Tag Archives: Sergey Lavrov

Islamist threat to ex-Soviet Republics

The ex-Soviet Republics are threatened by militants from Central Asia and the Middle East as a springboard for expansion, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, according to RIA news agency.

The vision of the Central Asian countries may become the next goal of the Islamic State Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned, speaking at a “government hour” symposium at the Federation Council.

“As for Afghanistan….We are worried that the IS militants are building up their presence on the borders with our neighbors and allies: the Central Asian countries. First of all, in Afghanistan they are striving for the north,” the minister underlined.

“It gives the idea that the Central Asia is their next goal.”

“Within the OSCE (the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) and within the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), involving not just foreign ministries, but law enforcement agencies, intelligence agencies and defense ministries as well, we are developing corresponding plans to fight against this terror threat,” Lavrov said.

 

 

Russia-China roadmap for North Korea crisis resolution

Foreign minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov urged world powers  to get behind a joint Russian-Chinese roadmap for settling the crisis over North Korea’s weapons program.

Speaking at a conference on non-proliferation in Moscow, Lavrov said that the break-up of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program would send an alarming message about international security mechanisms, and could impact the situation on the Korean peninsula.

Lavrov considers Trump’s UN speech “interesting”

Russia is “extremely concerned” by U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments questioning the Iran nuclear deal and suspects that Washington itself may have violated a landmark arms control treaty, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov leading Russian delegation at UN General Assembly said.

Lavrov’s comments, made to international reporters at the United Nations in New York and published by his ministry on Wednesday.

Lavrov, whose country is a signatory to the deal, said Russia strongly disagreed with that stance. “It’s extremely worrying,” he underlined. “We will defend this document, this consensus, which was met with relief by the entire international community and genuinely strengthened both regional and international security.”

Russian Consulate in San Francisco closure

The scenery of Russian Consulate in San Francisco closure with black smoke above the roof added to the image of drama, while workers were seen hurrying to shut Russia’s consulate in San Francisco ahead of a weekend deadline imposed by Washington.

Russia had been required to close its San Francisco Consulate, and annexes in New York and Washington, amid escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow.

The order to leave the consulate and an official diplomatic residence in San Francisco – home to a community of Russian immigrants and technology workers is sequel of actions, initiated by President Obama, who expelled Russian diplomats from USA at Christmas eve 2017. Current measures of a substantial reduction of diplomatic corps and stuff will hit at most people to people contacts in both countries, substantially reducing opportunities to travel for leisure, business, cultural exchanges, education and other purposes.

The Consulate issued more than 16,000 tourist visas to American citizens last year, according to its records.

However some prefer to de-dramatize:

Lavrov expressed good will to co-operate with USA

 

Russia is ready to normalize relations with the United States and to cooperate on major global issues, Moscow’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call.

Lavrov told Tillerson that Moscow’s decision to cut U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia was prompted by “a number of Washington’s hostile steps”.

Lavrov and Tillerson “agreed to maintain contact on a range of bilateral issues”, the Russian’s Foreign Ministry said in statement.

Lavrov “shocked” by MSM Tump Jr coverage

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a news conference following talks with his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders that he was shocked to hear about the accusations against Russian defense attorney Natalya Veselnitskaya and Donald Trump Jr, the US president’s eldest son under the pretext of a communication between them.

“I was amazed when I found out that Trump’s son is being accused of communicating with her,” the minister said. “For me this is mind-boggling, if truth to be told. When somebody talks to an attorney, how can this pose a threat to anyone?”

Lavrov underlined that he had received the news about the meeting from the main stream media (MSM). “This morning, when I turned on the TV, all the Western TV channels were discussing that,” he said. “It is amazing how serious people can blow things out of proportion.” The diplomat lamented the superficial approach of the MSM to the subject.

“We have not seen a single credible  fact,” Lavrov regretted. “If journalists are ready to work only on the basis of unsubstantiated statements and are not prepared to take into account the fact that there is no credible evidence, then I can’t do anything. Thus, this is the sort of profession, which relies on such approaches given today’s environment.”

 

 

Lavrov to visit Brussels

Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will discuss the future of the bilateral relations and a range of international issues, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The meeting will take place in Brussels on July, 11. The EU diplomats expect the Ukrainian conflict to be at the top of the agenda of the talks.

This is the second meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister and the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy over the past months. Mogherini visited Moscow on April 24 (pictured).

The sides are expected to discuss “several aspects of bilateral relations in the context of agreements reached in April on stepping up dialogue on the issues of mutual interest and also topical issues of international agenda,” the ministry said, according to Russia’ TASS news agency.

 

 

 

Trump looks forward to ‘positive things’

U.S. President Donald Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday that it was an “honor” to meet him for the first time and said he looked forward to “positive things” in the relationship between two states.

The face-to-face encounter between Trump and Putin at a Group of 20 summit in Germany was one of the most eagerly anticipated meetings between two leaders in years.

Lavrov: NATO ambitions “never changed”

NATO’s plans have never changed and have always been aimed at acquiring free geopolitical space, including in Eastern Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Belarusian mass media on occasion of the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties, Russian ITAR-TASS agency reports.

“We have repeatedly realized that all these preparations, which are now being fulfilled, when NATO’s infrastructure is approaching our common borders, when new units are sent there, under the slogan of permanent rotation, what means permanent deployment in all practical senses. We understand very well that pretexts used to justify such steps are far-fetched,” Lavrov said.

“If there had not been the coup d’etat in Ukraine, after which we were forced to defend those people who refused to obey neo-Nazi perpetrators of the coup, then something else would have been invented,” he said.

“NATO’s plans have never changed and with different intensity degree have been aimed at greedily acquiring geopolitical space, which they considered as unclaimed after the collapse of the Soviet Union,” Lavrov said

Regrettably, this strategy prevailed over those who after the collapse of the Soviet Union called not to strengthen NATO and deepen division lines in Europe, but to draw up a joint approach under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) or other universal organization, Lavrov said. “This approach should be based on ensuring equal and indivisible security for all countries of the North Atlantic region,” he said.

The European politicians’ NATO-centric way of thinking cannot help build confidence and strengthen good-neighborly relations, he went on.

“When several years ago Russia proposed that an agreement be made that would enshrine the western politicians’ statements about the need to refrain from attempts to ensure one’s security by damaging the security of others, we were told that ‘this political slogan should remain a slogan, while only those who join NATO will receive legal security guarantees from the West’,” the Russian top diplomat pointed out.

 

 

Lavrov’ visit to Washington

Moscow and Washington can and should solve global issues together, Lavrov said following his meetings with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US President Donald Trump.

“I had a bilateral meeting with Rex Tillerson, then the two of us were received by President Trump,” the Russian top diplomat said. “We discussed, first and foremost, our cooperation on the international stage.”

The US and Russia will continue working together on various issues, including the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, Lavrov noted, adding they aim to remove all barriers hindering efficient cooperation.

Before meeting with Donald Trump, Sergey Lavrov held talks with the US top diplomat Rex Tillerson. Lavrov’s talks with the US president lasted for about 40 minutes behind closed doors.

“At present, our dialogue is not as politicized as it used to be during Obama’s presidency. The Trump administration, including the president himself and the secretary of state, are people of action who are willing to negotiate,” the Lavrov underlined. Lavrov said agreement reached with Tillerson to continue using diplomatic channel to discuss Russian-US relations.

 

 

 

 

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