29 August 2014
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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.


28.08.2014 - Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif to Russia

On the 29 August, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, will conduct negotiations with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who will come to Moscow on a work-related visit.

28.08.2014 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s speech and answers to questions during International Youth Forum Seliger on 27 August 2014

Good afternoon, First, I’d like to thank forum organisers for inviting me here.

28.08.2014 - Tragic incident with the Russian helicopter in South Sudan

On the 26 August, a Russian Mi-8 helicopter of UTair airlines carrying a crew of 4 Russians crashed near Bentiu, South Sudan.

28.08.2014 - President of Russia Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel on the German side’s initiative.

During the telephone conversation, the President of Russia briefed the Federal Chancellor of Germany on the main outcomes of the meeting between Customs Union heads of state and the President of Ukraine and European Union representatives on August 26 in Minsk.

28.08.2014 - Comment by Konstantin Dolgov, the Foreign Ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, on Western assessments of Ukraine’s humanitarian and human rights record

We are continuously surprised by the lop-sided and politicised assessments of Ukraine’s humanitarian and human rights record, particularly in the southeast of the country, that are being made by different Western capitals and some international human rights NGOs. They are stubbornly turning a blind eye to massive human rights violations by Ukraine’s law-enforcement bodies and Kiev-controlled paramilitary organisations.

28.08.2014 - On the evaluation of the humanitarian situation in Ukraine by the UN

According to the latest report released by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the number of dead and wounded in the conflict in eastern Ukraine is steadily rising.As of 19 August, 2,249 people have been killed, including at least 23 children, and 6,033 have been wounded, including at least 38 children.

28.08.2014 - Reply by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Alexander Lukashevich, to the question of the mass media regarding the decision of the Latvian authorities to ban entry to the Russian national, Igor Panyovkin

Question: How would you comment in the mass media messages that Latvian border guards banned entry to the Head of the Fund to Support and Protect the Rights of Compatriots Living Abroad, Igor Konstantinovich Panyovkin?

27.08.2014 - President of Russia Vladimir Putin took part in the meeting of the Heads of State of the Customs Union with President of Ukraine and representatives of the European Union.

Vladimir Putin took part in the meeting of the Heads of State of the Customs Union with President of Ukraine and representatives of the European Union.

27.08.2014 - Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding the statement by EU Commissioner for Justice Martine Reicherts on the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Totalitarian Regimes

We took note of the irresponsible statement made by member of the outgoing European Commission Martine Reichert on 23 August, in which she blamed Russia, a victor country, for unleashing World War II, on the eve of celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the defeat of fascism.

27.08.2014 - Commentary by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department on the meeting of Russian and US experts

Following the claims of “secret negotiations” between Russia and the United States regarding the situation in Ukraine that allegedly took place on Boistö, Finland, we would like to note that in late June an expert meeting did take place on the island.

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