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05.05.2015 - Statement by the People’s Republic of China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America to the 2015 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, New York, April 30, 2015

1. As Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the People’s Republic of China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America reaffirm our enduring commitment to the NPT, which remains indispensable to the maintenance of international peace and security.


05.05.2015 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the wreath laying ceremony at the commemorative plaques at the Foreign Ministry building to mark 70 years since the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, Moscow, May 5, 2015

Dear veterans, Colleagues and friends, These days we honour the memory of those who defended our Motherland and sacrificed their lives so that freedom and justice could triumph, those who made their contribution to the victory in the Second World War, which will always remain in our memory as the Great Patriotic War.


05.05.2015 - Press release on upcoming visit by Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier to Russia

On May 7, Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be on a working visit to Russia. His schedule includes a visit to the hero city of Volgograd where the German minister will pay his respects to those who fell in the fight against Nazism in the World War II.


04.05.2015 - Foreign Ministry statement on the anniversary of the May 2, 2014, events in Odessa

The first anniversary of one of the most tragic episodes in Ukraine’s internal conflict is marked on May 2. On this date, neo-Nazi Banderites burned unarmed people in the Trade Unions House in Odessa. This barbarous act of intimidation claimed several dozen lives of people whose only guilt was their open declaration of their civil position in rejecting the anti-constitutional coup d’état carried out in Kiev in February 2014 and the rampage of ultranationalist radicals in Ukraine.


30.04.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the deteriorating security in northeast Afghanistan

We are worried by incoming reports about the deterioration of the situation in the north-eastern provinces of Afghanistan on the border with Central Asian countries.


29.04.2015 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview for Evelina Zakamskaya’s show Opinion on the Rossiya-24 network, Moscow, April 27, 2015

Question: Humanity is facing challenges and threats, which no single country or nation can deal with single-handedly. One of the numerous examples is the recent earthquake in Nepal, which has claimed thousands of lives. Seventy years ago, the civilised world created the United Nations Organisation at a conference in San Francisco, an institution that was designed to prevent and help deal with humanitarian, natural and military disasters. The inviolability of the underlying UN principles has been placed in question today, and we need to protect it. How would you assess the margin of safety of the UN and its role in the modern world? Sergey Lavrov: I think the UN margin of safety is very large. Its founding fathers, who formulated the fundamental principles of the UN Charter, were very far-sighted.


29.04.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation with the Russian biker group’s ride commemorating the 70th anniversary of Victory over Nazism

On April 27, a group of Russian bikers planning to ride across Europe to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory over Nazism and the Soviet soldiers who died during the liberation of European countries was denied entry to Poland through the Brest-Terespol border crossing.


29.04.2015 - Foreign Ministry comment on the conclusion of Canada’s Arctic Council Chairmanship

The Ninth Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council was held in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada on April 24. The Russian delegation was led by Sergei Donskoi, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.


29.04.2015 - Reply by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich to a reporter’s question regarding Patriarch of Ukrainian Orthodox Church Filaret’s contact with NATO

Question: Could you please comment on the meeting between NATO First Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Filaret, at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 22, where they discussed plans to assist the modernisation and reform of the Ukrainian armed forces to strengthen the country's defence capability? Alexander Lukashevich: Moscow noted the recent media reports about NATO First Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow’s contact with the head of the so-called non-canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate.


28.04.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on Russia’s ratification of the Protocol to the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia

On April 20, President Vladimir Putin signed a federal law on Russia's ratification of the Protocol to the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia (CANWFZ). The Treaty was signed on September 8, 2006 in Semipalatinsk by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenia and Uzbekistan and entered into effect on March 21, 2009. Kyrgyzstan is the Treaty’s depositary.


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