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14.07.2017 - Ambassador Yakovenko’s comment on the situation in Syria

We believe that the current round of Geneva talks has set off to a better start due to the participation of all the main opposition platforms – the Riyadh, Moscow and Cairo groups. The constitutional reform and the fight against terrorism are priorities, but not forgetting about two other issues (running the country prior to the adoption of a new constitution and holding elections). Eventually the constitution should reflect the concerns of all ethnic, religious and political groups of Syria without exception. This is the only way to ensure the stable functioning of the Syrian state and prevent the spread of terrorist threat. Meanwhile, the current constitution provides for a broad range of opportunities to expand the participation of opposition representatives in running the state. We actively support the efforts of UNSG’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to encourage the Syrian parties to engage in a productive conversation on constitutional reforms.

14.07.2017 - Ambassador Yakovenko on Russia-EU cooperation

Russia continues to view the European Union as a neighbour and our main trade and economic partner. We believe that development of bilateral ties based on the principles of equality and mutual respect meets the long-term interests of our peoples as well as has the potential to strengthen global and regional security and stability.

14.07.2017 - Ambassador Yakovenko on the state of a dialogue between Russia and the West on European security

Russia has long been an advocate of creating a community of equal and indivisible security in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasia. As a first step, we suggested an exchange of maps showing locations of the military forces in Europe as well as of military doctrines in order to build trust on the basis of transparency and openness.

13.07.2017 - PHOTO: Officer’s wrist watch "VOSTOK" and other commemorative gifts presented to the Scottish veteran of the Arctic Convoys Mr Edwin Leadbetter

On July 12 2017 Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh Andrey A. Pritsepov handed over to a WWII Veteran who took part in the Arctic Convoys Mr Edwin Leadbetter with a personalized officer’s wrist watch "VOSTOK" commissioned to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Victory in World War II as well as a set of the commemorative gifts commissioned last year to mark the 75th anniversary of the first Convoy codenamed Dervish.

12.07.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions during a joint news conference following talks with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Brussels, July 11, 2017

To begin with I would like to thank High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini for the opportunity to hold today’s meeting. As soon as Ms Mogherini learned that I was invited to visit Belgium, she immediately asked me about this meeting. I agreed with pleasure.

12.07.2017 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin’s meeting with US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft

On July 12, State Secretary, Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin received US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft at his request.

11.07.2017 - Press release on Mosul

The Iraqi authorities have announced the completion of capturing Mosul. This message was delivered from the liberated city by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who arrived as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to personally congratulate servicemen and militias.

10.07.2017 - Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich's remarks at the OSCE Permanent Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine and the need to implement the Minsk Agreements, Vienna, July 6, 2017

Over the last two weeks, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine reported on new manifestations of radicalism in Ukraine. Extremists are trying to influence government decisions, and are seeking to destabilise the Ukrainian state. Between June 19 and 24, the SMM witnessed rallies by former Aydar battalion members held after their former commander, member of the Ukrainian parliament Sergey Melnichuk, was called in for questioning on terrorism charges. On June 21, the SMM reported an attempt in Kharkov to prevent journalists from entering the city council. On June 24, monitors witnessed protests staged by the Right Sector in Dnepropetrovsk against the appointment of a local police chief who used to be a Berkut commander.

10.07.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on reasons for suspending the payment of Russia’s contribution to the Council of Europe

In light of foreign and Russian media comments on the June 30 Statement by the Foreign Ministry Concerning the Suspension of Payment of Russia’s Contribution to the Council of Europe for 2017, we have decided to publish an explanation.

08.07.2017 - Meeting of Vladimir Putin with US President Donald Trump

President Putin and I have been discussing various things, and I think it’s going very well. We’ve had some very, very good talks. We’re going to have a talk now, and obviously that will continue. But we look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia, for the United States, and for everybody concerned. And it’s an honour to be with you. Thank you.

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