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30.10.2014 - A meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

On 29 October, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Michael Georg Link, OSCE/ODIHR Director, in Moscow. They discussed matters related to OSCE activities and Russia’s cooperation with the Organization’s human rights institutions.


30.10.2014 - Russian Foreign Ministry statement on the implementation of the Minsk agreements on a settlement in Ukraine and elections in its southeastern regions

Considering the ultimatum issued by Kiev and some Western capitals that elections not be held in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, it would be logical to remind the following.


30.10.2014 - Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department on the issue of sending Russian humanitarian aid to the population of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions

In connection with the sending of humanitarian aid to the population of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions, the Russian side has suggested that OSCE representatives and Ukrainian border guards located at the Donetsk border checkpoint in the Rostov Region, through which the humanitarian convoy is planned to pass, familiarise themselves with the contents of the cargo.


30.10.2014 - Opening remarks by Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov before the meeting with Patriarch Theodore II of the Coptic Orthodox Church Moscow, 29 October 2014

Your Holiness, Esteemed guests, Let me welcome you to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia on the occasion of your visit to Moscow at the invitation of the Most Holy Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.


29.10.2014 - Reply by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on Israel’s continued housing construction

Question: Will you please comment on Israel’s plans to build more housing in East Jerusalem? Answer: According to media reports, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved the construction of over 1,000 housing units in East Jerusalem. It has also been reported that Israel plans to build several thousand housing units in the West Bank.


29.10.2014 - Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in connection with U.S. State Department's statement on “harassment” of American diplomats, working in Russia

The “ABC News” stove-piping that was clearly cooked up at the instigation of the State Department about the alleged “psychological pressure” on employees of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and their systematic “intimidation” is groundless and detached from reality.


29.10.2014 - Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department on the Memorial NGO

Taking into consideration public statements by and appeals from international organisations, we have decided to comment on the situation concerning the Russian historical, educational, human rights and charitable society, Memorial.


29.10.2014 - Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department on the developments in Lebanon

The situation in Lebanon remains tense. According to available information, in the past few days the Lebanese army and law-enforcement agencies have been conducting a large-scale operation to root out the terrorist groups of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra in the Bab-al-Tibbaneh and other neighbourhoods of Tripoli.


29.10.2014 - Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the general elections in Botswana

On the 24 October, general elections to the National Assembly and local authorities were held in the Republic of Botswana.


29.10.2014 - Deputy Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department Yuri Matery answers a question about the use of UAVs by the OSCE Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

Question: The media reported last week that the OSCE began to use Austrian UAVs in Ukraine. The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office said they would also use drones made by other countries, including Russia. What does the OSCE need UAVs for? Answer: The use of UAVs by the OSCE Monitoring Mission to Ukraine was first discussed last summer. The OSCE observers could not properly fulfil their duties under conditions of regular bombing raids, hostilities and the civil war in southeastern Ukraine. It was a deadly risk. The OSCE Secretariat subsequently announced a tender for civilian unmanned aerial vehicles, which the Austrian company Schiebel won.


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