Contents tagged with Lavrov

  • 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 …

  • Lavrov warned Kerry that providing opposition with MANPADS could lead to an exacerbation of the situation in Syria

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that supplying the armed opposition with man-portable air defense systems might lead to an exacerbation of the situation in Syria.

    Lavrov noted, "the permission to supply the anti-government units with arms, including MANPADS,” which was included into United States Defense Bill, "may lead to further escalation of tensions and more casualties."

    Kerry and Lavrov discussed questions regarding the settlement of the …

  • Lavrov says that only Russia, Turkey, and Iran can help Syria

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the negotiations of Russia, Turkey and Iran the most effective format to resolve the conflict in Syria. Other formats are not effective, he stated after attending the trilateral negotiations in Moscow.

    "I believe, the most effective format is the one which you may see today. It is not an attempt to cast doubt on the efforts of other partners to make progress settling the Syrian crisis. It’s just a statement of fact,” Lavrov said at a press …

  • Photo found showing Lavrov and Montenegrin coup plotter together

    An alleged participant in a coup in Montenegro, Nemanja Ristić, was seen in a photo with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, during his visit to Belgrade.

    This was brought to the media’s attention by N1, a Serbian news agency.

    As the Associated Press notes, Ristić himself has explained that he got into this photo "accidentally."

    The photo also contains members of the Zavetniki movement, whose representatives told Radio Liberty’s Balkan Service that Ristić had no affiliation with their …

  • Lavrov: OSCE police mission in the Donbas is no longer relevant

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that "nobody is thinking" about the OSCE police mission in the Donbas, and "the question is no longer relevant."

    "The question is no longer relevant, such a need does not exist. Today [at a meeting of foreign ministers of the Norman Four in Minsk] nobody talked about it. No paramilitary missions of the OSCE or any other organization, about which Kyiv is periodically talking, nobody thinks about them," Lavrov said.

    Yesterday, the foreign ministers …

  • Lavrov reminded Kerry that the United States has not yet separated the opposition from the terrorists in Aleppo

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov conducted a telephone call with the secretary of state of the United States, John Kerry.

    As reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, a conversation initiated by the United States took place. Lavrov noted that illegal armed groups in eastern Aleppo and its so-called local council refuse to cooperate to resolve the situation.

    “It is emphasized that the Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Air Forces have not …

  • Lavrov: Moderate Syrian opposition will be equated to terrorists

    The Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, stated that there are no signs of separation of the Syrian moderate opposition from Al-Nusra Front and that is why it is time to consider the moderate opposition a valid target together with the terrorists. The Russian minister made this statement at a press conference with the heads of the Ministries of Foreign affairs of Syria and Iran.

    Lavrov recalled a public statement made by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, which he made in …