Category: Foreign Policy

Putin wishes Happy New Year to leaders of North, South American countries

Putin wishes Happy New Year to leaders of North, South American countries

MOSCOW, December 30. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent his best wishes to the leaders of various North-and South American countries on the occasion of Christmas and the New Year, expressing his hope for further development of international cooperation, the Kremlin press service informed on Sunday. In a message to Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Putin stressed that the recent talks in Buenos Aires have confirmed a friendly and constructive nature of Russian-Argentine relations. “Vladimir Putin has expressed his confidence that the realization of existing agreements would promote further development of the whole complex of bilateral relations in the spirit of comprehensive strategic partnership and…

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Putin hopes to expand partner relations with Turkey

Putin hopes to expand partner relations with Turkey

MOSCOW, December 30. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a New Year message to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he commended the successful development of relations between Russia and Turkey, the Kremlin press service informed on Sunday. “We have started construction of the first bloc of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant, we have concluded the construction of the sea leg of the Turkish Stream pipeline, and we have planned out new and prospective directions of bilateral cooperation,” Putin said. He stressed that Moscow and Ankara contribute to the fight against terrorism in Syria and promote political regulation in the country. Putin expressed…

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Putin sends Christmas wishes to Queen Elizabeth and Theresa May

Putin sends Christmas wishes to Queen Elizabeth and Theresa May

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) and British Prime Minister Theresa May © Mikhail Mettsel/TASS MOSCOW, December 30. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has wished a merry Christmas and a happy New Year to Queen Elizabeth II and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the Kremlin press service informed on Sunday. “The Russian leader… has sent his best wishes to the Queen of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Elizabeth II and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Theresa May. In his messages, Putin has wished good heath, happiness and success to them and their families. He also…

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Putin hopes for continued dialogue with Japan in New Year message to Abe

Putin hopes for continued dialogue with Japan in New Year message to Abe

MOSCOW, December 30. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent his best wishes to Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, noting that the relations between Russia and Japan have significant potential, the Kremlin press service informed on Sunday. “I hope to continue constructive dialogue, including in the sphere of expanding the legal base of bilateral cooperation and realizing joint economic projects in Russia’s Far East, as well as on issues on the international agenda, especially in light of Japan’s G20 chairmanship,” Putin noted in his message. In other media

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Russia will continue aiding Syria in fight against terrorism, says Putin

Russia will continue aiding Syria in fight against terrorism, says Putin

MOSCOW, December 30. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the occasion of the New Year, the Kremlin press service informed. The Russian leader stressed that “Russia will continue to express full support of the Syrian government and people in the fight against terrorist forces, in the protection of state sovereignty and territorial unity.” Putin also wished the Syrian citizens the soonest return to peaceful and prosperous life. In other media

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Putin hopes for continued cooperation with Germany

Putin hopes for continued cooperation with Germany

MOSCOW, December 30. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent his best wishes to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the occasion of Christmas and the New Year, expressing his hope for a continued fruitful cooperation between Russia and Germany, the Kremlin press service informed. “In a message to the Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel, the Russian leader has noted the significant experience of cooperation between the two countries in different spheres and expressed his hope that this joint work will continue – in…

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Russia-US relations key factor of strategic stability, says Putin

Russia-US relations key factor of strategic stability, says Putin

© Vyacheslav Prokofiev/TASS MOSCOW, December 30. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent his best wishes to US President Donald Trump on the occasion of Christmas and New Year holidays, the Kremlin press service informed. In his message, Putin stressed that “Russian-US relations are a key factor of ensuring strategic stability and international security”. The Russian leader also confirmed Russia’s readiness for dialogue with the US on a wide range of issues. Putin also sent best wishes to former US President George W Bush. In other media

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Collected Department Releases: Attack in Giza

Collected Department Releases: Attack in Giza

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 28, 2018 The United States strongly condemns the attack carried out today on a tourist bus in Giza. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of those killed and we wish a quick recovery for those injured. We are unaware of any American citizen casualties at this time. We stand with all Egyptians in the fight against terrorism and support the Egyptian government in bringing the perpetrators of this attack to justice. 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: Israel’s Right to Self-Defense

