Category: Foreign Policy

Russia tries to prevent deterioration of situation after US steps — foreign ministry

Russia tries to prevent deterioration of situation after US steps — foreign ministry

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko © Sergei Bobylev/TASS ATHENS, January 18. /TASS/. Russia is working with all interested parties to prevent the deterioration of the international situation because of the steps made by the United States, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told reporters on Friday. Moscow is ready to continue talks to keep the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Washington, as well as with other countries, Grushko said. “We are ready for broad dialogue with everyone who shares our concern about the possible loss of this Treaty, which represents one of the few instruments of arms control and ensuring security,” he added. “The…

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PACE head regrets Russia’s decision to skip 2019 Winter Session

PACE head regrets Russia’s decision to skip 2019 Winter Session

PARIS, January 18. /TASS/. President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Liliane Maury Pasquier said in a statement obtained by TASS that she regretted Russia’s decision not to send a delegation to the 2019 Winter Session. “I have taken note of statements, made by the State Duma and the Federation Council [lower and upper chambers of the Russian parliament]. I regret the fact that the Russian parliament sees no reason to appoint a delegation for our planned session in 2019, because, being a member of the Council of Europe, Russia is obliged to take part in the work of its statutory…

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North Korea getting Russian missile defense technologies out of the question, says envoy

North Korea getting Russian missile defense technologies out of the question, says envoy

© AP Photo/Kin Cheung PYONGYANG, January 18. /TASS/. The transfer of Russian missile defense technologies to North Korea’s military is absolutely out of the question, Russia’s Ambassador to Pyongyang, Alexander Matsegora, told TASS in an interview. “The possibility that North Korea might obtain Russian missile and air defense technologies either officially or via some illegal channels is absolutely ruled out,” Matsegora said. “I can state this categorically as a person who has thorough information on this score.” Earlier, the United States claimed in its Missile Defense Review that “North Korea has acquired Russian missile defense technology and is developing its own mobile missile defense capabilities, specifically,…

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Lavrov and UN envoy for Syria to meet on January 21

Lavrov and UN envoy for Syria to meet on January 21

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. A meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen will be held in Moscow on January 21, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin told journalists on Friday. “A meeting with Mr. Pedersen, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Syria, is to be held in Moscow on January 21,” he said. “It will be his first arrival to Moscow, so we expect him to tell us about his vision of how to implement the UN solutions and achieve a political settlement. The Russian position on this account has long been known,…

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Russian-German group on bilateral cooperation to hold its next meeting in two months

Russian-German group on bilateral cooperation to hold its next meeting in two months

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. The next meeting of the Russian-German Working Group on Strategic Economic and Financial Cooperation will be held in a couple of months, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday at a meeting with his German counterpart Heiko Maas. “The next meeting of the Working Group on Strategic Economic and Financial Cooperation is due to be held in a couple of months,” Lavrov said. The previous, 38th meeting of the Russian-German High-Level Working Group on Strategic Economic and Financial cooperation was held in Berlin in December. In other media

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Senior French diplomat to attend Russian Foreign Ministry’s briefing on INF Treaty

Senior French diplomat to attend Russian Foreign Ministry’s briefing on INF Treaty

MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. Minister-Counsellor of the French embassy in Moscow Paul-Bertrand Barets will attend the Russian Foreign Ministry’s briefing on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), an embassy source told TASS on Thursday. “The French embassy will be represented by the minister counsellor,” the source said. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said earlier that on January 18, the ministry would hold a briefing for foreign diplomats concerning the INF Treaty issue. According to him, there will be “a large-scale series of events.” On January 15, Russia and the US held inter-agency consultations on the INF Treaty in Geneva. Ryabkov said following the…

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German, British diplomats to attend Russian Foreign Ministry’s briefing on INF Treaty

German, British diplomats to attend Russian Foreign Ministry’s briefing on INF Treaty

MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. A representative of the German embassy in Moscow will attend the Russian Foreign Ministry’s briefing on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), an embassy source told TASS on Thursday. “A representative of the embassy has received an invitation and will attend the Russian Foreign Ministry’s briefing on the future of the INF Treaty,” the source said. Meanwhile, a source in the British embassy in Moscow told TASS that Ambassador Laurie Bristow was highly likely to attend the briefing. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said earlier that on January 18, the ministry would hold a briefing for foreign diplomats concerning…

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Lavrov hopes US will not quit New START Treaty

