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14 June 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on UN Security Council Committee 1267/1989/2253 upholding Russia’s application on amending the original data and profile of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group

On June 5, UN Security Council Committee 1267/1989/2253 on sanctions against ISIS, Al-Qaeda and related individuals and legal entities upheld Russia's application on amending the data in the sanctions list maintained by the Committee concerning Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group. Now, the other name of this terrorist group, Hayat Tahrir ash-Sham, is indicated, which it uses to hide amid a broader association of other smaller terrorist groups, which was formally not recorded in the UN Security Council's sanctions anti-terrorist list. This decision was made possible by the withdrawal of objections to our initiative, primarily from the United States, as well as Britain and France. Washington has long resisted this step, apparently based on its own ideas about Jabhat al-Nusra in the wake of the dual policy of the United States on combating terrorism in Syria. Still, better late than never. We welcome this decision by Committee 1267/1989/2253,... Read more...
14 June 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation in Yemen

We are gravely concerned about the reports coming from Yemen that the armed groups loyal to the President of the Republic of Yemen Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi have begun an offensive against the Red Sea port of Al Hudaydah. The operation is reported to have the support of the Arab coalition at sea and in the air. These developments are particularly disturbing because Al Hudaydah is the main transit and...>>
13 June 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding US accusations against Sovfracht shipping company

Washington has again demonstrated political imprudence by bringing charges against Joint Stock Company Sovfracht, a Russian shipping company and freight forwarder, for delivering jet fuel to Syria. In 2016-2017, the United States blocked the transfer of $5.5 million by the company, and now it has taken a new and objectionable step in response to our requests to return the money. Sovfracht delivered...>>
09 June 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting

A regular meeting of the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers will take place in Almaty under the chairmanship of Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov on June 11. In accordance with the established procedures, such meetings are usually held twice a year. On the eve of the meeting, on June 10, the heads of the delegations will meet for a working dinner to discuss issues of mutual...>>
09 June 2018

Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department on new US anti-Russian sanctions

Washington would not calm down with its sanctions it seems, again extending them to a number of Russian citizens and entities. The effect is bound to be zero as before, because forcing Russia to change its independent policy on the international arena is not working. Yet, US politicians continue to cherish illusions, imagining the US as a global gendarme, but each new unsuccessful attempt to put...>>
09 June 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in the Normandy format ministerial meeting

On June 11,  Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is due to take part in the regular Normandy format meeting of foreign ministers in Berlin. The central topic to be discussed will be progress in the implementation of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements of February 12, 2015, as well as the agreements reached at the top-level Normandy format meeting in Paris on October 2,...>>
09 June 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on reports of Australian military personnel committing crimes in Afghanistan

We noted the recently leaked confidential report prepared by the Australian military command in 2016 on systematic, unsanctioned and illegal use of weapons, including against civilians, by Australian military personnel that are part of the coalition’s military contingent in Afghanistan. In 2017, Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported shocking facts of cold-blooded murders committed by the...>>
08 June 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Afghan President’s decision to declare a temporary ceasefire

We commend the decision of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to declare a temporary ceasefire in connection with the upcoming end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. We note that the temporary ceasefire was offered only to the Taliban, and does not extend to international terrorist groups, primarily, ISIS. We urge the Taliban to respond positively to this initiative, as this would be a step towards...>>
08 June 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on arrangements to facilitate the return of displaced persons to Myanmar

We welcome the Memorandum of Understanding reached between the Government of Myanmar, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on facilitating the process of repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh, which was signed on June 6 in Naypyidaw. This document establishes the legal basis for cooperation between Myanmar authorities and the UN agencies in order...>>
06 June 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan’s working visit to Russia

On June 7, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will have talks with his Armenian counterpart, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, who will be in Russia on a working visit. The foreign ministers plan to discuss a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation in the context of the results of President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on the sidelines of the Supreme Eurasian Economic...>>
06 June 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the publication by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the final report on the monitoring of the presidential election in Russia on March 18 of this year

On June 6, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) published its final report on the monitoring of the presidential election in Russia on March 18 of this year. We have to state that the report is yet further evidence of the office’s political bias. Its methods are based on double standards both in creating monitoring missions and drafting final conclusions. We have...>>
06 June 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the demolition of the monument to Soviet and Polish soldiers in the city of Lukow, Poland

The obsession by official Warsaw with “de-communisation” has yielded another ignominious fruit. The monument to Red Army soldiers and Polish soldiers who died fighting for the liberation of the city from the Nazis in June 1944 was pulled down in Lukow, the Lublin Province in Poland.  The cynicism of the country’s authorities is amazing, as they continue to follow the line of distorting the history of...>>
06 June 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the terrorist act against a gathering of faith activists in Kabul

On June 4, a suicide bomber committed an act of terrorism against Muslim faith activists who were taking part in a meeting of the Ulema Council in Kabul, killing at least 14 people.    Responsibility for the terrorist act was assumed by ISIS, who, in so doing, are seeking to intimidate the influential clergy and take revenge on them for their decision stating that terrorism is unacceptable under...>>
04 June 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the US vetoing a UN Security Council resolution condemning violence related to the Gaza Strip

On June 1, the first day of Russian chairmanship in the UN Security Council, the Kuwaiti delegation put to a vote a draft resolution condemning Israel’s excessive and disproportionate use of force against Palestinian civilians on the occupied territory as well as all acts of violence and incitement, including missile strikes at Israeli territory. Guided by its principled approaches to...>>
31 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the demolition of a monument to Soviet soldiers in Poland

Another monument to our soldiers, who were killed while liberating Poland from Hitler’s occupation, has been demolished in that country. The latest victim of the notorious “decommunisation of public spaces” is an obelisk installed in 1945 near the village of Porost in the West-Pomeranian Voivodeship, at the site where Soviet tank crews were killed. What we are seeing is another example of the Polish...>>
31 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the initiative to convene a Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

On May 29, Britain officially addressed the Technical Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with a request to convene a Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The initiative was supported by Australia, Bulgaria, Germany, Canada, France, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, the United States and Japan. Britain...>>
30 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation with Arkady Babchenko

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported that journalist Arkady Babchenko is in fact alive and that his “murder” was nothing but an incident staged as part of a special operation. We are glad to hear that the Russian national is alive. However, we must point out the following. As a direct consequence of these actions, obviously designed to attaint a certain propaganda effect, the entire global...>>
30 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on unpunished crimes against journalists in Ukraine

The murder of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko has become yet another tragic illustration of the horrible record on the physical violence against media representatives. Crimes against journalists invariably go unpunished, having turned into a frightening routine. Up until now there has been no progress in the investigation of the murders of journalists Anatoly Klyan, Anton Voloshin, Igor...>>
29 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the death of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko

According to reports from Kiev, journalist Arkady Babchenko, a Russian citizen permanently based in Ukraine, was shot dead today in an armed assault in Kiev. The level of violence and the number of murders of media workers in that country is steadily rising, and their investigations do not lead to punishment of criminals. Bloody crimes and total impunity have become routine for the Kiev regime. We...>>
29 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the start of blocking multiple Russian media websites in Ukraine on the basis of repressive decisions of the Ukrainian authorities

We have stated more than once that Kiev is openly pursuing a policy of suppressing any dissent in the national media landscape and that Ukraine is rapidly descending into totalitarian rule. On May 24, we published on the Foreign Ministry website our comment on the Ukrainian authorities updating the media sanctions list for three years by adding the Rossiya Segodnya and RIA Novosti Ukraine news...>>
25 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on Polish assessments of bilateral cooperation in investigating the Smolensk crash

Polish media have published critical statements by officials regarding cooperation with Russia, which is allegedly sabotaging requests for legal assistance as part of the investigation into the plane crash that killed the president of Poland outside Smolensk on April 10, 2010. On this we would like to say the following. The Russian General Prosecutor’s Office duly examines requests for legal...>>
24 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s consideration of Russia’s initial report on the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children,

On May 22, Russia’s initial report on the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography was considered in Geneva within the framework of the 78th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child. The Russian delegation was led by State Secretary - Deputy Interior Minister Igor Zubov. The...>>
24 May 2018

Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on Ukraine’s decision to include the Rossiya Segodnya news agency and RIA News Ukraine into its sanctions list

We are outraged by the decision of the Ukrainian authorities to include the Rossiya Segodnya news agency and RIA News Ukraine into its updated sanctions list for three years and block access to their websites. The Ukrainian President’s executive order blocks the assets of these agencies, restricts or cancels their access to telecommunications services and open telecommunications networks and...>>
23 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation in Ukraine

We are worried about reports concerning the continued aggravation of the situation in the conflict zone in southeastern Ukraine. Provocative actions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, being undertaken with the silent connivance of Kiev’s foreign patrons, have led to the greatest aggravation of tension in Donbass since the March 30, 2018 Easter truce. The activity of Kiev’s military units in the “grey...>>
23 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Paris meeting of the “International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons,” May 17-18, 2018

We took note of the meeting of the “International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons” held in Paris between May 17-18. Predictably, its final Declaration is imbued with the spirit of confrontation with Russia and blatant anti-Syrian rhetoric. The co-authors of the document, among other things, call on other countries to create an attribution mechanism which , according to...>>
18 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the OPCW Fact Finding Mission report on the alleged incident in Saraqib, Syria, on February 4, 2018

On May 15, the Technical Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) published the report of the OPCW Fact Finding Mission (FFM) on the alleged incident in Saraqib, in Syria’s Idlib Province, on February 4, 2018. The information presented in this document must be meticulous studied, but even a preliminary analysis suggests a number of questions about its...>>
17 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the arrest of RIA Novosti-Ukraine head Kirill Vyshinsky

On May 17, Kherson city court ordered the two-month detention of head of RIA Novosti-Ukraine Kirill Vyshinsky who was arrested a few days ago in Kiev by the Security Service of Ukraine. He has been charged with “high treason” of all things. Russia strongly condemns such repressive treatment of a journalist who has always performed his professional duty honestly and conscientiously. It is an...>>
17 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on act of vandalism on World War II Memorial in Shymkent

A memorial to 113 workers of a local lead factory killed during the Great Patriotic War has been destroyed in Shymkent in southern Kazakhstan, Kazakhstani media report. The families and veterans of the plant who came to honour their memory on Victory Day found broken plates with the soldiers’ names and a desecrated Eternal Flame. As soon as this was discovered, the Russian Embassy in Astana sent a...>>
16 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the developments in Jerusalem

High tensions persist around Jerusalem and the Holy Sites. It was reported that during the May 13 events marking Jerusalem Day, more than 2,000 Yahudis, protected by the Israeli police and without consent of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, a managing body of Islamic sacred edifices, climbed to the top of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Jordan, which plays a special role with regard to the Holy Sites in East...>>
15 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on consideration of Russia’s third report under the Universal Periodic Review procedure

Russia’s third national report on our country’s compliance with its international commitments in the human rights sphere was considered at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) held in Geneva on May 14. The interdepartmental delegation led by Acting Minister of Justice Alexander Konovalov included senior officials from the Ministry of...>>
15 May 2018

Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the situation in Ukraine’s information space

We have taken note of the escalation in the Ukrainian authorities’ repressive activities in the information space, ranging from attacks on and deportation of Russian and foreign journalists from Ukraine to provocations against Russian diplomats on international media platforms. In the past two weeks, the Kiev government has taken a series of illegal actions against Russian journalists covering...>>
13 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on celebrations of Victory Day in Ukraine

Blinded by their hatred of Russia, the Ukrainian authorities continue to revise history and are deliberately distorting their own country’s recent history in the nationalist spirit. The focus of this campaign is on the history of the Great Patriotic War of 1941−1945, the huge historical importance of which is a constant cause of annoyance for the current Ukrainian political leaders. This year once...>>
11 May 2018

Comment by Foreign Ministry Official Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the celebrations of the 73rd anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 abroad

On the days of celebration of the 73rd anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, Russian diplomatic missions abroad held commemorative, official and cultural events, including receptions and solemn gatherings, meetings with war veterans, ceremonies at monuments and memorials to Soviet soldiers, as well as various public actions attended by our compatriots. Veterans of the Great...>>
11 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the adoption of the resolution on the Global Pact for the Environment

On May 10, the UN General Assembly voted in favour of the resolution opening the negotiations towards a Global Pact for the Environment. The Russian Federation voted against this project. Russia firmly supports the implementation of the international environmental agreements it participates in, at the national, regional and global levels. This is why we regard the main task as achieving the goals...>>
11 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on Washington’s “expert meeting” on the implementation of “maritime” provisions of UNSC resolutions on the DPRK

On May 3-4, the United Stated held a meeting in Washington to review the implementation of the “maritime” provisions of the UNSC resolutions on sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. We view this gathering as yet another attempt by the United States and its allies to replace the mandate of the Security Council and the 1718 Sanctions Committee (DPRK) with an interpretation that...>>
09 May 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the new US sanctions against Russia

Washington has imposed additional sanctions against Russia, allegedly for violating the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act, which has no connection to Russia. In effect, this US decision has been precipitated by a trivial desire to get even with Russia over the failed missile attack on Syria, which the United States, Britain and France launched on April 14 in violation of...>>
08 May 2018

Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department on the act of vandalism committed in Prague on the monument to Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev

On May 8 and 9, the world community remembers the bloodiest war in the history of mankind, which claimed tens of millions of lives. Most Europeans gratefully bring flowers to the graves of war heroes – soldiers of the anti-Hitler coalition, partisans and resistance fighters who fell in battles for the liberation of the world from Nazism. However, some do not seem to regard the Great Victory as a...>>
23 April 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on a terrorist attack in Afghanistan

