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17.04.2014 - Answer by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, to the question from the newspaper “Argumenti i fakti”, published on 16 April 2014

Question: Why is Russia so insistent on Ukraine’s federalisation , what does it want, what is the essence of this idea?

09.04.2014 - On federalism, Ukraine, rhetoric and accountability (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for Russia Today)

The issue of federalism has become a focal point in the international effort to settle the Ukrainian crises. It started with the EU ill-conceived attempt at solf-landing Ukraine unilaterally into a more positive and sustainable future, presumably, for common good. I’d like to cite two examples of the softening power of federalism.

08.04.2014 - Remarks by Ambassador Yakovenko at the opening of Russia's stand at the London Book Fair-2014

Ladies and Gentlemen! I am delighted to welcome you to the London Book Fair-2014.

07.04.2014 - It's not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine (by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, The Guardian ,Monday, 7 April 2014)

The west has been needlessly whipping up tension – if we don't co-operate soon, chaos may take hold.

03.04.2014 - Why Ukraine needs a new constitution fair to all (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for Russia Today)

The current situation in Ukraine is nothing short of a deep social and political crisis. Severe tensions have been unleashed in the country provoked by the leaders of Maidan, a small group of people driven by extremist ideology and intolerance; these tensions threaten the future of Ukraine as a modern democratic European nation.

01.04.2014 - Interview given by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the programme “Vesti v subbotu s Sergeem Brilyovim”, Moscow, 29 March 2014

Question: After the G7 announced its withdrawal from the G8 a slogan was invented that Russia is in international isolation. The voting at the UN General Assembly was a hundred states “against” Russia. Does this confirm this statement? Sergey Lavrov: Isolation is a term invented by our western partners, who attempt to act on the basis of neo-imperialist nostalgic ambitions. when things don’t go their way, they immediately reach for the option of a “sanctions club”. Time for that has already passed. We should not think about the isolation of partners, but about the involvement of each and all of them working together.

30.03.2014 - Interview by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, given to the programme “Voskresnoye vremya” Moscow, 28 March 2014

Question: The last week has been substantial and hard. You met a representative of the Ukrainian delegation on the side-lines of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. This was our first meeting in the current situation at the level of foreign policy agencies. The audience “received” only one picture and your comment on its results. What was this meeting like? What was the tone like? It is clear that only you knew about the readiness or lack of readiness of the parties to agree.

22.03.2014 - Libya impasse: urgent measures needed (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for Russia Today)

Critical situation unfolding in Libya remains a matter of serious concern.

18.03.2014 - Address by President of the Russian Federation

Vladimir Putin addressed State Duma deputies, Federation Council members, heads of Russian regions and civil society representatives in the Kremlin.

17.03.2014 - TRUE STORY ABOUT PARALYMPIC GAMES IN SOCHI (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

The colorful closing ceremony brought down the curtain on the XIth Paralympic Winter Games. But british media paid little attention to these great competitions. Nine days of competition which featured 547 disabled athletes from 45 countries ended as the Paralympic flame went off on its tower in Sochi’s Olympic Park.

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