Contents tagged with Sergey Lavrov

  • German government allocates €12 million of assistance for Leningrad Siege victims

    Germany’s government has said that it will allocate € 12 million to upgrading hospitals for war veterans in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), a German-Russian meeting center for the Russian and German public, as well as assistance for people who survived the Siege of Leningrad, Deutsche Welle reports.

    German and Russian foreign ministers Heiko Maas and Sergey Lavrov announced this in a joint statement, welcoming the German government’s humanitarian gesture.

    “We are confident that this …

  • Lavrov: Israel’s actions threaten the lives of Russian soldiers in Syria

    On multiple occasions, Israel’s actions have put the lives of Russian soldiers in Syria at risk, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais. He made the comment in response to a question about the Russian-Israeli agreements to cooperate in order to ensure the safety of flights over Syria.

    The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out that the leaders of the two countries, Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu, have only reached verbal …

  • Russian Foreign Minister predicts collapse of the US dollar

    Washington’s abuse of the role of American dollar as the world’s reserve currency can lead to the currency’s position weakening, stated bythe Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, following the meeting of the Ambassadors and permanent representatives of Turkey to international organizations, Russian state-owned TASS news agency reports.

    According to the Minister, the sanctions imposed by the USA have no legal basis, contradict the world trade principles and undermine the rules …

  • Merkel to discuss Ukraine and Nord Stream 2 with Putin in Germany

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Schloss Meseberg on August 18, the federal government announced. Merkel will discuss “current foreign policy issues” with Putin, including the Syrian conflict, the situation in eastern Ukraine, and issues in the energy sector, particularly the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which will transport gas directly from Russia to Germany.

    “Next Saturday, on August 18, the chancellor and government representatives will …

  • Russian Foreign Minister: Putin is ready to meet with ‘unfriendly’ Trump

    The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov said that Russia was ready to “meet even with representatives of the states that lead unfriendly policies – including the USA”, TASS reported.

    Commenting on the relevance of a meeting in the light of Washington’s statements on sanctions, Lavrov answered, “We have never avoided communication, including with representatives of the states that have adopted a clearly unfriendly policy towards us”.

     “If the two leaders feel the need to meet and refer to …

  • Lavrov names two conditions for Russia’s participation at Normandy four summit

    The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov excludes the possibility for Russia's participation in the Normandy four summit prior to withdrawal of armed forces and assets near Stanytsia Luhanska and granting "special status" to the Donbas, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "We are all for the active work of the Normandy four but not when these meetings end with agreements that are not being implemented," said Lavrov.

    The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry recalled that there was no withdrawal of …

  • Lavrov explains why Russia forgave other countries' debts

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Russia wrote off the loans provided by the Soviet Union to other countries because they were 90% unrecoverable, TASS reports.

    According to Lavrov, several factors impeded the recovery of these funds. The Minister recalled that the USSR was not an integral part of the international monetary and financial system and the exchange rate of the ruble was set by the Russian State Bank.

    “A few years ago, we wrote off several billion dollars in loans …

  • Rwanda negotiates purchase of air defense systems from Russia

    Russia and Rwanda are discussing the possible acquisition of Russian air defense systems, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced at a press conference following talks with Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, the Russian Foreign Ministry website reported.

    "We have good cooperation in the military-technical sphere," he said. According to him, Russian helicopters and Ural trucks are currently in service with the army, security forces and law …

  • Lavrov: line of communication between Russia and US helped defeat ISIS

    At the UN press conference in New York, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has stated that a line of communication between the United States and Russia “largely” contributed to the eradication of the Islamic State (ISIS), Interfax reports.

    “We established a line of military communication with regard to Syria; this cooperation has largely contributed to the fact that ISIS did not materialize as a caliphate and was destroyed,” said Lavrov.

    The Russian Foreign Minister noted that the United …

  • Lavrov calls possible cooperation with US on Idlib 'unproductive'

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated at a press conference in Vienna on Friday on the results of his participation in the meeting of the 2017 OSCE Ministerial Council that Moscow and Washington are not planning cooperation in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.

    "Idlib remains a difficult situation, and we, above all, together with our Turkish, Iranian (as Russia, Turkey and Iran are the guarantors of the ceasefire in Syria) and Syrian colleagues, are working to launch …