On April 22, a terrorist act took place in western Kabul at a voting registration centre. The suicide bombing killed 57 people and injured over 110. The Afghan branch of the ISIS terrorist organisation claimed responsibility for this criminal action. We resolutely condemn this inhuman act aimed against the election process and the development of a peaceful and democratic Afghanistan. We express our...>>
23 April 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the annual report of the US Department of State on human rights practices in the world

Like its previous reports, the annual report of the US Department of State on human rights practices in the world released on April 20 abounds in politicised assessments and crude ideological clichés. Depending on its categorical assessments of the “level of democracy” the report presents some countries as the main violators of human rights and some as countries that have embarked on a road of...>>
21 April 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the upcoming SCO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting

On April 24, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will participate in a meeting of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers in Beijing. The agenda of the meeting consists of pressing matters and priority areas of the SCO activity as well as global and regional topics. The meeting will open the final stage of the preparations for the SCO Heads of State Council Meeting that will take place on June 9-10 in...>>
21 April 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the denial of US visas to Bolshoi Theatre artists

Two days ago, we pointed out that the problem with US visas created by the US authorities is hindering the maintenance of business, cultural, sports and even family ties. The latest example is the denial of visas to Bolshoi Theatre artists, which has prevented Bolshoi prima ballerina Olga Smirnova and soloist ballet dancer Jacopo Tissi from performing in New York. Nothing like this happened even...>>
19 April 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the issuance of US entry visas

We are bewildered by the ongoing attempts to justify the sharp decrease in the number of US visas issued to Russian citizens by citing “shortage of personnel” at consular missions, and to blame it on the Russian authorities at that. This is how the situation was presented once again by Laurence E. Tobey, Minister-Counselor for Consular Affairs at the US Embassy in Moscow, in his interview with the...>>
17 April 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the election of Aslan Abashidze to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

On April 16, an election for members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) was held during a Coordination and Management Meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York. Russian Professor and Doctor of Law Aslan Abashidze has been re-elected to the CESCR, a UN expert body monitoring the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and...>>
11 April 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic

The Syrian Government has appealed to the Technical Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) requesting that the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma on April 7 be investigated as soon as possible, including an obligatory visit by the OPCW experts to the site of this apparent provocation. Damascus said it would guarantee the OPCW’s Fact-Finding Mission (FFM)...>>
05 April 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers

On April 6, Minsk will host a regular meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers. The meeting’s agenda includes 13 subjects encompassing a wide range of intra-CIS cooperation projects. The ministers will exchange opinions on topical international and regional affairs. They will touch upon matters of strengthening foreign policy coordination and prospects for more profound law-enforcement,...>>
01 April 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali

On April 2, Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali will pay a working visit to Russia at the invitation of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. This will be the fourth meeting between both Foreign Ministers in two years. The last time they met was September 20, 2017, on the sidelines of the 72thsession of the UN General Assembly. During their talks, both sides will discuss the current status...>>
31 March 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on clashes on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip

Tension has flared up on the Gaza Strip border in recent days as the Palestinian leaders announced their plan to support the Palestinian refugees’ right to return to their lands by holding The Great Return March from March 30 to May 15.  For their part, the Israeli authorities have built up their military presence on the sector’s border. By March 30, an estimated 30,000 Gaza Palestinians were massed...>>
30 March 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on provocations against Russian diplomatic staff in the US

The Foreign Ministry notes the growing number of provocative actions against Russian diplomats in the US. After the groundless decision to expel 60 members of Russia’s diplomatic staff from the US, the US secret services have been undertaking feverish attempts to enter into contact with the staff of Russia’s diplomatic missions in recent days. In a series of appalling episodes, those forced by...>>
16 March 2018

Statement by the Foreign Ministry

The decision by the Ukrainian authorities, released on March 16, 2018, not to allow citizens of the Russian Federation to the Embassy and general consulates of Russia on the day of the election of the President of the Russian Federation causes nothing but indignation. Such actions are unprecedented and do not fit into generally accepted ideas about civilised countries. The above steps contradict not...>>
16 March 2018

Comment by Information and Press Department in connection with another march of the Waffen-SS legionnaires in Riga on March 16, 2018

Again, with the tacit approval of the Latvian authorities, on March 16, Riga honoured those who committed mass crimes against humanity in the ranks of the “voluntary Latvian SS Legion” and were involved in large-scale punitive actions against hundreds of thousands of civilians and the extermination of Jews. It is noteworthy that this march of “innocent victims and defenders of freedom” was supported...>>
16 March 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on Polish plans to exhume remains of Soviet soldiers buried in Starachowice

We have learned that Polish authorities are planning to exhume the remains of Soviet soldiers buried in Starachowice in the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship and to reinter them in a military cemetery in Kielce. Obviously, the intention here is not to properly honour the memory of Soviet soldiers killed in January 1945 while liberating Poland and the Poles from Nazi invaders. To justify the reinternment of...>>
15 March 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s upcoming visit to Astana for a ministerial meeting of the guarantor states of the Astana Process for Syria Settlement

On March 16, the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, will host a meeting of foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey as guarantor states of the Astana Process. The meeting is timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the Astana format for a peace settlement in Syria. There are plans for a reception at the residence of President Nursultan Nazarbayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The ministerial...>>
14 March 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the bomb attack against the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza

On March 13, the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who arrived at the Gaza Strip from Ramallah to take part in the opening of a water treatment station in the north of the enclave, was hit by an explosive device, wounding seven members of the security personnel escorting the head of the Palestinian Government. Moscow strongly condemns this criminal attack that further complicates...>>
13 March 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on US threats to launch military strikes at Syria

During the discussion of Resolution 2401 on the ceasefire and the humanitarian pause in Syria in the UN Security Council on March 12, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley implied that the US might launch military strikes at Syria similar to last April when such actions were based on unfounded unilateral US accusations of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Government. Russia and Syria...>>
13 March 2018

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov’s meetings with President of the International Narcotics Control Board Viroj Sumyai and Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Yury Fedotov

On March 13, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, head of the Russian delegation to the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) Oleg Syromolotov held bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the CND session in Vienna with President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) Viroj Sumyai and Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury...>>
13 March 2018

Press release on summoning the UK Ambassador to the Russian Foreign Ministry

On March 13, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Russia Laurence Bristow was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry, where First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov strongly protested the evidence-free accusations by the UK authorities of Russia’s alleged involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. It was stated that the actions of the UK authorities are a clear...>>
12 March 2018

Remarks by Head of the Russian Delegation to the 61st session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov, Vienna, March 12, 2018

Madam Chairperson, We are pleased that the current session of the Commission is chaired by a representative from Mexico, a country that is on the frontline of the fight against drugs. Our task is to further strengthen the global drug control regime based on the three core UN conventions. Russian President Vladimir Putin made this statement on February 28, 2018, stressing the need to enhance the...>>
07 March 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the latest inter-Korean contacts

We welcome positive trends in inter-Korean dialogue in the context of the outcome of the March 5-6 visit by a special envoy of the President of the Republic of Korea to Pyongyang where he was received by DPRK leader Kim Jong-un. We expect that agreements reached between North Korea and South Korea will be embodied in practical steps aimed at further reducing tensions around the Korean Peninsula, and...>>
03 March 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the statements by commander of the United States Central Command Joseph Votel

We have noted the biased assessments of Russia's policy towards the countries in Central Asia in comments made by commander of US Central Command Joseph Votel during the hearings at the House Armed Services Committee, a committee of the US House of Representatives, on February 27. The way this was done again testifies to the anti-Russia prejudices that reign in Washington. Joseph Votel condemned...>>
03 March 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the illegal demolition of the Monument of Gratitude to Red Army Soldiers in Lidzbark Warminski, Poland

We have learnt with indignation about yet another act of state vandalism against a monument to Soviet liberator soldiers in Poland. On February 20, the Monument of Gratitude to Red Army Soldiers was demolished in Lidzbark Warminski in Poland's Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship upon the decision of city council deputies. The monument was installed in 1949. We have to state that despite our numerous...>>
02 March 2018

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a joint meeting of the Supervisory Board and the Board of Trustees of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), March 2, 2018

Colleagues, friends, I am very pleased to see all members of MGIMO University’s Supervisory Board and Board of Trustees. Our joint meetings have become an important element of decision-making in administration of the university and a venue for discussing new ideas and plans. I would like to highlight the importance of our meetings as a mechanism of public control over the university’s activities. For...>>
02 March 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the results of reviewing the initial Russian Federation report on fulfilling the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disa

On February 27-28, Geneva hosted the 19th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities whose members reviewed the Russian Federation’s initial report on fulfilling the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection Grigory Lekarev headed the Russian delegation that included representatives from the Ministry of Labour and...>>
01 March 2018

Briefing by Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (March 1, 2018)

  The Russian Centre for Reconciliation continues working on peaceful settlement and stabilizing humanitarian situation in Syria. Meanwhile, there are continuing violations of ceasefire regime by insurgents in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Daraa, Idlib, Hama, and the Eastern Ghouta. Over the last 24 hours, the residential quarters and suburbs of Damascus suffered 12 cases of shelling launched...>>
28 February 2018

The Memorandum on cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the International Committee of the Red Cross on celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Saint Petersburg Declaration on discontinuation of use of explosiv

  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (hereafter, the MFA of Russia) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (hereafter, the ICRC), hereinafter referred to as “the Sides”, desiring to confirm and promote joint cooperation, came to the mutual understanding of the following: 1. The aim of the present Memorandum is financing of the celebration of the 150th anniversary...>>
28 February 2018

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the opening ceremony for “Only wings matter: Breaking the stereotypes” photo exhibition, Geneva, February 28, 2018

Mr Director, Ladies and gentlemen, Friends, I am happy to have this opportunity to speak at the opening ceremony for “Only wings matter: Breaking the stereotypes” photo exhibition. First of all, I would like to sincerely thank the Give Love to the World international charity foundation, which initiated this project, and members of the All-Russian Society of Disabled People and the Russian Union of...>>
28 February 2018

Press release on Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura

On February 28, Sergey Lavrov met with UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on the sidelines of the high-level segment of the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Following on from regular contacts, the officials continued their exchange of views on all aspects of the Syrian conflict. They paid special attention to the implementation of the results of...>>
28 February 2018

Presentation of state decorations to winners of 23rd Olympic Games in PyeongChang

Vladimir Putin met in the Kremlin with the medallists of the 23rdOlympic Winter Games in PyeongChang and presented them with state decorations. President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, friends. First of all, I would like to congratulate and thank all our Olympic athletes. You have honourably withstood both sports and extra-sports pressure, emotional tests, and showed your best qualities,...>>
27 February 2018

Update on reports about the joint operation by Russia and Argentina to intercept a drug shipment to Russia

Ambiguous and outright false publications continue to spread in a number of media outlets and on social media despite the official statements released by the Foreign Ministry, the Federal Security Service and the Russian Embassy to Argentina on the successful operation by the law enforcement agencies of Russia and Argentina to intercept a drug shipment organised with the involvement of a former...>>
27 February 2018

Press release on Foreign Ministry’s Collegium meeting

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov chaired a meeting of the Foreign Ministry’s Collegium, which was attended by Minister of Sport Pavel Kolobkov, President of the Russian Paralympic Committee Vladimir Lukin and Honourary President of the Russian Olympic Committee Vitaly Smirnov. They discussed the promotion of Russian interests in high performance sports. Those attending the meeting highlighted the...>>
26 February 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the opening of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 37th session

On February 26, the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) opened in Geneva. The programme of the session includes a high-level segment to be attended by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. At Russia’s initiative, a high-level discussion will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 25th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of...>>
24 February 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the signing of the “Donbass reintegration” law by the President of Ukraine

The scandalous law on the so-called reintegration of Donbass entered into force on February 24, 2018. Kiev has therefore finally confirmed its striving to resolve the conflict in southeastern Ukraine by force. By signing the above-mentioned law, Petr Poroshenko has virtually annulled the Minsk Agreements and set loose the war hawks. Any direct dialogue with the authorities of the self-proclaimed...>>
23 February 2018

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s response to a media question on conducting a joint operation by Russian and Argentinean law enforcement agencies to intercept a drug shipment

Question: How would you comment on the recent media reports on a Russian-Argentinean operation to intercept a drug shipment allegedly organised with the involvement of a Russian diplomatic mission official in Buenos Aires? Could diplomatic channels have been used to transport drugs? Maria Zakharova: Russian and Argentinean law enforcement agencies conducted a joint operation to intercept a large...>>
22 February 2018

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s speech and answers to questions at Belgrade University, Belgrade, February 22, 2018

Mr Minister, Mr Rector, Friends, Colleagues, First of all, thank you very much for inviting me to speak at the University of Belgrade, along with my counterpart and friend, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic, before a representative audience of professors and students. We welcome your university’s contribution to joint efforts aimed at...>>
21 February 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the accusations by UK against Russia of staging massive cyber attacks against Ukraine’s cyber infrastructure

A new era of information warfare against Russia is upon us. It is now alleged that Russia had something to do with the June 2017 cyber attack against Ukraine. The UK Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence have now joined the Western media in spreading these accusations. This time, however, instead of laying the blame on the anonymous and now legendary “Russian hackers,” they went as far as to accuse...>>
20 February 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding medical assistance for Russians wounded in Syria

It has been pointed out that certain Russian citizens in Syria have arrived there of their own free will and for different reasons. The Foreign Ministry does not have the authority to assess the validity and legality of their decisions. At the same time, we have the following to say, considering that the issue concerns Russian citizens outside Russia. During a recent armed clash, in which Russian...>>
20 February 2018

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a conference honouring the memory of Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, Moscow, February 20, 2018

