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Interview by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with Channel Five programme Glavnoye, Moscow, 28 September 2014

    
 
 

Question: Mr Lavrov, thank you for having us here at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You have been the Russian Foreign Minister for 10 years now. Over these 10 years, has there been a more difficult year than 2014?

Sergey Lavrov: The year is not over yet, so it is hard to draw conclusions. One thing I can say for sure is that the remaining three months are not going to be any easier. In general, the previous years were not very simple, either, although compared to this year, those problems seem almost insignificant, and one might say that the previous years were almost cloudless, but in fact by no means were all of them so.

We had major problems with the United States when they unilaterally withdrew from the ABM Treaty. We had to argue that we saw the true reason for that move and that it was aimed at strengthening the US capacity to dominate in the military strategic sphere, and we had to explain why we could not afford to see strategic stability in the world shaken in this way. There was a rather complicated period when, without any apparent reason, we were told that our refusal to follow European, Western values in their new light neo-liberal version was unacceptable. You will remember how much drama went into this matter.   Full story Full Story
 

 
 
 
 
Address by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, New York, 27 September 2014

    
 
 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

There is growing evidence of the contradiction between the need for collective, cooperative efforts to provide adequate responses to challenges common to all, and the aspirations of a number of countries for domination and the revival of archaic bloc thinking based on military drill discipline and the erroneous logic of “friend or foe.”

The US-led Western alliance that portrays itself as a champion of democracy, rule of law and human rights within individual countries,acts from a completely opposite position in the international arena, rejecting the democratic principle of the sovereign equality of states enshrined in the UN Charter and tires to decide for everyone what is good or bad.  Full story Full Story
 

 
 
 
 
Remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and answers to questions from the media during a press conference on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, New York, 26 September 2014

    
 
 

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

We have received many requests for interviews from various media outlets asking to clarify Russia’s position during my presence at the 69th session of the General Assembly. However, given that I will be staying only a limited time this year, I hope that this format of interaction with the media is ok with you.

This session of the UN General Assembly convenes against the backdrop of a very challenging situation. We are witnessing systemic issues, so it is crucial for us that those systemic challenges, both natural and artificial, take centre stage. This is about combatting terrorism. There is no doubt that it is important to combat the symptoms of this scourge, but at the same time we should not neglect its root causes, as well as well-intentioned actions that in reality aggravate the terrorist threat.

By the same token, we must not limit ourselves to fighting the symptoms when it comes to dealing with issues on the European continent, including the Ukrainian crisis. The crisis of the European security framework did not result from developments in Ukraine. On the contrary, the developments in Ukraine reflect the long-standing contradictions that have accumulating in the Euro-Atlantic since the declared end of the Cold War. Broad declarations were made proclaiming the equality and indivisibility of security of all European countries. But it played out differently in real life. NATO continued to expand, moving its military infrastructure to the east. As a result, the solemn pledges to make indivisibility of security the foundation of European architecture remained ink on paper.  Full story Full Story
 

 
 
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 29.09.2014 
 Interview by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Bloomberg TV, September 27, 2014
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Joint Ministerial Statement on the CTBT, New York, 26 September, 2014
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Statement by Deputy Director of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control of the MFA of Russia Mr. Alexey Yu. Karpov at the 7th Meeting of the States-“Friends” of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, New York, 26 September, 2014
 
 
 26.09.2014 
 27th session of the UN Human Rights Council Agenda Items 2 and 10 Joint Statement on Syria on behalf of Algeria, Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nicaragua, Iran, Pakistan, State of Palestine, Sri Lanka, Sudan, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Venezuela
 
 
 26.09.2014 
 Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry on ensuring the implementation of the ceasefire regime in Ukraine’s southeast
 
 
 26.09.2014 
 Statement for the press on the UN resolution on foreign terrorist fighters
 
 
 26.09.2014 
 Press release on the Meeting of BRICS Foreign Ministers (New York, September 25, 2014)
 
 
 25.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the President of the Council of Ministers of Lebanon, Tammam Salam
 
 
 25.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Algerian Foreign Minister, Ramtane Lamamra
 
 
 25.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Swiss President, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Didier Burkhalter
 
 
 25.09.2014 
 Meeting of the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, with the SELAC quartet
 
 
 25.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Vanuatu, Sato Kilman
 
 
 25.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and high representatives of developing island countries of the Pacific Ocean
 
 
 25.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Erkki Tuomioja
 
 
 25.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Samura Kamara
 
 
 25.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the King of Jordan, Abdullah II
 
 
 25.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the US Secretary of State, John Kerry
 
 
 25.09.2014 
 Address by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov at the UN Security Council regarding threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, New York, 24 September 2014
 
 
 25.09.2014 
 The statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov at joint press-conference with the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, New York, 24 September 2014
 
 
 24.09.2014 
 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
 
 
 24.09.2014 
 On the meeting between Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov and President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas
 
 
 24.09.2014 
 Response of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the question from the media regarding the address by the U.S. President to the UN General Assembly in New York on 24 September 2014
 
 
 24.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the President of the Republic of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh
 
 
 24.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Rashid Meredov
 
 
 24.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the President, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Nauru, Baron Waqa
 
 
 24.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades
 
 
 24.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Foreign Minister of Nigeria, Aminu Bashir Wali
 
 
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