Category: Foreign Policy

Collected Department Releases: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): DRL Democracy, Human Rights, and Rule of Law in Iraq

Collected Department Releases: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): DRL Democracy, Human Rights, and Rule of Law in Iraq

February 26, 2019 United States Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): DRL Democracy, Human Rights, and Rule of Law in Iraq This is the announcement of funding opportunity number SFOP0005572 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 19.016 Type of Solicitation: Open Competition Application Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2019 Funding Floor (lowest $$ value): $500,000 (with the exception of the Community of Practice Resource Development and Coordination category) Funding Ceiling (highest $$ value): $3,000,000 (with the exception of the Community of Practice Resource Development and Coordination and Marla Ruzicka War Victims Fund, detailed below) Anticipated Number…

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Collected Department Releases: Remarks With Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh Before Their Meeting

Collected Department Releases: Remarks With Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh Before Their Meeting

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hanoi, Vietnam February 26, 2019 FOREIGN MINISTER MINH: (Via interpreter) State Secretary Mike Pompeo, it’s a great pleasure to meet with you again in Vietnam and welcome back. And I still remember last time I met you, I was back from (inaudible) and this time, it is the same. (Laughter.) And once again, I want to say that it’s a great pleasure to meet with you here in Vietnam and congratulations on the second U.S.-D.P.R.K. summit in Hanoi. SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. It is great to be back. It is very good to see…

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Russian and Cuban diplomats discuss bilateral cooperation in Havana

Russian and Cuban diplomats discuss bilateral cooperation in Havana

HAVANA, February 26. /TASS/. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez has held talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov, the Cuban Foreign Ministry said. Titov is currently on a visit to Havana where he will hold consultations with the Cuban Foreign Ministry. “The sides noted the great condition of bilateral relations characterized by political dialogue at the highest level, and expressed mutual readiness to continue strengthening political, diplomatic, economic, trade, cultural and social ties and cooperation. They also discussed issues on the international and regional agenda, where it became apparent that their positions are similar on many aspects,” the Cuban Foreign Ministry said noting that…

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Collected Department Releases: United States Provides Additional Humanitarian Aid to Venezuelans Who Have Fled Their Country

Collected Department Releases: United States Provides Additional Humanitarian Aid to Venezuelans Who Have Fled Their Country

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 25, 2019 Today, Vice President Pence announced that the United States is providing nearly $56 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support the regional response for the nearly 3.4 million Venezuelans who have fled Venezuela due to the political and economic crisis caused by Nicolas Maduro. This assistance complements the aid that the United States and its partners pre-positioned near the Colombia- and Brazil-Venezuela borders over the last few weeks, and it will provide urgently needed shelter, food, medical services, and livelihoods support that will help the integration of Venezuelans who have fled into host communities…

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Collected Department Releases: The United States Sanctions Governors of Venezuelan States Aligned With Maduro

Collected Department Releases: The United States Sanctions Governors of Venezuelan States Aligned With Maduro

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 25, 2019 Today, the United States took action against four governors aligned with the illegitimate Maduro regime who prevented desperately needed international humanitarian assistance from entering Venezuela and/or engaged in corruption to the detriment of the Venezuelan people, in some cases involving human rights violations. Sanctions were imposed on the governors of the states of Zulia: Omar Prieto, Carabobo: Rafael Lacava, Apure: Ramon Carrizalez, and Vargas: Jorge Garcia Carneiro. The United States will not stand by idly while the people of Venezuela are denied basic necessities and made to suffer needlessly. These actions have consequences. We…

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Collected Department Releases: Interview With Jake Tapper of CNN State of the Union

Collected Department Releases: Interview With Jake Tapper of CNN State of the Union

Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC February 24, 2019 QUESTION: And joining me right now is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Secretary Pompeo, thanks so much for being here. SECRETARY POMPEO: Jake, it’s great to be with you. Thanks for having me on the show this morning. QUESTION: So – and I want to start with the situation in Venezuela because it’s really dire right now. Yesterday you said, quote, “The U.S. will take action against those who oppose the peaceful restoration of democracy in Venezuela.” Exactly what action are you prepared to take? SECRETARY POMPEO: So yesterday was a tragic day,…

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Collected Department Releases: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells Travels to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

Collected Department Releases: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells Travels to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 24, 2019 Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Ambassador Alice Wells will travel with a delegation to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and Tashkent, Uzbekistan on February 25-28. In Bishkek, PDAS Wells will with a meet with senior government officials and visit the American University of Central Asia to meet with students and faculty. She will also participate in a joint public event with Kyrgyz Republic Minister of Finance Baktygul Jeenbaeva to mark the successful cooperative efforts by our governments to return $4.6 million of assets stolen by the family of…

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Collected Department Releases: Statement on Move To Indict Turkish Civil Society Leaders