Dear Irina and Anastasia, Friends, Today, we are marking the first sad anniversary of the death of our friend and outstanding Russian diplomat Vitaly Churkin who wrote glorious pages in the history of our profession. Mr Churkin passed away exactly one year ago while on duty in New York City. He was a complex person and a highly professional and well-educated diplomat. He was also a very multifaceted...>>
19 February 2018

Press release on summoning the chargé d'affaires of Ukraine in the Russian Federation to the Foreign Ministry

Ruslan Nimchinsky, Ukrainian Charge d'Affaires ad interim in Moscow, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry on February 19 and was handed a note of protest against the continuing mayhem caused by Ukrainian Russophobic nationalists, who, on February 17 and 18, 2018 and at the behest of the Kiev authorities, staged provocative attacks on the Russian Centre for Science and Culture and the...>>
19 February 2018

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to media questions on the sidelines of the Middle East Conference of the Valdai International Discussion Club Moscow, February 19, 2018

Question: According to reports, the number of casualties in Deir ez-Zor, including Russians, is growing. Can you tell us what happened there? Sergey Lavrov: We have issued a statement on this matter. I believe this is enough. Overall, I hope that your questions proceed from a desire to promote a settlement. The reports we have read about hundreds and even thousands of casualties are an attempt to...>>
19 February 2018

Press release on the cooperation agreement between the Foreign Ministry and Russian Military History Society

On February 14, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Chairman of the Russian Military History Society, Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky, signed a cooperation agreement between the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Military History Society. The agreement is aimed at improving cooperation in the foreign dissemination of information to draw attention to Russian history, as well as...>>
19 February 2018

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Foreign Ministry and the Russian Military History Society, Moscow, February 14, 2017

Mr Medinsky, friends, A truly important step was taken today to promote cooperation between the Foreign Ministry and the Military History Society. As my colleague, Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, said, we have many years of experience working together to preserve the memory of our heroes and Russia’s military history in order to prevent attempts to question our role. Unfortunately, such...>>
10 February 2018

Press release on Israeli air strikes in Syria

According to incoming information, Israeli aircraft delivered several missile strikes at targets in Syria, including those at the border of the southwestern de-escalation zone, in the night and morning of February 10. Syrian losses and material damage are being specified. Reports say one Israeli military aircraft was shot down in the area of the Golan Heights. Moscow is gravely concerned over the...>>
08 February 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the humanitarian situation in Syria

The humanitarian situation in Syria remains difficult. Given these circumstances, Russia continues to deploy multidimensional efforts to provide aid to the civilian population, both by directly bringing in humanitarian supplies, and facilitating the work of international humanitarian bodies. In this context, we paid attention to a statement issued by the UN agencies in Syria released on February 6...>>
06 February 2018

Press release on the shelling of the Russian trade mission building in Damascus

A 120-mm mortar shell hit the Russian trade mission building in Damascus (currently mothballed, but still under diplomatic immunity) on February 6 at approximately 4 pm local time. No casualties have been reported. The building was badly damaged. We strongly condemn this latest terrorist attack against the diplomatic mission of the Russian Federation in Damascus, which is part of a string of recent...>>
03 February 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the new US Nuclear Posture Review

We are deeply disappointed with the new US Nuclear Posture Review, which was made public on February 2. The first impression is: the document is focused on confrontation and is anti-Russian. It is regrettable that the United States justifies its policy of massive nuclear build-up with references to Russia’s policy of nuclear modernisation and the allegedly increased reliance on nuclear weapons in...>>
30 January 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on a series of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan

A series of bloody terrorist attacks have taken place in Afghanistan over the past few days killing nearly 200 people and injuring more than 400. We strongly condemn these heinous acts. We hope that the masterminds of these crimes will be identified and punished as they deserve. We express our condolences to the families and friends of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. What is...>>
29 January 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on armed clashes in southern Yemen

According to incoming information, on January 28 the city of Aden, the main city in southern Yemen controlled by the legitimate government of the Republic of Yemen, witnessed armed clashes between Presidential Guard units and supporters of the so-called Transitional Council which stands for broad autonomy for the southern part of Yemen up to and including the creation of a separate state there. Media...>>
27 January 2018

Press release on the 9th round of intra-Syrian talks in Vienna

The 9th round of intra-Syrian talks were held in Vienna on January 25−26 with the delegations of the Syrian government and the opposition Syrian Negotiations Commission (SNC).The mediation was carried out by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura. The parties resumed discussions of a political solution to the Syrian crisis based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254...>>
26 January 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on US representatives’ statements regarding Russia-Myanmar military-technical cooperation

We have taken note of a statement made by the US State Department spokesperson criticising the recent Russia-Myanmar agreements on further expanding their military and military-technical cooperation. In this connection, we would like to point out the following. Russia is actively involved in the international community’s efforts to facilitate the normalisation of the situation in Myanmar and is...>>
26 January 2018

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura

On January 26, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.  They thoroughly discussed preparations for the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, which will open on January 29 in Sochi. The foreign minister once again affirmed the great importance of the event for promoting the successful resolution of the Syrian...>>
25 January 2018

State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin’s interview with Kommersant newspaper, January 25, 2018

Question: What do you expect from the 2011 Russian-Georgian agreement on customs administration and monitoring of trade in goods? When will it come into effect? Grigory Karasin: We have high expectations of this agreement. We hope that it will give a powerful impetus to trade in the region. What has been hindering international trade since 2008? Georgia has not recognised the establishment of two...>>
24 January 2018

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the opening ceremony of the 26th International Educational Christmas Readings, Moscow, January 24, 2018

Your Holiness, Your Excellence, Colleagues and friends. I would also like to extend my cordial greetings to the organisers, participants and guests of the 26th International Educational Christmas Readings. It is a great honour for me to speak again at the opening of this forum that has become over the long years of its accomplishments a prestigious venue for discussing pressing issues on the...>>
19 January 2018

Permanent Representative of Russia to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich’s statement at the OSCE Permanent Council meeting, Vienna, January 18, 2018

Mr Chairperson, We share the Azerbaijani representative’s concerns about the US Guantanamo Bay detention facility. As we have repeatedly noted, this prison is the most glaring example of the United States’ double standards policy in human rights. Let me remind you that President Barack Obama made a commitment to close the facility immediately after his inauguration. Years have gone by and the...>>
19 January 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on an agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to organise refugees’ return

We welcome the agreements on the practical organisation of returning refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar, reached during the first meeting of the Joint Myanmar-Bangladesh Working Group in Naypyidaw on January 15-16. We hope that successful repatriation in accordance with conditions earlier agreed by both countries will promote stability in the sub-region. We count on further constructive cooperation...>>
18 January 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on a new violation of Russian diplomatic missions’ immunity in the United States

We are gravely concerned about the fact that on January 17 Buzzfeed, a website claiming to be a news portal but in fact serving as an information tool of the US security services, published another batch of classified data on transactions performed by Russian diplomatic missions in the United States and several Russian Embassy employees, both current and former. It is obvious that this information...>>
18 January 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department in connection with Ukraine adopting the so-called Law on Re-integration and De-occupation of Donbass

On January 18, the Ukrainian Rada adopted a draft law, in the second final reading, On the Specifics of the State Policy on Ensuring State Sovereignty of Ukraine over the Temporarily Occupied Territories in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Since it was approved in the first reading (October 6, 2017), this document, even though it was amended, has retained its main focus which is to legislatively...>>
17 January 2018

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with a delegation of the Syrian Social National Party

On January 17, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov received a delegation of the Syrian Social National Party (SSNP) headed by Hassan Sakr, head of the SSNP’s foreign affairs department. During the conversation they discussed the further developments in and around Syria, with an emphasis on a necessity for a speedy political...>>
17 January 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Vancouver meeting on North Korea

The results of the Vancouver meeting on the DPRK held on January 16, which are included in the statement of its co-chairs - the United States and Canada - reinforced our doubts about the usefulness of this event. We were perplexed to see Russia and China mentioned in the document, especially given the fact that the foreign ministers of the two countries were not invited to the meeting that was...>>
16 January 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the activities of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

The Russian Federation has consistently attached particular importance to the activities of the UNRWA and highly values its contribution to alleviating the position of Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank of the Jordan River, Jordan, Libya and Syria. Over several years the UNRWA has managed to pursue a well-balanced and unbiased approach, and despite external pressure, has avoided...>>
16 January 2018

Press release on Israel’s settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territories

On January 10, Israel announced that it had approved plans to build over 1,100 housing units in 20 West Bank settlements. According to incoming information, additional Israeli construction projects in the occupied Palestinian territories are likely to be coordinated shortly. Moscow reaffirms Russia’s position of principle on the unlawfulness of the Israeli settlement activities in the Palestinian...>>
16 January 2018

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the outcome of a high-level inter-Korean meeting

We welcome the agreements reached at a high-level meeting between North Korea and South Korea held on January 9 in Panmunjom, including regarding the participation of North Korean athletes in the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. We hope that the implementation of these agreements will help defuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula and strengthen stability in this subregion. We hope that...>>
25 December 2017

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu’s meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura

On December 21, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu met with the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. Views were exchanged on all aspects of the Syrian conflict as part of active and regular contacts. Special attention was given to a general analysis of the situation in Syria in the context of the successful elimination of the wide-ranging...>>
21 December 2017

Press release on Foreign Ministry Collegium meeting

On December 19, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov chaired a meeting of the Foreign Ministry Collegium to discuss two issues, namely, getting the Ministry's offices ready for the presidential elections of March 18, 2018 and the Ministry’s goals at the UN in light of changing circumstances. When discussing the presidential elections, it was noted that the Ministry’s offices fully comply with Russia's...>>
21 December 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the new US National Security Strategy

It was with regret that the Foreign Ministry discovered the confrontational nature of the new National Security Strategy of the United States, unveiled on December 18. It is based on a vision that depicts the world from a position of strength and leads to adversity instead of promoting constructive and equal cooperation with other countries working together to resolve the existing challenges. Instead...>>
18 December 2017

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s acceptance speech during the St Andrew the Apostle Foundation’s Faith and Loyalty International Award ceremony

Mr Yakunin, Friends, It is a great honour for me to become a laureate of the Faith and Loyalty International Award, especially alongside these outstanding people, my compatriots.   I see this award (and these are not just empty words, I do mean it) as recognition of the efforts of the entire ministry, without which this ceremony today would not be possible, because this is our common work, the...>>
15 December 2017

Press release on the meeting of the Joint Commission on implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear programme

On December 13, the Joint Commission of the six world powers and Iran met in Vienna. The participants discussed in detail the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). All members of the Joint Commission reaffirmed their commitment to the consistent fulfilment of the JCPOA, emphasising the need to ensure its efficiency and sustainability in the long-term perspective.The Joint...>>
15 December 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding the expert meeting on Afghanistan

We would like to say the following regarding Russia’s decision not to attend the December 13 meeting of the International Contact Group (ICG) on Afghanistan in Oslo, Norway, which was attended by experts from Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Pakistan and the United States.We reaffirm our support for international efforts to launch peace talks between the Government of the Islamic Republic of...>>
15 December 2017

Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov’s interview with Interfax news agency, December 12, 2017

Question:  After almost all of Syria’s territory has been cleared of ISIS, what tasks in the sphere of combating terrorism are coming to the fore?Oleg Syromolotov: International terrorism in Syria is not limited to ISIS. Many other al-Qaeda offshoots are operating in that country, such as Jabhat al-Nusra. To reiterate, despite changing its name several times, it remains on the UN Security Council’s...>>
13 December 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on suspension of the UN World Food Programme in Ukraine in 2018

According to the United Nations’ humanitarian aid plan for Ukraine in 2018, the World Food Programme, the world’s leading food assistance agency, was not listed as one of the administrators. In addition to the lack of funding, the measure was explained by the fact that the overall food supply situation in Ukraine no longer matches the criteria of a critical level based on the WFP classification.At the...>>
13 December 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the 30th anniversary of the INF Treaty

December 8 is the 30th anniversary of the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty).This event has become a milestone on the path towards abandoning the Cold War stereotypes. The treaty contributed greatly to strengthening European and global security and stability. Two...>>
08 December 2017

Joint Statement by the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Countries, Vienna, 7 December 2017

On the occasion of the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Vienna, we the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries – Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and French Permanent Representative Véronique Roger-Lacan – remain united in our commitment to mediating a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the...>>
08 December 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

On December 6, US President Donald Trump issued a proclamation recognising Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. He also instructed the Department of State to relocate the US Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It has been pointed out that in making this decision President Trump is following through on his election campaign promise. At the same time, President Trump has reaffirmed...>>
08 December 2017

Remarks by a representative of the Russian Federation at a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the human rights situation of Rohingya population in Myanmar, Geneva, December 5, 2017

Mr President,We share concerns over the tensions in Rakhine State (RS) and the emerging threat of a humanitarian crisis, which was provoked by the terrorist attacks of militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army. We strongly condemn their terrorist attacks.At the same, we are satisfied that the security situation in the north of Rakhine State has recently started to stabilise. This is borne out...>>
02 December 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on a North Korean missile launch

We are very concerned about yet another North Korean ballistic missile launched on November 29 in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Today, against the backdrop of constant military activity by the United States and its allies in the region around the Korean Peninsula over the last few months, it is particularly important that the involved parties not provoke each other, but rather display...>>
29 November 2017

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to questions from Interfax news agency, Moscow, November 27, 2017

Question: A year ago the Americans would not allow our diplomats to visit polling stations. At that time Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that we will respond in kind. Have we told the Americans that their diplomats won’t have the right to visit our polling stations? Sergey Lavrov: I don’t think we should send any notifications. For the time being we haven’t heard any names or appeals from...>>
29 November 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding the results of the 56th Special Session of OPCW Executive Council