Lavrov hopes US will not quit New START Treaty

MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. Russia expects that the United States does not plan to withdraw from the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (the new START Treaty), Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at his annual news conference on Wednesday. “As for the New START Treaty, many countries have fears that its dismantling is envisaged by the US plans,” Russia’s top diplomat said. “We hope this is not the case. We are doing quite a lot to remove all possible irritants in the New START Treaty issue as we are interested in extending this treaty,” the Russian foreign…

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Russian, German foreign ministers to hold talks in Moscow on January 18

Russian, German foreign ministers to hold talks in Moscow on January 18

German and Russian foreign ministers, Heiko Maas and Sergey Lavrov © AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. The Russian and German foreign ministers, Sergey Lavrov and Heiko Maas, are scheduled to hold talks in Moscow on Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told TASS on Wednesday. “The negotiations are scheduled for Friday in Moscow,” she said when asked by TASS. Lavrov told an annual news conference in Moscow earlier on Wednesday that the talks would focus on Ukraine and Syria. In the meantime, Maas had said earlier that he was planning to discuss the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) and Russia’s economic reforms…

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Russian, Serbian presidents to discuss situation in Kosovo — Kremlin aide

Russian, Serbian presidents to discuss situation in Kosovo — Kremlin aide

MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. At the talks in Belgrade on Thursday, the Russian and Serbian presidents are due to discuss the situation around Kosovo, which has deteriorated of late, Kremlin Aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters. “The Kosovo issue will be discussed. The situation around Kosovo has deteriorated over a series of provocations by the Kosovo Albanians. This is the introduction of 100% custom duties on goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is the laws passed by the so-called Kosovo parliament in December on the transformation of Kosovo’s security forces into a full-fledged Kosovo army, what is a rude violation of the UN Security…

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Lavrov on Brexit: Russia will cooperate with UK and EU, whatever the outcome

Lavrov on Brexit: Russia will cooperate with UK and EU, whatever the outcome

MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. Moscow is ready to cooperate with Brussels and London, regardless of how the UK’s exit from the EU is completed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told at a press conference on the results of 2018 on Wednesday. “We have always said, long before the Brexit bid was outlined, that a united, strong and, most importantly, independent EU is in our interests,” Lavrov stressed. “We will see what happens. Naturally, we will be ready to cooperate both with the European Union and Great Britain, if everything ends with the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. But we will determine what form it is…

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Lavrov comments on Russian-Japanese relations

Lavrov comments on Russian-Japanese relations

MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. Moscow and Tokyo still have a long way to go to become true partners on the international stage, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at his annual news conference on Wednesday. “We are a long way from partnership in global affairs, moreover, we are still far from reaching an understanding on the need to search for constructive approaches that will bring our positions closer, instead of blaming each other,” he said. “We need to feel like partners with the Japanese on the international stage rather than two countries that are on the opposite sides of the fence,” Lavrov stressed. The Russian…

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Lavrov vows proper response to NATO activity near Russia’s borders

Lavrov vows proper response to NATO activity near Russia’s borders

© AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. Moscow will continue to adequately react to NATO’s enhanced activity and the approaching by the alliance’s military infrastructure of the Russian borders, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a large news conference on 2018 on Wednesday. “We will definitely continue to duly react to NATO’s enhanced military activity and the approaching by the military infrastructure of the Russian border,” he said. “We are still interested in the restoration of normal relations with the US and the European Union based on the principles of equality of rights and mutual consideration of interests,” the minister added. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s…

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Russia to continue efforts to salvage INF accord, vows Lavrov

Russia to continue efforts to salvage INF accord, vows Lavrov

MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. Moscow is ready to further work to rescue the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated at his annual conference devoted to the results of 2018. “We are still ready to work on saving the INF Treaty. I hope those European countries, which are interested in this, maybe more than anyone else, will also make efforts not to fall behind the US position and not to approve obediently statements in NATO, laying all the blame on Russia and ignoring the facts, which we are providing and are ready to provide further, but will still try to exert…

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Russian, Japanese diplomats discuss preparations for Putin-Abe meeting

Russian, Japanese diplomats discuss preparations for Putin-Abe meeting

MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. Russian and Japanese deputy foreign ministers Igor Morgulov and Takeo Mori have held consultations on the current issues of bilateral relations on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry informed. “The dialogue was dedicated to the discussion of several current issues of Russian-Japanese relations, including in the context of preparations for the upcoming meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on January 22, 2019,” the document published by the Russian Foreign Ministry states. In November of last year, Putin and Abe came to an agreement to activate negotiations on the issue of the peace treaty during a meeting…