Collected Department Releases: Statement on Move To Indict Turkish Civil Society Leaders

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC February 23, 2019 The United States is gravely concerned by reports that prosecutors in Turkey moved to indict 16 civil society, media, and business leaders. Exercising the right to freedom of expression should not result in an aggravated life sentence. The ability to exercise the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and association is fundamental to any healthy democracy. We urge Turkey to respect these freedoms and to release all those held arbitrarily. 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…

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Collected Department Releases: The United States Pre-Positions Aid for Venezuelans on the Brazil-Venezuela Border

Collected Department Releases: The United States Pre-Positions Aid for Venezuelans on the Brazil-Venezuela Border

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 22, 2019 On February 22, the United States and its partners began pre-positioning additional humanitarian aid for Venezuelans in Boa Vista, Brazil in proximity to the Brazil-Venezuela border. This life-saving humanitarian assistance is made up of 178 metric tons of locally-procured food supplies and is ready to be delivered to Venezuelans suffering from severe food shortages inside Venezuela. This aid includes: Food kits containing rice, beans, sugar, and salt to feed nearly 3,500 people for 10 days; and Additional rice to feed an estimated 6,100 people for one month. To save lives, this critical aid must…

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Collected Department Releases: United States-Israel Diplomatic Efforts Underpin First Israeli Spacecraft Landing on the Moon

Collected Department Releases: United States-Israel Diplomatic Efforts Underpin First Israeli Spacecraft Landing on the Moon

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 22, 2019 The United States congratulates the Government of Israel and our respective commercial space industries for the historic SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch of SpaceIL’s Lunar Lander named Beresheet. The mission launched yesterday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, at 8:45 p.m. EST and will land on the Moon in about two months. The non-profit organization SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, with technical support from the Israel Space Agency, funded and built this lander. The mission required governmental authorization and continuing supervision, consistent with obligations set out in the Outer Space Treaty, to which…

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Collected Department Releases: The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Announces the Construction Award for the U.S. Chancery Major Rehabilitation in Copenhagen, Denmark

Collected Department Releases: The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Announces the Construction Award for the U.S. Chancery Major Rehabilitation in Copenhagen, Denmark

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 22, 2019 The Department of State has awarded the construction contract for a major rehabilitation of the U.S. Embassy Chancery in Copenhagen, Denmark to Facilities Development Corporation of Reston, Virginia. The architect is Beyer Blinder Belle of Washington, DC. OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to host nations and support our staff in achieving U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities represent U.S. values and the best in U.S. architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, construction execution, and resiliency. For further information, please contact Christine Foushee at [email protected],…

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Russian ambassador warns against politicizing Venezuelan humanitarian aid

Russian ambassador warns against politicizing Venezuelan humanitarian aid

Venezuela’s Deputy Healthcare Minister Gerardo Briceno (L) and Russian Ambassador to Venezuela Vladimir Zayemsky during a ceremony to hand over shipment of drugs and medical equipment sent from Russia to Venezuela © Valery Sharifulin/TASS CARACAS, February 22. /TASS/. The countries showing interest in solving the Venezuelan crisis should neither politicize humanitarian aid nor use it to “flex military muscles,” Russian Ambassador to Venezuela Vladimir Zaemsky told a ceremony of handing over Russia’s cargo with medicines and medical equipment to Venezuela in the framework of the World Health Organization (WHO). “The developments in Venezuela have recently dominated international media agenda,” the ambassador said. “In particular, the issues…

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IS defeat helped save Syria and stabilize Middle East, Russia’s envoy to US says

IS defeat helped save Syria and stabilize Middle East, Russia’s envoy to US says

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov © AP Photo/Wong Maye-E WASHINGTON, February 22. /TASS/. The destruction of the Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia) and other extremists helped preserve the Syrian state, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov told a reception on occasion of Defender of the Fatherland Day in Washington. “Russia’s modern Armed Forces fulfill their mission honorably. They preserve and enrich fine traditions of previous generations. In Syria with the decisive role of the Russian military a devastating blow was dealt against international terrorism. The defeat of the IS group and other extremists allowed preserving Syria’s state and stabilizing…

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Russia won’t allow new Ukrainian provocations in Kerch Strait – diplomat

Russia won’t allow new Ukrainian provocations in Kerch Strait – diplomat

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova © Sergei Savostyanov/TASS MOSCOW, February 22. /TASS/. Russia won’t let Ukraine stage new provocations in the Kerch Strait and is carrying out the necessary diplomatic effort, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told the Bolshaya Igra (Big Game) program on Channel One. Earlier on Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Ukraine’s authorities were preparing another provocation in the Kerch Strait and were trying to involve NATO countries into it. In comment on Moscow’s reaction to a possible provocation by Kiev, Zakharova said: “The Russian leadership has given its response. First, by the steps taken when the first provocation was…

