Lavrov: Magnitsky act ‘Russophobia’ product

Memorial Flowers and Photo of Sergei Magnitsky

(Interfax – MOSCOW, April 11, 2013) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has branded the U.S. Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act as a manifestation of “the Russophobia that is traditionally present” in U.S. Congress. One of the architects of the Magnitsky act was Hermitage Capital investment fund chief executive William Browder, who “illegally hoarded a large fortune in the […]

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Lavrov accuses N. Korea of blatantly violating UN Security Council resolutions

North Korea Map and Flag

(Interfax – MOSCOW, April 10, 2013) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused North Korea of blatantly violating a UN Security Council resolution and warned that Moscow will consistently seek to calm the situation down. “Certainly, it is unacceptable when a state – in this particular case the DPRK, a UN member – openly and blatantly violates a UN Security […]

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Kerry, Lavrov Tackle Syria, Adoptions in ‘Constructive’ Talks

Syria Map

BERLIN, February 26 (RIA Novosti) ­The United States and Russia will do “everything possible” to facilitate a dialogue between the Syrian government and the armed opposition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday in Berlin following his first bilateral meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry. “No one will solve the Syrians’ problems for them, but in order for […]

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Lavrov denies that Russia, U.S. preparing to exchange declarations on missile defense

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BERLIN. Feb 27 (Interfax) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has denied media reports alleging that Russia and the U.S. are preparing to exchange declarations on cooperation on missile defense and on guarantees that it will not be directed against Russia’s interests. “I have read these reports and talked with their authors. I don’t know the author’s sources, but there […]

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Lavrov Lambastes EU Over Visa Fairness

Truck at Russian Border Crossing

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – February 26, 2013) Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday accused the European Union of employing a double standard when it agreed to allow nondiplomatic Ukrainian officials to enter member states without a visa. “A Ukrainian bureaucrat is no different from a Russian one,” he told students at Moscow’s Diplomatic Academy. Russian and […]

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Russia Upbeat, US Cool on Success in Lavrov-Kerry Talks

Stylized Russian and U.S. Flags with Number 200, 1807-2007

MOSCOW, February 26 (RIA Novosti) ­ Russian diplomatic sources expressed optimism a breakthrough will finally be reached in missile defense negotiations at the foreign ministers’ talks in Berlin on Tuesday, although their US counterparts were playing down the meeting and said they expect no “major” breakthroughs. Russia’s Kommersant newspaper, citing diplomatic sources on both sides, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei […]

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Moscow Concerned about Syria, Not Assad – Minister

File Photo of Bashar al-Assad and Sergei Lavrov

MOSCOW, February 25 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow’s position on Syria stems from its concern for the Syrian people, and not the fate of President Bashar al-Assad, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday. “Russia’s position is not predetermined by support of personalities; it is dictated by concern about the fate of the Syrian people, our long-standing friend and partner, and […]

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Lavrov sees some progress in U.S. on adoptions

Sergei Lavrov file photo

MOSCOW. Feb 25 (Interfax) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes the U.S. administration in the past few weeks has manifested a wish to influence the administrations of the U.S. states to resolve problems of Russian children adopted by U.S. citizens. “They have a wish to do it. We have seen some attempts to influence the administrations of the states. […]

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Lavrov, Kerry decide to ‘cross paths’ soon

Sergei Lavrov file photo

BRUSSELS. Feb 18 (Interfax) – Russia Foreign Minister Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are planning to meet soon, the Russian minister said on Monday. “We came to an agreement that we’ll try to cross paths some time very soon,” Lavrov told reporters in Brussels in commenting on a phone conversation between him and Kerry. Lavrov said he […]

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U.S. State Dept slammed for looking into ‘routine matters’ of Russian politics

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MOSCOW. Feb 14 (Interfax) – A Russian deputy foreign minister has slammed the U.S. State Department for what he argued is too much attention to “routine matters” in Russia’s foreign policy. “It’s surprising that routine matters should be attracting such close attention, including public attention,” Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax on Thursday in comments on a statement by a State Department […]

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Lavrov unable to speak to Kerry due to busy African tour schedule – Russian Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW. Feb 14 (Interfax) – The Russian Foreign Ministry has explained why Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was unable to promptly discuss the situation following North Korea’s latest nuclear test with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. “I would like to respond to the recent inaccurate remarks of U.S. Department of State spokesperson Victoria Nuland,” ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said at […]

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USA under Obama learning to treat other states as equals – Russia’s Lavrov

Sergei Lavrov file photo

(Interfax – Moscow, 10 February) The USA needs to be inured to conducting business on the basis of equality and respect for mutual interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. “The USA will not change overnight. It has to be inured to the fact that business can only be conducted on the basis of equality, the balance of interests […]

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Washington Attempts to Put Relations with Moscow ‘Back on Track’

File Photo of Vladimir Putin Leaning Towards Barack Hussein Obama With Flags Behind Them

(Eurasia Daily Monitor: Volume 10, Issue 23 – Jamestown Foundation – jamestown.org – Pavel Felgenhauer – February 7, 2013) According to Russian diplomatic sources, during a meeting last weekend in Munich on the sidelines of the annual international security conference, United States Vice President Joseph Biden assured Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Washington wants to put bilateral relations “back […]

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U.S., Russia to Resume Arms Reduction Talks

File Photo of Russian Nuclear Missile on Mobile Launcher Near Woods

(Moscow Times – moscowtimes.com – Yekaterina Kravtsova – February 1, 2013) U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is expected to meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov this weekend in Munich to resume arms-reduction talks, as the two-decade Nunn-Lugar program for dismantling weapons of mass destruction in former Soviet states draws to a close. In October, Russia said it would not extend […]

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U.S. Senators created a Catch 22 for Obama, hit reset issue – Lavrov

U.S. Capitol at Twilight With Washington Monument, National Mall, Washington, D.C., Environs and Sunset in Background

MOSCOW. Dec 24 (Interfax) – The adoption of the Magnitsky Act in the United States was inevitable, Senators set a trap for U.S. President Barack Obama, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes. “I don’t think this (the adoption of the Magnitsky Act) was the first thing Obama did when he was re-elected. This was inevitable,” he said in an interview […]

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NEWSLINK: Vladimir Putin gives big news conference in tough debate with journalists

File Photo of Vladimir Putin Speaking with Flag Behind Him and Microphones in Front

[Vladimir Putin gives big news conference in tough debate with journalists – ITAR-TASS – RUSSIAN PRESS REVIEW – December 21, 2012 – http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c142/606821.html] Itar-Tass covers Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent marathon press conference. Putin reportedly claimed he had not read a recent Duma bill banning U.S. adoptions of Russian orphans, and allowed that the Duma was responding emotionally to the […]

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