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09.9.2019
5:47 PM

🇷🇺🇫🇷Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at Russia-France two-plus-two ministerial talks 💬Almost seven years have passed since the previous two-plus-two format meeting held in #Paris. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attended it in another capacity, since he was the French Minister of Defence at the time. We are delighted that President of #Russia Vladimir Putin and President of #France Emmanuel Macron decided to revive this format. 🔹We are keeping a close eye on the processes that have caused radical changes across the world, and have called on all major powers on numerous occasions to combine their efforts for ensuring a harmonious transition of the world order that took shape after the Cold War ended. 🔹In this context, we support the initiatives put forward by France, and discussed in August in Bregancon during the meeting between Vladimir #Putin and Emmanuel #Macron. We also have a positive view of the ideas expressed by the French President on August 27 during the meeting with French ambassadors abroad. These initiatives are designed to strengthen ties between Russia and France on the international stage against the backdrop of our efforts to promote collective solutions to all problems the world is facing today, which fully corresponds with Vladimir Putin’s position and the interests of the Russian Federation.

5:48 PM
5:50 PM

☎🇷🇺🇸🇦On September 9, Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov received a telephone call from Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of #SaudiArabia Ibrahim Al-Assaf. 🇷🇺🇸🇦The two ministers discussed current issues related to further consolidating the extensive cooperation between Russia and Saudi Arabia, with emphasis on President #Putin’s forthcoming visit to Riyadh in October this year. 🇷🇺🇸🇦They also exchanged opinions on key issues on the regional agenda, including developments in #Syria, #Yemen and the #PersianGulf region.

5:50 PM
5:52 PM

📞On September 9, Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of the Republic of #Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu at the latter’s initiative. 🇷🇺🇹🇷The parties discussed the current state of the conflict settlement process in #Syria in line with the provisions of #UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and the agreements reached by the presidents of #Russia and Turkey during talks in Zhukovsky on August 27. The ministers confirmed mutual interest in the prompt formation and the beginning of the work of the Constitutional Committee. They touched upon matters such as preparations for the upcoming summit of the guarantor countries of the #Astana process. 🇷🇺🇹🇷Important issues concerning bilateral cooperation were discussed as well.

5:52 PM
5:52 PM
09.10.2019
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💬 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Foreign Minister of Ethiopia Gedu Andargachew: 🔹 We are delighted to welcome you to #Moscow. First of all, I would like to congratulate you on your new appointment and to say what a pleasure it is to be meeting you personally. 🔹 #Ethiopia has been a key partner for #Russia in #Africa for over 120 years. We appreciate the traditions of friendship, mutual respect, trust and support that have developed over this period of time and make up the basis of our relations today. I am sure that our talks today on the entire range of topics related to bilateral relations, as well as regional and international subjects on which we hold identical positions, will help us to advance our partnership to a new and higher level. 🔹 Since Ethiopians will start celebrating the Ethiopian New Year tomorrow, I would like to wish you a happy New Year, health, happiness and all the very best. Once again, welcome to #Moscow. #RussiaAfrica

10:11 AM
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11:54 AM

🇷🇺🇪🇹 FM Sergey #Lavrov and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia Gedu Andargachew held a joint press conference following talks in #Moscow. #Russia #Ethiopia #RussiaAfrica #Africa

11:54 AM
09.11.2019
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2:25 AM

💬 Foreign Minister Sergei #Lavrov in the interview to the National Institute of Information of Suriname: 🔹 We regard #Suriname as an important partner in developing multifaceted cooperation with the States of the #Caribbean Community (#CARICOM). We aim at enhancing cooperation with this subregion in such priority areas as facilitating sustainable development, providing assistance in disaster response, training of diplomatic, law-enforcement, and emergency services officials of the Caribbean States, increasing educational, tourist, cultural, humanitarian and sport exchanges, promoting economic initiatives. 🔹 Strengthening strategic partnership with the #BRICS countries is one of #Russia's foreign policy priorities. In this regard it is encouraging that the dialogue within BRICS has gained very good momentum in the recent years. Since BRICS was established — and this year the 11th BRICS summit is to be held by the Brazilian chairmanship — the five States have become a major pillar of the emerging fairer and more democratic polycentric world order. The BRICS countries are firmly committed to the key principles and norms of international law. We consistently oppose any unilateral actions not supported by the UN Security Council, including interference in internal affairs, or sanctions. All members agree that there is no alternative to political and diplomatic settlement of conflicts. We concur that it is necessary to adopt rules of responsible behavior of States in the information sphere, and to introduce a legally binding regime prohibiting the weaponization of outer #space. 🔹 Unfortunately, #LatinAmerica and the Caribbean now find themselves under serious pressure. We are deeply concerned over the U.S. attempts to rewire Latin American political landscape for its own needs, in the spirit of the revived Monroe doctrine. What #Washington has done is to usurp the right to use force where it sees fit based on its own assumptions in order to overthrow governments it is not satisfied with for whatever reason. 🔗 Full interview: http://bit.ly/2LKtuzM

