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17.04.2014 - Article by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, “Time-honoured friendship and partnership” published in the daily “Thezoy va Vietnam” (“Peace and Vietnam”) on 16 April 2014

In January 2015 Russia and Vietnam will celebrate a remarkable date – 65 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.


17.04.2014 - Answer by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, to the question from the newspaper “Argumenti i fakti”, published on 16 April 2014

Question: Why is Russia so insistent on Ukraine’s federalisation , what does it want, what is the essence of this idea?


08.04.2014 - Remarks by Ambassador Yakovenko at the opening of Russia's stand at the London Book Fair-2014

Ladies and Gentlemen! I am delighted to welcome you to the London Book Fair-2014.


07.04.2014 - It's not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine (by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, The Guardian ,Monday, 7 April 2014)

The west has been needlessly whipping up tension – if we don't co-operate soon, chaos may take hold.


01.04.2014 - Interview given by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the programme “Vesti v subbotu s Sergeem Brilyovim”, Moscow, 29 March 2014

Question: After the G7 announced its withdrawal from the G8 a slogan was invented that Russia is in international isolation. The voting at the UN General Assembly was a hundred states “against” Russia. Does this confirm this statement? Sergey Lavrov: Isolation is a term invented by our western partners, who attempt to act on the basis of neo-imperialist nostalgic ambitions. when things don’t go their way, they immediately reach for the option of a “sanctions club”. Time for that has already passed. We should not think about the isolation of partners, but about the involvement of each and all of them working together.


30.03.2014 - Interview by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, given to the programme “Voskresnoye vremya” Moscow, 28 March 2014

Question: The last week has been substantial and hard. You met a representative of the Ukrainian delegation on the side-lines of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. This was our first meeting in the current situation at the level of foreign policy agencies. The audience “received” only one picture and your comment on its results. What was this meeting like? What was the tone like? It is clear that only you knew about the readiness or lack of readiness of the parties to agree.


22.03.2014 - Libya impasse: urgent measures needed (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for Russia Today)

Critical situation unfolding in Libya remains a matter of serious concern.


18.03.2014 - Address by President of the Russian Federation

Vladimir Putin addressed State Duma deputies, Federation Council members, heads of Russian regions and civil society representatives in the Kremlin.


17.03.2014 - TRUE STORY ABOUT PARALYMPIC GAMES IN SOCHI (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

The colorful closing ceremony brought down the curtain on the XIth Paralympic Winter Games. But british media paid little attention to these great competitions. Nine days of competition which featured 547 disabled athletes from 45 countries ended as the Paralympic flame went off on its tower in Sochi’s Olympic Park.


17.03.2014 - PARALYMPIC GAMES IN SOCHI (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

PARALYMPIC GAMES IN SOCHI The colorful closing ceremony brought down the curtain on the XIth Paralympic Winter Games. But british media paid little attention to these great competitions. Nine days of competition which featured 547 disabled athletes from 45 countries ended as the Paralympic flame went off on its tower in Sochi’s Olympic Park. The Paralympic flag was handed over to the organizers of the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, who staged a brief show featuring traditional dance and calligraphy. The Sochi Games featured 72 medal events in five sports, the highest number for any Winter Paralympics to date. Around 325,000 tickets were sold for the Sochi Paralympics, organizers said earlier in the day. That is around 90,000 more than the Winter Games record set in Vancouver in 2010. Russia topped the final standings, winning a total of 80 Winter Paralympic medals, more than any country in history. Paralympic athletes have been getting a lot of coverage. It will be no exaggeration to say that Paralympic athletes are more than simply sportspeople, and in addition to their mission in sports they play an important social role too. President Vladimir Putin said, while congratulating sportsmen, that it is impossible to list all achievements made and all brilliant performances at the Paralympics. He called all members of Russian Paralympics team “heroes and certainly heroes of sport”. For everyone in Russia it is the great honor that our athletes gave us the best overall team result not only in the history of Russia’s Paralympic teams, but in the history of all national teams for as long as the Paralympics have been held. International Paralympic Committee president Philip Craven declared the Sochi Games as the best Paralympic Winter Games ever. One of the most important thing is that Paralympic Games hugely advanced the effort to create a barrier-free environment in Russia. The Games are over, but the work in this field will continue throughout our vast country. Good result. The colorful closing ceremony brought down the curtain on the XIth Paralympic Winter Games. But british media paid little attention to these great competitions. Nine days of competition which featured 547 disabled athletes from 45 countries ended as the Paralympic flame went off on its tower in Sochi’s Olympic Park.


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