21 April 2014
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Russian MFA comment on the situation around the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

We closely watch the development of affairs around Julian Assange, who is currently under the protection of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. This situation cannot but give raise to doubts regarding the observance of the spirit and letter of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, and its Article 22 in particular, which grants immunity to diplomatic missions. 

There is another question this situation cannot but recall. It is well known that dozens of suspects in serious crimes have found shelter and protection in Great Britain, while other states, including Russia, are seeking their extradition. It would be fair to assume that Julian Assange's right of asylum must be respected no less than the rights of these people, so ardently protected by the UK.


21.04.2014 - Greetings to the XIII Moscow Easter Festival

Vladimir Putin sent a message of greeting to participants and guests at the XIII Moscow Easter Festival.

21.04.2014 - Easter congratulations to metropolitans of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Vladimir Putin sent Easter greetings

21.04.2014 - Easter greetings to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

Vladimir Putin wished Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia a happy Easter.

21.04.2014 - Congratulations on Orthodox Easter

Vladimir Putin congratulated Orthodox Christians and all Russians celebrating Easter.

18.04.2014 - Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the “overview” of cooperation with Russia prepared by NATO (17 April 2014)

In the last days, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization made some publications, including the document “Russia’s accusations – setting the record straight”, in which NATO attempts to present the causes of the crisis situation in Europe in a biased manner, traditionally shifting the blame to Russia, like it has used to. To be noted, in its current wire-pulling rhetoric NATO has exceeded its propaganda of the times of aggression against Yugoslavia. We will not do as NATO does. We will state facts.

18.04.2014 - Answer by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Alexander Lukashevich, to the question from the mass media about nearest Russian-Japanese contacts

Question: As we know, the Japanese Foreign Minister, Fumio Kishida, planned to visit Russia at the end of April. Do you have information whether this trip will take place? Answer: Indeed, we discussed to possibility to have another session of the Russian-Japanese Intergovernmental Commission for trade and economic issues (Foreign Minister, Fumio Kishida is its co-chair on behalf of Japan) in Moscow that time. However, according to the mutual agreement, when the schedule of bilateral contacts was being updated, it was decided to postpone this session.

17.04.2014 - Direct Line with Vladimir Putin

The annual special Direct Line with Vladimir Putin was broadcast live by Channel One, Rossiya-1 and Rossiya-24 TV channels, and Mayak, Vesti FM and Radio Rossii radio stations.

17.04.2014 - Official visit by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, to the Vietnam

On the 15-16th April, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, made an official visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. He was welcomed by the SRV’s President, Truong Tan Sang, conducted negotiations with the Vice Premier of the Government, Pham Binh Minh.

17.04.2014 - Speech by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and his answers to the questions summarising the results of the negotiations with the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, Pham Binh Minh, Hanoi, 16 April 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen, First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vice Premier of Vietnam, Mr. Pham Binh Minh, for his hospitality and attention to our delegation.

17.04.2014 - Comment by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding statements of the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, on Ukraine

We were puzzled by another statement by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Laurent Fabius, on Ukraine (on Twitter), where he shifts all the blame for the escalation of tensions there onto Russia.

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