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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.


31.07.2015 - Deputy Head of the Information and Press Department Alexander Bikantov’s reply to a media question on the open part of the “public inquiry” on the Litvinenko case

Question: Please comment on the open part of the “public inquiry” on the Litvinenko case to be concluded on 31 July in the UK and the refusal of Dmitry Kovtun to give evidence in a video call from Russia. Answer: As is known, in 2014 British judicial authorities suspended the Coroner’s inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, wherein the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has a status of an “interested person”. At the same time the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation provided active assistance to the British inquest until July 2014, when the start of the so called “public inquiry” was announced. In August 2014 the Investigative Committee was compelled to refuse to participate in the “public inquiry”. The only reason for this is that, despite what its name suggests, it offers no transparency both for the Russian side and for the general public. Thus, there were justified concerns over its possible politicization. Eventually, our apprehensions proved to be fully justified. The open sessions of the “public inquiry”, which were held from January till March 2015 and resumed last week, have been abound with references to “secrecy”, all kinds of insinuations and outright partiality, in particular, towards those witnesses, who offered evidence that failed to comply with the “general line” of the prosecution.

30.07.2015 - BRICS Joint Statement Regarding the Principles of Elaboration of International Instruments on Outer Spacе Activities, New York, July 27, 2015

The BRICS comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa,

30.07.2015 - The Foreign Ministry’s statement on the discussion of further steps related to the continuing investigation into the MH17 disaster at the UN Security Council

On July 29, one year after the crash of the Malaysian MH17 airliner in southeastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, the UN Security Council considered an initiative advanced by a number of countries to establish an international tribunal for the prosecution of those implicated in the tragedy.

30.07.2015 - Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

30.07.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on a statement by the US Department of State

The US Department of State has made a clearly hypocritical statement about being “deeply troubled” over the fate of Russian civic society in connection with Russia’s formal designation of the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) as an undesirable organisation.

29.07.2015 - President Putin discusses MH17 with Dutch PM Rutte

At The Netherlands’ initiative, Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on 29 July. The two leaders continued discussing issues concerning the investigation into the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukrainian territory in July 2014. Mr Putin stressed the need to implement in full UN Security Council resolution 2166 of July 21, 2014, which was adopted on Russia’s initiative and calls for a comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation.

29.07.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the rescue of Russian citizen in the Canadian Arctic

We would like to thank the Canadian authorities for their quick response that made it possible to save Sergey Ananov, a Russian amateur helicopter pilot, who crashed while flying solo from North America to Greenland via Davis Strait.

28.07.2015 - Reception to mark 1000 years since the death of St. Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles

A gala reception was held at the Kremlin on behalf of the President in honour of the 1000th death anniversary of St. Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles. Attending the reception were representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, public and political figures. In 2015 Russia marks the 1000th death anniversary of St. Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles. The church equals the deeds of St. Vladimir the Evangelizer of Russia to those of Christ’s Apostles. In the late 13th – early 14th centuries the Russian Orthodox Church proclaimed Prince Vladimir a Saint Equal to the Apostles. The day of his veneration is the Day of Russia’s Christianization.

28.07.2015 - Interview of V.Putin to Swiss media

Question: Good evening, Mr President. Thank you very much for making the time for this interview.

27.07.2015 - Russian Federation Marine Doctrine

Vladimir Putin held a meeting to discuss the new draft of Russia’s Marine Doctrine.

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