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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 - New Round of Iran nuclear programme talks: Russia's view (Ambassador Yakovenko for Russia Today)

The next round of P5+1 talks with Iran on its nuclear programme may happen next week. The details are being discussed at the meeting of political directors on 24 April in Vienna. Russia doesn't expect any miracles this time. The goal is to continue from where the previous round in Lausanne ended. There are some worrying signals coming from some capitals, and we want to be sure that nothing undermines the Lausanne agreements.


24.04.2015 - Ushakov Medals presented to 62 British veterans of the Arctic Convoys in Oxford

On 23 April at a ceremony in Oxford Minister-Counsellor Alexander Kramarenko presented Ushakov Medals, as well as commemorative medals “70 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945” to 62 Britons, who were awarded these honours for their personal courage and bravery displayed during their service in the Arctic Convoys in WWII. Participants of the ceremony, which took place at Oxford Town Hall, were warmly welcomed by Lord Mayor of Oxford Councillor Mohammed Abbasi and Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council Councillor Anne Purse.


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 - Letter to James Sherr (Chatham House) by Alexander Kramarenko, Minister-Counsellor of Russian Embassy in London

Dear Mr Sherr, I was heartened to learn of the open letter to President Poroshenko, that you and other European and American scholars signed to warn of the dangers, posed by Kiev’s policies to Europe and its values.


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 - VIDEO: Sergei Lavrov answered questions from listeners as well as Twitter in a question and answer session broadcast on three Russian radio stations.



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. The Saudi military command maintains that the strikes on Yemen have achieved their purpose by eliminating the offensive potential of the Ansar Allah Houthi movement, including missiles. Now the coalition plans to move to the next stage of “deterring the Houthis” and “restoring Yemen,” without ruling out the possibility of new air strikes.


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.



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