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09.10.2015 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry

On October 8 Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke over the phone with US Secretary of State John Kerry at the latter's initiative. In accordance with the instructions of President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama following their meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, Mr Lavrov and Mr Kerry continued discussing ways of settling the situation in Syria, including the need to avoid incidents in the air space over Syria, coordinating efforts in the struggle against ISIS and other terrorist groups and promoting political settlement in Syria in line with the June 30, 2012 Geneva Communique. Mr Lavrov and Mr Kerry also discussed the implementation of the February 12, 2015 Minsk agreements on Ukraine taking into account the results of the summit in the Normandy format in Paris on October 2 of this year, as well as a number of bilateral issues.

09.10.2015 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party Chairman Salih Muslim

On October 8, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with Salih Muslim, Chairman of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Paris. The two officials talked at length about the situation in Syria, focusing on the need to consolidate efforts to counter the threat of ISIS and other terrorist organisations and to promote a political settlement of the Syrian crisis based on the Geneva Communique of June 30, 2012, which stipulates respect for the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria and equal legitimate rights of all citizens regardless of their ethnic or religious affiliation.

09.10.2015 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veteran at the Russian Embassy

On 5 October Attaché of the Embassy Vadim Retuynskiy presented the Ushakov medal to the Arctic Convoys veteran Mr Kenneth GABBITAS.

08.10.2015 - Ambassador Yakovenko meets FCO Political Director Simon Gass on Syria

On 8 October, Russian Ambassador Dr Alexander Yakovenko met with Foreign Office Political Director Sir Simon Gass. They exchanged opinions on the current situation in Syria. The Ambassador stressed the need to consolidate international efforts to effectively counter the threat to the entire international community emanating from the “Islamic State” and other terrorist groups. Dr Yakovenko and Sir Simon shared the view that the counter-terrorism effort should go hand in hand with joint work aimed at promoting a political settlement of the Syrian crisis.

08.10.2015 - Ambassador Yakovenko answers media questions on Syria

QUESTION: According to official statements the British Government intends to request Parliament's consent to extend anti-Isis air strikes to Syria. In another development, the 'FT' reported that the West and its allies in the region on the eve of 30 September were planning to establish so called 'safe zones' and no-fly zones to protect them behind Russia's back. What could you say on that? ANSWER: Britain is a sovereign nation and is free to make her own decisions. But it has to be noted that Russia's military assistance is provided at the request of the Syrian Government, i.e. fully in line with international law. Will Damascus request the British to assist in the same way, I don't know.

08.10.2015 - President Putin meets President of Kyrgyzstan

Vladimir Putin met with President of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev to discuss bilateral cooperation and the results of parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan.

08.10.2015 - Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov meets with President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development

On October 7, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov received President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Kanayo Nwanze, who is in Moscow on a working visit. Mr Gatilov confirmed Russia’s readiness to diversify cooperation with the Fund in sustainable agrarian development and strengthening food security.

07.10.2015 - British Arctic Convoy veterans visit Crimea

On 7th October a group of 3 British Arctic Convoy veterans visited Moscow and Simferopol. The group will stay in Crimea till the 12th, also visiting Sevastopol and Yalta. They saw the exhibition of Moscow’s Historical Museum dedicated to the Second World War, visited the Livadia palace in the Crimea where Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt met in 1945 to shape the post-war world order, locations of battles of 1941-1944 as well as monuments to the British soldiers who perished during the Crimean war.

07.10.2015 - PHOTO: The Mikhail Lermontov Statue Unveiled in Scotland

On 3 October 2015 the statue of the great Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov was unveiled in Earlston. The sculpture is the first monument in Scotland dedicated to a Russian literary figure, and the project was made possible thanks to the efforts and devotion of Ms Maria Koroleva, who represents the Lermontov family, the Chairperson of The Friends of Thomas the Rhymer Group Ms Gwen Hardie and the Chair of Earlston Community Council Mr John Paton-Day.

07.10.2015 - Ambassador Yakovenko meets ICO Executive Director

On 6 October Russian Ambassador Dr Alexander Yakovenko met with the International Coffee Organization (ICO) Executive Director Mr Roberio Oliveira Silva in London. They discussed the outcomes of the 115th International Coffee Council session in Milan where Russia, represented by Dr Yakovenko and being active for several years as an observer, was officially welcomed into the Organization. Russia is 8th coffee consumer worldwide.

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