Category: Foreign Policy

Russia open to multilateral deals on international security — senior diplomat

Russia open to multilateral deals on international security — senior diplomat

BERLIN, March 7. /TASS/. Russia is open to all kinds of multilateral initiatives designed to strengthen international security and stability, on the condition that they take into account legitimate interests of all participants, Director of the Foreign Ministry Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Vladimir Yermakov told TASS on Wednesday. The statement came in response to Germany’s recent initiative to sign a new arms control agreement with the participation of China. “Russia has repeatedly articulated its stance on the matter, which says that we are open to all kinds of multilateral initiatives contributing to international security and stability, on the condition that their implementation is…

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Russian experts to take part in Berlin conference on disarmament — foreign ministry

Russian experts to take part in Berlin conference on disarmament — foreign ministry

BERLIN, March 7. /TASS/. Russia will participate in the March 15 disarmament conference in Berlin at the level of experts, Director of the Foreign Ministry Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Vladimir Yermakov told TASS on Wednesday. “We have received the invitation. We plan to participate in the Berlin conference at the level of experts,” the diplomat said, adding that the Russian side would pay special attention to “the issue of autonomous weapons systems and information security.” “At the same time, I must admit that we are perplexed by Berlin’s plans to focus the conference work on arms control issues that are far from being…

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Collected Department Releases: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): DRL FY18 Strengthening and Supporting Civil Society in Vietnam

Collected Department Releases: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): DRL FY18 Strengthening and Supporting Civil Society in Vietnam

March 6, 2019 United States Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): DRL FY18 Strengthening and Supporting Civil Society in Vietnam This is the announcement of funding opportunity number SFOP0005600 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 19.345 Type of Solicitation: Open Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Funding Floor (lowest $$ value): $500,000 Funding Ceiling (highest $$ value): $750,000 Anticipated Number of Awards: 1 Period of Performance (example 12-18 months, 2 -5 years): 18-36 Anticipated Time to Award (pending availability of funds): 7 months A. Project Description   The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy,…

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Collected Department Releases: State Department Launches U.S.-India Higher Education Research Collaboration Initiative

Collected Department Releases: State Department Launches U.S.-India Higher Education Research Collaboration Initiative

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 6, 2019 Today, the U.S. Department of State’s South and Central Asia Bureau will launch Partnership 2020, an initiative to build research partnerships between U.S. and Indian institutions in key 21st century academic fields. Under this initiative, the U.S. Department of State has granted $1.15 million to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, which will award sub-grants on a competitive basis to U.S. universities to conduct joint research with their Indian counterpart institutions. The initiative will strengthen the strategic partnership between the United States and India through collaborations in higher education and promote related economic growth.…

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Collected Department Releases: Remarks to the Iowa Farm Bureau

Collected Department Releases: Remarks to the Iowa Farm Bureau

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Des Moines, Iowa March 4, 2019 AMBASSADOR BRANSTAD: Good afternoon. It is my honor to be back in Iowa today to introduce Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. As U.S. ambassador, I have the great privilege of representing the American people in China. (Applause.) The U.S.-China relationship is the most important bilateral relationship in the world. As President Trump has said, the United States seeks a constructive, results-oriented relationship with China, and of course, the Secretary of State has a critical role to play in that relationship. Secretary Pompeo is well qualified for…

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Collected Department Releases: Gilman Top Producing Institutions

Collected Department Releases: Gilman Top Producing Institutions

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 5, 2019 The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most students overseas on its Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in academic year 2017-2018. For the second year, the State Department is recognizing the institutions that made international study and internships more accessible and inclusive for the largest number of American students of all backgrounds through its Gilman Program. The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, compiles the list, organized by small, medium, and large four-year…

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Russia and EU can develop relations despite US efforts to prevent this — PM Medvedev

Russia and EU can develop relations despite US efforts to prevent this — PM Medvedev

MOSCOW, March 5. /TASS/. The European Union (EU) remains an important partner for Russia, and there are no objective obstacles for developing bilateral relations despite US efforts to hamper them, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with the Luxemburger Wort newspaper ahead of his visit to Luxembourg. “I can say with confidence that the EU has been and remains an important trade and economic partner for us. Despite existing difficulties and persistent US attempts to slow down the development of our relations, I am sure that there are no objective obstacles for constructive cooperation between Russia and the EU,” Medvedev said. He…

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PM Medvedev says infrastructure for US nuclear weapons in Europe should be eliminated

PM Medvedev says infrastructure for US nuclear weapons in Europe should be eliminated