Collected Department Releases: Israel’s Right to Self-Defense

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 28, 2018 The United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself against Iranian regional actions that endanger Israeli national security and the safety of the Israeli people. Iranian support of and supply to terrorist groups in Syria and across the region that have the clear intent and capability to strike Israel are unacceptable. The United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself against the Iranian regime’s aggressive adventurism, and we will continue to ensure that Israel has the military capacity to do so decisively. The commitment of the Trump Administration and the American people to…

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Merkel, Macron put forward unacceptable demands to Moscow — Russian Foreign Ministry

Merkel, Macron put forward unacceptable demands to Moscow — Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW, December 29. /TASS/. Moscow believes that demands concerning human rights in Crimea and tensions in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov, put forward by Germany and France, are unacceptable, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, commenting on a joint statement German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron made on December 28. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the second part of the statement is regrettable, “in which Berlin and Paris flatly accuse Russia of violating human rights in Crimea and raising tensions in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, and also put forward unacceptable demands.” “We would like to…

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Russian, Kazakh presidents discuss bilateral cooperation

Russian, Kazakh presidents discuss bilateral cooperation

MOSCOW, December 29. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and leader of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev have discussed cooperation within the integration associations on the Eurasian space in a telephone conversation, the Kremlin press service reported. “[The two leaders] discussed the key bilateral issues and cooperation within the integration associations on the Eurasian space,” the press service said. “Some pressing international issues were raised as well.” The heads of state also exchanged warm New Year greetings, the Kremlin informed. The press service of Kazakhstan’s leader earlier reported that “during the conversation, the heads of state summed up the results of bilateral cooperation in 2018, noting the positive…

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Russia condemns terrorist attack in Egypt — Foreign Ministry

Russia condemns terrorist attack in Egypt — Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW, December 29. /TASS/. Moscow strongly condemns the Friday terrorist attack in Egypt and supports Cairo’s steps to fight extremism, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. “We confirm our principal position, as we strongly condemn all terrorist attacks, including those against foreign tourists,” the statement reads. “We also reiterate our support for the Egyptian authorities’ activities aimed at stabilizing the situation in the country. We also support Cairo’s resolute steps to fight terrorism and extremism,” the ministry added. “We offer condolences to the families and friends of the deceased and wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” the statement said. The…

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Putin, Lukashenko to discuss bilateral relations at Kremlin talks

Putin, Lukashenko to discuss bilateral relations at Kremlin talks

MOSCOW, December 29. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko will continue their talks on economic cooperation and integration within the Union State in the Kremlin on December 29, Izvestia wrote on Saturday. This is the third meeting between Putin and Lukashenko this month. However, according to Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov many problems in bilateral relations “can only be resolved at the highest level”. “The presidents will continue to talk about how to deal with the 1999 agreement on the creation of the Union State, they will have the opportunity to once again discuss and continue the conversation regarding the requests…

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2018 year of missed of opportunities in Russian-US relations — Russian ambassador

2018 year of missed of opportunities in Russian-US relations — Russian ambassador

WASHINGTON, December 28. /TASS/. The year of 2018 has become the year of missed opportunities in Russian-US relations despite Moscow’s efforts to improve the situation, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov told reporters on Friday. “2018 became the year of missed opportunities,” Antonov said adding that “the Russian side made maximum efforts to improve the situation in relations with the US.” “We handed serious proposals on concrete projects and bilateral contacts to our US colleagues,” he noted. Antonov said this year “we managed to improve the dialogue” between Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev and US National Security Advisor John Bolton, as they held…

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Russian diplomats in US work in conditions of ‘extreme spy mania’, ambassador says

Russian diplomats in US work in conditions of ‘extreme spy mania’, ambassador says

WASHINGTON, December 28. /TASS/. Russian diplomats in the United States have to work in the conditions of extreme spy mania, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov told reporters on Friday. “They have to work in the conditions of extreme spy mania, which led to the largest expulsion of diplomats from the US and closure of another consulate general. The workload for remaining staff of Russian foreign missions has increased,” Antonov said. “Strict rules remain in place for movements of embassy workers and Russian official delegation on the territory of the United States. The practice of limiting contacts between our workers and representatives of US…

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Putin and Merkel discuss Syrian settlement over phone — Kremlin

Putin and Merkel discuss Syrian settlement over phone — Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin © Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has held a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Kremlin press service said on Friday. “The sides discuss in detail the Syrian conflict with an emphasis on the implementation of the decisions made at the four-party summit (Russia, Turkey, Germany, France) held on October 27 in Istanbul. Vladimir Putin stressed that the work of countries guarantors of the Astana process on forming the lists of constitutional committee members creates conditions for achieveing a long-term and stable settlement in Syria,” the press service said. The…

