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28.08.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at the meeting with Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, on August 28, 2017

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin gives you his most cordial greetings and remembers your visit in 2015 with pleasure. Everything you agreed upon is in control.

28.08.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on compliance with transparency measures during preparation for West 2017 drills

The commotion in the Western press regarding the Russian-Belarusian military drills, West 2017, does not get weaker. The media go on reporting on the aggressive nature of the drills. Further references have been made that the number of troops and military vehicles involved in the drills has been intentionally lowered, and that transparency measures are not being duly complied with.

28.08.2017 - Press release on electing St Petersburg the capital of International Jazz Day in 2018

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova endorsed the decision of the international jury to hold the seventh annual International Jazz Day, which will be celebrated all over the world on April 30, 2018. Eighteen countries vied for the right to host next year’s main Jazz Day events. The jury chose St Petersburg to be the capital of jazz in 2018, recognising Russia’s exclusive contribution to the development of this musical genre.

25.08.2017 - Russian Cossacks in Scotland

On 16th August 2017, the Russian Consul General in Edinburgh Mr Andrey Pritsepov received a delegation of Don Cossacks led by the president of the Federation of Cossack martial arts Shermitsyii Mr Andrey Yarovoy. The Cossacks participated in the Scottish Highland Games. Such exchange of visits by Russian and Scottish etnosportsmen for participation in national martial arts has already become a good tradition.

24.08.2017 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s consultations with Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Sedat Onal

On August 23, Russian-Turkish consultations on the Middle East and Africa issues took place in Moscow between Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Sedat Onal.

24.08.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, August 24, 2017

22.08.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Moscow, August 22, 2017

We are happy to meet with you during your visit to the Russian Federation. It is a good opportunity to carry on the dialogue which we began with Your Eminence in the Vatican in December 2016.

21.08.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Moscow, August 21, 2017

Given the current dynamic in the Middle East and North Africa, the more frequently we coordinate our positions and exchange opinions, the better for the peace process.

18.08.2017 - 72 UNGA: The UN must adopt new rules of behaviour in the information space

The efforts aimed at ensuring international information security with the UN playing the key role, should be focused on the prevention of conflicts in the information space caused by the use of ICTs as a tool to interference in domestic affairs as well as by terrorists and for other illegal purposes. They should also focus on the development and adoption of universal rules of responsible behaviour of States regarding in the sphere of ICTs.

18.08.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, August 17, 2017

We are pleased to note the positive trends in the way the military and political situation in Syria is developing, the way the ceasefire regime is being strengthened and the de-escalation zones are beginning to function: in the southwest of the country, in Eastern Ghouta and in the north of Homs province.

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