MOSCOW, March 5. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said that it would be right to eliminate the infrastructure for US nuclear weapons in Europe. “Everyone will feel more at ease when all US nuclear weapons return to US territory, and infrastructure in Europe which allows to store, service and deploy those weapons, will be eliminated,” Medvedev told the Luxemburger Wort newspaper ahead of his visit to Luxembourg. Medvedev noted that this also concerns military exercise on the possible use of nuclear weapons that are regularly held in NATO member states. “This only adds unnecessary stress, mostly for NATO countries themselves,” he noted adding…

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Russia and EU can develop relations despite US efforts to prevent this — Medvedev

Russia and EU can develop relations despite US efforts to prevent this — Medvedev

MOSCOW, March 5. /TASS/. The European Union (EU) remains an important partner for Russia, and there are no objective obstacles for developing bilateral relations despite US efforts to hamper them, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with the Luxemburger Wort newspaper ahead of his visit to Luxembourg. “I can say with confidence that the EU has been and remains an important trade and economic partner for us. Despite existing difficulties and persistent US attempts to slow down the development of our relations, I am sure that there are no objective obstacles for constructive cooperation between Russia and the EU,” Medvedev said. He…

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Medvedev says infrastructure for US nuclear weapons in Europe should be eliminated

Medvedev says infrastructure for US nuclear weapons in Europe should be eliminated

MOSCOW, March 5. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said that it would be right to eliminate the infrastructure for US nuclear weapons in Europe. “Everyone will feel more at ease when all US nuclear weapons return to US territory, and infrastructure in Europe which allows to store, service and deploy those weapons, will be eliminated,” Medvedev told the Luxemburger Wort newspaper ahead of his visit to Luxembourg. Medvedev noted that this also concerns military exercise on the possible use of nuclear weapons that are regularly held in NATO member states. “This only adds unnecessary stress, mostly for NATO countries themselves,” he noted adding…

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Moscow, Riyadh share approaches to Palestine-Israel conflict — Lavrov

Moscow, Riyadh share approaches to Palestine-Israel conflict — Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov © Alexander Shcherbak/TASS RIYADH, March 4. /TASS/. Moscow and Riyadh agree that the Palestine-Israel conflict should be resolved based on the United Nations Security Council’s resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a joint press conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir on Monday. “We paid special attention to the need to achieve progress in resolving the Palestine-Israel issue, which has been stalled. We are confident that it is only possible to overcome the impasse using the principles for a peaceful settlement outlined by the United Nations on the basis of the two-state solution. We will…

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Collected Department Releases: Interview With Clay Masters of Morning Edition, Iowa Public Radio

Collected Department Releases: Interview With Clay Masters of Morning Edition, Iowa Public Radio

Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Via Teleconference March 4, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning. This is Mike speaking. QUESTION: Yeah, hi, Secretary Pompeo. Clay Masters, Iowa Public Radio. SECRETARY POMPEO: Hi, Clay. How are you this morning? QUESTION: Doing well. Just interested first just to kind of have you explain what you’re going to be doing in Iowa today. SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, so I’m actually here with Ambassador Branstad. It was kind of his idea for me to come out. And we want to do three things really. First, we want to talk about what the State Department does for American citizens, right.…

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Collected Department Releases: Interview With Cynthia Fodor of KCCI

Collected Department Releases: Interview With Cynthia Fodor of KCCI

Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Des Moines, Iowa March 4, 2019 QUESTION: Good morning, Eric. The Secretary arrived here shortly and he is with us right now. And we are so excited to have you here in Des Moines, Iowa. Mike Pompeo, thank you for joining us and — SECRETARY POMPEO: Cynthia, it’s great to be with you. QUESTION: Of all the hot spots in the world right now – we have Syria, Iran, Venezuela, you just got back from Hanoi and dealing with the North Korea – Mr. Secretary, why are you here in Des Moines, Iowa this morning on a record…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Houston, Texas

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Houston, Texas

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC March 3, 2019 Secretary Pompeo will travel to Houston, Texas on March 12 to deliver keynote remarks at CERA Energy Week’s “Reshaping the Energy Future” conference. The speech will address how America’s energy revolution strengthens national security in an age of renewed great power competition. The Secretary also will participate in a roundtable with international energy firms on advancing the Asia EDGE “Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy” initiative and the energy pillar of the Middle East Strategic Alliance. These initiatives seek to promote a strong, growing, integrated, diversified, and resilient global energy market; catalyze private sector trade…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Yang Jiechi

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Yang Jiechi

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 1, 2019 The following is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and Director of the Chinese Communist Party Foreign Affairs Office Yang Jiechi on March 1. Secretary Pompeo provided Politburo Member Yang insights into the discussions in Hanoi between President Trump and Chairman Kim. He confirmed that the United Nations sanctions related to the DPRK remain a central pillar of the world’s effort to see a peaceful, stable, non-nuclear DPRK. They also discussed elements, including trade, of…