A special session of the OPCW Executive Council on the Syrian chemical file ended in The Hague on November 24. After the United States proposed that such a session be held more than two weeks ago, the session has been suspended and resumed more than once by the US partners with no reason given. This nonstandard behaviour is contrary to the usual OPCW practice and can be explained by Washington’s...>>
29 November 2017

Remarks by Russia’s Permanent Representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, Vienna, November 23, 2017

The situation in Ukraine and the need to implement the Minsk AgreementsMr Chairperson,Hundreds of people came out onto the streets in Kiev on November 21, the fourth Maidan anniversary. But this time nobody treated them to sandwiches like four years ago. Nobody persuaded the current authorities to abstain from using force. Nothing was said about the freedom of assembly or association. The police...>>
29 November 2017

Interview by Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and Other International Organisations in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin given to the Izvestia newspaper, November 20, 2017

Question: Russophobia is running high in the United States and in many Western countries. Do you feel this negativity from diplomats in Geneva? Alexey Borodavkin: Diplomacy is an instrument for implementing foreign policy. If foreign policy is Russophobic, then diplomacy is Russophobic as well. Unfortunately, Russophobia turns out to be a contagious disease. It has been picked up by many Western...>>
28 November 2017

Press release on Foreign Ministry’s Collegium meeting

On November 27, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov chaired a meeting of the Foreign Ministry’s Collegium on the state of and prospects for expanding strategic partnership with the Republic of India.Those at the meeting noted the highly intensive Russia-India political dialogue at every level, close cooperation on a number of international matters, including the Afghan peace settlement, the conflict in...>>
23 November 2017

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov’s participation in 13th Asia–Europe Ministerial Meeting (ASEM)

On November 20-21, Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov took part in the 13th Asia–Europe Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM FMM13), which took place in Nay Pyi Taw under the slogan Strengthening Partnership for Peace and Sustainable Development. The participants exchanged views on key items on the international and regional agendas, including sustainable development, counter-terrorism and rational...>>
23 November 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the desecration of the Eternal Flame in Kiev

We were outraged to learn about another act of vandalism. On November 20, the Eternal Flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Park of Glory in central Kiev was again filled with concrete. The fact that it is the second profane act in Kiev in the past month and those responsible have not yet been identified and punished for desecrating the memory of those killed in the Great Patriotic War...>>
23 November 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on a mortar attack on the Russian Embassy in Syria

On November 20, at about 10:35 am local time, a shell hit the external protection fence of the Russian Embassy in Syria next to its residential complex during a mortar attack on Damascus launched from the terrorist positions. As a result of a 122mm mine’s burst, a wall of the building, power lines, and a water supply system were damaged. No embassy employees were hurt. We strongly condemn this latest...>>
21 November 2017

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s comments and answers to media questions following talks between the foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran, Antalya, November 19, 2017

We have gathered to exchange views on the specific details of preparations for the summit of the presidents of our countries, which will be held in Sochi on November 22.This was very useful. We have come to terms on the key issues and will report to the President our evaluations as to how to move forward and consolidate the process known as the Astana Process, which should create some maximally...>>
21 November 2017

Press release on a trilateral meeting attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

On November 19, Antalya, Turkey hosted a trilateral meeting of the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Javad  Zarif, and the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu.The ministers exchanged views on the package of issues related to a crisis settlement in Syria. They reviewed the main trends in...>>
21 November 2017

Statement by the Foreign Ministry on the future of the UN OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM).

As the future of the UN OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) was being discussed at the UN Security Council on November 16, the United States and its supporters blocked the text of the Russian-Chinese draft resolution on renewing and strengthening the mandate of this entity which was submitted by Bolivia. As a result of such irresponsible actions, this Mechanism, which was created over two years...>>
21 November 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on changes to the law on veterans in Ukraine

It deeply saddens us to note that, on the initiative of Ukrainian Prime Minister Vladimir Groysman, the Verkhovna Rada has approved amendments to the law On the Status of War Veterans, under which the term ‘The Great Patriotic War’ must be completely removed from the legal text and replaced with ‘The Second World War’.This is a blatant manifestation of the policy pursued by the Kiev authorities, aimed...>>
21 November 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the adoption by the Third Committee of the 72nd UN General Assembly session of a resolution against glorification of Nazism

On November 16, the Third Committee of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, meeting in New York, adopted a resolution initiated by Russia, “Combating the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”The co-authors of the document are Algeria, Angola, Armenia,...>>
21 November 2017

Remarks by Mr. Anatoly Viktorov during the vote on the draft resolution of 72nd UN General Assembly’s Third Committee on “Combating the glorification of Nazism, Neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial

Mr. President,The draft resolution that has been submitted to the member-states deals with a subject that is now becoming increasingly topical.Although Nazism was defeated over 70 years ago, and although the verdict of the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal once and for all answered the question as to who represented the forces of good and the forces of evil during World War II, some people...>>
17 November 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on new US regulations regarding Cuba

The new anti-Cuban regulations, which the US Department of State, the Department of Treasury and the Department of Commerce prepared in keeping with changes to the country’s Cuba policy announced by President Donald Trump in June, became effective on November 9.These steps made by the current US administration are highly regrettable and are evidence of a throwback in US-Cuban relations and the...>>
15 November 2017

Comment by Russian MFA Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the anti-Russian statements by Theresa May

We have taken note of the statement concerning Russia made on 13 November by the British Prime Minister Theresa May at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet 2017. This time our country is ranked first among “threats to the international community”, not just equal to others as before. Thus, the United Kingdom is making an attempt to claim global leadership in deterrence of Russia, in order to protect the existing...>>
13 November 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on US airstrikes in Kunduz Province in Afghanistan resulting in civilian deaths

On November 3, the US Air Force bombed several towns and villages in the Chahar Dara District, Kunduz Province in the north of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, killing at least 10 civilians and wounding over 20.Although experts from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan have officially confirmed the fact, Afghan national security officials and US and NATO Commands in Afghanistan...>>
13 November 2017

Statement by the Presidents of the Russian Federation and the United States of America

President Trump and President Putin today, meeting on the margins of the APEC conference in Danang, Vietnam, confirmed their determination to defeat ISIS in Syria. They expressed their satisfaction with successful US-Russia enhanced de-confliction efforts between US and Russian military professionals that have dramatically accelerated ISIS’s losses on the battlefield in recent months. The Presidents...>>
10 November 2017

Press release on the Russian delegation’s participation in the United Nations Bonn Climate Change Conference

Between November 6 and 17, Bonn, Federal Republic of Germany, is hosting the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, and the second part of the first session  of the Conference of the Parties to the Paris Agreement.A Russian interagency delegation is also attending the UN Climate Change...>>
10 November 2017

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s greetings to organisers and participants of the 3rd international conference Crimea in the Modern International Context: The Friends of Crimea Forum

It gives me great pleasure to welcome the organisers and participants of the conference.Your event has been consistently reaffirming its position as a popular platform uniting political, academic and expert communities from various countries for a depoliticised discussion of current issues, including on Crimea’s reunification with Russia.The agenda of this year’s meeting, which is held to present...>>
10 November 2017

Remarks by Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov, head of the Russian delegation at the opening of the exhibition Russia against Corruption on the sidelines of the seventh session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Cor

Ladies and gentlemen,Welcome to the opening of the exhibition Russia against Corruption.It is common knowledge that corruption threatens the rule of law, democracy and human rights, that it violates the principles of equality and social justice, and undermines the stability of democratic institutions and the moral foundation of society.The main threat of corruption as an anti-state and socially...>>
10 November 2017

Remarks by Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the OSCE Dmitry Balakin on the situation in Ukraine and the need to implement the Minsk Agreements, Vienna, November 2, 2017

Mr Chairman,Much to our regret, the situation regarding the implementation of the Minsk Agreements is still less than satisfactory. Kiev is not taking any serious steps towards resolving the internal Ukrainian conflict by peaceful means. As a result, the Minsk Package of Measures remains on paper.What’s more, the authorities are playing up to radical elements who are opposing a political-diplomatic...>>
05 November 2017

Statement of the Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Oleg Khramov at the international OSCE conference on cybersecurity, Vienna, 3 November 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen,It is absolutely clear that in the foreseeable future global informatization will be the key trend in the development of society.Under such conditions, security in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) becomes one of the major items on the international agenda, the topic to consolidate the international community.However, today there are controversies between...>>
05 November 2017

A joint briefing of the MFA, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Industry and Trade, Moscow, November 2, 2017

On November 2 a joint briefing of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Industry and Trade on topic “Russia’s Estimation of the 7th Report (from October 26) of an OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism, that Placed Responsibility for the Use of Sarin in Syrian Khan Shaykhun on Damascus” took place at the MFA Press Centre.>>
03 November 2017

Statement by the Russian Federation on behalf of the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States Sochi, 2 November 2017

The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States agree that the world faces significant challenges in terms of biosecurity, including the threat of development, acquisition, and use of biological weapons by state and non-state actors and advances in science and technology, which have the potential for great benefits but could also be used to cause harm. Therefore, we agree on the...>>
01 November 2017

Press release on the 39th session of UNESCO’s General Conference

The 39th session of the General Conference of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) opened in Paris on October 30. The Russian delegation is led by Education and Science Minister Olga Vasilyeva, who will take part in the General Policy Debate, a high-level ministerial meeting on the implementation of the SDG4-Education 2030 Agenda, as well as a meeting to celebrate the 25th...>>
01 November 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the release of a report by the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism

On October 26, the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) issued a report on the results of the investigation into possible incidents of chemical weapons being used in Syria. It offers a conclusion about the use by ISIS terrorists of mustard gas near the village of Um Hosh in September 2016. As for the high-profile chemical incident at Khan Shaykhun on April 4 this year, responsibility is...>>
01 November 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the OPCW’s obligations to CWC signatories

The situation surrounding Syria’s right, as a signatory of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to receive samples taken on the territory of that sovereign country is perplexing.It took the Technical Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) several months to finally decide to partially satisfy Syria’s repeated requests to that effect and to promise to provide...>>
01 November 2017

Joint statement by Iran, Russia and Turkey on the International Meeting on Syria in Astana 30-31 October 2017

The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic:- welcoming progress in the implementation of the Memorandum on the creation of de-escalation areas in the Syrian Arab Republic of 4 May 2017 during the past six months;- reaffirming their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence,...>>
27 October 2017

Statement by the Foreign Ministry in connection with attempts to distort Russia’s position regarding the vote on a Draft UN Security Council Resolution to Extend the Mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism

The Foreign Ministry expected that a veto on the US draft resolution to extend the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations on October 24 would be immediately followed by harsh attacks against Russia by a number of western countries. The extent of their brazenness is off the scale. We are indifferent to what...>>
27 October 2017

Press release on the upcoming international conference titled 100 Years of the Russian Revolution: Unity for the Future

On October 31 and November 1, Moscow will host an international conference titled 100 Years of the Russian Revolution: Unity for the Future. The conference is being sponsored by the Government Commission on Compatriots Living Abroad and the World Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots Living Abroad (WCC). Invitations have been sent to 155 leaders and active members of public organisations of...>>
27 October 2017

Press release on a meeting of the member states of the Missile Technology Control Regime

On October 17−20, the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) held a plenary meeting in Dublin, Ireland, which a Russian delegation attended.The participants held a constructive and business-like discussion of current issues related to the proliferation of missiles and related products and technologies. They agreed that MTCR is a positive example of mutually beneficial cooperation in the...>>
27 October 2017

Statement by the Foreign Ministry on the UN Security Council vote on the resolution to extend the JIM’s mandate

On October 24, 2017, the UN Security Council voted on the US-sponsored draft resolution calling for a hasty extension of the mandate of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) into the use of chemical weapons in Syria even before the release of a report on its activities this year.Russia voted against it for reasons that we have explained repeatedly in public statements and in working contacts...>>
25 October 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Syrian chemical dossier

In recent days the Syrian chemical dossier has been back in the focus of the UN Security Council in connection with the October 26 release of the regular report of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on the inquiry into the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the expiration of its mandate on November 16 of this year.In the six months since the high-profile chemical incident in Khan...>>
25 October 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the series of terror attacks in Afghanistan

The past few days have seen a series of terror attacks in different parts of Afghanistan, including the provinces of Paktia, Ghazni, Kandahar, Kabul and Ghor. Over 150 Afghan citizens were killed and more than 200 wounded as a result.Particularly heinous was the attack on Kabul's Shia Imam Zaman mosque by militants of the Afghan wing of ISIS. Over 100 civilians were killed and wounded as a result.We...>>
25 October 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on statements by the President of Afghanistan

We have taken note of reports in some Afghan media of statements regarding Russia’s “support” for the Taliban movement by President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai during his recent trip to Paktia Province.We consider unacceptable such statements by the head of state of friendly Afghanistan. We recall that Afghan officials have confirmed at different levels that such...>>
25 October 2017

Press release on the results of the First Global Forum of Young Diplomats

The First Global Forum of Young Diplomats was held in Sochi on October 16-20 as part of the World Festival of Youth and Students. The event was the culmination of over four years of work by the Russian Foreign Ministry's Council of Young Diplomats, who held similar regional forums in which only young diplomats took part by tradition.Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke at the forum’s opening. Foreign...>>
23 October 2017

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s meeting with UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu

On October 20, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov met with the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu on the sidelines of the Moscow Non-Proliferation Conference.The discussion focused on key issues in the field of non-proliferation and disarmament, including ways to resolve the Korean Peninsula’s nuclear problem and the Syrian “chemical...>>
23 October 2017

