Contents tagged with Lavrov

  • Kim Jong-un confirms his intention to visit Russia

    During a meeting with the Russian Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko, the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un confirmed his readiness to visit Russia,RIA Novosti reports.

    “He said he does not want to postpone this meeting and now through diplomatic channels, the process of setting a time and place for the visit can begin,” noted Matviyenko.

    At the same time, she added that because of a tight schedule, Kim Jong-un cannot visit the Eastern Economic Forum, to which Russian …

  • Russian Foreign Minister points to risk of Russia-US war

    The US is “engaging in Russophobic rhetoric and Russophobic actions’ which may eventually lead to a military encounter between the two countries, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a broadcast of Channel One Russia.

    According to the minister, the “intensity of emotions” goes beyond what is considered “diplomatic decency”, and “confrontation and tension are on the rise”.

    “The US initiated NATO’s movement to our borders, not merely by adopting Russia’s neighbors as new alliance …

  • Lavrov: holding Normandy format talks is 'sacrilege' after the assassination of Zakharchenko

    To hold Normandy format negotiations would be sacrilege after the assassination of the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during the TV show Bolshaya Igra (“Big Game”) on Channel One, RIA Novosti reports  .

    “We don’t refuse the Normandy format but now it will be just inappropriate and sacrilege to gather for such a meeting, especially when neither Berlin nor Paris have expressed their condemnation of this …

  • Kremlin: Normandy Format talks on Donbas not possible after Zakharchenko's assassination

    During a press conference at Putin’s residence in Bocharov Creek in Sochi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that there could be no discussion about holding future meetings in the Normandy format, because of the murder of the head of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko.

    According to Lavrov, Zakharchenko’s murder is aimed at disrupting implementation of the Minsk agreements. He also said that Kyiv did not do its part in fulfilling the Minsk …

  • Kremlin accuses Ukraine of assassinating DPR Head Zakharchenko

    The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the assassination of the leader of DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko a “terrorist act,” and officially accused Kyiv of his killing.

    “In Donetsk, the leader of the DPR, Zakharchenko has died as a result of a terrorist act. We have reasons to believe that the Kyiv regime is behind this murder,” said the official speaker of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

    She also officially accused the Ukrainian authorities of abandoning the Minsk …

  • Lavrov: Russia and Turkey agreed on joint operation in northern Syria

    Russia and Turkey agreed to prepare an operation against the militant group al-Nusrah Front, in the Syrian region of Idlib, together with forces of the Syrian President, Bashar Assad, stated the Russian Minister of Foreign Affair, Sergey Lavrov, TASS reports. “I very much hope that our partners in the West will indulge in provocations and dramatizations, and will not oppose the antiterrorist operations in the de-escalation zone against the al-Nusrah Front,” he said.

    Idlib, a refuge for …

  • US Secretary of State discusses the issue of Sentsov’s imprisonment with Lavrov

    The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a telephone conversation with the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, during which the two sides discussed the situation with the Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, reported the press service of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Mike Pompeo discussed the issue of Oleg Sentsov’s imprisonment who is accused of involvement in terrorist activities. He was given the relevant explanations,” reads the message.

    The …

  • Russian Foreign Minister: UN issued a secret directive prohibiting countries from taking part in restoration of Syria

    The political department of the UN Secretariat issued a “secret directive” that prohibits all bodies of the organization from participating in the restoration of the Syrian economy, Interfax reports  citing Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov.

    “Only humanitarian aid, nothing else,” the Minister added. He said that this was an attempt by a group of countries to manipulate the UN Secretariat “for their own geopolitical benefit.” According to Lavrov, the directive stipulates that …

  • Russian Foreign Minister complains to US Secretary of State Pompeo about new sanctions

    On Friday, August 10, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held a telephone conversation with the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in which he expressed his opposition to the new U.S. sanctions against Russia, reported the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    "The Russian side has categorically rejected Washington's announced new sanctions which were announced recently and which are connected to allegedly available information about Russia's involvement in the so-called ‘Skripals case’," the …

  • Putin and Lavrov meet with Trump's advisor Bolton in Moscow

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with U.S. President's National Security advisor John Bolton, said that Russian-American relations are in very poor condition and that one of the main reasons for this is political disagreements in the USA. According to Putin, Moscow has always tried to avoid aggravation of relations. Prior to his meeting with Putin, Bolton held closed talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

    "I regret to state that the Russian-American relations are not …