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28.01.2015 - Article by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov “Russia’s Priorities in Europe and the World” published in the January issue of the Serbian journal Horizons

I appreciate the opportunity to address the readers of Horizons, published by the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD). CIRSD makes valuable contributions to analyzing the most important issues of our time and to searching for effective ways to respond to common global challenges.

28.01.2015 - Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin’s statement and remarks at a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine, New York, January 26, 2015

Mr Chairman, Russia is gravely concerned about the escalation in Ukraine. For days at a time, cities and towns in Southeast Ukraine become the targets of indiscriminate shelling from heavy weaponry, in which hundreds of civilians have died. We firmly condemn this treatment of civilians and express our sympathy to all the victims, irrespective of the city or town in which the tragedy happened.

28.01.2015 - Statement by the Foreign Ministry on the developments in Ukraine’s southeast

Tension in Ukraine’s southeast has again sharply escalated. The offensive launched by the Ukrainian forces and their on-going shelling of peaceful cities and villages, add to the growing civilian death toll and cause enormous damage to the infrastructure of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

28.01.2015 - Interview by Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Nebenzya with Rossiya Segodnya, January 27, 2015

Question: What do you think about yesterday's decision by S&P to downgrade Russia’s sovereign credit rating? Vasily Nebenzya: Russia is faced with coordinated efforts to undermine its economy, which come as a hidden part of the official sanctions war against us. The S&P decision to drop Russia’s sovereign rating is in line with this policy.

28.01.2015 - Comment by Konstantin Dolgov, Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, on the Russia chapter of the UK Foreign Office Human Rights and Democracy Report

The chapter on Russia in the Human Rights and Democracy Report, which the UK Foreign Office updated a few days ago, has the same flaws as previous reports. It exhibits the same selective and formulaic assessments, disregard for facts and double standards, which London and some other Western capitals have been known to use.

27.01.2015 - International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Army, Vladimir Putin visited the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre in Moscow.

27.01.2015 - PHOTO: Holocaust Remembrance Day marked in London

On 27 January 2015 a ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial near the Imperial War Museum marked the International Holocaust Remembrance Day – 70th anniversary of liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Red Army. The event was attended by local authorities, representatives of Embassies of CIS countries and WW2 veterans, NGO’s and media. Read Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s speech.

27.01.2015 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko visits Saudi Embassy in London

Ambassador of Russia Alexander Yakovenko visited the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London.

27.01.2015 - On the meeting of the Middle East Quartet special envoys

On January 26, Sergey Vershinin, special envoy of the Russian Foreign Minister for Middle East settlement and director of the Middle East and North Africa Department at the Foreign Ministry, attended a meeting of envoys to the Middle East Quartet of International Mediators (Russia, the US, the UN and the EU) in Brussels.

27.01.2015 - Reply by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on Latvia’s decision to ban a Paris exhibition about child prisoners of Salaspils concentration camp

Question: How would you comment on the recent decision of the Latvian Government to ban the exhibition “Hijacked Childhood. Victims of the Holocaust as Seen by Child Prisoners of the Salaspils Nazi Concentration Camp,” which was due to take place in Paris? Alexander Lukashevich: We were outraged by this unprecedented move by the country that currently holds the European Union presidency to block the historic-documentary exhibition “Hijacked Childhood.

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