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04.04.2017 - Article by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, “Russia and Armenia – Age-Old Traditions of Friendship and Trust: 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations,” published by Novoye Vremya newspaper, Armenia

On April 3, 2017, we celebrate an important event – 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia. This date symbolises a new stage in Russian-Armenian centuries-old ties. We are united by long-standing traditions of friendship and mutual support as well as by cultural and spiritual kinship. Both of our peoples have come through many trials with flying colours, supported each other in sharp turns of history, and fought side by side in the difficult years of the Great Patriotic War.

04.04.2017 - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s response to a media question about Poland’s accusations against Russia concerning the Polish President’s plane crash near Smolensk

Question: Could you comment on today’s statement by the Prosecutor General’s Office of Poland about charging Russian dispatchers of taking deliberate actions that led to the Polish President’s plane crash on April 10, 2010? Zakharova: During a special news conference held on April 3 regarding the investigation of the Polish President’s plane crash on April 10, 2010, representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Poland announced that the Russian dispatchers who serviced that fateful flight at the Smolensk-Severny airfield were being charged with allegedly taking deliberate actions that led to the disaster.

04.04.2017 - Telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump

The Presidents noted that terrorism is an evil that must be fought jointly and agreed to continue their contacts.

03.04.2017 - PHOTO: Vitaliy Naumkin speech at the Russian Embassy

On April, 3 Vitaly Naumkin, President of the Institute for Oriental studies (Russia), Senior Political Advisor to United Nations and Arab League Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, gave a talk on “Crisis of nation-states in the Middle East: a view from Russia” for MPs and Lords, diplomats, journalists, representatives of business community, think-tank experts at the Russian Embassy.

31.03.2017 - Liberation of Mosul: a new catastrophe? (by Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)

We are deeply concerned over the deteriorating plight of the civilians in Mosul, who are paying an excessively high price for their liberation from terrorists. We have seen devastating consequences of the first phase of the military operation in the eastern districts of Mosul, where the Coalition applied doubtful tactics to push terrorists out of the city. Those efforts led to deplorable results: at least 1,500 civilians were killed and over 160,000 were displaced. During that brutal fighting about 60 percent of administrative buildings, 90 percent of transport infrastructure, 15 percent of residential buildings and 30 percent of schools were ruined.

31.03.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, March 30, 2017

The situation around Mosul is continuing to deteriorate. The military operation to free the city, which has been going on for four months now, has not yet achieved its declared goals, specifically eliminating ISIS’s main base in Iraq. Despite the forces and assets used in combat operations, Iraqi government troops, unfortunately (we take note of this), have bogged down in gruelling urban fighting in the western right-bank part of Mosul. Each step forward here comes at great cost. Regular army forces and militias have to breach ISIS’s multi-layered defence involving the use of locals and civilians as a human shield. Unfortunately, these tactics are well known to us.

30.03.2017 - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the National Interest Magazine, published on March 29, 2017

Well, after the American election, soon after Election Day President Putin and President-elect Trump talked over the phone. It was a good but very general discussion touching upon the key issues in our relations, and of course the key international issues. And they agreed that they would continue being in touch and after the inauguration they talked again, and they reconfirmed the need to look for ways which would be effective in handling international problems. And of course to see what could be done to bring the bilateral relations to normalcy. They also agreed that Mr. Rex Tillerson and I would look into the agenda in some more details, and would also discuss the preparation for the presidential meeting which should take place when both countries, both leaders feel comfortable.

29.03.2017 - Russian Embassy’s press-secretary responds to a media question

Question: Can you comment on a Russian-Chinese initiative on investigating use of chemical weapons in Iraq and Britain’s reaction to it? Press-secretary: On 24 March, Moscow and Beijing put forward a draft resolution proposing that OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism in Syria to be extended to Iraq. Such an initiative reflected our serious concern over an increasing number of cases of chemical weapons use by terrorists in Iraq and the spread of WMD-terrorism throughout the region on the whole.

29.03.2017 - VIDEO: International Arctic Forum 2017

International Arctic Forum 2017

29.03.2017 - VIDEO: MFA spokesperson M.Zakharova briefing (23 March 2017)

MFA spokesperson M.Zakharova briefing (23 March 2017)

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