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11.10.2013 - Interview of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”, published on 10 October 2013

Question: The discussion about the possibility of using force against Syria raises the issue of international lawagain acutely. Let’s talk about it. Do you agree that this is a strange right – there are obligations, but almost no sanctions for their violation. Am I right? Sergey Lavrov: International law has, in fact, no enforcement and punishment system, which are characteristic for the national law of countries. However, this principle is organically derived from the principle of the sovereign equality of states. States are equal in their rights, and therefore their consent is required to create any control or enforcement mechanism in respect of actions they carry out.

09.10.2013 - Interview with the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs S.V.Lavrov by TV Channel “Russia Today”, on 8 October 2013, Bali, Indonesia

Well, first, I believe the possible dates for the conference were announced by the Secretary General of the United Nations during the General Assembly opening week. He consulted with us, the Americans, other members of the Permanent Five and he suggested to target mid-November. We would be ready to announce any day because our information is that the government is going to send a delegation and the main thing now is to make sure that the opposition participates and that the opposition is representative — not just one group of people who live outside Syria.

05.10.2013 - Is nuclear disarmament possible? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

Russia is constantly advocating further limitations and reductions in nuclear weapon stockpiles along with strengthening international regimes of arms control and non-proliferation. At the heart of our approach is the need for responsible, pragmatic and gradual steps to be taken in this sphere aimed at finding effective ways to reduce the nuclear danger.

05.10.2013 - Towards Peace, Stability And Sustainable Economic Development in the Asia Pacific Region Article by Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia

Recent years have witnessed deep geopolitical shifts that fundamentally changed the global landscape. Against the backdrop of global transformation processes, the role of Asia Pacific region is rising as a significant factor that is determining now and will most likely determine the mainstream of international developments in the nearest future, becoming an influential player of emerging polycentric world order architecture.

03.10.2013 - Russia seeks an early entry into force of CTBT (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for RIA Novosti)

Russia is a strong advocate of an early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which is to become an essential part of the international legal security system and important link to the other nonproliferation and disarmament instruments. We strongly believe that it would also become an important confidence building measure.

01.10.2013 - Ambassador Yakovenko speaks at the rededication of the monument in memory of Russian and Finnish Crimean War prisoners (Lewes, 28 October 2013)

Ladies and Gentlemen! On behalf of the Embassy of Russia I would like to thank you for joining us today. This is a special and a rather unusual occasion – the Russians and the Finns restoring a monument designed and built by the British, dedicated to prisoners who lead a free and a relatively comfortable life, enjoying hospitality while in captivity, captured thousands of miles away from the main battlefields of an unnecessary war which no one actually wanted to fight.

01.10.2013 - Dmitry Medvedev’s interview with Rossiya 24 TV channel

Anna Schneider: Good afternoon, Mr Medvedev. Thank you for finding the time to come here. Dmitry Medvedev: Good afternoon. Anna Schneider: The forum is about to complete its work. What results have been achieved? What are your personal impressions? How is this year’s forum different from the previous ones in terms of participants, the issues raised or the volume of concluded agreements? Dmitry Medvedev: I have just met with the governors of several regions and I said to them that they travel a great deal and every trip should bring tangible benefits. A large number of forums are held in Russia every year.

01.10.2013 - Dmitry Medvedev's article: The time of simple solutions is past

Five years ago it became obvious that a global economic catastrophe was beginning.

26.09.2013 - Interview by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to The Washington Post, published September 25, 2013

Question: What was your reaction to President Obama’s speech this week at the United Nations?Sergey Lavrov: It addressed important issues, and we hope that the stated willingness to cooperate on resolving the problems in the Middle East would help us to find common approaches, which is the key for today’s functioning of the international community. Only common action can resolve issues. No one country can solve problems which are becoming transborder, transnational, common threat and challenges for all of us.

23.09.2013 - What Russia expects from the current session of the UN General Assembly

At the 68th session of the UNGA Russia will work to agree collective approaches to world politics, given the central coordinating role of the UN as a unique mechanism for ensuring global stability, peace and security. This is the only way to address effectively common threats and challenges.

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