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Collected Department Releases: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): DRL Supporting Civil Society to Address Corruption in Kyrgyzstan

Collected Department Releases: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): DRL Supporting Civil Society to Address Corruption in Kyrgyzstan

February 21, 2019 United States Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): DRL Supporting Civil Society to Address Corruption in Kyrgyzstan This is the announcement of funding opportunity number SFOP0005587. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 19.345 Type of Solicitation: Open Application Deadline: April 22, 2019 Funding Floor (lowest $$ value): $450,000 Funding Ceiling (highest $$ value): $592,590 Anticipated Number of Awards: 1 Type of Award: Grant or Cooperative Agreement Period of Performance (example 12-18 months, 2 -5 years): 18-24 months Anticipated Time to Award (pending availability of funds): 6-7 months A. Project Description   The…

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Collected Department Releases: Saint Lucia Independence Day

Collected Department Releases: Saint Lucia Independence Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC February 21, 2019 On behalf of the Government of the United States, I congratulate the people of Saint Lucia on your 40th anniversary of independence on February 22. The United States has enjoyed a longstanding and productive partnership with Saint Lucia. Today, entrepreneurship opportunities through exchange programs such as the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative and Youth Ambassadors Program underscore our ongoing commitment to partnering with future generations of inspiring St. Lucian leaders. Many of our Peace Corps Volunteers call your island “home” and are actively working with their counterparts to enhance literacy instruction…

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NATO starts worrying after learning about Russia’s plans to deploy new weapons — diplomat

NATO starts worrying after learning about Russia’s plans to deploy new weapons — diplomat

Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova © Vladimir Gerdo/TASS MOSCOW, February 21. /TASS/. The North Atlantic Alliance is now nervous about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statement that new types of weapons may be used against command centers where decisions are made to use missiles that threaten Russia, Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook account on Wednesday. NATO earlier spoke about Russia’s news weapons in an ironic manner, Zakharova noted. “One year ago Western partners all said that ‘Russian cartoons’ abut new types of weaposn should not be feared, that the Kremlin is bluffing. And now everybody suddenly ‘realized’ what is…

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Collected Department Releases: U.S.-Maldives Cooperation

Collected Department Releases: U.S.-Maldives Cooperation

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 20, 2019 The U.S. government applauds Maldives’ commitment to advance justice sector reform, good governance, rule of law, transparent public financial management, anti-corruption, growth of civil society, responsible infrastructure development, and education. We welcome the opportunity to deepen engagement with Maldives in support of common priorities and a shared vision for the Indian Ocean region, and today announced the intent to work with Congress to provide $9.75 million in new funding for public financial management, rule of law, governance, civil society strengthening, and vocational training. To date, our expanded outreach and assistance to Maldives encompasses: Governance…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 20, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo welcomed Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid to Washington today. They discussed their common interest in deepening bilateral ties between the United States and Maldives, and their shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Foreign Minister Shahid underscored the importance of his government’s reform efforts to the vitality of Maldives’ democracy and future prosperity. Secretary Pompeo expressed strong support for the U.S.-Maldives partnership, announcing the intent of the State Department to work with Congress to provide $9.75 million in additional assistance…

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Collected Department Releases: Special Envoy To Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Carr Travels to Jerusalem

Collected Department Releases: Special Envoy To Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Carr Travels to Jerusalem

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 19, 2019 Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr will travel to Jerusalem February 20-21. SEAS Carr will meet with Israeli government officials and members of civil society. He will also deliver remarks to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem. Please contact [email protected] for more information. 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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Collected Department Releases: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Call With Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev

Collected Department Releases: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Call With Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 19, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan spoke today with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and congratulated him on implementation of the historic Prespa Agreement. The Deputy Secretary commended the Prime Minister for his strong leadership in securing the Agreement, which will lead to greater stability and prosperity in the Western Balkans. Deputy Secretary Sullivan emphasized that the United States looks forward to welcoming North Macedonia as the 30th member of NATO. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal…

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Russian senior lawmaker to meet with Sultan of Brunei on February 19

Russian senior lawmaker to meet with Sultan of Brunei on February 19

Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko © Valery Sharifulin/TASS BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, February 19. /TASS/. Russian Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko will meet with Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on Tuesday. “The leaders of our countries have established very trustworthy and respectful relationship. I have a request to pass a message from the Russian president to His Majesty, which I will gladly do,” Matviyenko said during a meeting with Brunei’s Legislative Council Speaker Abdul Rahman Taib. She noted that Russia considers Brunei to be a friendly country and important partner in the Asia Pacific. “We are very happy that the relations between our countries are gradually developing,”…

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Lavrov to hold talks with Slovak foreign minister on February 19

