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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Life News television and Izvestia daily, Moscow, 27 October 2014

    
 
 

Question: Ukraine has just held parliamentary elections. Does Moscow recognise them?

Sergey Lavrov: The elections are being monitored by observers, including OSCE observers, and there are Russian representatives among them. This time, Russia’s Federal Assembly did not send a separate observer team to the elections, so we will wait for the conclusions of the international OSCE team.

The elections seem to be valid, though not in every part of Ukraine. I think Russia will recognise their results as it is critically important for Ukraine to obtain, at long last, a leadership that will not engage in petty infighting and drag the country from east to west and back again, but one that will address real Ukrainian problems. Ukraine needs a government that will think how the nation should regain unity. It needs a government to guarantee an equal status to all Ukrainian citizens irrespective of the language they speak and political convictions they have. No one should be victimised on political and other grounds, as has been the case until recently.  Full story Full Story
 

 
 
 
 
Remarks by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a joint press conference following talks with Norwegian Foreign Minister Broge Brende, Kirkenes, October 25, 2014

    
 
 

I would like to express appreciations to our Norwegian friends and neighbours for organising today’s events to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of northern Norway by the Red Army. It was a very moving and emotional ceremony involving veterans who recalled how Soviet soldiers along with their Norwegian comrades-in-arms liberated this land.

We are profoundly grateful to our Norwegian friends for holding the memory of those who died to liberate Finnmark. Today’s talks have confirmed that our brotherhood in combat has substantially strengthened the foundations of our good-neighbour relations. These relations today are of course coming under some strain because Norway has joined the unilateral restrictive measures against Russia for reasons that we believe lie outside the country.   Full story Full Story
 

 
 
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview for Saturday News with Sergei Brilev, 25 October 2014

    
 
 

Question: Did you hear about Canada? A terrible story. Prime Minister Stephen Harper hurried to say that it was an Islamic State inspired attack. This is becoming a fashionable subject.

Sergey Lavrov: Yes, it’s become smart to formulate accusations without conducting an investigation. The Islamic State is a real threat, but it has not grown out of nothing. Already at the beginning of the crisis, which was dubbed “the Arab Spring” for some reason, we warned that a reckless policy of using any means to replace legitimate secular governments, even if authoritarian governments, would result in nothing good for anyone. There were protests, but the protesters were soon joined by extremists and terrorists, who our Western partners, unfortunately, accepted as allies, for example in Libya. We should not fight terrorism through unilateral accusations and the selective appointment of “bad” terrorists who must be routed and others who should be helped to overthrow unsuitable governments. We must abandon this approach and instead take a comprehensive look at the situation, primarily in the Middle East and North Africa, with due regard for all available factors without exception and use the same approach for all – if an organisation resorts to terror, it must be outlawed.   Full story Full Story
 

 
 
 
 31.10.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department on US Senator Christopher Murphy’s visit to Croatia
 
 
 31.10.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation in Burkina Faso
 
 
 30.10.2014 
 Press release on negotiations between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh
 
 
 30.10.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department on the constitutional reform in Ukraine
 
 
 30.10.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department on the report by Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe High Commissioner for Human Rights, on the results of his visit to Ukraine and the Russian Federation
 
 
 30.10.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department on the post-election situation in Ukraine
 
 
 30.10.2014 
 Press release on the meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Speaker of the House of Representatives of Uruguay’s General Assembly Anibal Pereira
 
 
 30.10.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the statements by Chairman of the Munich Security Conference Wolfgang Ischinger
 
 
 30.10.2014 
 A meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
 
 
 29.10.2014 
 Russian Foreign Ministry statement on the implementation of the Minsk agreements on a settlement in Ukraine and elections in its southeastern regions
 
 
 29.10.2014 
 Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Poland’s refusal to accredit Rossiya Segodnya journalist Leonid Sviridov
 
 
 29.10.2014 
 Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department on the issue of sending Russian humanitarian aid to the population of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions
 
 
 29.10.2014 
 Remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a reception for the Islamic New Year, Moscow, 29 October 2014
 
 
 29.10.2014 
 Opening remarks by Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov before the meeting with Patriarch Theodore II of the Coptic Orthodox Church Moscow, 29 October 2014
 
 
 29.10.2014 
 Reply by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on Israel’s continued housing construction
 
 
 28.10.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in connection with U.S. State Department's statement on “harassment” of American diplomats, working in Russia
 
 
 28.10.2014 
 Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department on the Memorial NGO
 
 
 28.10.2014 
 Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department on the developments in Lebanon
 
 
 28.10.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the general elections in Botswana
 
 
 28.10.2014 
 Deputy Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department Yuri Matery answers a question about the use of UAVs by the OSCE Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
 
 
 28.10.2014 
 Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company regarding the birthday of Yevgeny Primakov. Moscow, 28 October 2014
 
 
 28.10.2014 
 Welcoming remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the participants and guests of the 3rd International Conference “Russia and Europe: Topical Issues of Modern International Journalism”
 
 
 27.10.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department on the parliamentary elections in Tunisia
 
 
 27.10.2014 
 Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with reporters from Russian media outlets, Moscow, 27 October 2014
 
 
 27.10.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in connection with escalating tensions on the Sinai Peninsula
 
 
 27.10.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Russia’s abstention from voting on a draft UN Security Council resolution on Somalia and Eritrea
 
 
 25.10.2014 
 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s address at the opening of the Rørbua memorial, Kirkenes, 25 October 2014
 
 
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