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07.04.2017 - Foreign Ministry statement on US military action in Syria on April 7, 2017

The United States conducted strikes against Syrian government troops in the early hours of April 7, using chemical weapons attacks in Idlib Province as a pretext. The US opted for a show of force, for military action against a country fighting international terrorism without taking the trouble to get the facts straight. It is not the first time that the US chooses an irresponsible approach that aggravates problems the world is facing, and threatens international security. The very presence of military personnel from the US and other countries in Syria without consent from the Syrian government or a UN Security Council mandate is an egregious and obvious violation of international law that cannot be justified. While previous initiatives of this kind were presented as efforts to combat terrorism, now they are clearly an act of aggression against a sovereign Syria. Actions undertaken by the US today inflict further damage to the Russia-US relations.

06.04.2017 - Letter of Russian Consul General in Edinburgh Mr Andrey Pritsepov to the Herald newspaper, published 06.04.2017

Tragedy should pull us together

06.04.2017 - Response by the Press Secretary of the Embassy to a media question

Question: Could you comment on the current practice of refusal of UK visas to Russian citizens – residents of Crimea and Sevastopol?


As always, a murky affair at a critical point in the fighting and search for peace in Syria. The words “loosely aligned groups” cover up the harsh reality of the entire province of Idlib being under an-Nusra control. Like the downing of Malaysian airliner over East Ukraine in July 2014 was meant to bring Berlin on board as regards the Western policy of sanctions against Russia, this time the new US Administration is the target. Why does nobody ask who benefits from such timely incidents?

06.04.2017 - Foreign Ministry statement regarding Palestinian-Israeli settlement

Moscow reaffirms its support for the two-state solution as an optimal option that meets the national interests of the Palestinian and Israeli people, both of whom have friendly relations with Russia, and the interests of all other countries in the region and the international community as a whole.

06.04.2017 - Statement by H.E. Mr. Gennady Gatilov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, at the Brussels Conference "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region", Brussels, 5 April 2017

Indeed, the Syrian conflict is the worst crisis of our time. We are confident that it is not possible to resolve humanitarian problems without reaching a political solution. Certain positive changes have recently taken place. Russia jointly with Turkey and Iran launched the "Astana format", within the framework of which the issues of strengthening the ceasefire regime are being discussed. Thanks largely to this initiative it has become possible to resume the intra-Syrian negotiations, the last round of which has just taken place in Geneva. Of course, the process is not easy. The parties have accumulated mutual distrust over the years of the conflict. However, the task before all of us is to help the Syrians reach sustainable agreements by themselves and in accordance with the parameters set forth in United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254, including on the issues related to the drafting of the constitution and the fight against terrorism. It is extremely important that the Syrians themselves determine the fate of Syria.

05.04.2017 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with Deputy Director General of Israeli Foreign Ministry Alon Ushpiz

On April 4, Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov had a meeting with Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel Alon Ushpiz, who is in Moscow on a working visit. The diplomats exchanged opinions on the situation in the Middle East, and primarily the Palestinian-Israeli settlement.

05.04.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

On April 4, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone with Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif at the latter’s initiative.

04.04.2017 - Article by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, “Russia and Armenia – Age-Old Traditions of Friendship and Trust: 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations,” published by Novoye Vremya newspaper, Armenia

On April 3, 2017, we celebrate an important event – 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia. This date symbolises a new stage in Russian-Armenian centuries-old ties. We are united by long-standing traditions of friendship and mutual support as well as by cultural and spiritual kinship. Both of our peoples have come through many trials with flying colours, supported each other in sharp turns of history, and fought side by side in the difficult years of the Great Patriotic War.

04.04.2017 - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s response to a media question about Poland’s accusations against Russia concerning the Polish President’s plane crash near Smolensk

Question: Could you comment on today’s statement by the Prosecutor General’s Office of Poland about charging Russian dispatchers of taking deliberate actions that led to the Polish President’s plane crash on April 10, 2010? Zakharova: During a special news conference held on April 3 regarding the investigation of the Polish President’s plane crash on April 10, 2010, representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Poland announced that the Russian dispatchers who serviced that fateful flight at the Smolensk-Severny airfield were being charged with allegedly taking deliberate actions that led to the disaster.

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