Lavrov to hold talks with Slovak foreign minister on February 19

Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov © Alexander Shcherbak/TASS MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold talks with his Slovakian counterpart Miroslav Lajcak, who also serves as the current chairperson of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Eurpoe (OSCE). Lavrov and Lajcak will discuss OSCE’s priority tasks for 2019, including the activities of the Contact Group on the settlement in eastern Ukraine, resolution of the crises in Transnistria and Nagorno-Karabakh, and countering common threats, such as international terrorism and drug trafficking. The foreign ministers will also discuss developing bilateral trade and economic and inter-parliamentary ties. This…

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Bolivian president to discuss new agreements with Russia during his July visit — minister

Bolivian president to discuss new agreements with Russia during his July visit — minister

MOSCOW, February 18. /TASS/. Bolivia’s President Evo Morales will discuss the possibility of new agreements with Russia during his visit to Moscow in July, Bolivian Foreign Minister Diego Pary said on Monday. “In July, he will travel to Russia to study the state of the entire bilateral agenda, but he can also conclude new agreements,” the minister told the Red Patria Nueva radio station. Morales earlier told Rossiya 1 TV channel that he had received an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to pay an official visit to Russia in July 2019. The Bolivian leader last visited Russia in July 2018. At that time, he…

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Collected Department Releases: Freedom of Movement for Internally Displaced Persons in Rukban

Collected Department Releases: Freedom of Movement for Internally Displaced Persons in Rukban

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC February 18, 2019 The United States applauds the recent success of the United Nations and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) humanitarian convoy which brought life-saving humanitarian assistance to more than 40,000 displaced people at the Rukban informal camp in south-eastern Syria. The delivery, complete with careful distribution to all groups and UN/SARC monitoring, ensured that aid reached all those who needed it. We urge that access for humanitarian assistance must continue to Rukban and to all areas in Syria where people are in need. The United States has long advocated and will continue to advocate for freedom of…

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Collected Department Releases: The Gambia’s National Day

Collected Department Releases: The Gambia’s National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC February 18, 2019   February 18, 2019 On behalf of the United States, I congratulate the people of The Gambia as you celebrate the 54th anniversary of your independence on February 18. We remain committed to a strong partnership with The Gambia and look forward to continued cooperation on efforts to promote democracy, good governance, and economic growth. The United States celebrates with The Gambia as you honor this historic day. 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…

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Anti-Syria sanctions cut short supplies of food, medicine – diplomat

Anti-Syria sanctions cut short supplies of food, medicine – diplomat

MUNICH, February 17. /TASS/. Sanctions against Damascus have mothballed the healthcare system and food supplies in Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin said at a discussion on Syria at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday. “Sanctions hit hard the Syrians, what is more, ordinary Syrians. The sanctions, which purportedly target the regime, actually prevent the healthcare system from developing, while people get neither electric power nor food,” he said. “Should we speak about humanitarian aid to Syria, this help should not be politicized.”. In other media

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Compromise with terrorists in Idlib is impossible, they must be eliminated – diplomat

Compromise with terrorists in Idlib is impossible, they must be eliminated – diplomat

MUNICH, February 17. /TASS/. Russia’s principled stance is that any a compromise with terrorists in Syria’s Idlib is impossible and that they must be eliminated, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin said on Sunday on the sidelines of the discussion on the Syrian settlement at the Munich Security Conference. According to the high-ranking diplomat, 90% of Idlib’s territory is controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra (terror group, outlawed in Russia). “Idlib is a serious problem, this is probably a major concentration of terrorists in the region and maybe beyond its borders,” Vershinin said. “Our principled stance is no to any compromise with terrorists, they must be eliminated.”…

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Iraq, Lebanon show interest in contributing to Astana format – Russian diplomat

Iraq, Lebanon show interest in contributing to Astana format – Russian diplomat

MUNICH, February 17. /TASS/. Iraq and Lebanon have shown interest in providing their assistance for the so-called Astana format (Russia, Turkey, Iran) on Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin told TASS on Sunday. “During our preliminary contacts these countries showed interest in better knowing and understanding what is happening in Astana and if needed to provide assistance to these processes on which we have been working in Astana,” Vershinin said. “We are only at the first stage of considering the issue [on observers],” the diplomat said. “As you know, in Sochi a decision was made that the foreign ministers should deal with this issue,…

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US pursues its own agenda regardless of consequences for others, says diplomat

US pursues its own agenda regardless of consequences for others, says diplomat

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov © Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MUNICH, February 16. /TASS/. Washington seeks to advance its own interests regardless of the consequences for global security, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters following US Vice President Michael Pence’s speech at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. “The end of the speech makes it clear that the US side wants to pursue its own agenda, regardless of the cost, or any devastating consequences for the global security system,” he stressed. In other media

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