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Russia will not pay PACE fees in 2019 — lawmaker

Russia will not pay PACE fees in 2019 — lawmaker

MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. Vice Speaker of Russia’s State Duma (lower house of parliament) Pyotr Tolstoy has said that Moscow’s stance will remain unchanged and it will not pay its contribution to the Council of Europe in 2019. “PACE will not receive Russia’s payment. Russia will not buy tickets for the movie, which it does not watch,” he told reporters on Tuesday, when asked about the effects of not applying for the Russian delegation’s participation in the work of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in 2019. In other media

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Top Russian, Lebanese diplomats discuss return of Syrian refugees

Top Russian, Lebanese diplomats discuss return of Syrian refugees

MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil discussed in a phone call on Tuesday ways to boost joint efforts towards the return of Syrian refugees to their homes, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a report. In particular, the ministers pointed to a potentially adverse effect of acute regional conflicts, first of all the crisis in Syria, on stability and security in Lebanon. They “discussed possibilities for bolstering joint efforts to help in the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland,” the ministry said. The diplomats also looked into a number of key issues in the development…

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Russian and Zimbabwean presidents to discuss situation on African continent — Kremlin

Russian and Zimbabwean presidents to discuss situation on African continent — Kremlin

MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa will discuss the situation on the African continent and the prospects of stepping up cooperation between the two countries in the UN, according to the Kremlin’s materials prepared for the meeting between the two state leaders. “The negotiations are expected to focus on the current foreign policy issues. The two state leaders will share their positions on the international situation and the situation on the African continent and discuss prospects of stepping up cooperation in the UN and other international organizations, as well as issues of multilateral support for African countries, including…

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Russia, US start consultations in Geneva on INF Treaty

Russia, US start consultations in Geneva on INF Treaty

GENEVA, January 15. /TASS/. Inter-departmental consultations between Russia and the United States on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty have started in Geneva, TASS reports from the scene. The Russian delegation is led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov while the US delegation is headed by Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson. This will be their first encounter since Thompson’s appointment. The consultations will be held behind closed doors. As Ryabkov told journalists on Monday, Russia is ready for serious work with the United States at the upcoming consultations and urges Washington to give up advancing any ultimatums and preconditions.…

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Putin to hold talks with Zimbabwe’s president on January 15

Putin to hold talks with Zimbabwe’s president on January 15

MOSCOW, January 14. / TASS /. Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with Zimbabwe’s head of state Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday, the Kremlin press service reported, adding that the Russian leader will also attend a meeting of the supervisory committee of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI). “During the negotiations with President Mnangagwa, who is currently on official visit to Moscow, the leaders will discuss the further development of relations between Russia and Zimbabwe as well as pressing international and regional issues,” the press service told journalists. As for the meeting with the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, “plans are in store to sum up…

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Foreign weapon supplies to Kiev must not add fuel to the fire, Russian diplomat cautions

Foreign weapon supplies to Kiev must not add fuel to the fire, Russian diplomat cautions

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova © Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. Supplies of foreign-made weapons to Ukraine must not lead to the aggravation of the ongoing crisis in that country, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday. “The problem is that Ukraine is living through a domestic armed crisis, a civil war, as a matter of fact,” she said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper. “This internal crisis has an international aspect as well, as a number of countries and international organizations are acting as mediators in the settling efforts. These nations and organizations have unequivocally said that they stand for…

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Russia calls for increased efforts to bring ties with Japan to new level

Russia calls for increased efforts to bring ties with Japan to new level

MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. Russia calls for more efforts on bringing bilateral ties with Japan to an absolutely new level, and there are reserves for that, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday, opening talks with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono. “We are actively calling for carrying out additional efforts to bring bilateral relations to an absolutely new level – the level of trust, genuine partnership, including partnership in foreign policy affairs,” Lavrov said. “Reserves, especially in economic, investment sphere and reserves in security cooperation are truly inexhaustible.” The Russian foreign minister noted that over the past years Russian-Japanese relations have gained a good…

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Militants continue to violate ceasefire in Syria – Russian reconciliation center