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s reply to a media question on exemptions for Hungarian and other EU languages in Ukraine’s Law on Education

Question: Can you comment on the information about exemptions for Hungarian and other EU languages in Ukraine’s Law on Education?Maria Zakharova: We were alarmed to read information in some Ukrainian media that Ukraine’s Law on Education, which is already notorious all over the world due to its discriminatory nature, will acquire new provisions – it is alleged that exemptions will be granted to...>>
23 October 2017

Remarks by Russia’s Permanent Representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the situation in Ukraine and the need to implement the Minsk Agreements, Vienna, October 19, 2017

Mr Chairperson, The Ukrainian authorities continue to postpone the settlement of Ukraine’s domestic conflict by sabotaging the Minsk Agreements. This is abundantly clear from the amendments to the draft law on the features of state policy to ensure the sovereignty of Ukraine over the occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk. A reference to the priority of implementing the Minsk Agreements (item 7)...>>
23 October 2017

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s meeting with IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the IAEA Secretariat Department of Safeguards Tero Varjoranta

On October 20, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov met with Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Head of the IAEA Secretariat Department of Safeguards Tero Varjoranta.The sides held an in-depth discussion on a number of key issues on the IAEA agenda, including the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear...>>
20 October 2017

Reply by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova to a media question regarding the Netherlands Chief Prosecutor’s comments on the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

Question: What can you say about the interview granted by Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke to the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, in which he alleged that Russia is not willing to cooperate with the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) “in honest,” unlike other countries?Maria Zakharova: We have seen this attitude before at the beginning of the investigation into the crash of the Malaysian MH17...>>
19 October 2017

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s meeting with Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation Lassina Zerbo

On October 18, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov met with Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) Lassina Zerbo.During the conversations the officials discussed issues related to the treaty and the activities of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission. They emphasised that the treaty promotes international security and...>>
18 October 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding UK reports about alleged Russian assistance to the Taliban

We have taken note of a report published by The Times, which other UK media outlets have reprinted, about the alleged Russian funding of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan. The author of this item writes, citing unidentified sources, about Moscow’s policy in Afghanistan and a “covert programme of laundered fuel sales” to the Taliban.We believe that this fake, just as the other items containing false...>>
17 October 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on a reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas

On October 12, representatives of the Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas signed an agreement in Cairo under which the Palestinian central government is to establish full administrative control over the Gaza Strip by December 1, 2017.  It was also announced that a meeting of all Palestinian political parties and organisations will be convened in the Egyptian capital on November 21 to discuss further...>>
17 October 2017

Statement by the Foreign Ministry regarding implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear programme

In view of the strategy announced by President of the United States Donald Trump with respect to Iran, the Russian Foreign Ministry reiterates its position that aggressive and threatening rhetoric is unacceptable in international relations. They are relics of the past and inconsistent with modern norms of civilised communication between states. Attempts to employ such methods to address foreign policy...>>
16 October 2017

Briefing «SYRIAN CHEMICAL DOSSIER: THE RUSSIAN VIEW» by Ambassador Mikhail Ulyanov

Briefing «SYRIAN CHEMICAL DOSSIER: THE RUSSIAN VIEW» by Ambassador Mikhail Ulyanov, Head of the #Russian delegation in UNGA First Committee, Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control of the MFA of Russia, on the margins of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly Dear colleagues,We have organized this briefing following the proposals of a number of member states of the UN...>>
15 October 2017

Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the information on the US withdrawal from UNESCO

This decision by the United States evokes regret. A country that was one of the founders of UNESCO is quitting it at a time that is difficult for this organisation and is thereby aggravating its position. Meanwhile, the United States has not made contributions to the UNESCO regular budget since 2011, which is complicating the work of UNESCO and wrecking the implementation of many major...>>
15 October 2017

Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on Israel’s withdrawal from UNESCO

This decision by the Israeli government that has followed the bad example set by the United States evokes regret.The announcement of Israel’s withdrawal from UNESCO came at a time when a trend has emerged towards easing politicised tension during the discussion of “Palestinian resolutions” concerning the preservation of Old Jerusalem and the restoration and development of the Gaza Strip as well as...>>
13 October 2017

Press release on a meeting of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group

On October 11, the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group convened in Moscow at the level of deputy foreign ministers.The group was established in 2005 in order to draft recommendations and proposals on SCO-Afghanistan cooperation in areas of mutual concern. It was decided at the SCO summit held in Astana, Kazakhstan, in July 2017 that the group’s activities need to be adjusted following the expansion of the...>>
11 October 2017

Press release on a meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers

A regular meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers was held in Sochi on October 10 within the framework of Russia’s CIS Chairmanship in 2017.As usual, the meeting was held in a constructive and trust-based atmosphere. The ministers discussed a broad range of matters related to strengthening and otherwise promoting multilateral cooperation within the CIS.They exchanged opinions on key regional...>>
11 October 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the 68th session of the Executive Committee of the Programme of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

The 68th session of the Executive Committee of the Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees recently closed in Geneva.During the session, the participants noted that armed conflicts and political crises are the main causes of large migration flows. Refugees often become targets of political manipulation; international cooperation is replaced by fragmented responses, and the...>>
11 October 2017

Press release on the signing of a memorandum of understanding between UNESCO and the Hermitage Museum

On October 9, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and General Director of the State Hermitage Museum of St Petersburg Mikhail Piotrovsky signed a memorandum of understanding for the protection and restoration of cultural property in conflict areas, notably in the Middle East, in the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, Russia’s Permanent...>>
09 October 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on another round of anti-Russian initiatives by the Ukrainian authorities

We were appalled to learn that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved amendments to the law On Performing Artists’ Tours in Ukraine on October 5. If it enters into force, this law will significantly limit the Russian performers’ ability to tour that country. The permit to visit Ukraine will then be issued following a check by the Security Service of Ukraine of whether or not a particular performer...>>
09 October 2017

Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich’s remarks at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the situation in Ukraine and the need to implement the Minsk Agreements, Vienna, October 5, 2017

Mr Chairperson,A stable Ukraine meets the interests of all countries of the European continent. The Minsk Package of Measures was coordinated by the Ukrainian sides to the conflict, approved by the leaders of the Normandy Format countries and, lastly, formalised in UN Security Council Resolution 2202. The Minsk Package is the only real framework for a settlement that will retain Ukraine’s territorial...>>
05 October 2017

Statement by the Foreign Ministry on the seizure of Russian diplomatic buildings in the United States

Despite warnings, US authorities have refused to listen to reason and abandon their illegal intentions. Today they seized the remaining premises of the Russian Consulate General in San Francisco – the residential part of its administrative building, where the offices have been occupied for a month already by American special services, and the separate residence of the Consul General.Washington has...>>
05 October 2017

Joint Statement by the Member States of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation on Fighting International Terrorism, issued during the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly

The Member States of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) point out the growing threats from terrorist organisations to international security, in particular, to the security of the southern borders of the CSTO due to the growing terrorist activities in Afghanistan.We attach much importance to the implementation of the Strategy of CSTO Collective Security for the Period Through 2025,...>>
01 October 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on US Defence Secretary James Mattis’s statement about repercussions of alleged Russian arms deliveries to the Taliban movement

We have noted US Secretary of Defence James Mattis’s reply to a provocative question at a September 27 news conference in Kabul regarding alleged Russian arms deliveries to the Taliban movement. His reply is a warning against supporting terrorism.US generals continue their faulty practice of propping up the issue of mythical Russian assistance to the Taliban militants. At the same time, these...>>
01 October 2017

Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov’s interview with RIA Novosti, September 29, 2017

Question: What topics have become most important for the Russian delegation at the current UN General Assembly session in the context of anti-terrorism struggle? Oleg Syromolotov: As before, the main thrust of our work on counter-terrorism issues at the numerous events of the regular UN General Assembly session was to increase the UN contribution to international cooperation in the efforts of states...>>
01 October 2017

Director of the Department for New Challenges and Threats Ilya Rogachev’s interview with Interfax News Agency, September 28, 2017

Question: What marked the high-level week at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in the counterterrorism context? Have you had any meetings on the sidelines of the GA with US colleagues and other Western partners? Ilya Rogachev: The first week of the general political discussion at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly saw some top-level and high-level events on various aspects of...>>
28 September 2017

Chemical disarmament completed in Russia on the destruction of Russia’s last remaining chemical weapons.

The President listened to a report via videoconference on the destruction of Russia’s last remaining chemical weapons.Mikhail Babich, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Volga Federal District and Chairman of the State Commission for Chemical Disarmament, reported to President Vladimir Putin on the completion of chemical disarmament ahead of schedule.Also in attendance at the videoconference...>>
28 September 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan

On September 25, a referendum was held in the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq on the independence of this national territorial entity. Voting took place within the autonomy itself, as well as in adjacent Iraqi governorates of Diyala, Nineveh and Taamim, which are controlled by Kurdish armed groups.According to preliminary results, more than 90 per cent of ballots were cast in favour of independence....>>
26 September 2017

Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov’s remarks at a high-level Syria event on the sidelines of the General Debate at the 72nd UN General Assembly

Ms. President,The situation in Syria is undergoing serious changes. It has become possible to drastically reduce the level of violence, to improve the humanitarian situation as well as to fight terrorists more effectively. The ISIS-controlled territory continues to shrink. An extremely dangerous hotbed has been eliminated near Deir ez-Zor. The Russian Aerospace Forces continue to effectively assist...>>
26 September 2017

Remarks by Deputy Head of the Russian Delegation, Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Mikhail Ulyanov at the 61st Session of the IAEA General Conference during the adoption of the resolution, Implementation of the Agreement b

Madame Chair,The Russian delegation has joined the consensus on the resolution, Implementation of the Agreement between the Agency and the DPRK on the Application of Guarantees in Connection with NPT, for the following reasons.First, the extremely alarming situation on and around the Korean Peninsula dictates the need for a reaction on the part of the General Conference, especially since the Korean...>>
25 September 2017

Director of the Department for New Challenges and Threats Ilya Rogachev’s interview with Kommersant newspaper, September 21, 2017

Question: Will Russia propose any new counter-terrorism initiatives at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly? Ilya Rogachev: Advancing initiatives is not a goal in and of itself. Back in the Soviet era, we did receive orders to formulate resonant initiatives in some areas, but not any longer. However, we regularly propose initiatives, though they may go unnoticed by the general public.Regarding...>>
22 September 2017

Press release on the outcome of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting

On September 20, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took part in the extraordinary meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), held on the sidelines of the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York. The SCO foreign ministers reviewed priority goals as well as initiatives related to stepping up political, security, economic and humanitarian cooperation, taking...>>
22 September 2017

Statement by the delegation of the Russian Federation at the Tenth Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

Mr President, Let me start by congratulating representatives of Iraq and Belgium on their appointment as co-presidents of the Tenth Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). We would also like to thank the preceding coordinators, Kazakhstan and Japan, for their efforts to promote the Treaty. Last year we marked the 20th anniversary of the...>>
22 September 2017

Press release on the Tenth Conference on Facilitating Entry into Force of Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

The Tenth Conference on Facilitating Entry into Force of Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) was held in New York on September 20. It was attended by delegates from over 150 countries. The conference participants reaffirmed the crucial importance of the CTBT for the maintenance of international security and stability. The majority of delegations pointed out the need to move beyond the...>>
22 September 2017

Press release on the meeting of the P5 foreign ministers with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

On September 21, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as P5 coordinator, conducted a meeting of the foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The focus of the meeting was a discussion of the Syrian settlement process, intensifying counter-terrorism efforts, facilitating the political process and increasing humanitarian aid to...>>
19 September 2017

Joint statement by Iran, Russia and Turkey on the International Meeting on Syria in Astana 14-15 September 2017

The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic (hereinafter referred to as “Guarantors”): reaffirming their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic; guided by the provisions of UNSC resolution 2254...>>
17 September 2017

Press release on an upcoming meeting of the SCO Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs

On September 20, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will attend an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, due to be held in New York on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.This will be the Council's first meeting in expanded format including the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan after both...>>
15 September 2017

Welcome address by Director of the Information and Press Department Maria Zakharova at the news conference of the Organising Committee of the Unofficial World Cup of Embassies in Russia-2017 international football tournament

Colleagues and friends,Please accept my congratulations on holding this unique event, the Unofficial World Cup of Embassies in Russia-2017, which will take place for the first time on September 23-24 in Moscow at the Eduard Streltsov Sports Complex (formerly Torpedo Stadium). The team of our ministry is expected to take part in it as well.This remarkable sporting event precedes the 2018 FIFA World Cup...>>
15 September 2017

Accreditation of Mass Media to the Third Forum on Small Business of the SCO and BRICS Regions

Dear colleagues,Media accreditation has been opened to the Third Forum on Small Business of the SCO and BRICS Regions, which will take place on September 28-29, 2017 in Ufa (Russia, Republic of Bashkortostan).The Forum is arranged annually with the support of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitri Medvedev. It is organized by the Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan, State...>>
15 September 2017

Indian Experts will take part in Russia’s 3rd Forum on Small Business of the SCO and BRICS Regions

A delegation from India will attend the 3rd Forum on Small Business of the SCO and BRICS Regions, which will take place on 28-29 September in the City of Ufa in Russia. Indian speakers will take part in discussion meetings. Representatives of the business society and governmental bodies will participate in the Forum in order to strengthen and widen ties with entrepreneurs from Russia and other...>>
10 August 2017

