Contents tagged with Russian Foreign Ministry

  • Russia to expand blacklist of EU officials

     The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will expand the list of EU member state representatives that are banned from entering Russia, according to an official statement released by the ministry.

    The ministry indicated that the European Union has recently taken unilateral restrictive measures against Russians.

    “For this reason, Russia will expand a reciprocal list of EU member state representatives and EU institutions that are banned from entering the territory of the Russian Federation. The …

  • Russia summons Spanish ambassador over ‘old enemy’ remark

    Spanish Ambassador to Moscow Fernando Valderrama has been summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry over a comment made by acting Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell.

    In an interview with El Periodico, Borrell mentioned Russia only once, while talking about changes in the world. “A lot has changed. Our ally (the US) is turning its back on us. Our old enemy, Russia, is once again asserting itself and posing a threat, and China is becoming a rival,” he said, adding that in such a situation …

  • Russian Foreign Ministry confirms death of three officers in Syria

    The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that three officers from the Russian contingent in Syria, who were officially reported missing in February 2019, were killed in Syria.

    On February 22 in Syria, a car with three Russian servicemen, a major and two colonels, was ambushed by Islamic State militants. For a long time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not confirm the death of the servicemen, claiming that they were simply missing. However, it became known later that the military were …

  • Russia refuses to destroy controversial 9M729 missiles

    The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Russia will not destroy systems with the 9M729 missile as requested by the United States, reports RIA Novosti.

    Washington blames Moscow for violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) by testing the 9M729 missile. The United States demanded that Russia destroy the missiles within six months and threatened to withdraw from the INF Treaty if this does not happen.

    “We cannot agree to destroy complexes with our missile,” stated …

  • Russian Foreign Ministry: Western sanctions against Russia are ‘hypocritical'

    On Saturday, Moscow condemned the “hypocrisy” of new Western sanctions imposed against a number of Russian officials because of their involvement in the seizure of Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait last year. The Kremlin warned that Russia will respond to the Western states’ actions.

    On Friday, the United States, Canada and the European Union introduced new sanctions against more than a dozen Russian officials and companies in response to the ongoing Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine.

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  • Russia sends a note of protest to Ukraine because of the termination of the Friendship Treaty

    According to the statement published by Russian Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation sent a note of protest to Ukraine due to the termination of the Friendship Treaty.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry accused Ukraine of violating the treaty in 2004 by ratifying a memorandum on supporting the operations of NATO, as well as by amending Ukraine’s Military Doctrine, which declared NATO membership as a strategic goal of Ukraine. In addition, Moscow criticized the …

  • Russia accuses US embassy employee of an attempt to smuggle a land mine through Sheremetyevo airport

    Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport officials discovered a land mine with a fuse, but without an explosive when inspecting the luggage of the United States embassy employee. According to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs report, an object resembling a land mine was discovered on Saturday morning, March 9, during the screening of luggage belonging to the U.S. embassy employee when he entered the airport’s D terminal.

    Airport security specialists confirmed that it was indeed a land mine with a …

  • Kremlin: Russia’s goal is to prevent a 'color' revolution in Venezuela

    Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, told reporters that Russia's stance regarding the situation in Venezuela is to prevent a “color” revolution in this country, reports RBC.

    “Our goal is to prevent another color or any other black-and-white [revolution] according to American patterns,” said Ryabkov.

    The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stressed that the cabinet headed by the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, does not avoid the dialogue. According to him, …

  • Kremlin: Russia to send election observers to Ukraine on voting day

    Russia intends to send observers to monitor Ukraine’s upcoming presidential elections directly on voting day – 31 March – as part of the OSCE’s international observation mission, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported. 

    The department claims to have received a circular request on 12 February from the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to send short-term observers to the Ukrainian presidential elections. 

    “Russia intends to use its right to participate in the …

  • Russia warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’ if US sends troops to Venezuela

    The US can expect “catastrophic consequences” if Washington opts for military intervention in the Venezuelan political crisis, Russia’s Foreign Ministry threatened on Thursday. 

    The swearing in of oppositionist Juan Guaidó, head of the National Assembly, as “acting president of Venezuela” and his immediate recognition in this capacity by the US points towards the “desire to pull off in Venezuela the time-tested script of replacing unfavorable governments,” the Russian department said in a …