Militants continue to violate ceasefire in Syria – Russian reconciliation center

MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. A settlement in Syria’s Latakia governorate and Aleppo’s research center came under shelling by militants acting in the Idlib de-escalation zone, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria Sergei Solomatin said on Sunday. “Illegal armed groups operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone continue to violate the ceasefire. Thus, during the day, militants from illegal armed groups shelled the settlement of Safsafa in the Latakia governorate and the area around Aleppo’s research center,” he said. He also said that as of January 12 as many as 216, 203 people returned to their homes in Syria. Apart…

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US’ role in Russia-Japan dialogue is unclear, says Russian diplomat

US’ role in Russia-Japan dialogue is unclear, says Russian diplomat

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, January 13. /TASS/. The United States’ role in the bilateral dialogue between Russia and Japan is not clear as this dialogue has never involved that country, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday. “A third party has suddenly emerged in this bilateral dialogue that is being established thanks to the political will of our country’s leadership. And want is most astonishing is that we hear strange statements made by the Japanese side in the US territory that Japan wants the United States’ support, that it expects its involvement in the entire dialogue on the problem of the peace treaty with Russia. What…

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Weapons supplies to Kiev must not add to crisis aggravation, says Russian diplomat

Weapons supplies to Kiev must not add to crisis aggravation, says Russian diplomat

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova © Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. Supplies of foreign-made weapons to Ukraine must not lead to the aggravation of the ongoing crisis in that country, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday. “The problem is that Ukraine is living through a domestic armed crisis, a civil war, as a matter of fact,” she said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper. “This internal crisis has an international aspect as well, as a number of countries and international organizations are acting as mediators in the settling efforts. These nations and organizations have unequivocally said that they stand for…

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Russia, UN call on Yemenis to implement agreements reached in Sweden

Russia, UN call on Yemenis to implement agreements reached in Sweden

© EPA-EFE/YAHYA ARHAB MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. Russia and the United Nations call on the opposing sides in Yemen to implement the agreements reached in Sweden in December 2018, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday, following a Moscow meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths. The two diplomats “discussed the military, political and humanitarian situation in Yemen, focusing on the prospects of implementing the agreements reached at the UN-sponsored intra-Yemeni consultations, held in Sweden on December 6-13, 2018, and enshrined in the UN Security Council Resolution 2451.” “In this regard, the parties emphasized…

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Swapping Whelan for Russians in US custody out of the question, says Russian diplomat

Swapping Whelan for Russians in US custody out of the question, says Russian diplomat

MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. Exchanging Paul Whelan who was detained in Russia on suspicion of espionage for Russian citizens jailed in the United States is out of the question right now, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters at a press briefing on Friday.  “I would like to emphasize that exchanging Paul Whelan for someone held in custody abroad is out of the question at the current stage,” she said. “There are numerous reports on that score, there are outright speculations and fake news, but I have now voiced the official Russian stance.” The diplomat recalled that Whelan had been detained in Moscow on…

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Top Russian, Japanese diplomats to discuss peace treaty on January 14

Top Russian, Japanese diplomats to discuss peace treaty on January 14

MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed on Friday that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov would hold talks with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on the peace treaty issue in Moscow on January 14. “The first round of the Russian-Japanese negotiations on signing a peace treaty between the two countries will be held in Moscow on January 14,” she said. “The parties’ delegations will be led by the two countries’ top diplomats.”. In other media

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Russia to continue cooperation with Venezuela — Foreign Ministry

Russia to continue cooperation with Venezuela — Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. Russia will continue to develop strategic partnership with Venezuela following Nicolas Maduro’s inauguration and will render economic help to this Latin American country, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. “For our part, we confirm the intention to closely cooperate with friendly Venezuela, its nation and lawful authorities. We will continue to consolidate relations of strategic partnership, which, as the recent negotiations between the leaders of our countries showed, are stably developing in all areas of mutual interest,” the Russian Foreign Ministry noted. “We will continue to render support to Venezuela in overcoming the difficult economic situation.” Washington’s…

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Russian lawmakers to hold negotiations with PACE head in Switzerland — source

Russian lawmakers to hold negotiations with PACE head in Switzerland — source

MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. State Duma Deputy Speaker Pyotr Tolstoi and Chairman of the Federation Council Committee for Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachyov intend to hold negotiations in Geneva on Monday, January 14, with President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Liliane Maury Pasquier, a source in the Russian parliament told TASS on Thursday. “A closed working session between Russian parliamentary members and the PACE head is to take place. Kosachyov and Tolstoi are expected to represent our side. The negotiations themselves are set for January 14,” the source confirmed. The State Duma earlier published on its website the information about Tolstoi’s…

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