Contents tagged with Lavrov

  • Lavrov and Tillerson conduct telephone conversation to discuss Ukraine

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the situation in the Donbas during a recent telephone conversation. According to the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the telephone conversation was initiated by the Americans.

    During the conversation, the representatives of the Russian Federation and the US touched upon the Minsk agreements.

    "The importance of further engagement of the bilateral channel of consultations was confirmed, in …

  • Lavrov complains about 'oppression of Russian-speaking Ukrainians' because of Ukrainian education law

    During the 24th OSCE Ministerial Council in Vienna, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the new Ukrainian law on education oppresses “millions of Russian-speaking Ukrainians” , RIA Novosti reported.

    The head of the foreign policy department believes that Brussels has not responded to the Ukrainian law with sufficient harshness. According to him, it “violates Kyiv’s international obligations” and is directed against the Russian language, which “millions of citizens of Ukraine” …

  • Lavrov: US used Russian Zapad-2017 exercises as a pretext to deploy more troops to Poland and Baltics

    Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview for Belarusian television that the US and NATO fears over the Zapad-2017 military exercises were just a pretext for the deployment of troops in Poland and the Baltic States.

    According to Lavrov, "the West was not so much afraid but tried to use the exercises as an excuse to start hysteria."

    "Everyone who wanted to come to these exercises found that everything was transparent. But, amid the growing hysteria, our American colleagues …

  • Moscow prepares for a meeting between Lavrov and Tillerson in Vienna

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia has announced the possibility of a meeting between the heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the United States and Russia, to occur in Vienna on December 7-8, Radio Liberty reports.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that a meeting in Vienna between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is "being worked out."

    The US Department of State previously reported that a meeting between Lavrov and Tillerson had …

  • Lavrov calls UN peacekeepers in the Donbas 'occupying forces'

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov considers US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker's statement on the mandatory withdrawal of Russian troops from the Donbas to contradict the efforts of the Normandy format countries.

    "There is a way forward: it is an unswerving, conscientious implementation of the Minsk agreements. This has long been carefully handled by the assistants of our leaders in the Normandy format, who agree on a 'road map' that synchronizes steps that increase …

  • Lavrov: Russia has difficulties sharing its northern territories with Norway

    Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov indicated that there were problems with the Norwegian authorities on sharing the Svalbard archipelago, Interfax reports.

    "Of course, we believe that the situation around our interaction in the archipelago could be more constructive. We support ensuring the items of the treaty on Spitsbergen, that they should be strictly observed by its all participants," Lavrov said.

    According to the Minister, "sometimes we have problems with our Norwegian …

  • Lavrov: It is difficult to imagine how the US will withdraw from Iran nuclear deal

    Commenting on US plans to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it was difficult to imagine how the US could legally withdraw from the agreement, reported RIA Novosti.

    "The whole package was approved by UN Security Council resolution, which is subject to mandatory implementation. And, frankly speaking, I do not know what the Americans will announce in the coming days... but given the status that this arrangement has, including the decision to …

  • Lavrov: Relations between Russia and the US were ruined by Obama

    The Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs has said that Moscow hopes for an exit from the impasse in Russian-American relations and is ready to seek ways to improve them, as he discussed during an interview with the inter-Arab newspaper Asharq Al Awsat, RIA Novosti reported.

    "There is hope for the withdrawal of cooperation based on the artificially created impasse, but the future of relations depends not only on us, but also on the Americans," Lavrov said.

    According to him, the fact that …

  • Lavrov: the US will not strike North Korea because of Pyongyang nuclear capabilities

    The US will not attack North Korea, because they are certain that Pyongyang has nuclear weapons, as stated by the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, in an interview on NTV channel.

    "The Americans will not strike [North] Korea, because they not only suspect, but they know for sure, that they have nuclear bombs," the Minister said. According to him, President Vladimir Putin, "more than once" said that "it is impossible to imagine" that the United States, or other countries have …

  • Russian Foreign Minister: US is 'an uninvited guest' in Syria

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, during a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said that the United States is an uninvited guest in Syria, RIA Novosti reported.

    "We confirmed our position that, despite the recognition of the presence of the American coalition in Syria, it is still an uninvited guest," Lavrov told reporters after the meeting.

    "We see that this is a reality, and we see that this can be used to combat terrorism along with the actions that the Syrian army is …