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Thailand

On August 9-10, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov paid a working visit to the Kingdom of Thailand. He held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai and had a meeting with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. There was a detailed exchange of views on prospects for the development of Russian-Thai cooperation with an emphasis on implementing top-level understandings aimed at intensifying the...>>
09 August 2017

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Indonesia

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made a working visit to the Republic of Indonesia on August 8-9. Mr Lavrov held talks with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to examine in detail efforts to further step up bilateral political, trade, economic, military-technical and humanitarian cooperation, and discuss the regional and international agendas. A schedule for planned consultations between the two...>>
08 August 2017

PRESS RELEASE ON FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEY LAVROV’S PARTICIPATION IN THE EAST ASIA SUMMIT FOREIGN MINISTERS’ MEETING AND THE 24TH SESSION OF THE ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM ON SECURITY

On August 7, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took part in the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (EAS FMM) and the 24th Session of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) on security in Manila.At the EAS FMM, priority was given to the preparation and content of the 12th East Asia Summit in the Philippines in November 2017. The partners supported Russia’s initiative to adopt a declaration on preventing...>>
30 July 2017

Press release on the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemen

Between July 18 and 24, Russian humanitarian aid was delivered to the civilian population of Sana and Aden, respectively, in the Republic of Yemen. Aircraft belonging to the Emergency Ministry delivered over 40 tonnes of cargo, including large capacity tents plus food products.On July 19, 62 citizens of Russia and several other countries were brought back to Moscow by a return flight from the Yemeni...>>
30 July 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on CNN videos about alleged Russian weapons deliveries to the Taliban

We have taken note of the CNN videos about alleged Russian weapons deliveries to the Taliban.It is impossible to take videos that show obsolete weapons of unidentifiable origin seriously. The weapons in question have no brand stamps or numbers. These are standard weapons that could be made anywhere. Everyone knows that these weapons were produced not only in Russia but also in other countries,...>>
30 July 2017

Foreign Ministry’s statement 28-07-2017

On July 27, the US Congress passed a new bill on tougher anti-Russia sanctions. This measure is further proof of the Unites States’ extremely hostile foreign policy. Hiding behind its own "exclusiveness", the United States arrogantly ignores the stances and interests of other countries.It is common knowledge that the Russian Federation has been doing everything in its power to improve bilateral...>>
24 July 2017

Press release on the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers statement on the unacceptable desecration of the memory of WWII liberator warriors

On July 17, 2017, at Russia’s initiative, the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation adopted a joint statement denouncing the “war against monuments” and attempts to glorify Nazism. The statement gives a principled assessment of the ongoing campaign in several countries, including at the legislative and executive level, to eradicate the memory of those who...>>
15 July 2017

Press release on consultations on Russia’s partnership with the UN Development Programme

On July 11, Moscow hosted the second annual consultations on Russia’s partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) under the joint chairmanship of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Cihan Sultanoglu.The discussion was attended by representatives of Russian federal executive bodies, as well...>>
08 July 2017

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

On July 7, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg. The meeting lasted for one hour.The officials reviewed some key international and bilateral matters.>>
06 July 2017

Press release on the start of the 40th Session of the FAO Conference

On July 3, the 40th session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) opened in Rome. The Conference is held on a biennial basis and is the highest governing body of the FAO.More than 1,000 delegates from 171 countries, including 85 ministers and senior officials, arrived at the FAO headquarters. Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachyov leads Russia’s inter-agency...>>
06 July 2017

Joint statement by the Russian and Chinese foreign ministries on the Korean Peninsula’s problems

The Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China are the Korean Peninsula’s neighbours, therefore the development of the situation in the region concerns the national interests of both countries. Russia and China will closely coordinate their efforts in order to promote a complex solution to the Korean Peninsula’s problems, including that of the nuclear issue, for the sake of achieving a...>>
30 June 2017

Press release on a new procedure of issuing short-stay tourist visas to the State of Qatar for citizens of the Russian Federation

As of June 22, 2017, the General Directorate of Nationality, Borders and Expatriates Affairs of Qatar’s Ministry of Interior has added the Russian Federation to the list of countries whose citizens can have a one-month tourist visa issued at Hamad International Airport in Doha. Russian citizens arriving in Doha can receive an entry visa at the airport, provided they have an international passport...>>
30 June 2017

Press release on the 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

The 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council ended in Geneva on June 23.The participating delegations exchanged opinions on a wide range of international human rights issues, highlighting the rights of women, internally displaced persons and migrants, transnational corporations and human rights, peaceful assembly and association, independence of judges and lawyers, the right to health and...>>
20 June 2017

Media Note of the Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations, China, Beijing, 18-19 June 2017

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa, met on 18-19 June 2017 in Beijing, China. The Ministers commend the fruitful cooperation forged in the past and look forward to continued and positive cooperation among BRICS countries. They...>>
20 June 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in the BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting

On June 18-19, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will take part in the BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting in Beijing. We regard the forthcoming full-format meeting that is not bound to other international forums as corresponding to the increasingly intensive dynamics of international developments. Additionally, it promotes the practice of the annual “synchronisation of watches” between the five foreign...>>
19 June 2017

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s participation in a meeting of BRICS sherpas and sous-sherpas

On June 14-15, Qingdao (PRC) hosted this year’s second meeting of sherpas and sous-sherpas from the BRICS countries.  The meeting was attended by Deputy Foreign Minister and Russian BRICS Sherpa Sergey Ryabkov.The participants discussed further steps to promote five-way strategic cooperation and current issues related to preparations for the upcoming high- and top-level BRICS events, including a...>>
19 June 2017

Remarks by Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin at the conference, “Aleppo: A City Free From Terror. New Life, New Hopes,” Geneva, June 14, 2017

Colleagues, friends,First of all, I would like to welcome the participants of this conference entitled, “Aleppo: A City Free From Terror. New Life, New Hopes.”We decided to convene a conference in order to tell the truth about the events preceding and following the liberation of Aleppo from the terrorists. Our goal is to let speak the people who brought peace to this city, and who can see with their...>>
19 June 2017

Press release on the conference “Aleppo: A city free from terror. New life, new hopes”

On June 14, the United Nations Office in Geneva hosted a conference, “Aleppo: A city free from terror. New life, new hopes.”The following officials spoke at the conference: Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin; Head of the Centre for Reconciliation of Conflicting Parties in Hmeymim Lt-Gen...>>
12 June 2017

Speech at the SCO meeting in expanded format

Vladimir Putin spoke at an expanded format meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation with the participation of heads of delegations of the SCO observer countries and international organisations.President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, friends,I would like to congratulate you all on the 15th anniversary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Charter and...>>
12 June 2017

Speech at the restricted format meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State

Vladimir Putin spoke at the restricted format meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State.President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues,We highly assess Kazakhstan’s achievements during its Presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. It has prepared a busy agenda for the SCO Heads of State Council meeting. I am convinced that the decisions we adopt today will further strengthen the SCO’s...>>
08 June 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the multilateral Kabul Process meeting

On June 6, Kabul hosted a multilateral meeting of the Kabul Process for national reconciliation and security in Afghanistan. The meeting was attended by special envoys and senior officials from 27 countries, including Russia, and also delegates from several international organisations.Following the meeting, the Afghan authorities published a statement by the meeting chair, who expressed appreciation...>>
01 June 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...>>
30 May 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...>>
30 May 2017

Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the Iraqi civilian victims of Western coalition strikes

Moscow is seriously concerned over the reported facts of mass deaths of Iraqi civilians as a result of the incessant bombings by the United States and its allies in the anti-ISIS coalition. The scale of the human toll is shocking.For instance, Washington belatedly published admissions by the US military command of the simultaneous death of over a hundred civilians in Mosul’s Al-Jadida District on...>>
25 May 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on repeated accusations of Russian support for the Taliban

Despite the assurances of the Afghan authorities that they will curb groundless accusations of Russia for allegedly supporting the Taliban, some Afghan MPs and heads of provincial Afghan security agencies continue to repeat these insinuations. This time, police chief of Kandahar Province Abdul Raziq alleged that Russia is helping the Taliban with money and arms supplies in cooperation with other...>>
15 May 2017

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in the Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Fairbanks, USA

On May 10-11, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attended the Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Fairbanks, USA. The Fairbanks Declaration adopted following this meeting reaffirmed the commitment to maintain peace, stability and constructive cooperation and outlined the main areas for promoting international cooperation to foster sustainable development in the Arctic. The document highlights the...>>
12 May 2017

Statement of Rashid Alimov, SCO Secretary General at the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation on the subject «Multifaceted interaction within the SCO framework for peace, stability, and prosperity», Vienna, 10 May 2017

Distinguished Mr. Chairman,Ladies and gentlemen!First of all, allow me to express our gratitude to the Russian Side holding chairmanship at this authoritative Forum for Security Cooperation for the invitation to present to its participants the activities of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation for peace, stability and prosperity in the vast Eurasian area.In a month on the 9th of June Astana, the...>>
12 May 2017

Statement by Evgeny S. Sysoev, Executive Committee Director of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure at the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation, Vienna, May 10, 2017

Distinguished Mr. Chairman,Ladies and Gentlemen,The Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is honoured to have the floor at the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation for the first time. The FSC is recognized as one of the most authoritative platforms for exchange of views on relevant European security issues and for active discussion of measures aimed at...>>
11 May 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

On May 11, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will attend the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, the United States. Apart from the foreign ministers of Arctic Council member-countries, the meeting will involve delegations from Arctic indigenous ethnic groups’ organisations.The Arctic Council is the most influential intergovernmental forum aiming to expand cooperation in the Arctic....>>
11 May 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the latest reports by the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission and Human Rights Watch on the use of chemical weapons in Syria

The OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (OPCW FFM) in Syria has recently published a report on the September 16, 2016 chemical attack in the village of Maarat Umm Hawsh in Aleppo Province, Syria. We provided assistance to the OPCW FFM in keeping with Clause 6 of Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). In particular, the Russian Radiation, Chemical, and Biological Protection Forces provided the...>>
10 May 2017

Memorandum on the creation of de-escalation areas in the Syrian Arab Republic

The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic (hereinafter referred to as “Guarantors”):     guided by the provisions of UNSC resolution 2254 (2015);     reaffirming their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab...>>
03 May 2017

Press release on Turkish airstrikes against Iraq and Syria

Reports coming in say that the Turkish air force carried out airstrikes on the night of April 25 against Iraqi and Syrian regions bordering Turkey. Turkey has stated that the air strikes targeted positions held by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Syrian Democratic Forces headed by the Democratic Union Party, close to the PKK. They report around 70 Kurdish fighters dead.  Moscow is deeply...>>
03 May 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the investigation launched by France into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun

A report by the French intelligence services containing France’s conclusions about the alleged use of chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun in Idlib Province, Syria, has been released in Paris. France is the third country after Turkey and Britain to have conducted a probe into the chemical attack. The impression is that the above countries either do not trust the OPCW or are trying to steer its...>>
03 May 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the humanitarian situation in Yemen

It is our strongly held view that so long as the bloody internal political conflict in Yemen involving the Saudi-led ‘coalition’ continues, the humanitarian problems facing peaceful Yemenis will continue to worsen. The people of Yemen are literally struggling to survive against a sea and air blockade, mass famine and epidemics.In this regard, we took note of the so-called ‘march for bread’ on April...>>
03 May 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the terrorist attack in Afghanistan

On April 21, the Taliban staged yet another attack, this time against an Afghan National Army base in Balkh Province in northern Afghanistan. They have killed over 200 people, most of them Afghan military personnel.It is regrettable that the most pessimistic predictions on a new season of fighting have materialised in Afghanistan. We have to say that the bloody internal conflict in long-suffering...>>
19 April 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the terrorist attack outside Aleppo

The past weekend in Syria was dominated by a tragic, provocative surge of violence.On April 15, in a suburb of Aleppo, Rshidin, a suicide bomber attacked a bus convoy with refugees from the Shiite enclaves of Fuah and Kafriya in the province of Idlib. According to the latest information, the terrorist managed to drive a car bomb next to a parked column of buses by pretending to be an aid worker...>>
19 April 2017

Comment by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on the OPCW Executive Council’s special session re-opening in The Hague on April 19

Russia is concerned and alarmed with regard to the ongoing attempts of a number of countries to deliberately distort the situation surrounding the Khan Shaykhun incident on April 4 and, in effect, to dictate to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons their rash, but far-reaching conclusions. Moreover, this is increasingly being done in an unacceptably pushy and defiant manner. The...>>
19 April 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the 30th anniversary of the Missile Technology Control Regime

April 16 marks 30 years since the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) was established. Over the years, the MTCR, which includes 35 states, has become a key practical tool for deterring the proliferation of missiles.The Regime makes it possible to draft export control standards regarding materials used to manufacture delivery vehicles of weapons of mass destruction, including ballistic and cruise...>>
10 April 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on a misinformation campaign by some Afghan media outlets

Some Afghan media outlets have published insinuations about a Russian military delegation’s alleged visit to Taliban training camps in the North Waziristan Agency in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan, we consider it necessary to clarify the situation.A Russian delegation headed by Colonel General Sergey Istrakov, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, held another round...>>
10 April 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Syrian chemical dossier Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Syrian chemical dossier

The Russian Federation has invariably held the unequivocal and straightforward position that any use of chemical weapons by anyone is absolutely unacceptable under any circumstances, and those responsible for such crimes must be held accountable.However, the so-called red line set by President Obama in 2012, the crossing of which was supposed to trigger outside military intervention in the...>>
07 April 2017

Comment from the Press Service of the President of Russia

The President of Russia regards the US airstrikes on Syria as an act of aggression against a sovereign state delivered in violation of international law under a far-fetched pretext. The Syrian Army has no chemical weapons. The fact of the destruction of all Syrian chemical weapons’ stockpiles has been recorded and verified by the OPCW, a specialised UN body. Vladimir Putin believes that complete...>>
06 April 2017

