27 April 2015
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On the worsening situation in the Sinai Peninsula

On 5 August 2012,  militants attacked Egyptian border checkpoint near the town of Rafah. As a result 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed, 7 wounded. After this attack, the militants seized two armored personnel carriers and moved to the nearby Israeli checkpoint. One of the armored vehicles had been destroyed near the border fence, and the second vehicle was destroyed by Israeli airforce after crossing the border. It is reported that eight militants were killed.
This terrorist attack was condemned by the government and the various socio-political forces of Egypt, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas movement.
In Moscow, the incident was received with grave concern and condemnation. We send our sincere condolences to the Egyptian side in connection with the death of the Egyptian military.
We express our understanding and solidarity with the counter-terrorism actions taken by Egyptian and Israeli sides to ensure order and stability. We firmly believe that terrorism in all its forms cannot and shall not be excused. We hope that as a result of the measures taken situation in the Sinai Peninsula will return back to normal, ensuring the proper level of security.
In view of this  incident Russian Ministry of Foreign affairs confirmed its recommendation to the Russian citizens visiting Egypt for tourism, to take the necessary precautions and to refrain from traveling outside the resort areas on the Sinai Peninsula.


27.04.2015 - Foreign Ministry statement on the Polish Foreign Ministry’s refusal to permit the Russian Bikers Club to ride through Poland to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazism (24.04.15)

We convey our outrage over the Polish authorities’ decision to refuse our appeal to help issue the necessary documents to the members of the Russian Bikers Club, who planned a Victory Roads motorcycle ride across Poland on April 27-29 as part of celebrations of the 70th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War. The Polish authorities have undermined this memorial trip under a far-fetched pretext that the necessary information was allegedly provided too late and was incomplete. This is a blatant lie.

27.04.2015 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich, April 24, 2015

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with representatives of The Elders, an independent group of global figures; Meeting of the Council of the Heads of Constituent Entities ; Chairperson of the African Union Commission Dr Dlamini-Zuma to visit Moscow on April 28-30; Working visit to Russia by Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz; Centenary of Armenian genocide of 1915; Current situation in and around Ukraine; The OSCE mission’s evaluation of the situation in Ukraine; OSCE estimate of the security situation for international observers working in Ukraine; ICRC’s evaluation of the humanitarian situation in Ukraine; Regarding the Akademik Nikolai Strakhov research vessel; Planned attendance by foreign guests in 70th Victory Day celebrations in Moscow ; Forthcoming ceremonial meetings in memory of World War II victims to be held on international grounds; Publication of Reference Book for journalists on official website of media coverage of celebration of 70th anniversary of Victory in WW2, etc.

24.04.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department in connection with the May 5 UN General Assembly special solemn meeting in commemoration of World War II victims

On May 5, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will meet in New York for a special session commemorating the victims of World War II under the UNGA resolution, “70th Anniversary of the End of World War II”, which was adopted on February 26, 2015, upon the initiative of the Russian Federation, our partners in the Collective Security Treaty Organisation and China.

24.04.2015 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

On April 22, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry at the latter’s request.

23.04.2015 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s live radio interview with Sputnik, Ekho Moskvy and Govorit Moskva, Moscow, April 22, 2015

Question: Why does Russia refuse to recognise Novorossiya, given that it was Lenin who gave this region to Ukraine? Is it possible that Russia will recognise it at some point? Sergey Lavrov: Novorossiya is a fairly vague term.

22.04.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation in Yemen

On the evening of April 21 the Saudi military command announced the end of the Saudi-led air force operation by a coalition of several Arab states in the Republic of Yemen.

22.04.2015 - Sergey Lavrov’s response to a question from Argumenty i Fakty newspaper published on April 22, 2015

Question: Why are we helping to lift the anti-Iranian sanctions if this can collapse the price of oil and hence be detrimental for Russia? Are we acting contrary to national economic interests for the sake of world peace? Sergey Lavrov: The Middle East and North Africa have been shaken by a series of quakes recently, including the rise of extremism and terrorism and increasing ethnic and religious differences.

21.04.2015 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on Norway’s response to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin’s visit to Svalbard archipelago

On April 19, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Head of the State Commission for Arctic Development, attended the opening of the new North Pole 2015 Russian drifting station.

20.04.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on upcoming visit of Chilean Foreign Minister to Russia

On April 19-20, Heraldo Muсoz Valenzuela, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Chile, will visit Russia at the invitation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

20.04.2015 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on the arrival of US paratroopers in Ukraine

We have noted with alarm reports about the arrival of 290 US paratroopers from the Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade to the Yavorov training centre in the Lvov Region of Ukraine.

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