25 January 2015
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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.


23.01.2015 - Press Statement of the United Nations Security Council, New York, January 22, 2015

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the killing of as many as 15 and injuring of more than 20 civilians, among them women and children, as a result of shelling of a public transport stop in the city of Donetsk on 22 January 2015.

23.01.2015 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov’s consultations with Junichi Ihara, head of the Japanese delegation to the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula’s nuclear issue

On 23 January, Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov held consultations in Moscow with Junichi Ihara, head of the Japanese delegation to the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula’s nuclear issue.

23.01.2015 - On Russia’s contribution to international efforts to fight Ebola

The Russian Federation has joined the effort to fight the disease caused by the Ebola virus, both on the bilateral and multilateral levels.

23.01.2015 - Russian Permanent Representative to the OSCE Andrey Kelin’s remarks at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the situation in Ukraine and violations of the Minsk agreements by Kiev, Vienna, 22 January 2015

Mr Chairman, Following our meeting, where a declaration was adopted calling on all parties to cease fire immediately and organise a meeting of the signatories to the Minsk agreements, the situation in eastern Ukraine remains tense.

22.01.2015 - Joint Statement of the Ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine, 21 January 2015, Berlin

The Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine continued their discussion on the way ahead towards a peaceful settlement of the crisis situation in Eastern Ukraine on the basis of the Minsk agreements, including a sustainable political process.

22.01.2015 - Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department in connection with Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna’s statement that Auschwitz concentration camp was “liberated by the Ukrainians”

It is hard to suspect an official at this level such as Grzegorz Schetyna of ignorance.

22.01.2015 - Press release on Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with ambassadors of CIS member states

On 21 January, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Moscow with ambassadors of the CIS member states during a working breakfast.

22.01.2015 - Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida’s remarks

We are perplexed by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida’s remarks made during his visit to Belgium on 20 January, in which he drew an analogy between the situation in Ukraine and the problem of the “northern territories,” as Russia’s South Kuril Islands, which belong to our country in line with the outcome of World War II, are referred to in Japan.

22.01.2015 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s address and annual news conference on Russia’s diplomatic performance in 2014, Moscow, 21 January 2015

Ladies and gentlemen, Welcome to our annual meeting on Russia’s diplomatic performance. The situation last year was more complicated than previously, as new dangerous seats of tensions complemented several smouldering chronic conflicts.

22.01.2015 - Press release on the upcoming Berlin meeting between the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France

The statement by the press service of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs that today’s Berlin meeting of the foreign ministers in “Normandy format” is taking place at request by Russia and Ukraine, is incorrect.

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