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Russia ready for talks with US on Venezuela — foreign ministry

Russia ready for talks with US on Venezuela — foreign ministry

The Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow © Valery Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, March 2. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed in a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday that Moscow is ready for talks with Washington on Venezuela, but only in strict compliance with the principles of the United Nations Charter, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The conversation, held at the US request, focused on the Venezuela crisis, the ministry said. “In connection with Washington’s proposal to hold bilateral consultations on Venezuela, it was pointed out that we were ready for them but only in strict accordance with the principles of…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 1, 2019 The following is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Foreign Minister Kono of Japan on March 1 to discuss President Trump and Chairman Kim’s meetings during the U.S.-DPRK summit in Hanoi. Secretary Pompeo described next steps on DPRK engagement, and the two sides reaffirmed their commitment to the denuclearization of the DPRK. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kono said that they looked forward to the U.S-Japan Security Consultative Committee (“2+2”) meeting later this year to strengthen bilateral security and defense cooperation. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa of the Republic of Korea

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa of the Republic of Korea

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 1, 2019 The following is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Foreign Minister Kang of the Republic of Korea. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang discussed the U.S.-DPRK summit in Hanoi. The two sides agreed to continue to closely coordinate on the denuclearization of the DPRK. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.

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Russia’s EU envoy says attempts to influence Moscow’s policy through sanctions ineffective

Russia’s EU envoy says attempts to influence Moscow’s policy through sanctions ineffective

ATHENS, March 1. /TASS/. Attempts to influence Russia’s policy through sanctions are ineffective, Russian Permanent Representative at the EU Vladimir Chizhov said on Friday at the 4th Delphi Economic Forum. “Speaking about economy I need to emphasize that attempts to influence Russia’s policy via sanctions are ridiculous,” Chizhov said. “Events of recent years demonstrated that such efforts are vain and, by the way, make interests of European business also suffer a lot, as well as our relations in general, including with our largest trade and economic partner – the European Union,” he added. “Against this backdrop the easiest thing for Russia would be to follow…

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Russia calls for equal security guarantees despite West’s stance — diplomat

Russia calls for equal security guarantees despite West’s stance — diplomat

ATHENS, March 1. /TASS/. Moscow continues standing up for the concept of equal security guarantees for all countries, Russian Permanent Representative to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said at the 4th Delphi Economic Forum on Friday. According to the diplomat, Russia positively assessed the principles of “security guarantees” outlined by NATO in its Strategic Concept in 2010 and suggested extending them to all countries of Europe. “The answer we got was: our proposal is for Alliance members only, so please, be content with second class security. It is clear that with such an approach talking about equal distribution of security guarantees over Eurasian space was…

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Russian Embassy slams as cynicism London’s remark on Venezuelan humanitarian crisis

Russian Embassy slams as cynicism London’s remark on Venezuelan humanitarian crisis

LONDON, March 1. /TASS/. Russia’s Embassy in the United Kingdom has blasted as “the height of cynicism” London’s concerns over the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, noting that it has been sparked by the UK and the US. “We hear a lot about the British concerns over the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. This is the height of cynicism,” a spokesman for the Russian embassy said, noting that the crisis is the work of London and Washington, which “illegally keep in their banks billions of dollars owned by Venezuela and actually rob the country.” The United States is “shamelessly stifling Venezuelan economy by sanctions,” he said. “Meanwhile,…

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Collected Department Releases: Call for Recommendations: 2019 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

Collected Department Releases: Call for Recommendations: 2019 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 1, 2019 On behalf of Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs is soliciting public input for recommendations for this year’s Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). Now in its 20th year, the ACE honors U.S. companies demonstrating leadership in their overseas operations, specifically recognizing U.S. firms that uphold the highest standards of responsible business conduct, and whose operational practices and decision-making exemplify American values and international best practices. Recommendations are due to U.S. embassies and consulates by April 12, 2019. For 2019, the categories…

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Collected Department Releases: Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations Denise Natali Travels to Baghdad and Sulaimani, Iraq

Collected Department Releases: Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations Denise Natali Travels to Baghdad and Sulaimani, Iraq

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 1, 2019 Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations Denise Natali will travel to Baghdad and Sulaimani, Iraq, March 1–8. During her trip, she will meet with senior government officials and international partners to discuss stabilization challenges and opportunities. Assistant Secretary Natali will also speak on a panel at Sixth Annual Sulaimani Forum at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani. The annual event, hosted by the university, invites policymakers, experts, and scholars to discuss regional conflict dynamics and their resolution. Assistant Secretary Natali will make a presentation on effective stabilization principles and lessons learned…

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Collected Department Releases: U.S. Department of State Concludes $400,000 Settlement of Alleged Export Violations by Darling Industries, Inc.

