with the friendly country of Russia. Mr el-Sisi emphasised that the Russian-Egyptian 2+2 consultations, which were launched with his personal participation in November 2013, convincingly showed that the multifaceted ties between the two countries had reached a strategic level.

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 - PHOTO: Rare photo presented to the Russian Embassy

On 26 May Mr. Roland Kedge presented a rare photo of Vladivostok from 1890 to the Russian Embassy. The photo, property of his family, was certified as original by the National Maritime Museum. It will be passed to the Town Hall of Vladivostok later this month.

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.

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