Moscow Times: Read Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s Poem to Russia’s Late UN Ambassador

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – February 21, 2017) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has published a poem dedicated to his country’s late permanent representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin. Churkin died unexpectedly yesterday in New York, reportedly from heart problems, just a day shy of his 65th birthday. Since then, many politicians and diplomats have paid their respects to […]

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RIA Novosti: Trump not pro-Russian – Moscow spokeswoman

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(RIA Novosti – January 20, 2017) Donald Trump, who is about to become the president of the United States, is not pro-Russian, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has said, state news agency RIA Novosti reported. “There are no pro-Russian candidates there, we have never said that we support Donald Trump, or that we do not support him, there has never […]

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TRANSCRIPT: [Putin at] Meeting with Sergei Lavrov, Sergei Naryshkin and Alexander Bortnikov

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(Kremlin.ru – December 19, 2016) Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin and Director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov. President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Tragic news has arrived from Turkey, where Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was brutally murdered. First of all, I would like to […]

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Russian Foreign Ministry has concerns about worsening of relations with U.S. up until Obama Administration’s last day in office

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MOSCOW. Nov 17 (Interfax) – Moscow is of the view that Barack Obama’s outgoing administration will be seeking a worsening of relations with Russia until its last day in office. “There are also concerns that the White House will be consistently worsening the atmosphere of relations [with Russia] until its last day,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at […]

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TRANSCRIPT: [Putin at] Meeting of Russian Federation ambassadors and permanent envoys

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(Kremlin.ru – June 30, 2016) Vladimir Putin addressed the eighth meeting of Russian Federation ambassadors and permanent envoys at the Russian Foreign Ministry. President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, it is a pleasure to greet you all at this traditional gathering at the Foreign Ministry. Let me start by thanking the Foreign Ministry’s heads and staff and everyone working in […]

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Interfax: Russian air operation [in] Syria not aimed at backing al-Assad – Russian Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW. March 27 (Interfax) – The Russian military operation in Syria is not aimed at supporting the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Sunday. “It is not al-Assad we are backing. Bear in mind: he was not our best friend, but a friend of the West,” she told reporters. “We supported preservation of the […]

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Moscow grateful to U.S. for return of stolen archive documents, expect such cooperation in other areas – foreign ministry

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MOSCOW. March 4 (Interfax) – The Russian Foreign Ministry hails the return from the U.S. of the documents that disappeared from Russian archives, back in 1990s, and hopes that this experience in Russia-U.S. cooperation will be in demand in other areas too. “We are grateful to the American side for the cooperation in the discovery and repatriation to Russia of […]

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Interfax: Revocation of accreditation from Russia’s honorary consuls in U.S. continues Washington’s line towards scaling down of relations with Russia – Russian Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW. Jan 22 (Interfax) – Moscow is outraged by the revocation of accreditation from five of Russia’s honorary consuls in the United States, and sees it as a continuation of Washington’s line towards the scaling down of relations with Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said. “We are outraged by Washington’s decision to recall accreditation from five of the […]

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Interfax: Cooperation with USA, Saudis against ISIS possible – top Russian diplomat

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(Interfax – Moscow, November 9, 2015) Russia, Saudi Arabia and the USA can cooperate to fight ISIS and other terrorists in the Middle East if there is mutual interest in this, says special envoy of the Russian president for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Bogdanov. “As regards the trilateral format of cooperation […]

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Interfax: Foreign Ministry: Russian sub rumors are part of information campaign

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(Interfax – October 27, 2015) Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has described a number of Western military officials’ latest remarks as elements of an information campaign being waged against Russia. “We have encountered a very large-scale, well-orchestrated and strategically structured information campaign aimed at shaping public opinions. The main goal of this campaign is to create an enemy image. […]

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Interfax: Moscow concerned by plans to modernize U.S. nuclear weapons in Germany

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(Interfax – September 22, 2015) Moscow is troubled by plans to modernize U.S. nuclear weapons in Germany, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has said. “Such plans on the part of the U.S. cause our concern,” Zakharova said in an interview with Germany’s ZDF television station. The text of the interview was published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website on […]

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Russian Foreign Ministry calls for resumption of Russian-U.S. bilateral cooperation on counterterrorism

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(Interfax – July 27, 2015) Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov has called for the resumption of bilateral cooperation between Russia and the U.S. on counterterrorism, saying he intends to discuss it with his American colleagues. In an interview published in the July 27 edition of Kommersant, Syromolotov said it is important to “think about resuming direct bilateral cooperation on […]

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RIA Novosti: Russia sets out what it wants from USA, NATO, EU in new foreign policy document