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London fears closing RT would trigger tit-for-tat backlash against BBC, says ambassador

London fears closing RT would trigger tit-for-tat backlash against BBC, says ambassador

MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. British authorities are aware that shutting down RT’s branch in London will result in consequences for the BBC’s office in Russia, Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko told the Rossiya 24 TV channel. “The RT TV channel has come under strong pressure. It is becoming popular here and a lot of people watch it and want to see an alternative viewpoint. So, the channel has started facing some serious heat. The thing is that they cannot close it immediately, moreover, there is an understanding that if RT is closed here in London, similar measures will be taken against the BBC,”…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Trip to Brazil and Colombia

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Trip to Brazil and Colombia

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 27, 2018 U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Brazil and Colombia from December 31-January 2. From December 31-January 2, Secretary Pompeo will lead the Presidential Delegation to Brasilia to attend the inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro, President-elect of Brazil. In addition to joining inauguration-related events, he will participate in a bilateral meeting with incoming President Bolsonaro and Foreign Minister Araujo to reaffirm the strong U.S.-Brazil partnership in promoting prosperity, security, education, and democracy. While in Brasilia, Secretary Pompeo will also participate in bilateral meetings with Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin…

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Lavrov blasts West’s refusal to participate in Syria’s reconstruction

Lavrov blasts West’s refusal to participate in Syria’s reconstruction

MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. Russia believes that the West’s refusal to help Syrians reconstruct their country is counterproductive and against the norms of international humanitarian law, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters after a meeting with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi. “We want refugees to return in full compliance with the norms of international humanitarian law, including ensuring their security, their property rights and decent living conditions in the areas where they will come back,” Lavrov said. “Russia has already helped the Syrian government create normal living conditions, including ensuring water and electricity supply, education for children, medical services in the settlements, where tens…

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Lavrov calls for resuming joint efforts on Middle East settlement

Lavrov calls for resuming joint efforts on Middle East settlement

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov © Vyacheslav Prokofyev/TASS MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. It is essential to resume the joint work on the Palestinian-Israeli settlement as soon as possible, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Friday at a joint news conference following meeting with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman al-Safadi. “We discussed the Middle East settlement, expressing profound concern about the erosion of the generally accepted international legal framework for the Palestinian-Israeli settlement,” Russia’s top diplomat noted. “We believe it is fundamentally important to resume as soon as possible the joint work on rescuing the foundations of the Palestinian-Israeli settlement involving the ‘quartet’ of international mediators…

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Failure of West’s schemes to stifle Russia’s progress major outcome of 2018, says senator

Failure of West’s schemes to stifle Russia’s progress major outcome of 2018, says senator

MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. The West’s failed attempt to contain Russia’s development is the major outcome of 2018, when the sanctions pressure against Moscow reached its peak, Chairman of the Russian Federation Council’s (upper house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev told TASS. “I sincerely believe that the outgoing year’s key outcome is the failure by the West to stifle Russia’s development. Undoubtedly, 2018 turned out to be the pinnacle year in sanctions pressure on our country. This situation had been building up throughout all the previous years. But I would like to believe that this peak is behind us due to the simple…

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Lavrov to hold talks with Hamas leader on January 15

Lavrov to hold talks with Hamas leader on January 15

MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold a meeting with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, Russian Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told reporters on Friday. “The meeting with Hanieyh is scheduled for January 15,” he said. According to Bogdanov, during the talks the parties will discuss “the situation in the Middle East, the Palestinian-Israeli settlement, the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, particularly in the Gaza Strip, and the task of restoring the Palestinian unity.” Lavrov earlier said that he had discussed with his Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Maliki the expediency of holding a…

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Armenia’s acting premier says he discussed bilateral ties, gas at meeting with Putin

Armenia’s acting premier says he discussed bilateral ties, gas at meeting with Putin

YEEREVAN, December 28. /TASS/. Armenia’s acting prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, said he discussed the strategy of bilateral relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their talks in Moscow on December 27. The Armenian premier’s visit to Russia and meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 27 was the first since his bloc won presidential elections in Armenia on December 9. Pashinyan’s bloc will control 88 out 132 seats in the country’s parliament. “Our talks concerned the strategy of our further relations. I would like to stress that we have total understanding on the matter. This meeting was to sum up the results of our…

