28 August 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.


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.

26.08.2014 - Libya update

The Libyan developments seem to be devolving from bad to worse. Amid the simultaneous escalation of fighting in eastern and western Libya, mainly in Benghazi and Tripoli, the very system of public authority created during the “post-revolutionary” period is being destroyed.

26.08.2014 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gives a briefing on Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis in Moscow on 25 August 2014

Good afternoon. Today we have deemed it useful to meet and talk about the developments surrounding Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis, primarily in its southeastern regions.

25.08.2014 - Statement by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Ryabkov on the situation surrounding the start of Russian humanitarian aid delivery to the southeastern regions of Ukraine

We have, of course, paid attention to a number of statements by Ukrainian officials accusing us. The situation is presented as if Russia were on the verge of violating international law by sending a humanitarian aid convoy to the population of the southeastern regions of Ukraine.

25.08.2014 - Comment by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on the blocking of the Russian draft of the UN Security Council statement on the provision of humanitarian aid to southeastern Ukraine

On 21 August, Russia proposed that the UN Security Council issue a decision to support the delivery of humanitarian relief aid to southeastern Ukraine.

25.08.2014 - Russian participation in fighting Ebola

Because of the ongoing spread of Ebola fever in West Africa, the Government of the Russian Federation decided to send an anti-epidemic specialised team with a mobile set equipped with modern diagnostic equipment to the Republic of Guinea.

25.08.2014 - Meeting between the Deputy Russian Foreign Minister, Igor Morgulov, and the Ambassador of Japan to Russia, Chikahito Harada

On the 22 August, the Deputy Russian Foreign Minister, Igor Morgulov, met the Ambassador of Japan to Russia, Chikahito Harada.

25.08.2014 - Konstantin Zhuravlyov, a Russian national, captured by IAF militants in Syria

The Russian national Konstantin Zhuravlyov disappeared on 30 September 2013 in Syria, when he was implementing his project 'Alone with the desert', a hitch-hiking trip from Turkey through the territory of Syria to the Sahara, where he planned to spend several weeks.

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