Category: Politics & Diplomacy

Putin, Erdogan may hold talks at Tehran summit — media

Putin, Erdogan may hold talks at Tehran summit — media

© EPA-EFE/STR MOSCOW, August 17. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan can hold a separate meeting in Tehran in early September, Izvestia daily writes on Friday citing Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “Separate negotiations between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be held in Tehran during the Russia-Turkey-Iran summit in September,” the newspaper quotes Peskov as saying. According to the Kremlin spokesman, the summit of the Russian, Turkish, German and French leaders in Istanbul will not take place. This information has been confirmed by the Turkish president’s administration and the Turkish Foreign Ministry. Earlier reports said that the…

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US, Russian senior officials to discuss arms control, Iran in Geneva — agency

WASHINGTON, August 17. /TASS/. U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton will meet with a senior Russian official in Geneva next week to discuss the implementation of arms control treaties, as well as Iran and Syria, Reuters reported on Thursday citing a US administration official. Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev will represent Moscow at the talks, the agency said. According to the agency, the sides are expected to discuss, among other things, the implementation of Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START treaty) and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. No further information is available. The…

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New US sanctions aim to punish Russia for stance on Korean settlement — Foreign Ministry

New US sanctions aim to punish Russia for stance on Korean settlement — Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW, August 16./TASS/. By imposing new sanctions, the US is trying to punish Russia for its committed position on the Korean settlement, including within the framework of the UN Security Council, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a communique on Thursday after Russia’s Profinet Company and its general manager had been blacklisted. “Washington did not bother to present any proof or at least to comment on the motives behind its decision. Behind Washington’s new anti-Russian actions we see an attempt to ‘punish’ our country for its principled position on the North Korean subject, including within the framework of the UN Security Council,” the Foreign Ministry…

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Putin offers condolences on death of former Indian prime minister

NEW DELHI, August 16. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his deepest condolences over the death of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “Atal Bihari Vajpayee enjoyed a high international reputation with good reason. He will be remembered as a politician who made a great personal contribution to the development of friendly relations between our countries and the development of Russian-Indian highly privileged strategic partnership. I would like to offer my sincere condolences and words of support to the relatives and friends of the deceased, the government and the Indian people,” the Russian leader said in a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra…

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Putin, Armenian PM discuss bilateral cooperation

MOSCOW, August 16. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan have held a telephone call, discussing bilateral issues, the Kremlin press service said in a statement. “There was a discussion of pressing bilateral issues and cooperation within various integration associations, including the CSTO [Collective Security Treaty Organization],” the statement reads. According to the Kremlin press service, the telephone call was initiated by Armenia.

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Work underway on Russia-Turkey-Iran summit on Syria — Kremlin

Work underway on Russia-Turkey-Iran summit on Syria — Kremlin

© Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, August 16. /TASS/. Work is in progress on the third meeting of the Russian, Turkish, and Iranian leaders on the Syrian settlement scheduled to be held at the beginning of September, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “The possibility of holding another trilateral meeting in early September is being explored. After the three presidents’ schedules are agreed on through diplomatic channels, we will let you know,” Peskov said. Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin earlier said that the third meeting between the Turkish, Russian and Iranian leaders on Syria was scheduled to be held in Tehran in the first week of September.…

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US wants to limit Russia’s use of new technologies under Open Skies Treaty, expert says

WASHINGTON, August 16. /TASS./ The US is trying to limit Russia’s use of modern technologies as part of the Open Skies Treaty, Daryl G. Kimball, Executive Director of the Arms Control Association (ACA) told TASS. He referred to the new version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDDA) which was drafted on the initiative of several congressmen. According to Kimball, the U.S. government is not suspending its implementation of the Open Skies Treaty, which is important for transparency and confidence-building for the U.S. and its NATO partners and for Russia. However, there is an ongoing dispute between Republican members of Congress about whether to upgrade…

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Russia is ready to abolish visas for some categories of Turkish citizens

Russia is ready to abolish visas for some categories of Turkish citizens

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu © Alexander Shcherbak/TASS ANKARA, August 15. /TASS/. Russia is ready to abolish visa regime for some categories of Turkish citizens, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at the 10th annual Ambassadors’ Conference in Ankara on Wednesday. “We reached agreements with Russia to abolish visas for businessmen and holders of official passports,” the TRT TV channel quoted him as saying. According to Cavusoglu, the Russian-Turkish working group will discuss this issue after Eid al-Adha, which is celebrated in the country this year on August 21-24. The official passports include passports for senior officials and diplomats In 2010, an agreement was signed under…

