Contents tagged with Lavrov

  • Japanese Foreign Minister: Peace treaty negotiations with Russia must be accelerated

    Tokyo would like the peace treaty negotiations with Russia to be concluded as soon as possible, said Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in a press conference in Sapporo, Hokkaido, after returning from a visit to Moscow.

    The foreign minister stressed the importance of finding an arrangement that satisfies both parties.

    “We would like to conclude these negotiations as quickly as possible, taking into account the old age of the former inhabitants of the four northern islands. We must conclude …

  • Lavrov after talks with Pompeo: US does not want war in Venezuela

    After meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday 6 May, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters that no one in the world wants the Venezuelan crisis to end in war. However, he believes that any US military operation in the Latin American country could have catastrophic consequences.

    “From my contact with American and other colleagues – European and Latin American – I do not see any proponents of a reckless military solution. I hope that this understanding which we …

  • Lavrov: Russia will ensure safety of Northern Sea Route

    Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, commenting on the statement by the U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, stated to the journalists that the Northern Sea Route is a national traffic artery, and Russia will ensure its safety.

    "We [with Pompeo] did not discuss the Northern Sea Route. The Northern Sea Route is the Russian national artery. As a coastal state, we are fully responsible for the safety of the operation of this route in full compliance with international law. Just as …

  • Maduro asks Russia for more soldiers and protection from sanctions

    The contingent of Russian soldiers in Venezuela may be enlarged, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced on Monday after a visit to Moscow where he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

    Arreaza said that, in addition to military support, Caracas is counting on Russia’s support to overcome the US financial sanctions that have cut off the Nicolas Maduro regime from a significant portion of its oil dollars.

    “We hope that with Russia’s support we will be able to establish …

  • Lavrov: Russia is monitoring negotiations between Warsaw and Washington regarding U.S military deployment in Poland

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergeye Lavrov announced that a planned increase in the number of the U.S. soldiers in Poland would be a violation of the fundamental Russia-NATO act.

    “This reflects the United States’ policy of breaking all the security arrangements in the Euro-Atlantic region. In this case, it is about undermining one of the key provisions of the founding act between Russia and NATO, according to which substantial combat forces in the territory of new NATO members should not be …

  • Lavrov: Russia will no longer listen to the United States lectures

    The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, in an interview with the program Main subjects with Olga Belova on the TV channel Star, announced that Russia no longer intends to attend Russia-NATO Council meetings, and will participate only at the military level.

    He noted that “if Washington wants serious talks, it is necessary to assemble a Russia-NATO Council at the military level”.

    According to Sergey Lavrov, this is decision is based on the fact that Moscow is no longer going to “listen …

  • Lavrov ‘allows’ Ukrainian Navy ships to pass through the Kerch Strait

    Ukrainian warships can pass through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of ​​Azov without any problems, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview to the TV network “Zvezda”, reported RIA Novosti.

    “As we have said many times, the fact is that Ukrainian warships can pass from the Black Sea to its ports in the Sea of ​​Azov without any problems. The only condition is that the safety standards for traversing the Kerch Strait must be observed,” he said.

    On 25 November last year, Russia  …

  • Russian Foreign Minister comments on attacks in Syria without mentioning Israel

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was extremely evasive in his comments to Arab journalists about the Israeli operations in Syria.

    In an interview with the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram ahead of his visit to Egypt, Lavrov answered many questions concerning Russia-Egypt relations and developments in the Middle East.

    One of the questions he was asked was whether Moscow’s stance on the “Israel’s ongoing bombardments of Syrian territory” had grown “softer” compared to its stance in 2018, when …

  • Russian Foreign Minister complains about U.S. reluctance to cooperate on cybersecurity

    Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, in an interview with the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets, spoke about the United States refusal to cooperate on cybersecurity issues.

    According to Lavrov, after Washington accused Moscow of interfering in the United States presidential elections, Russian diplomats asked their U.S counterparts to provide the evidence of such interference to them.

    He stated that in both Russia and the United States, “there is such organization as the Nuclear Risk …

  • Lavrov: NATO bombed Yugoslavia to get closer to Russian border

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 was needed by NATO in order to move east, closer to the Russian border. Lavrov also said that, at the time, Washington was tempted to take control of the entire world situation and to stop being guided by the UN Charter when dealing with international problems. The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry is convinced that western countries will go to any lengths to prevent new investigations into possible crimes by …