28 April 2015
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: Russia’s involvement in the armed conflict in Syria is out of the question

Russia’s involvement in the armed conflict is absolutely out of the question. The Tartus naval logistics bade is functioning in normal mode. I’d like to stress that our long-term cooperation in the military-technical sphere serves, above all, the maintenance of stability in the Middle East and has never been aimed at supporting any forces in the Syrian internal arena.

We are absolutely against outside, the more so force interference into what is happening in Syria. We are doing everything in our power to stop the bloodshed, to encourage the sides to sit down at the negotiating table so that the Syrians themselves could agree upon the parameters of the future political system their country. This is on which the leading states agreed at a meeting in Geneva on June 30. To implement these agreements we work closely with the government and with all the opposition groups. We believe that all other external players that have influence in Syrian affairs should also make efforts to get all the sides to implement the approach on which the Geneva meeting participants agreed.

If the ‘war to the bitter end’ against the regime of Bashar al-Assad is encouraged instead, it will only exacerbate the suffering of the Syrian people, aggravating the already explosive situation in the Middle East.

Before the beginning of the tragedy, a large Russian diaspora lived in Syria. Many of our citizens have had to return to Russia. But thousands of Russians stayed in the country. We are closely monitoring the situation and will provide information about any changes affecting the interests of Russian citizens. We focus on their security.


27.04.2015 - Foreign Ministry statement on the Polish Foreign Ministry’s refusal to permit the Russian Bikers Club to ride through Poland to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazism (24.04.15)

We convey our outrage over the Polish authorities’ decision to refuse our appeal to help issue the necessary documents to the members of the Russian Bikers Club, who planned a Victory Roads motorcycle ride across Poland on April 27-29 as part of celebrations of the 70th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War. The Polish authorities have undermined this memorial trip under a far-fetched pretext that the necessary information was allegedly provided too late and was incomplete. This is a blatant lie.

27.04.2015 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich, April 24, 2015

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with representatives of The Elders, an independent group of global figures; Meeting of the Council of the Heads of Constituent Entities ; Chairperson of the African Union Commission Dr Dlamini-Zuma to visit Moscow on April 28-30; Working visit to Russia by Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz; Centenary of Armenian genocide of 1915; Current situation in and around Ukraine; The OSCE mission’s evaluation of the situation in Ukraine; OSCE estimate of the security situation for international observers working in Ukraine; ICRC’s evaluation of the humanitarian situation in Ukraine; Regarding the Akademik Nikolai Strakhov research vessel; Planned attendance by foreign guests in 70th Victory Day celebrations in Moscow ; Forthcoming ceremonial meetings in memory of World War II victims to be held on international grounds; Publication of Reference Book for journalists on official website of media coverage of celebration of 70th anniversary of Victory in WW2, etc.

24.04.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department in connection with the May 5 UN General Assembly special solemn meeting in commemoration of World War II victims

On May 5, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will meet in New York for a special session commemorating the victims of World War II under the UNGA resolution, “70th Anniversary of the End of World War II”, which was adopted on February 26, 2015, upon the initiative of the Russian Federation, our partners in the Collective Security Treaty Organisation and China.

24.04.2015 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

On April 22, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry at the latter’s request.

23.04.2015 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s live radio interview with Sputnik, Ekho Moskvy and Govorit Moskva, Moscow, April 22, 2015

Question: Why does Russia refuse to recognise Novorossiya, given that it was Lenin who gave this region to Ukraine? Is it possible that Russia will recognise it at some point? Sergey Lavrov: Novorossiya is a fairly vague term.

22.04.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation in Yemen

On the evening of April 21 the Saudi military command announced the end of the Saudi-led air force operation by a coalition of several Arab states in the Republic of Yemen.

22.04.2015 - Sergey Lavrov’s response to a question from Argumenty i Fakty newspaper published on April 22, 2015

Question: Why are we helping to lift the anti-Iranian sanctions if this can collapse the price of oil and hence be detrimental for Russia? Are we acting contrary to national economic interests for the sake of world peace? Sergey Lavrov: The Middle East and North Africa have been shaken by a series of quakes recently, including the rise of extremism and terrorism and increasing ethnic and religious differences.

21.04.2015 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on Norway’s response to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin’s visit to Svalbard archipelago

On April 19, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Head of the State Commission for Arctic Development, attended the opening of the new North Pole 2015 Russian drifting station.

20.04.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on upcoming visit of Chilean Foreign Minister to Russia

On April 19-20, Heraldo Muсoz Valenzuela, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Chile, will visit Russia at the invitation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

20.04.2015 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on the arrival of US paratroopers in Ukraine

We have noted with alarm reports about the arrival of 290 US paratroopers from the Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade to the Yavorov training centre in the Lvov Region of Ukraine.

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