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Russian envoy regrets UN structures got involved in case of filmmaker Sentsov

GENEVA, August 15. /TASS/. Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva Gennady Gatilov regrets that the UN human rights structures got involved in the campaign that demands that Russia release Oleg Sentsov, who is serving a prison term on terrorism charges. The statement of three UN special rapporteurs – David Kaye, Dainius Puras and Michel Forst – was released earlier on Wednesday, in which they called on Russia’s authorities “to unconditionally release him [Sentsov] as a matter of urgency.” There are grounds to assume that the activity of UN special procedures is part of a staged…

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Russian diplomat slams UN Refugee Agency’s support for White Helmets’ provocative actions

SVETLOGORSK /Kaliningrad Region/, August 15. /TASS/. Russia considers any support of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for the provocative activity of the Syrian non-government organization White Helmets a mistake, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at Wednesday’s briefing, commenting on the information of the UNHCR’s participation in the evacuation of the White Helmets from Syria. “We paid attention to the media reports of the UNHCR’s participation in the evacuation from Syria of a large group of activists from the notorious White Helmets, that represented itself as a humanitarian organization, but was in fact a tool for the hybrid information-propaganda fight that a number of…

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Putin to attend Austrian foreign minister’s wedding

Putin to attend Austrian foreign minister’s wedding

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl © AP Photo/Ronald Zak SOCHI, August 15. /TASS/. On his way to Berlin on August 18 Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl’s wedding, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “Yes, he will make a stop there on his way to Berlin,” Peskov said. Presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said Putin had been invited by Austria’s foreign minister and the forthcoming trip to Berlin offered an opportunity to accept. “We’ll be there with congratulations,” Ushakov said. The ceremony will take place amid vineyards in the south of Styria on Saturday, August 18. According to the press-services of the Russian…

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Russian Foreign Ministry urges EU to assist returning Syrian refugees

Russian Foreign Ministry urges EU to assist returning Syrian refugees

© AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis MOSCOW, August 15. /TASS/. The Russian Foreign Ministry has urged the leadership of the European Union to return Syrian refugees home, ministry’s representative Nikolai Burtsev told a session of the of the interdepartmental coordination headquarters supervising the return of refugees to Syria on Wednesday. “Russia’s Permanent Representative to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said as he met with EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship [Dimitris] Avramopoulos that assistance to the Russian initiative for the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland would be objectively in the interests of the European Union,”Burtsev said. Chizhov said the return of refugees meets the…

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Moscow blasts claims about Syrian refugees being in danger as ‘absurd’

Moscow blasts claims about Syrian refugees being in danger as ‘absurd’

© AP Photo/Sergei Grits SVETLOGORSK /Kaliningrad Region/, August 15. /TASS/. Claims that the current situation in Syria is too dangerous for the refugees’ return are absurd, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated during Wednesday’s press briefing. “International institutions and the international community all take part in the evacuation of White Helmets, while peaceful existence is returning to Syria. And the return of civilians to Syria, of refugees who want to come back – everyone, or at least the majority of people distance themselves from it or even say that it’s too early, it’s not safe,” Zakharova said. “It’s an interesting story: when these civilians were…

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Diplomat points out increasing NATO's budget will unlikely ensure European security

Diplomat points out increasing NATO’s budget will unlikely ensure European security

SVETLOGORSK /Kaliningrad region/, August 15. /TASS/. Plans to boost NATO member states’ military spendings to two percent of their GDP and calls for raising the limit to four percent will not help ensure security in Europe but will create additional risks, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Wednesday. According to her, “all this definitely does not contribute to ensuring security in Europe, but on the contrary, it creates additional risks.” “A declaration adopted at the North Atlantic Alliance’s June summit reiterates the goal to increase NATO members’ military spendings to two percent of their GDP,” Zakharova pointed out. “At the…

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Diplomat: Salisbury and Amesbury incidents remind of Iraqi chemical weapons tale

