30 January 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.


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We noted with concern reports about the possible delivery of ammunition from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Ukraine.

29.01.2015 - Press release on the telephone conversation between Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and UN and Arab League Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura

On January 28, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov had a telephone conversation with UN and Arab League Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, who spoke about his contacts with the Syrian parties on the issue of ensuring the local “freeze” in Aleppo.

29.01.2015 - Remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the start of the meeting with a group of representatives of the Syrian opposition and the Syrian government, Moscow, January 28, 2015

Ladies and gentlemen, First of all, I’m pleased to welcome you all to Russia. You have come here for an inter-Syrian consultative meeting. We consider your visit as a sign of the trust that the Syrians, regardless of their political views, have in Russia. Our countries are linked by historical ties of friendship and cooperation. We are genuinely interested in maintaining and strengthening these traditions.

29.01.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the sharp escalation of tensions between Israel and Syria, Israel and Lebanon

According to incoming information, a dramatic heightening of tensions is taking place in the Israel-Syria-Lebanon 'triangle.’

29.01.2015 - Remarks by Permanent Representative to the UN Office and other international organisations in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin at a ceremony devoted to International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Geneva, January 27, 2015

Mr Director General Møller and Ambassador Manor, Mr Borlant, ladies and gentlemen, Today, when International Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed, it is a great honour for me to address you from this rostrum on behalf of those Red Army soldiers who 70 years ago, on January 27, 1945, flung open the gates of Auschwitz, one of the Nazi death camps.

29.01.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation in Ukraine

Alarming news continues to come from Ukraine’s southeastern regions. On January 27, Lugansk and its suburbs were subjected to rocket and artillery attacks by Ukrainian forces. The Kievsky, Kuybyshevsky, and Petrovsky districts of Donetsk, as well as Gorlovka and Yenakievo were also shelled.

29.01.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on developments in Libya

The situation in Libya remains extremely tense. Despite the ceasefire previously announced by the conflicting parties, clashes continue in western and eastern Libya.

28.01.2015 - Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin’s statement and remarks at a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine, New York, January 26, 2015

Mr Chairman, Russia is gravely concerned about the escalation in Ukraine. For days at a time, cities and towns in Southeast Ukraine become the targets of indiscriminate shelling from heavy weaponry, in which hundreds of civilians have died. We firmly condemn this treatment of civilians and express our sympathy to all the victims, irrespective of the city or town in which the tragedy happened.

28.01.2015 - Statement by the Foreign Ministry on the developments in Ukraine’s southeast

Tension in Ukraine’s southeast has again sharply escalated. The offensive launched by the Ukrainian forces and their on-going shelling of peaceful cities and villages, add to the growing civilian death toll and cause enormous damage to the infrastructure of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

28.01.2015 - Interview by Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Nebenzya with Rossiya Segodnya, January 27, 2015

Question: What do you think about yesterday's decision by S&P to downgrade Russia’s sovereign credit rating? Vasily Nebenzya: Russia is faced with coordinated efforts to undermine its economy, which come as a hidden part of the official sanctions war against us. The S&P decision to drop Russia’s sovereign rating is in line with this policy.

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