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(RIA Novosti – June 8, 2015) Russia reserves the right to respond to any unfriendly steps towards it taken by the USA, says the document containing a review of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s performance in 2014 and medium-term objectives, as reported by RIA Novosti (part of the state-owned International News Agency Rossiya Segodnya) on 8 June. “In constructing our engagement […]

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Interfax: Russian diplomat likes U.S. warning to Ukrainian leadership

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(Interfax – Moscow, May 13, 2015) The warning given by US Secretary of State John Kerry to official Kiev not to try to capture Donetsk airport by force attests to the fact that Washington’s efforts for Ukrainian settlement are starting to have future, according to deputy director of the information and press department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Mariya Zakharova. […]

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Interfax: Point of no return in Russia-NATO relations has not been passed – Russian Deputy Foreign Ministry

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(Interfax – December 1, 2014) Russia does not believe the point of no return has been passed in its relations with NATO and is ready to work with the alliance, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “The point of no return has not been passed. I think it’s in the interests of both sides not to fuel tensions, but to actively […]

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Interfax: There is no, has never been Russian military presence in southeastern Ukraine – Russian Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW. Nov 13 (Interfax) – The Russian Foreign Ministry has denied the information on Russian military presence in southeastern Ukraine and movements of Russian troops over the Russian-Ukrainian border. “I am telling you totally frankly and officially that there are no military movements across the [Russian-Ukrainian] border, let alone a Russian military presence in southeastern Ukraine,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman […]

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Interfax: Moscow calls provocative, shocking Ukrainian defense minister’s statement

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(Interfax – September 2, 2014) The Russian Foreign Ministry has dubbed provocative the recent statement by Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey who announced “the end of the operation aimed to free eastern Ukraine from terrorists” and the beginning of “a great patriotic war, which will have tens of thousands of casualties.” “The appeal of V. Heletey to prepare for another […]

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Aid convoy to move in direction of Lugansk at Moscow’s decision, says Russian Foreign Ministry

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(Interfax – August 22, 2014) Russia’s Ukraine-bound humanitarian aid convoy is starting to move in the direction of the city of Lugansk, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website. “Continuing to put forth new artificial demands and excuses has already become derisive. It is impossible to put up with this mayhem, blatant lies and this unwillingness […]

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Interfax: No sign of U.S. wanting to signal to Kyiv in favor of negotiated solution of Ukrainian crisis – Lavrov

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MOSCOW. July 18 (Interfax) – Moscow does not see any sign of the U.S. authorities wanting to facilitate a negotiated solution of the Ukrainian crisis, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “We are not feeling a U.S. desire to send signals to Kyiv in favor of a negotiated resolution,” he said in an interview with the Rossiya 24 television channel. […]

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Interfax: Reports of dead bodies sent back to Russia “Ukrainian propaganda” – spokesman

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(Interfax – Moscow, July 10, 2014) Reports that bodies of Russian citizens killed in the fighting with Ukrainian forces in Ukraine are being sent to Russia are the working of Kiev’s propaganda, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich has said. “I am not familiar with the statistics and I think that it is rather inspired by Ukrainian propaganda capabilities, which […]

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Interfax: Disarming east Ukrainian militia not priority, tackle causes of conflict first – Russian Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW. June 5 (Interfax) – Disarming militia fighters in east Ukraine is not the first priority, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. “What they should be doing now is not treating symptoms or knocking down the temperature but looking for the origins of the conflict, which are fairly obvious, and deal with them. Then it will be easier to […]

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RIA Novosti: Moscow May Recognize Ukraine Election – Russian Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW, April 29 (RIA Novosti) – Russia may recognize the results of upcoming elections in Ukraine on certain conditions, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Tuesday in an online interview with Russia’s Gazeta.ru. “It depends on what will precede them and how they are held,” Ryabkov said, responding to a question about whether Russia would recognize the results of […]

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RIA Novosti: NATO Double Standard Undermines Ukraine’s Stability – Russian Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW, April 10 (RIA Novosti) – Recent statements by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on the situation in Ukraine as well as the alliance’s double standard on Crimea have hindered a de-escalation of tensions in the country, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday. “Several times over the last few months we have heard nothing constructive in comments by the […]

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Interfax: Daily activities by Russian troops on their national territory pose no threat to U.S., OSCE countries – Russian Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW. April 9 (Interfax) – Russia is not conducting any unusual or unplanned military activities on its territory in the area of the Ukrainian border, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “The U.S. and Ukraine have no reasons for concerns. Russia has said many times that it is not conducting any unusual or unplanned activities significant in terms of military issues […]

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Russia Warns Ukraine Against Missile-Technology Sale

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anna Dolgov – April 8, 2014) The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned Ukraine against a reportedly planned sale of technology for long-range missiles, saying the Kiev administration was illegitimate but still needed to act responsibly on the world stage. Citing two international nonproliferation treaties, to which Ukraine is a signatory – the International Code of […]