Foreign Ministry statement regarding Palestinian-Israeli settlement

Moscow is deeply concerned about the situation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Palestine and Israel have not held political negotiations for nearly three years, and the situation on the ground has been deteriorating.The stalling of the Middle East peace process has created conditions for unilateral moves that undermine the potential for an internationally accepted solution to the Palestinian...>>
02 April 2017

NDB BOARD OF GOVERNORS APPROVES THE BANK’S FIVE-YEAR STRATEGY AND TERMS, CONDITIONS AND PROCEDURES FOR THE ADMISSION OF NEW MEMBERS

The Board of Governors (BoG) of the New Development Bank (NDB) approved today, in principle, the Bank’s General Strategy document for 2017-2021. Governors have also approved the document on Terms, Conditions and Procedures for the Admission of New Members. The Strategy document will be further worked on, in order to incorporate some proposals made by Governors and is expected to be made public no...>>
27 March 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on official German statements regarding the situation around Mosul

We have taken note of statements regarding the situation in Mosul, Iraq, made by official representatives of the German government and Foreign Ministry at a news conference.We were both puzzled and shocked by their attempts to present the US-led anti-ISIS coalition’s offensive against Mosul as a surgical operation. This sounded cynical in light of the numerous civilian victims and civilian...>>
16 March 2017

Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ statement on Syria

We have taken note of the statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein made on March 14 at a high-level thematic discussion on Syria at the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council. Having appropriated the role of international arbiter, the high commissioner claims that the situation in Syria is “the worst man-made disaster the world has seen since World War II” and that...>>
11 March 2017

Comment by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on the accusations against Russia of support to the Taliban Movement

10-03-2017 The Ministry has noticed the accusations against the Russian Federation recently made by the representatives of the command of foreign military contingents stationed in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, as well as some Afghan officials, that Moscow allegedly supports the Taliban Movement. The Russian side is "charged" with the supply of arms, financing the activities of this extremist...>>
09 March 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation on the Korean Peninsula

We are following closely developments on the Korean Peninsula, where the situation has become even tenser following North Korea’s latest missile launch on March 6, and the start of large-scale joint exercises by US and South Korean armed forces, modelling offensive operations against North Korea.In this situation, we call on all parties concerned to show restraint and reflect seriously on the negative...>>
02 March 2017

Speech by Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov

Speech by Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov at the 6th Middle East Dialogue Conference “The Middle East: When Will Tomorrow Come?” held by the Valdai International Discussion Club, Moscow, December 27, 2017 I am happy to take part in this sixth conference held by the Valdai International Discussion Club.The organisers of this...>>
20 February 2017

Concept paper on the Joint Group (Agreed on as the outcome of the International Meeting on Syria in Astana, February 16. 2017)

The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey (hereinafter – the Parties) pursuant to the Joint Statement on the International Meeting on Syria in Astana (January 23-24, 2017, Kazakhstan) decide to establish the Joint Group as part of a trilateral mechanism to observe and ensure foil compliance with the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic; prevent...>>
20 February 2017

Press release on six-party consultations on Afghanistan in Moscow

On February 15, six-party consultations on the Afghan issue took place in Moscow involving Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Iran and India, at the level of special envoys for Afghanistan and high-level officials. The participants were also received by Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.The parties discussed regional approaches to the development of security in the Islamic Republic of...>>
30 January 2017

Remarks by Ambassador Pankaj Saran in memory of Ambassador Alexander Kadakin at the Republic Day Reception in Moscow on 26 January 2017

Ambassador Kadakin was no ordinary diplomat. Since joining the Russian diplomatic service in 1972, he spent almost his entire career on India, serving there twice as Ambassador. He was witness to historic moments of our bilateral relations and had personal acquaintance with several Indian leaders. More than that, he contributed, shaped and influenced the course of our relations at close quarters, ably...>>
26 January 2017

Condolence Book will be opened at the Embassy of the Russian Federation (Main Gate), Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, on January 27-30, 2017, from 11:00 to 19:00.

Dear all, The Embassy of the Russian Federation with profound grief and sorrow notifies about the sudden demise of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India Alexander M. Kadakin on January 26, 2017. In this connection, a Condolence Book will be opened at the Embassy of the Russian Federation (Main Gate), Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, on January...>>
25 January 2017

Maharashtra’s Dighi port may get Russian security system

The system has been offered to the port, which is a part of the DMIC.New security system to protect Russian command centres, airfieldsRussian consortium proposes new port security system for Andhra portIndia interested in Russian security systemA Russian-made port water monitoring system is likely to be installed at the Dighi Port in Maharashtra’s Raigad district, Artyom Cherepanov, Deputy Director...>>
19 January 2017

Press release on trilateral consultations on Syria between Russia, Iran and Turkey

On January 13, the Russian Foreign Ministry hosted trilateral consultations between the interdepartmental delegations of Russia, Iran and Turkey. They were attended by Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov, Foreign Minister’s Special Representative on the Middle East Settlement and Director of the Ministry’s Middle East and...>>
10 January 2017

Russia sends expedition of geophysicists to Indian Ocean

It will be a unique expedition, according to Sergei Shapovalov, director of the Oceanology Institute’s coordination centerMOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. The Russian research vessel Academician Boris Petrov has sailed off after four-year repairs from China’s port of Tianjin for a scientific expedition in the Indian Ocean, the first one after the collapse of the former Soviet Union, Alexei Sokov, acting...>>
09 January 2017

Russian companies to participate in international show in India

Russian companies and regions will participate in the Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show, which opens on Monday, January 9, in the capital of India’s Gujarat state - Gandihanagar, Russia’s Trade Representative in India Yaroslav Tarasyuk told TASS on Sunday."This is a major economic event in India, which will take place on January 9-13," he said. "The forum and exhibition will feature representatives of...>>
30 December 2016

Press release on trilateral consultations on Afghanistan in Moscow

On December 27, the third round of trilateral consultations on regional problems, involving special representatives on Afghanistan and senior officials from Russia, China and Pakistan, ended in Moscow. The participants also met with Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.The parties pointed to the worsening security situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and were especially worried about...>>
23 December 2016

Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation (approved by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on November 30, 2016)

FOREIGN POLICY CONCEPT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATIONApproved by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on November 30, 2016 I. General provisions1.     This Concept sets forth a system of views on the basic principles, priority areas, goals and objectives of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation.2.     This Concept is based on the Constitution of the Russian Federation, generally...>>
08 December 2016

India, Russia to sign framework agreement on Kudankulam units 5,6 this month

NEW DELHI: India and Russia are likely to sign the General Framework Agreement (GFA) on Kudankulam units 5 and 6 by this month. "Leaders of the two countries (Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin) had set a deadline to sign the General Framework Agreement for units 5 and 6 by the end of this month. The work is on and we are trying to stick to deadline," a top official of...>>
30 November 2016

India to Launch Shipments to Russia Via North- South Transport Corridor Soon

India and Russia are going to use the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) for combined shipments from December this year, Vice President of Iranian Railways Company Hossein Ashuri said.North-South Transport Corridor to Benefit Azerbaijan, Russia, Iran BAKU (Sputnik) — India, Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan agreed to use the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) for combined...>>
17 November 2016

Statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry

On November 16, the President of the Russian Federation signed the Decree «On the intention not to become a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court». The notification will be delivered to the Depository shortly.Russia has been consistently advocating prosecuting those responsible for the most serious international crimes. Our country was at the origins of the Nuremberg and Tokyo...>>
27 October 2016

India, Russia slam 'double standards' in fight against terror

Holding that there could be "no double standards" in the fight against terrorism, India and Russia on Wednesday said there was an urgent need for all to come together to combat this "plague" of the 21st Century. This came during the 16th meeting of the inter-governmental commission on military-technical cooperation, co-chaired by defence minister Manohar Parrikar and his Russian counterpart General...>>
14 October 2016

Answers to questions from French journalists from TF1 TV channel

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: How did you end up here? This is a just a small provincial town. These days, you find French people wherever you go in Russia, in every village. This is very good and we are pleased to see it. Question (retranslated): Mr President, could you explain why you are not going to Paris? Vladimir Putin: It’s very simple. We had planned to hold an official opening...>>
10 October 2016

Foreign Ministry statement in connection with Russia's veto of the French-proposed UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria on October 8, 2016

On October 8, the Russian Federation voted against the UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria, proposed by France. The text of the document, which was obviously drawn up with Washington's encouragement directly after the United States refused to observe the Russian-US agreements on the Syrian settlement, flagrantly misrepresented the actual state of affairs and had a politically-charged and...>>
04 October 2016

Comment by the Foreign Ministry on the presidential executive order suspending the plutonium management and disposition agreement

The President of Russia has issued an executive order suspending the 2000 Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Russian Federation Concerning the Management and Disposition of Plutonium Designated as No Longer Required for Defence Purposes and Related Cooperation (PMDA). The agreement was signed at a time when our relations with the United States...>>
28 September 2016

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Russian-US agreements on Syria

In the past few months, Russia and the United States were engaged in especially intensive efforts to find ways to reach a peaceful settlement in Syria that would liberate the country from terrorists and create an inclusive inter-Syrian dialogue. Building on the provisions of the Geneva Communique of June 30, 2012, UN Security Council Resolution 2254, and the decisions of the International Syria...>>
26 September 2016

Statement by the Quartet's Principals New York, 23 September 2016

Representatives of the Quartet — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, United States Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini — met in New York on 23 September.The Quartet Principals were joined by the Foreign Ministers of Egypt and France during the second part of the...>>
23 September 2016

India plans to sign terrorism data exchange deal with Russia

India has plans to sign a security agreement with Russia on expanding data sharing on terrorism and cybercrimes, local media reported on Wednesday, citing sources. According to the Hindu newspaper, the agreement was planned to be signed during India's interior minister visit to Russia, which was initially scheduled for September 18 and postponed over a deadly attack on a military base in the disputed...>>
12 September 2016

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister of India Sujata Mehta

On September 9, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov met with Deputy Foreign Minister of India Sujata Mehta.They discussed the Nuclear Suppliers Group’s activity and other issues of mutual interest on the international agenda.>>
12 September 2016

Press release on consultations between Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and Indian Deputy Foreign Minister Sujata Mehta

On September 9, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov held consultations in Moscow with Deputy Foreign Minister of India Sujata Mehta on a broad range of issues on the agenda of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.During a lively discussion of mutual priorities for the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly, both officials noted that the two countries’ approaches to issues discussed in...>>
12 September 2016

Statement by the Foreign Ministry

On September 9, North Korea, in violation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, carried out another nuclear test.Such explicit disregard for the norms of international law and the opinion of the international community merits the strongest possible condemnation.North Korea’s actions, aimed at undermining the global non-proliferation regime, pose a serious threat to peace and security on the...>>
06 September 2016

Dates set for St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2017

The 21st St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place from June 1–3, 2017 in accordance with the decision of the President of the Russian Federation. Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee – Executive Secretary Anton Kobyakov said: “In 2017, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will once again demonstrate Russia’s...>>
12 August 2016

STATEMENT BY THE FOREIGN MINISTRY OF RUSSIA

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has disrupted a plot to carry out terrorist attacks in the Republic of Crimea. The attacks, planned by the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s Chief Intelligence Directorate, targeted critical infrastructure and facilities in Crimea. Russia’s intelligence services take the view that these planned acts of sabotage and terrorism were intended to destabilise the...>>
30 June 2016

Vladimir Putin received a letter from President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Vladimir Putin received a letter from President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which the Turkish President expressed his desire to settle the situation concerning the downing of a Russian military aircraft.Mr Erdogan said in his letter that Russia is Turkey’s friend and strategic partner, and the Turkish authorities do not want to ruin relations between the two countries. “We never had the desire...>>
30 June 2016

Telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan

At Russia’s initiative, Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Mr Putin expressed his profound condolences following the terrorist attack at Istanbul airport that caused numerous casualties. He passed on his words of sympathy to the victims’ families and wished a swift recovery to all who were injured. Both presidents stressed the need to activate...>>
05 June 2016

Foreign Ministry comment on developments in Afghanistan

On the eve of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, we again turn our attention to developments in Afghanistan.It must be acknowledged that the military and political situation in that country remains extremely tense. The Taliban continues to fight in a number of provinces. They extensively use terror against their compatriots, with civilians accounting for most of the victims. The ISIS branch in...>>
30 May 2016

Comment by the Ministry on SCO Secretary- General Rashid Alimov’s statement on South China Sea issue

Following a statement by Rashid Alimov, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Secretary-General, on the South China Sea issue published in the Chinese media, we deem it important to make the following comments.The consolidated position of the SCO countries that reflects the Russian Federation’s official stance was recorded in the press release of the SCO Foreign Ministers’ Council meeting on May...>>
10 May 2016

Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the United States on Syria

The Russian Federation and the United States of America, as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), recognize the progress that has been made with respect to the cessation of hostilities (CoH) in Syria, in accordance with our Joint Statement of February 22, 2016, and in improving humanitarian access.  We believe our joint efforts have brought about a significant decrease in violence...>>
25 April 2016

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the US Department of State’s report on adherence to and compliance with arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements and commitments

On April 12, the US Department of State submitted to Congress its annual Report on Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments. As usual, Washington reported on the United States’ model adherence to and compliance with all its commitments while posing as a self-appointed teacher charged with assessing other countries’ behaviour in this...>>
30 March 2016

