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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.

17.08.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a joint press conference following talks with Foreign Minister of Bolivia Fernando Huanacuni Mamani, Moscow, August 16, 2017

We discussed the state of our bilateral relations. We have a rich and multifaceted agenda. We noted the very good dynamics of the political dialogue, and the successful implementation of the agreements reached last year during the visit to Russia of Mr Mamani’s predecessor as foreign minister of Bolivia. Everything that the presidents discussed, and everything we agreed upon between our respective foreign, economic, and social ministries, as well as our companies, is being implemented at a fairly steady pace.

17.08.2017 - 72 UNGA: Human rights must be protected but not used a pretext to intervene in domestic affairs

The primary responsibility for the protection and promotion of human rights lies with the States, while the UN executive structures should play a supporting role. The key principle in this field is to ensure equal cooperation between States based on the primacy of international law, respect for sovereignty and sovereign equality of States.

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