Collected Department Releases: U.S. Department of State Concludes $400,000 Settlement of Alleged Export Violations by Darling Industries, Inc.

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 28, 2019 The Department of State has concluded an administrative settlement with Darling Industries, Inc. (Darling) of Tucson, Arizona, to resolve alleged violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), 22 U.S.C. § 2751 et seq., and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 22 C.F.R. Parts 120-130. The Department of State and Darling have reached this settlement following an extensive compliance review by the Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance in the Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. The Department of State and Darling have reached an agreement pursuant to ITAR § 128.11 to address alleged…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Remarks Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 28, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: The Secretary met with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte February 28 in Manila. They reaffirmed the longstanding U.S.-Philippines alliance, discussing ways to improve cooperation on regional security and counterterrorism. The Secretary and President Duterte also exchanged views on ongoing efforts to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies…

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Moscow interested in improving relations with Tbilisi — Russian deputy foreign minister

Moscow interested in improving relations with Tbilisi — Russian deputy foreign minister

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Grigory Karasin © Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS PRAGUE, February 27. /TASS/. Moscow is interested in improving relations with Tbilisi to an extent that would be comfortable for Georgia, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told TASS on Wednesday after talks with Georgian prime minister’s special envoy for Russia Zurab Abashidze. Karasin described the meeting as comprehensive and constructive. “We discussed many problems of bilateral relations and noted improvements in several practical spheres, including trade, tourism, air service and humanitarian contacts,” he said. “Russia is interested in improving relations with out Georgian neighbors to an extent that they are ready for,” Karasin added noting that…

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Collected Department Releases: African American Trailblazers in Diplomacy Panel Discussion 

Collected Department Releases: African American Trailblazers in Diplomacy Panel Discussion 

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 27, 2019 In recognition of African American History Month, the United States Diplomacy Center at the U.S. Department of State will host a special program exploring the diplomatic careers of five African American trailblazers in diplomacy: Ebenezer Bassett, Ralph Bunche, Edward Dudley, Patricia Roberts Harris, and Mabel Murphy Smythe. The event will feature presentations by a panel of distinguished scholars and diplomats, including Dr. Michael Krenn, Ambassador Ruth A. Davis, James T. L. Dandridge II, and Foreign Service Officer Christopher Teal. Dr. Krenn, Professor of History at Appalachian State University and author of Black…

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Collected Department Releases: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): DRL Evaluation Innovation Fund-Developing Tools to Map Social Movements

Collected Department Releases: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): DRL Evaluation Innovation Fund-Developing Tools to Map Social Movements

February 27, 2019 United States Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): DRL Evaluation Innovation Fund—Developing Tools to Map Social Movements This is the announcement of funding opportunity number SFOP0005574 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 19.345 Type of Solicitation: Open Competition Application Deadline: Monday, April 29, 2019 Funding Floor (lowest $$ value): $150,000 Funding Ceiling (highest $$ value): $450,000 Anticipated Number of Awards: 1-2 Type of Award: Grant Period of Performance: 2-4 years Anticipated Time to Award: 5-9 months A. Project Description The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)…

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Russia, India, China should coordinate efforts to ensure safety of Asia-Pacific — Lavrov

Russia, India, China should coordinate efforts to ensure safety of Asia-Pacific — Lavrov

© Alexander Shcherbak/TASS WUZHEN /China/, February 27. /TASS/. Moscow, New Delhi and Beijing need to continue coordinating their efforts to ensure global and regional security, including in the Asia-Pacific region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday. Ahead of meeting with his Indian and Chinese counterparts, Sushma Swaraj and Wang Yi, Lavrov said that the Russia-India-China format remains an important platform in the search for solutions to numerous challenges and threats. “Our cooperation is based on the solid foundation of the international law. We are firmly committed to the UN Charter’s principles of sovereign equality of states, non-interference into domestic affairs, peaceful settlement of disputes.…

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US amendments ‘killed’ Russia’s draft UN statement on Venezuela — diplomat

US amendments ‘killed’ Russia’s draft UN statement on Venezuela — diplomat

UN, February 27. /TASS/. The United States has demonstrated double standards by “killing” Russia’s draft UN Security Council resolution on Venezuela with its amendments, Russian Deputy UN envoy, Dmitry Polyansky, told the UN Security Council session on Tuesday. “I would like to inform that while we were having a session here, the US delegation has already managed to kill our draft statement by introducing amendments condemning the Maduro government and so on,” he said. “The optics, used by the United States for Haiti, is apparently not suitable for Venezuela. We view this as an outrageous manifestation of double standards.” Russia’s UN envoy, Vasily Nebenzya said…

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