SVETLOGORSK /Kaliningrad region/, August 15. /TASS/. The United States and Great Britain are guided by false facts while making decisions on sanctions against Russia in connection with the Salisbury and Amesbury incidents, just like they did in 2003 to justify their invasion in Iraq, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Wednesday. “US politicians immediately joined in the provocation involving Russian citizens in Great Britain and announced new sanctions against Russia,” Zakharova said. “We view decisions based on allegations as biased and politically motivated.” “All this reminds of the tale of Iraqi chemical weapons. The same two countries – the US…

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Russia expects full-fledged cooperation with Greece to be restored

© Artiom Geodakyan/TASS SVETLOGORSK /Kaliningrad Region/, August 15. /TASS/. Russia considers the current situation in relations with Greece to be abnormal and hopes it will be possible to overcome it as soon as possible, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters at a press briefing on Wednesday. The diplomat recalled that Moscow had never initiated any steps, which resulted in the deterioration of Russian-Greek relations. “On the contrary, we continue to be committed to the comprehensive development of cooperation with Greece,” Zakharova noted. “We believe the current situation is abnormal and temporary, and we hope it will be possible to overcome it as soon as…

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Kiev’s ‘Magnitsky List’ violates international law, diplomat says

SVETLOGORSK /Kaliningrad region/, August 15. /TASS/. Moscow will consider Kiev’s move to include Russian politicians in the so-called “Magnitsky List” as a blatant violation of international law, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Wednesday, commenting on the Ukrainian authorities’ plan to compile a blacklist similar to the United States’ Magnitsky List. “The blacklist that the Kiev regime plans to compile, which can be compared to the Magnitsky List, is just another attempt to introduce unilateral restrictions that run counter to international law and the practice of civilized interaction between states,” Zakharova said. “It seems that the Ukrainian authorities are following…

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Russian diplomat comments on situation on Korean peninsula

Russian diplomat comments on situation on Korean peninsula

© AP Photo/Lee Jin-man SVETLOGORSK /Kaliningrad Region/, August 15. /TASS/. Russia hopes that the positive tendencies, which have appeared recently in the negotiating process on regulating the situation on the Korean peninsula, will remain, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated on Wednesday. “We assume that these negotiations will be based on mutual respect, and that the positive tendency that has existed for the last several months will not go away,” the diplomat noted. “We hope that the parties will be able to move forward, and there will be no backtracking.” The negotiation process launched on the Korean Peninsula gives a real chance to settle the…

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Russia to complete investigation into Salisbury, Amesbury incidents — Foreign Ministry

Russia to complete investigation into Salisbury, Amesbury incidents — Foreign Ministry

© AP Photo/Matt Dunham SVETLOGORSK /Kaliningrad region/, August 15. /TASS/. Moscow will continue demanding that facts concerning the poisonings in Salisbury and Amesbury be presented until London and Washington admit that both the incidents are just a huge provocation, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told participants in the Balartek international educational youth forum taking place in Russia’s Kaliningrad region. “We will give clear and professional responses to provocations such as those that took place in Salisbury and Amesbury, we will present facts demanding information in return,” Zakharova stressed. “We will work to bring these things to a conclusion until the United States and Great Britain…

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Russian diplomat says US fails to settle international conflicts

Russian diplomat says US fails to settle international conflicts

© Vitaliy Nevar/TASS SVETLOGORSK /Kaliningrad Region/, August 15. /TASS/. The United States, which all the way emphasizes its exclusiveness, has failed to cope with the role of the superman in settling international conflicts, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said while meeting participants in the international youth educational forum Baltartek. She said many countries might have supported the concept of the United States’ exclusiveness, if only Washington was able “to really bring more stability into this world, enhance security, make peace between countries, eliminate conflicts and prevent more ones.” “Who would’ve been against? It’s tremendous political, financial and moral responsibility,” Zakharova said. “To be the superman…

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Iran nuclear deal survives after US’ exit — Russian diplomat

Iran nuclear deal survives after US’ exit — Russian diplomat

BRUSSELS, August 15. /TASS/. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iran nuclear program continues to exist after the US ceased to be a part of it, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told journalists on Wednesday, commenting on the measures taken by the EU to protect European businesses from US sanctions. “At the present moment, we can state that after the US’ exit, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action did not perish. The remaining five countries (Russia, China, France, UK, and Germany – TASS) continue to work on maintaining trade and economic cooperation with Iran in conditions of American sanctions,”…

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Russian representatives to meet with US national security adviser next week — Kremlin

Russian representatives to meet with US national security adviser next week — Kremlin

