Contents tagged with Lavrov

  • Lavrov accuses Head of Ukrainian National Security Council of refusing to comply with Minsk agreements

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that statements by the Secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, regarding the advance of Ukrainian troops to the east of the country indicate Kyiv's reluctance to fulfill the key points of the Minsk agreements.

    Earlier Turchynov told the BBC that the main task of the Ukrainian military is now "meter by meter, kilometer by kilometer, while minimizing losses, to move east."

    "Mr. Turchynov's statement means that Kyiv …

  • Ukraine’s Foreign Minister: Tillerson’s visit confirms that Russia cannot be worked with on the basis of trust

    On Thursday, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin commented on the outcome of the meeting of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, which took place on April 12 in Moscow.

    “I believe that his [Tillerson’s] visit demonstrated very clearly, not only in the statements, but also in the logic of what he outlined during the press conference… our mutual thesis is that one can neither collaborate nor talk to Russia on the basis of trust. During the visit, …

  • Germany and Russia want to bring the United States to the negotiating table over Ukraine

    The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Germany and Russia, Sigmar Gabriel and Sergey Lavrov favored the involvement of the United States in negotiations on settlement of the situation in the Donbas. They stated this after bilateral negotiations in Moscow, UNIAN reported.

    In particular, Gabriel said that the Federal Republic of Germany and Russia are seeking contact with a new U.S Administration but now it is difficult to find interlocutors there until they got everything settled.

    “As for eastern …

  • Lavrov: Separatist leaders have gained legitimacy by signing Minsk Agreements

    The Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, believes that the leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics have gained legitimacy by signing the Minsk Agreements, Interfax reported. “The recognition of the leaders of the self-proclaimed Republics has been achieved by their signing of the Minsk Agreements, which in turn were approved by consensus in the resolution of the U.N. Security Council,” Lavrov said.

    The Minister also noted that the recent decree on …

  • Tillerson and Lavrov will hold talks next week in Germany

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold talks next week in Germany. This will be their first official meeting.

    The Russian minister mentioned this during an interview with channel NTV.

    "Rex Tillerson, like me, will be attending the events that will be held this month in Germany. There will be a meeting of G20 foreign ministers in Bonn as well as the annual Munich Security Conference, which will be held back to back ... there will be a good …

  • Lavrov: The Kremlin has already initiated dialogue with the Trump administration

    Russia has begun a dialogue with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, as stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during an interview with Channel NTV.

    "We respect the positions of any country, and are always ready to sit down and discuss any approaches, even those that completely contradict our own. I believe that our dialogue with the administration of Donald Trump, which has already begun, will become more intensive as soon as all parts of the administration engaged in …

  • Lavrov: Russia is ready to do its part to improve relations with the USA

    The position of the new U.S. President, Donald Trump, “gives some hope for positive developments in bilateral relations.” To restore relations with Washington, Moscow is ready to do its part, as indicated by Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, to the Austrian magazine Profil.

    “We are ready to do our part to improve relations with the USA. Their degradation in recent years has occurred not because of us, but as a result of targeted actions by the previous Administration in Washington,” …

  • Mogherini to Lavrov: The fighting in Ukraine should be stopped

    During a telephone conversation with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, stressed the need to stop the fighting in eastern Ukraine immediately, the European External Action Service reported.

    "Mogherini and Lavrov discussed the escalation of violence in the east of Ukraine in detail. The High Representative – Vice-President of the European Commission stressed the need to stop the fighting …

  • Lavrov: Prospects of a Syrian settlement are 'fairly good'

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the prospects of a Syrian settlement after the Astana peace talks were “fairly good”, TASS reported.

    Replying to a question about what steps have to be taken for a peace deal to stick, Lavrov replied, "it is necessary to work, work and again work."

    Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, announced that representatives of the Syrian opposition have been invited to meet with Lavrov in Moscow on Friday.

  • Lavrov claims American diplomats are engaged in espionage

    During a large press conference on the results of Russian diplomacy in 2016, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that American intelligence services tried to recruit Russian high-ranking diplomats.

    Lavrov said that during U.S. President Barack Obama’s second term, the USA’s efforts to recruit Russian diplomats increased. According to him, American intelligence services tried to make recruitment offers to a high-level Ambassador. "They tried to get him into a car and give him ten …