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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.


29.08.2014 - Seliger 2014 National Youth Forum

Vladimir Putin is visiting the Seliger 2014 10th National Youth Forum.

29.08.2014 - President of Russia Vladimir Putin addressed Novorossiya militia

It is clear the militia has achieved a major success in intercepting Kiev’s military operation, which represents a grave danger to the population of Donbass and which has already led to the loss of many lives among peaceful residents.

29.08.2014 - Interview with Ambassador Alexander Grushko, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to NATO, Interfax, 28 August 2014

Question: Ambassador Grushko, it is clear from statements by NATO leaders what kinds of decisions on Russia and in response to events in Ukraine may come at the alliance’s forthcoming summit. If the proposals announced to date are adopted in Wales, will it start a new Cold War between Russia and NATO? Will the “divorce” be irreversible?

29.08.2014 - Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry regarding the Swiss Government’s decision to introduce additional measures in line with the anti-Russian sanctions over Ukraine

Having discussed the situation in Ukraine at its meeting on 27 August 2014, the Federal Council (Government) of Switzerland approved further measures in line with the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the European Union. Now these measures, in addition to trade in military and dual-use items, cover the supplies of oil- and gas- processing equipment, cooperation with Crimea and Sevastopol, and financial services.

29.08.2014 - Speech by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, at the joint opening ceremony of a restored cultural heritage site, manor of Alexander Suvorov, together with Moscow Mayor, Sergey Sobyanin, 28 August 2014

I would like to emphasise our satisfaction with the development of cooperation between the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Main Administration for Service to the Diplomatic Corps and the Moscow Government, including the Department of Cultural Heritage, aimed at the preservation and return of historical monuments to the population of Moscow.

28.08.2014 - Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif to Russia

On the 29 August, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, will conduct negotiations with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who will come to Moscow on a work-related visit.

28.08.2014 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s speech and answers to questions during International Youth Forum Seliger on 27 August 2014

Good afternoon, First, I’d like to thank forum organisers for inviting me here.

28.08.2014 - Tragic incident with the Russian helicopter in South Sudan

On the 26 August, a Russian Mi-8 helicopter of UTair airlines carrying a crew of 4 Russians crashed near Bentiu, South Sudan.

28.08.2014 - President of Russia Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel on the German side’s initiative.

During the telephone conversation, the President of Russia briefed the Federal Chancellor of Germany on the main outcomes of the meeting between Customs Union heads of state and the President of Ukraine and European Union representatives on August 26 in Minsk.

28.08.2014 - Comment by Konstantin Dolgov, the Foreign Ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, on Western assessments of Ukraine’s humanitarian and human rights record

We are continuously surprised by the lop-sided and politicised assessments of Ukraine’s humanitarian and human rights record, particularly in the southeast of the country, that are being made by different Western capitals and some international human rights NGOs. They are stubbornly turning a blind eye to massive human rights violations by Ukraine’s law-enforcement bodies and Kiev-controlled paramilitary organisations.

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