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Interview by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, in a special edition of the programme “Voskresny vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovim” on the “Russia 1” TV channel, Moscow, 11 April 2014

    
 
 

Question: Hello, Sergey Viktorovich. I feel that now you are not just a Minister of Foreign Affairs, but a Minister of Military Affairs. Every time I see and hear you, I sense a tremendous concern and think the world has gone mad. My generation does not remember such a level of escalation. What is really happening?

Sergey Lavrov: I think that the entire world system is being reformatted, because after the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact disappeared, those whom we call “the West” lost their historical opportunities, when Russia proposed several initiatives, which would not only allow them to truly unite the European continent, but also the Euro-Atlantic region, including Eurasia. There were propositions to make the OSCE the centre of such work on the basis of equality of all countries. Assumptions were expressed that after the disappearance of the USSR and the Warsaw Pact – the main threats for the NATO countries – the North Atlantic Treaty Organization should cease to exist or, at a minimum, stop extending. They assured us about this, they told us that now everybody was interested in equal cooperation, which would be based on respect of each other’s security interests, that security is undivided and nobody would ensure their own security at the expense of the security of others. First they assured us that the reconnection of Germany would not mean the spread of NATO rules and armed forces over the territory of the former German Democratic Republic. Then this promise was forgotten, of course. Then they promised not to further extend NATO to the East, not to embrace eastern and central European countries, which was fixed in many agreements, which were unfortunately not legally drawn up. These promises were also violated. Then there were political declarations, signed at summit level within the OSCE and the newly created NATO-Russia Council, that NATO countries would not deploy significant battlefield forces in the territory of new member states of NATO. This promise also failed to stand the test of time, like the declaration on indivisibility of security, which I have mentioned.  Full story Full Story
 

 
 
 
 
Speech by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, during the joint press conference, summarising the results of the negotiations with the Angolan Foreign Minister, George Chicoti, Moscow, 8 April 2014

    
 
 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We had some very productive negotiations with my Angolan colleague George Chicoti, which were held in the traditionalatmosphere of trust and mutual understanding between our countries.

We appreciate the high level of relations with Angola – Russia’s time-proven friend and partner. We are glad that this country has convincingly settled down to a course of independent and sustainable national development.

We discussed issues on our bilateral agenda, having devoted special attention to the development of trade and economic ties, which have gained in good dynamics and are developing according to the agreements, including high-level agreements, which were concluded in 2009.

Our turnover of goods is growing, but we wish to accelerate this process. The interest of Russian business circles wishing to work in the Angolan market is evident. The results of last year’s visit to Luanda by the Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Rogozin, whose delegation included representatives of many Russian companies, are vivid evidence of this.  Full story Full Story
 

 
 
 
 
Article of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov “It's not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine” published in The Guardian on April 7, 2014

    
 
 

The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. Among them is the search for a balance of interests among its various regions, the peoples of which have different historical and cultural roots, speak different languages and have different perspectives on their past and present, and their country's future place in the world.

Given these circumstances, the role of external forces should have been to help Ukrainians protect the foundations of civil peace and sustainable development, which are still fragile. Russia has done more than any other country to support the independent Ukrainian state, including for many years subsidising its economy through low energy prices. Last November, at the outset of the current crisis, we supported Kiev's wish for urgent consultations between Ukraine, Russia and the EU to discuss harmonising the integration process. Brussels flatly rejected it. This stand reflected the unproductive and dangerous line the EU and US have been taking for a long time. They have been trying to compel Ukraine to make a painful choice between east and west, further aggravating internal differences.  Full story Full Story
 

 
 
 
 15.04.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding decisions of the EU Council on the situation in Ukraine
 
 
 15.04.2014 
 Speech by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and his answers to questions from the mass media during the press conference summarizing the results of negotiations with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Wang Yi, Beijing, 15 April 2014
 
 
 15.04.2014 
 Interview of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to China Daily published on April 15, 2014
 
 
 14.04.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding another terrorist attack in Nigeria
 
 
 14.04.2014 
 Speech by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, at the session of the World Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots Living Abroad, Moscow, 14 April 2014
 
 
 14.04.2014 
 Answer by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Alexander Lukashevich, to the question from the mass media about observation of the Montreux Convention by Turkey
 
 
 14.04.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the visit of the Prime Minister of Montenegro to the United States
 
 
 14.04.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the use of poisonous chemical weapons in Syria by militants
 
 
 14.04.2014 
 Comment by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the Transnistria peace process
 
 
 14.04.2014 
 Speech by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and his answers to questions from the mass media during the press conference summarising the results of the negotiations with the Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Ahmed Karti, Moscow, 14 April 2014
 
 
 13.04.2014 
 Statement by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the aggravation of the situation in the South-Eastern regions of Ukraine
 
 
 13.04.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the visit of the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, to the PRC
 
 
 13.04.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sudan, Ali Ahmed Karti, to Russia
 
 
 13.04.2014 
 Phone conversation between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the US Secretary of State, John Kerry
 
 
 12.04.2014 
 Phone conversation between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Andrii Deshchytsia
 
 
 12.04.2014 
 Comment by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Alexander Lukashevich, regarding the information leak to the mass mediaon the “internal report” of the US intelligence community in the footsteps of the Boston marathon
 
 
 12.04.2014 
 Comment by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Alexander Lukashevich, regarding the preparation of the four-party meeting on Ukraine
 
 
 11.04.2014 
 Comment by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the situation around Ukraine
 
 
 11.04.2014 
 Speech by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, at the meeting with representatives of Russian non-governmental organisations of international specialisation, Moscow, 11 April 2014
 
 
 10.04.2014 
 Warning for Russian nationals going abroad
 
 
 10.04.2014 
 Answers by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, to questions from Interfax news agency, Moscow, 10 April 2014
 
 
 10.04.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the results of the discussion of the decision on Crimea by UNESCO’s Executive Board
 
 
 10.04.2014 
 Comment by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Alexander Lukashevich, regarding the adoption of amendments to the Criminal Code in Ukraine
 
 
 10.04.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the development of the situation in Syria
 
 
 10.04.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the implementation of the Montreux Convention by Turkey
 
 
 10.04.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the organisation of US-South Korean air exercises
 
 
 10.04.2014 
 Comment by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Alexander Lukashevich, regarding the “concerns” of the Ukrainian authorities about Russia’s military activities “in the territory of Ukraine”
 
 
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