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FOREIGN POLICY NEWS

17.08.2012

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.




LATEST EVENTS

22.10.2014 - Reply by Alexander Lukashevich, Spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to media question regarding the Der Spiegel publication

Question: Germany’s Der Spiegel weekly magazine has published a sensational story that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was allegedly downed by the “pro-Russian separatists,” quoting an anonymous report by the BND, the German Intelligence Service. Some politicians have immediately grasped at this theory. What does Moscow think about this ruse? Answer: Supposing that Der Spiegel’s quoting of the BND report is authentic, we cannot but feel surprised that the BND so easily discloses information whose accuracy cannot be confirmed. The Russian side has repeatedly insisted that all data relating to the tragedy should be immediately submitted to the concerned board of inquiry. This is precisely what the Russian Defence Ministry has done, submitting its factual materials to The Hague.


22.10.2014 - Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the statements by Deputy Secretary General of NATO Alexander Vershbow

We have noted the latest in a series of anti-Russian statements made by Deputy Secretary General of NATO Alexander Vershbow.


22.10.2014 - Introductory remarks by Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov before the meeting with United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, Moscow, 21 October 2014

Mr de Mistura, We appreciate this opportunity to discuss a key issue in international relations with you in Moscow. Currently, Syria is the focus of numerous problems plaguing the Middle East and North Africa.


22.10.2014 - Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia on the discovery of chemical weapons in Iraq

An article in The New York Times drew our attention. Citing official sources and until recently classified documents of the US Department of Defence, the article talks about the discovery and secret destruction by the occupying coalition forces in Iraq in 2004-2011 of up to 5,000 different chemical munitions produced during the Iran-Iraq conflict, including those produced using technology provided by Western countries.


22.10.2014 - Ambassador Yakovenko discusses Iraq, Syria, MEPP, Yemen with FCO Minister for Middle East

Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko met Foreign Office Minister for Middle East and North Africa Tobias Ellwood on 20 October 2014.


21.10.2014 - Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia on the decision of Ukraine to join the EU sanctions to ban the entry of Transnistria leadership into the territory of the European Union

We express our concern in connection with the decision of Ukraine to join the European Union’s sanctions on visa restrictions – which are, in fact, limiting the freedom of movement – with regard to some former leaders of Transnistria.


21.10.2014 - Remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during an open lecture on Russia’s current foreign policy, Moscow, 20 October 2014

Mr Nikonov, friends, First of all, I’d like to thank you for the invitation, which I was very pleased to accept. It’s in our interest to discuss in as much detail as possible the issues that directly affect the Russian people and the national development plans, as well as issues that concern the international situation and the future world order with representatives of various political forces, primarily, the leading party, United Russia.


21.10.2014 - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with NTV, 19 October 2014

Question: How would you assess your talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris? Were there any tense moments? Sergey Lavrov: Our relations have been tense because of the basic issues, which we seriously differ on, but which we have been discussing and trying to settle, and also because of the current situation that has developed for obvious reasons. However, I again sensed that Mr Kerry was willing to search for positive issues that would boost our relations, and also solutions to the issues on which we differ.


21.10.2014 - Address by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the Second Plenary Session of the 10th АSЕМ summit, Europe-Asia Partnership in Addressing Global Matters in an Inter-Connected World, Milan, Italy, 16 October 2014

Thank you, Mr Chairman. Congratulations to Kazakhstan and Croatia on joining this forum. Given the current level of interaction between Europe and Asia, just as between any other regions, the future of humankind depends on our ability to develop equitable and productive cooperation.


21.10.2014 - Press statement on the Russian-Chinese Interagency Consultations on international Information Security

On October 15-16 in Moscow Russian and Chinese experts held the second round of interagency consultations on international information security (IIS).



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