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By Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for “Russia in Global Politics” magazine, September 20, 2019

These days, the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly opens up. So does a new international “political season”.

The session begins at a highly symbolic historical moment. Next year we will celebrate two great and interconnected anniversaries – the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic and Second World Wars, and the establishment of the UN. Reflecting on the spiritual and moral significance of these landmark events, one needs to bear in mind the epoch-making political meaning of the Victory that ended one of the most brutal wars in the history of mankind.

The defeat of fascism in 1945 had a fundamental...

A unified election day took place across Russia’s 85 federal subjects on September 8. Sixteen regions elected governors, while the remainder elected their municipal and city parliaments.

Election took place against the backdrop of a difficult socio-economic situation in the country as well as substantial changes in general mood among the citizens, which have long been recorded by sociologists...

On September 18, the US Embassy in Moscow was where the delivery ceremony took place of 16 valuable historical documents, which had been stolen from Russian archives in the 1990s and eventually surfaced in the United States. The event was attended by representatives of the Russian Ministry of Culture, the Federal Customs Service of Russia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. These...

We view the agreed reciprocal release of persons held in custody on the territories of Russia and Ukraine as a positive signal to be followed by other important steps to overcome the current deadlock in Russia-Ukraine relations and in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

It was made possible by fulfilling the agreements reached personally by the presidents of Russia and Ukraine. Unlike...

On September 3, Russia marks the Day of Solidarity in the Fight Against Terrorism. People around the country commemorate the victims of terrorist attacks, including law enforcement officers who died during counterterrorist operations and on duty.

This commemorative date was established following the tragic events that occurred in September 2004, when 334 people, mostly children, died in a...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the Abkhazian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company for a documentary about former President Sergey Bagapsh of the Republic of Abkhazia, Moscow, August 26, 2019

Sergey Bagapsh and I were acquainted quite closely. We met and became friends even before 2008, in 2005, when Mr Bagapsh was elected Abkhazia’s second president and...

Question: Could you comment on the US cruise missile test?

Sergey Lavrov: We have made a comment already. We said that this was being prepared for a long time, long before August 2, when the legal obligations of the parties to the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty) formally expired.

All this has been known since last October, when John...

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the opening of the historical and documentary exhibition, “Year 1939: The Outbreak of World War II”, Moscow, August 20, 2019

Colleagues,

Today, we are opening an important historical and documentary exhibition dedicated to the outbreak of World War II. Unique archival documents are presented here, many of which come from the Foreign Ministry’s funds...

Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s talks with Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Heiko Maas

On August 21, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold talks with Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Heiko Maas who is on a working visit to Russia.

This year, Sergey Lavrov and Heiko Maas have met four times – on January 18 when...

On August 9, Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of the United States in Moscow, Tim Richardson, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, where he was presented with an official protest in connection with publications on the official Twitter account of the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and on the diplomatic mission’s website concerning the August 3 street protests in Moscow that...

Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department

On August 8, during a meeting at the Russian Foreign Ministry with Ms Beate Grzeski, Plenipotentiary Minister and chargé d’affaires ad interim of the German Embassy, the Russian side pointed out the unacceptability of direct appeals to Moscow residents to participate in unauthorised rallies posted on social media by the...

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