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RIA Novosti: Moscow May Respond to Washington’s Actions – Russian Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW, April 3 (RIA Novosti) – The actions by the United States to curb ties with Russia may force a number of responses by Moscow, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Thursday. “We aren’t curtailing anything, but it’s clear that the situation that our [US] partners are creating in bilateral relations, may force a number of decisions that Washington […]

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RIA Novosti: Moscow Says NATO’s Freeze of Cooperation Reminiscent of Cold War

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MOSCOW, April 2 (RIA Novosti) – NATO’s decision to suspend cooperation with Russia resembles Cold War-style sword swinging, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday. The 28-nation NATO bloc announced Tuesday it will suspend all practical contacts with Moscow, in a move to put further pressure on Russia following its reunification with Crimea. “The decision of the NATO Council of […]

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RIA Novosti: Turmoil in Ukraine Caused by Constitutional Crisis – Russian Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW, April 2 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Foreign Ministry urged the Ukrainian government Wednesday to adopt a more balanced constitution to protect minority populations, blaming the ongoing political crisis in the country on an unstable legal foundation. “The lack of a balanced fundamental law in the country, which would adequately take into consideration the interests of all ethnic and linguistic […]

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Alexander Yakovenko: Why Ukraine needs a new constitution fair to all

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Alexander Yakovenko, special to RBTH – April 2, 2014) The Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Alexander Yakovenko explains Russia’s official position on the past events in Ukraine. Alexander Yakovenko is Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom. He was previously Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. The current situation in Ukraine is nothing short […]

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RIA Novosti: Russia’s Economic Ties with Ukraine Depend on Non-Aligned Status – Russian Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW, April 1 (RIA Novosti) – The development of closer ties, including economic cooperation, between Moscow and Kiev will depend on Ukraine’s commitment to maintaining a non-aligned status, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. “Kiev needs to understand that further prospects for the development of Russian-Ukrainian cooperation, including in the economic sphere, will greatly depend on the actions that Ukraine […]

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Interfax: Russia hopes for “transparent” election in Ukraine – deputy foreign minister

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(Interfax, Moscow, March 31, 2014) Moscow hopes that the presidential election in Ukraine will be open and transparent, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigoriy Karasin has said. “Naturally, we have questions. We want the carrying out a constitutional reform that would take into account the opinions of the regions to be a priority after all. The success of any election depends […]

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Interfax: Ukraine leaders’ plans to recruit foreign mercenaries evidence of lack of popular support – Russian Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW. March 31 (Interfax) – Media reports claiming that the Ukrainian leadership wants to recruit personnel from private foreign military companies “in order to maintain law and order” may suggest that the Kyiv regime wants to suppress civil protest and discontent, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “Anyway, one can state that in the absence of support from the Ukrainian population, […]

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RIA Novosti: Ukraine’s Loss of Territorial Integrity Resulted From Internal Processes – Russia

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MOSCOW, April 1 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s loss of territorial integrity was a result of internal processes, not interference from Russia, which never violated its obligations under a 1994 agreement on respecting Ukrainian borders, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. “The current Kiev ‘government,’ which came to power in the wake of an unconstitutional coup, carried out policies, especially in […]

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Interfax: Russia adherent to joint work with U.S. in settling Syrian crisis – deputy FM

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MOSCOW. March 27 (Interfax) – Russia is ready to continue working together with the United States on the settlement of the Syrian crisis, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bodanov said. “We are prepared to carry on the coordinated work with our American partners on the basis of the earlier agreements. The entire Geneva negotiating process was launched on the basis […]

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Russian Foreign Ministry plans to complete White Paper on Ukraine soon

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(Interfax – March 25, 2014) The work on White Paper on events in Ukraine will be completed very soon, Russian Foreign Ministry Human Rights Ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov said. “Such a White Paper will appear very soon,” Dolgov told Interfax. At the same time, Dolgov said he could not specify the timeline of its release because “the work on the paper […]

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Foreign Ministry: Russia does not want war with Ukraine

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MOSCOW. March 3 (Interfax) – Russia does not want a war with Ukraine and is prepared to support all forces in that country that advocate stronger relations between Moscow and Kyiv, Russian State Secretary – Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said. “Russia does not want a war with Ukraine,” he said on Vladimir Solovyov’s Voskresny Vecher program aired by Rossiya […]

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Interfax: Russia Criticizes Statements on Eastern Threats to NATO

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MOSCOW. Nov 15 (Interfax) – The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed surprise about the statements made by some Polish and Baltic countries leaders saying that the NATO training Steadfast Jazz 2013 indicates the allies’ readiness to defend the Eastern European countries from threats from the East. “Is it really appropriate to speak seriously about any threats of attack against NATO […]

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