Contents tagged with Lavrov

  • Lavrov suggested that Syrian opposition be excluded from Syrian negotiations

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov proposed to leave the Syrian political opposition on the "roadside" of the political process, as he indicated in an interview with the Kurdish television channel Rudaw, as reported on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    According to him, they prove their "inability to negotiate." The Minister noted that Russia supports the results of the previous round of Syrian talks, which took place in Geneva. He recalled that at that time the special …

  • Lavrov called the situation with Russian diplomatic property in the US ‘robbery in broad daylight’

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the situation surrounding the seized residences of the Russian Foreign Ministry in the United States a "daylight robbery," TASS reports.

    The head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the American officials, who said that Russian diplomatic property would be returned only in exchange for certain actions, highway robbers. "Regarding the essence of what you have quoted, if it is true, then this is a daylight robbery," Lavrov said.

    " …

  • Lavrov: sanctions imposed on Syria exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in the country

    Russia considers the existence of EU and US sanctions against Syria to be an abnormal situation, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following negotiations with the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini.

    "We have already discussed with our colleagues this, in my opinion, abnormal situation. Sanctions in many respects hamper the development of manufacturing of basic necessities in the Syrian Arab Republic, including the pharmaceutical industry, which was …

  • Lavrov confirms call from Tillerson about the possibility of a new chemical attack in Syria

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed him of US intelligence information that Syrian authorities are preparing a new chemical attack.

    “Rex Tillerson called me. The leaking of the fact that we spoke took place once again on the American side. I can… confirm that he called me and warned me that the US has information on a supposed new chemical attack being prepared against the opposition, as he put it,” Lavrov said at a press conference …

  • Lavrov promises a 'mirror response' if Ukraine introduces visa regime with Russia

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov promised a "mirror response" if Ukraine introduces a visa regime with Russia, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.

    "When a torrent of mud pours on us; when our actors, and artists are declared persona non grata; when they take business away from Russian investors in the Ukrainian economy; when they start to talk seriously about the introduction of a visa regime; well, do you think we should just swallow all this and not respond? " Lavrov told …

  • Russian Foreign Minister: The US didn’t warn Russia about the airstrike on Assad’s forces

    The United States did not warn Russia about the attack on the Syrian government forces in the south of the country which took place on May 18. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in his interview with the journalists following the session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

    "We are still confirming all the details of this strike, but according to some reports, several dozen civilians have died as a result of it", said Lavrov.

    The Minister said that …

  • Lavrov: Trump stands for good relations with Moscow

    Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said in an interview on Channel One that U.S. President Donald Trump is consistent in his statements that relations with Russia will be based on mutual interests, Interfax reports.

    "Trump never said he wanted to have bad relations with Russia – neither during the election campaign nor after becoming the incumbent president. On the contrary, he stated he intended to have normal, mutually respectful relations that would be based on properly understood …

  • Lavrov and Tillerson to meet in U.S. to discuss Ukraine and Syria

    During his visit to the United States, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

    This was reported in a press release by the U.S. State Department.

    According to the State Department, the meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 10th. The two will talk about Ukraine, Syria, and bilateral relations.

    The main topic on the agenda will be the war in Syria, said the U.S. State Department on Monday, May 8th.

    Tillerson intends to discuss with his …

  • Lavrov: Russia is preparing for a meeting between Putin and Trump

    Moscow is preparing a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump. The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Sergey Lavrov, stated this in an interview with TV channel “Mir”.

    "You see, both we and the Americans need the meeting, as I understand it, not in order to manufacture an external effect on somebody and say: "Well, what a sensation, they talked for so long, and finally it was held," explained the foreign minister.

    He noted that due to the influence …

  • Russian government's aircraft violated Estonian airspace

    A Russian government aircraft, allegedly with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on board, violated Estonia's airspace, as reported by Postimees, citing the Estonian Defense Forces.

    The IL-96 aircraft is owned by the state-run aviation enterprise, Rossiya, which is subordinate to the Office of the President of the Russian Federation. The plane violated Estonian airspace on the evening of May 3rd near the island of Vaindloo.

    According to Estonian Defense Forces, the aircraft flew with the …