India Interested in Buying Russian Integrated Security Systems

Indian authorities are interested in acquiring Russia's advanced integrated security systems, Sergey Goreslavsky, the deputy director general of the Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said on Tuesday. Such systems consist of different advanced integrated security and video surveillance structures that can be integrated in a single network. According to Goreslavsky, such systems have the...>>
29 March 2016

Russia, India set to sign contract on after-sale maintenance of Mi-8/17s

Russian Helicopters Group, part of state hi-tech corporation Rostec, plans to sign a long-term contract with India’s Defense Ministry soon on the after-sale maintenance of Mil Mi-8/17 helicopters, Group Deputy CEO Igor Chechikov said on Monday. "We’re currently discussing with our Indian partners the transition to after-sale maintenance of helicopters in a principally new format," he said. "From the...>>
18 March 2016

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov’s meeting with India’s Deputy External Affairs Minister Amar Sinha

On March 16, Deputy Foreign Minister and Russia’s BRICS Sherpa Sergei Ryabkov met with Indian Deputy External Affairs Minister and BRICS Sherpa Amar Sinha.They exchanged opinions on priorities and plans for India’s BRICS Presidency in 2016 and on current issues of intra-BRICS cooperation. The parties advocated the continuation of close contacts in order to implement the association’s goals and...>>
12 March 2016

The Foreign Minister’s replies to questions from REN TV, Moscow

Question: In the last few days, Ukraine has seen several attacks on Russian diplomatic missions including the Russian Embassy in Kiev and the general consulates in Lvov and Odessa. What’s happening to the employees there? Is their life and health threatened? How do they live under conditions of what is practically a siege? Sergey Lavrov: We’ve been following the situation closely and are in regular...>>
03 March 2016

Sergey Lavrov’s article "Russia’s Foreign Policy: Historical Background" for "Russia in Global Affairs" magazine

International relations have entered a very difficult period, and Russia once again finds itself at the crossroads of key trends that determine the vector of future global development. Many different opinions have been expressed in this connection including the fear that we have a distorted view of the international situation and Russia’s international standing. I perceive this as an echo of the...>>
01 March 2016

Russian paratroopers arrive in India to take part in international drills

The joint exercise involving troops from 18 countries to drill humanitarian demining and peacekeeping operations will be held from March 1 to 8MOSCOW, February 29. /TASS/. Russian paratroopers have arrived at a military base in the Indian city of Pune where they will take part in peacekeeping operation drills and humanitarian demining maneuvers, the press service of Russia’s Defense Ministry reported...>>
29 February 2016

Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in a regular session of the UN Human Rights Council

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will speak at a high-profile event during the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, which will take place in Geneva on March 1. Sergey Lavrov will make an opening statement at the high-level panel discussion on the on the 50th anniversary of adoption and the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the International Covenants on Human Rights: universality,...>>
05 February 2016

'Rosatom is now actively expanding its global footprint'

The Russian-Indian Coordinating Committee on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy was established in Dec. 2014.“Based on the decision signed in December 2015, a fourth working group on the localization of production in India has already been established and is operating successfully,” Evgeni Griva, Director General of Rosatom South Asiasaid in an interview to Russian agency TASS which...>>
19 January 2016

Foreign Ministry statement on the beginning of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear programme

On January 16, the IAEA Director General released a report confirming that Iran has completed the necessary preparatory steps to start the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was agreed upon in Vienna on July 14, 2015 between the group of six intermediary countries (the UK, Germany, China, Russia, the US and France) and Iran with a contribution from Federica...>>
30 December 2015

Major foreign policy events of 2015

1. In 2015, the negative trends characteristic of international relations in recent years have worsened. Amid proliferating regional crises, growing instability in the global financial and economic system and escalating interreligious tensions, global competition has deepened against the backdrop of attempts by a number of states to reverse the objective process of the formation of a polycentric world...>>
19 December 2015

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution on fighting ISIS and other terrorist organisations and their funding channels

On December 17, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2253, drafted jointly by Russia and the United States, on combating ISIS and other terrorist organisations and expanding measures to suppress the financing of terrorism. The Russian-US draft was co-sponsored by 68 UN member-states. The resolution outlines a set of measures designed to step up work to expose and curb illegal...>>
11 December 2015

Press release on the adoption of the No First Placement of Arms in Outer Space resolution by the UN General Assembly

On December 7, 2015, the 70th session of the UN General Assembly at the plenary session, adopted the No First Placement of Arms in Outer Space resolution (A/RES/70/27) initiated by the Russian Federation and originally co-authored by Brazil and China.The support by an overwhelming majority of the UN members (129 countries) confirms the crucial importance and relevance of our initiative. It is also...>>
06 October 2015

Comment by the Information and Press Department

On October 2, the Resolution, Human Rights and Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, was adopted at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council upon the US delegation’s initiative. During the consultations on the draft resolution, Russia and numerous other delegations repeatedly expressed their concerns about the document. In particular, this was related to the fact that it lacked a key...>>
30 September 2015

On providing military assistance to Syria in fighting against ISIS

PRESS RELEASE New Delhi, September 30, 2015   The Embassy of the Russian Federation in India officially informed the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, that in accordance with the request of H.E. Mr Bashar al-Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic, for providing military assistance in fighting against ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria the Russian Federation begins air...>>
29 September 2015

Remarks by Foreign Minister S.Lavrov at the UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Mr. President, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen, The promotion of socioeconomic progress and the prosperity of all countries and peoples is the UN core mission. Forging a global partnership for development has been one of the most significant achievements of the UN that we all can rightly be proud of. Fifteen years ago, it was the UN that made it possible for the international community...>>
11 September 2015

'Green technology thrust area in India-Russia knowledge exchange'

Green technology, super-computing and big data are some of the current thrust areas in knowledge exchange between India and Russia, an official said on Thursday.Apart from student exchanges which form an essential component of bilateral cooperation in the scientific field between the two countries, industrial component is also present in collaborations, said Ashutosh Sharma, secretary, department of...>>
04 September 2015

Information on the ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian Side, August 15 through August 22, 2015

24-08-2015There has been an increased number of firing of the territory of Donetsk and Lugansk by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) despite the ceasefire. The outskirts of Donetsk city, Donetsk Airport, settlements Horlivka and Debaltseve have been the main areas under intense fire.On 15-16 August, 2015 from 22.00 to 01.10 hrs. Moscow time 122 and 152 mm artillery systems shelled a residential area in...>>
06 August 2015

Information on ceasefire violations in Eastern Ukraine (July 25 - July 31, 2015)

The Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU) continue to shell the DPR and the LPR violating the ceasefire regime. These shellings led to casualties among the civilian population and destruction of social infrastructure facilities.The city of Donetsk, the Donetsk Airport area, settlements Spartak, Horlivka and Debaltseve were intensively shelled by artillery and mortar fire.On July 29, 2015, from 20:30 till 23:20...>>
03 August 2015

Information on the ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian side, July 18 through July 25, 2015

Despite the ceasefire regime, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) continue to shell the DPR and the LPR territories, which leads to civilian casualties and destruction of social infrastructure facilities.The Donetsk city, the Donetsk Airport, settlements Spartak, Horlivka and Debaltseve continue to be the main areas under intense fire.There has been a number of shellings of the AFU positions conducted...>>
24 July 2015

Information on the ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian side, July 13 through July 19, 2015

There has been an increased number of the ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) that lead to civilian casualties and destruction of social infrastructure facilities.The Donetsk Airport, settlements Spartak, Shyrokyne, Horlivka and Debaltseve have been the main areas under intense fire.On July 13, 2015, residential areas of the Zaitseve settlement were fired at with an IFV armament...>>
17 July 2015

Information on the ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian side, July 7 through July 11, 2015

The Donetsk Airport, settlements Marinka, Avdeevka and Dokuchaievsk continue to be the main areas under intense fire. There has been an increased number of the ceasefire violations that led to civilian casualties and destruction of vital facilities. On July 7, 2015, Telmanovo and Svobodne were shelled with 152 mm artillery systems sited at Western outskirts of the Granitne settlement. The shelling...>>
09 July 2015

India, Russia sign MoU for funding of hydro-generation projects

UFA: In a significant step in economic cooperation, Russia's Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) today signed an MoU with India's Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) for funding of hydro-generation projects. RDIF Director General Kirill Dmitriev told the BRICS Business Council meeting here that his company signed an MoU with its partners in the BRICS member-states to work with sovereign funds,...>>
09 July 2015

Russia likely to participate in railway projects in India

Russia is likely to participate in railway projects in India, funding for which could be routed through the newly-set up BRICS' New Development Bank. Indications in this regard came on Wednesday from the head of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin, who said negotiations are underway with India in this regard. "As of now we are only a part of the Business Council. We do not yet have projects that are in...>>
19 June 2015

Important for Russia to ‘Make in India’ - Shiv Khemka

A key Indian participant in SPIEF 2015, Shiv Khemka is Vice-President of the SUN group. He has more than 20 years of investment and business experience, principally focused on Russia and India. Khemka began leading SUN's investment and entrepreneurial activities in Russia and Ukraine in 1990, building a significant example of successful foreign direct and private equity investing into Russia. He also...>>
17 June 2015

Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2015

The efficiency of the military-industrial complex is the principal resource for the growth of the entire economy, the President stressed addressing the Forum. The defence industry should set the bar for many technological and production parameters and remain the driving force for the development of innovative technology, including dual-purpose and civilian technology, primarily in such industries as...>>
02 April 2015

CONCEPT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION’S PRESIDENCY IN BRICS IN 2015-2016

Created on the initiative of Russian leadership in 2006, the interstate association of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) succeeded in becoming a significant factor in global politics and economy in a short time. BRICS is both a symbol of a growing trend towards the formation of a polycentric world and the main locomotive of this trend's development. The commitment to comprehensive...>>
26 March 2015

Russia Interested to Strengthen Ties with India in Information & Broadcasting Sector

NEW DELHI:  India and Russia today agreed to strengthen ties in the information and broadcasting (I&B) sector with the exchange of media personnel and cooperation in the social media space.The Russian side also proposed to include information and broadcasting in the BRICS summit slated to be held in Russia soon, Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told reporters.BRICS is the...>>
25 March 2015

Russian “Tanks” Destined To Fly Over The Seas

The Russian Navy is expected to get deliveries of the most modern attack helicopters.The Ka-52K “Alligator” is intended to be based on the large amphibious assault ship “Mistral”. On the 8th of April, 2014, the Ministry of Defence signed a contract for the supply of 32 serially-manufactured Ka-52K’s. The first 12 helicopters are scheduled to be produced in 2015.Fate of the French-built “Mistral” is...>>
25 March 2015

Moscow to Host Fresh Round of Syria Talks on April 6-9

Moscow will host a new round of talks on Syrian reconciliation on April 6-9, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.According to a statement posted on the Ministry's website, a group of Russian diplomats and experts visited Damascus and met with Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad and other government officials on March 21-22."Syrian government officials acknowledged the efforts made by Moscow to...>>
25 March 2015

Free Economic Zone in Crimea Attracts Investment – Russian Official

A free economic zone in Crimea, due to be launched in March, will attract new investment in the region, and businesses will be secure and profitable, permanent representative of the Crimean Republic to the president of Russia GeorgyMuradov told Sputnik."Our president adopted the law, according to which Crimea will be a free economic zone. It gives an impulse to the business community to invest more...>>
19 March 2015

Indian Indsur Global Ltd to supply $10 million worth of power insulator castings to the Russian GIG

India's leading manufacturer of power insulator castings Indsur Global Ltd will supply $10 million worth of its products to Russia.As the management company informed TASS today, the contract with the Russian Global Insulator Group has been signed during the recent visit of its representatives to Mumbai.According to the director of Indsur Global Amit Lodha, the contract for the supply of insulator...>>
19 March 2015

IAF to adopt BrahMos missile in 2016

BrahMos missile to enter service in Indian Air Force in 2016, Sudhir Kumar Mishra, CEO and Managing Director for Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace,  told RIA Novosti on Wednesday."According to the schedule, the missile is expected to enter service in 2016. A further 10 tests will be conducted by the end of the year. In May, a test flight with the launching system for the missile will be...>>
19 March 2015

Russia, India to join hands in space monitoring

Russia and India are looking to forge and develop cooperation in space monitoring and in the field of training forces to respond to emergency situations. Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and India’s Ministry of Home Affairsare planning to bolster cooperation in the development of space monitoring systems and carry out joint training of rescue teams.“We find it expedient to put more energy into...>>
19 March 2015

The Crimea question: Lessons of history and India’s stand

Myths and prejudice condition the Western response to the Crimean crisis. In this incisive article, Andrei Volodin provides a detailed historical overview of events leading up to the referendum in Crimea supporting reunification with Russia. The analyst lauds India, the world’s largest democracy, for taking an autonomous stand by recognizing Moscow’s legitimate interests in Crimea. The topic of Crimea...>>
19 February 2015

PRESS RELEASE OF THE EMBASSY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

New Delhi, February 19, 2015The reported call of the European Union’s envoy to India to ‘persuade’ Russia over events in Eastern regions of the Ukraine is a case of sheer duplicity and sly distortion of the core reasons which led to the intra-Ukrainian conflict.It must be reminded that those were not the people of Donetsk and Lugansk who unleashed the bloody fratricidal war but precisely the Kiev...>>
02 February 2015

Kudankulam energy much cheaper than U.S. offer

There is a sharp difference between the rates of nuclear energy offered by U.S. nuclear companies and the actual rate of energy produced by Russia-aided Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. The rate proposed by U.S. company Westinghouse of Rs 6 per kWh, with the price increasing due to insurance, was agreed during the negotiations between the leaders of India and the U.S., Prime Minister Narendra Modi and...>>

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