Mr Minister,

Friends,

We are happy to have this opportunity to compare notes on the bilateral and regional agendas on the sidelines of your working visit to Russia to take part in the work of the Valdai Discussion Club. The past year confirmed the mutual interest of the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran in enhancing contacts in all areas.

Last March, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani visited the Russian Federation. This was followed by the summits in Tehran on November 1 and in Sochi on November 22, 2017. Before long, the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation will have its next meeting in Moscow. The next meeting will undoubtedly offer good opportunities to...

Question: Who are you going to meet with in Belgrade? What issues are on the agendas of your meetings?

Sergey Lavrov: As our Serbian friends told me, the programme they prepared includes a meeting with the President, the Prime Minister, the First Deputy Prime Minister, and the Foreign Minister of Serbia. We will also have a cultural programme dedicated to the great anniversary of our relations...

Ladies and gentlemen,

Colleagues,

Now that international relations have entered a period of radical change, which has overturned the thesis about “the end of history,” we should remember what happened in the relatively recent past. As Russian historian Vasily Klyuchevsky said, “History (…) punishes us for not learning its lessons.”

Eighty years ago, in 1938, an...

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meetings on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference

As we have already announced, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will attend the Munich Security Conference. We received a lot of questions regarding his bilateral and multilateral meetings planned as side events of the Conference.

Now I can confirm the following meetings on the sidelines of...

A 120-mm mortar shell hit the Russian trade mission building in Damascus (currently mothballed, but still under diplomatic immunity) on February 6 at approximately 4 pm local time. No casualties have been reported. The building was badly damaged.

We strongly condemn this latest terrorist attack against the diplomatic mission of the Russian Federation in Damascus, which is part of a string of...

On February 6, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with Cuban Ambassador to Russia Gerardo Penalver Portal at the latter’s request.

During their conversation, the officials exchanged opinions on topical issues of the Middle East agenda with a focus on prospects for the Palestine-Israel peace settlement and...

On February 5, First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov received Cuban Ambassador to Russia Gerardo Penalver Portal, at his request.

During their conversation, Mr Titov and Mr Portal underscored the importance of further expanding Russian-Cuban strategic partnership in numerous areas of cooperation, including political dialogue, trade, economic and investment ties, cultural and...

According to Article II of the Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, Russia and the United States were to meet the following aggregate limits on strategic arms by February 5, 2018:

- 700 deployed ballistic missiles (ICBMs), deployed submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs)

We are deeply disappointed with the new US Nuclear Posture Review, which was made public on February 2. The first impression is: the document is focused on confrontation and is anti-Russian. It is regrettable that the United States justifies its policy of massive nuclear build-up with references to Russia’s policy of nuclear modernisation and the allegedly increased reliance on nuclear...

Mr Chairperson,

I would like to use this occasion to express our support for the successful OSCE conference on anti-Semitism in the OSCE area, which was held in Rome on January 29. We are grateful to Mr Michele Galizia (Switzerland) for the report he has delivered on behalf of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which is currently chaired by Switzerland.

The Red Army...

The Russian Defence Ministry has commented on the incident involving a US reconnaissance plane off the coast of Crimea on January 29, providing the necessary explanations in response to the Pentagon’s concerns regarding its “unsafe interception.”

For our part, we took note of our US partners’ unending attempts to play up what have become basically routine cases of...

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