US National Security Adviser John Bolton © AP Photo/Evan Vucci MOSCOW, August 15. /TASS/. Preparations are being made for a meeting between Russian representatives and US National Security Adviser John Bolton, which is scheduled to take place in Geneva next week, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed. “Preparations for such a meeting are indeed underway,” he said. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on August 14 that Bolton would meet with representatives of Israel and Ukraine, as well as with his Russian counterpart, in Geneva next week. The Russian Security Council’s office said earlier that there were plans to arrange a meeting between Security Council Secretary Nikolai…

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Recalled Greek ambassador to leave Moscow in late September — source

Recalled Greek ambassador to leave Moscow in late September — source

Andreas Fryganas © Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, August 15. /TASS/. Recalled Greek Ambassador to Russia Andreas Fryganas will leave Moscow this coming fall, most likely in late September, a Greek diplomatic source informed TASS over the phone on Wednesday. “There is no specific date yet for the ambassador’s return to Greece,” the source said. “He is likely to leave Russia in the autumn, in late September.” Last week, a Greek diplomatic source told TASS that Fryganas was recalled to Athens. He will be replaced by a new ambassador. On July 11, the Greek Kathimerini daily reported citing diplomatic sources that Athens had decided to expel two Russian…

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Mexico interested in developing security cooperation with Moscow — Russian ambassador

MEXICO, August 15. /TASS/. The government of Mexico is interested in developing cooperation between law-enforcement and security bodies of the two states, Russia’s ambassador to Mexico, Viktor Koronelli, told reporters on Tuesday. He said that last year, four law enforcement officers from Mexico underwent a training program, organized by the Russian Interior Ministry. Their colleagues are expected to attend such courses in the future. “Judging by the information that I have, the interest is huge, therefore, this type of cooperation will be stepped up further,” he said. Besides, the two states plan to sign agreements on cooperation between the two states’ prosecutor general’s offices and…

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Putin says ready to meet Kim Jong Un — KCNA

Putin says ready to meet Kim Jong Un — KCNA

Russian President Vladimir Putin © Mikhail Klimentyev/TASS TOKYO, August 15. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was ready for a personal meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the KCNA news agency reported, citing a congratulatory telegram from the Russian leader on the occasion of the Liberation Day, marked by the two Koreas on Wednesday. “I assure you that I am ready to meet you in the near future to discuss pressing issues of bilateral relations and important regional problems,” the agency quoted the telegram as saying. Putin also said the relations between the two states keep developing in a “friendly and constructive manner.”…

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Russia, Mexico work on package of important bilateral deals — ambassador

MEXICO, August 15. /TASS/. Russia and Mexico are currently working on a package of important bilateral agreements on various aspects of cooperation, Russia’s ambassador to Mexico, Viktor Koronelli, told reporters on Tuesday. “Quite a lot of serious and important documents are currently on our bilateral agenda,” said the ambassador, who took office on August 3. “This includes agreements on air traffic, sea navigation, crime prevention, as well as a full-fledged visa-free travel agreement and an interstate extradition deal.” The ambassador described the package as “a serious, solid set of agreements which is at the stage of preparation.” “In some areas, the progress is quick, but,…

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Putin says ready to meet Kim Jong Un in person — KCNA

Putin says ready to meet Kim Jong Un in person — KCNA

Russian President Vladimir Putin © Mikhail Klimentyev/TASS TOKYO, August 15. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was ready for a personal meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the KCNA news agency reported, citing a congratulatory telegram from the Russian leader on the occasion of the Liberation Day, marked by the two Koreas on Wednesday. “I assure you that I am ready to meet you in the near future to discuss pressing issues of bilateral relations and important regional problems,” the agency quoted the telegram as saying. Putin also said the relations between the two states keep developing in a “friendly and constructive manner.”…

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Russian, Lebanese officials discuss return of Syrian refugees

MOSCOW, August 14. /TASS/. Issues of the return of Syrian refugees were in focus of a meeting between Russian president’s epical envoy for the Middle East and African countries and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and visiting leader of the Lebanese Democratic Party and acting Minister for the Displaced Talal Arslan, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday. “The sides discussed issues of the Syrian crisis settlement, including return of Syrian refugees from Lebanon,” the ministry said. The sides also exchanged views on the development of the situation in and around Lebanon. “The Russian side reiterated its position in support of independence, sovereignty and territorial…

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