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Russian ambassador hails Kazakhstan’s peacekeeping efforts

Russian ambassador hails Kazakhstan’s peacekeeping efforts

ASTANA, December 27. /TASS/. Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, has become a site where peace initiatives are generated owing to President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian Ambassador to Kazakhstan Alexei Borodavkin said in an interview with TASS on Thursday. “Russia pays close attention to all ideas and suggestions coming from Kazakhstan. Moscow highly values the experience and leadership of one of the most influential world politicians in the post-Soviet space, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev,” the senior diplomat said, citing as an example Kazakhstan’s presidency of the OSCE, successful non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council in 2017-2018. “As for the peacekeeping efforts, Astana has indeed become…

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Russian envoy slams Kiev’s behavior in Contact Group as provocative

Russian envoy slams Kiev’s behavior in Contact Group as provocative

MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. The Ukrainian side’s behavior at talks of the Contact Group for settling the crisis in Donbass is becoming more and more provocative, Russia’s envoy to the Minsk talks Boris Gryzlov said after a video conference of the security subgroup on Thursday. “Of late, representatives of the Ukrainian delegation to the Contact Group have often gone hysterical. Their behavior in the Contact Group is becoming more conflict-ridden and provocative both in regard to the other party to the conflict – Donetsk and Lugansk, and against the mediators – Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe,” Gryzlov said. During the…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Iraqi President Barham Salih

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Iraqi President Barham Salih

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Iraqi President Barham Salih. Secretary Pompeo discussed the recent territorial defeat of ISIS in Syria with President Salih and reaffirmed U.S. support for Iraq as it continues to fight ISIS remnants and builds a more stable, prosperous future. The Secretary also stressed the importance of our long-term bilateral partnership, anchored by the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement, and the necessity of supporting Iraq’s economic development and independence. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this…

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Russia, China to bolster ties in 2019 — envoy

Russia, China to bolster ties in 2019 — envoy

BEIJING, December 27. /TASS/. Russia and China are successfully developing bilateral ties in all areas of partnership cooperation, but this process should not be suspended and in 2019 will require mutual hard efforts both from Moscow and Beijing, Russian Ambassador to China Andrei Denisov said on Thursday. “Russian-Chinese bilateral relations of cooperation in all areas are successfully developing with high dynamics. However, as possible, in the coming year 2019 both Russia and China should concentrate to galvanize their efforts,” he noted at the exhibition in the National Museum of China devoted to the 40th anniversary of China’s policy of economic openness and reform. “For example,…

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Russia, Turkey to hold talks on Syria soon — Russia’s Foreign Ministry

Russia, Turkey to hold talks on Syria soon — Russia’s Foreign Ministry

© Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. Russia and Turkey will hold high-level talks on Syria in Moscow in the near future, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. “The meeting with a representative Turkish delegation is in the works. The high-level contacts on Syria might be held in Moscow in the near future,” the ministry said. Earlier in the day, Omer Celik, spokesman for the Justice and Development Party headed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that a high-ranking Turkish delegation would visit Russia on December 29. The delegation is expected to bring together Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin,…

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Moscow slams Israeli strikes against Syria

Moscow slams Israeli strikes against Syria

Russian Foreign Ministry © Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. Israel’s air strikes on the outskirts of Damascus grossly violate Syria’s sovereignty along with resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. “The fact of the strikes and the way they were delivered is a question of our most serious concern. There is every indication that Syria’s sovereignty was grossly violated along with UN Security Council’s resolutions, including Resolution 1701,” the ministry stressed. The Russian Foreign Ministry emphasized the manner of strikes conducted by Israel’s Air Force. “The air strikes were again conducted by the Israeli aircraft under cover…

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Putin comments on upcoming visit to Serbia

Putin comments on upcoming visit to Serbia

© Oksana Toskic/TASS MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. The Russian president’s upcoming visit to Serbia will strengthen the relationship between the two countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in New Year’s greetings to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday. “I am convinced that our scheduled meeting in Belgrade will further cement our mutually beneficial cooperation in a wide range of fields,” Vucic’s press service said citing the Russian president’s greetings. “I wish happiness, good health and success to you, your family and friends, and well-being and prosperity to the Serbian fraternal nation,” says a message handed to the Serbian president by Russia’s Ambassador in Belgrade Alexander Chepurin.…

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