2:26 AM
6:23 AM

❗ The recent unseemly campaign launched by some #Czech politicians over the #monument to #Marshal Ivan #Konev in #Prague has been complemented by media proposals on moving the monument to #Russia. 🔹 It should be noted that monuments only really have a meaning when they are erected in the area connected to the historical events they commemorate. Any initiative on moving them derogates the significance of the glorious yet tragic pages in history these monuments commemorate. Also, we would like to point out that the Czech authorities are responsible for honouring the provisions of the Russian-Czech Treaty on Friendly Relations and Cooperation signed on August 26, 1993, which sealed a mutual obligation to protect military monuments erected on their territory. 🔹 We again urge those who are provoking a war on the symbols of #Victory over Nazism to stop the desecration of the monument to Marshal Konev. We are pleased to note that many responsible Czech officials and politicians support our position.

6:23 AM

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions at a joint news conference following his talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova Nicu Popescu, Moscow, September 11, 2019

💬 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov at a joint news conference following his talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of #Moldova Nicu Popescu: 🔹 We held good business related talks. We share the opinion that the latest internal political processes in Moldova open up opportunities for invigorating bilateral relations. Mr Popescu emphasised that the new Moldovan Government is interested in developing cooperation with #Russia. We have heard statements like this from the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Maia Sandu. We welcome this attitude and are willing to reciprocate and search together for solutions to accumulated issues. We are willing to resolve them on a very good foundation. I am referring to the 2001 Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation that remains current. 🔹 Let me recall that in trade and the #economy, where we had quite a few problems, we carried out the agreements reached at the highest level and took many steps that were primarily aimed at simplifying Russia’s access to Moldovan fruit, vegetable and wine products. As a result of these moves, trade has increased. Last year it increased by almost 30 per cent to over $1.5 billion. In the first half of this year it grew by about 14 per cent. This is a good trend. 🔹 We noted that over a thousand companies with Russian #capital continue operating in the Republic of Moldova, including Gazprom, Lukoil and Inter RAO. More than 70 Russian #regions are involved in cooperation with our Moldovan colleagues. They work together on economic and humanitarian projects. We welcome this trend. We hope that approaches to further developing our economic ties will be discussed in detail at the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation meeting next week. This meeting will be resumed after an almost three year break. The Russian-Moldovan second business forum will be held in Moscow before the end of September. We will encourage direct contact between our #business people. This is also very useful in finding solutions to existing problems. 🔗 More: http://bit.ly/2LLvIin

3:19 PM
Thursday
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❗ #Moscow has taken note of the Arab countries’ highly negative reaction to the statement made by Prime Minister of #Israel Benjamin Netanyahu regarding his intention to extend Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley. 🔹We share concerns over these Israeli plans, the implementation of which can lead to a dramatic escalation of tensions in the region and undermine hopes for a long awaited peace between Israel and its #Arab neighbours. 🔹At the same time, we confirm our consistent and unchanged position on the need for a comprehensive political settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the two-state solution to be implemented within the 1967 borders. The only reliable path to settling all the existing differences lies through direct talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians within the framework of international law, including #UN Security Council resolutions, the Madrid Principles and the Arab Peace Initiative.

6:37 PM
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Friday

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s press statement following talks between President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, Sochi, September 12, 2019

💬 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov’s press statement following talks between President of #Russia Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of #Israel Benjamin Netanyahu: 🔹 President of Russia Vladimir #Putin and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu have completed their talks. By tradition, these contacts are trust-based and open and make it possible to discuss any matters in a free and open manner. 🔹 Much attention was paid to bilateral relations, primarily in the #trade and economic sphere. The parties discussed the preparations for the next meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission due to be held before the end of this year. Among other things, the topics that are being prepared for consideration at this meeting embrace the easing of customs procedures to enable more rapid two-way clearance of goods. Digital economy is also on the agenda. The #Business Council will be convened for its regular meeting in tandem with the Intergovernmental Commission; the Business Forum will be held to promote direct business-to-business ties. The parties also reaffirmed their intention to speed up the coordination of a free trade agreement between Israel and the Eurasian Economic Union. 🔹 They stated that tourism was one of the highly promising spheres of our interaction. Matters related to #Russian property in the Holy Land were also discussed. The Israeli government helps ensure the normal functioning of this property and solve promptly the remaining problems related to the restitution of certain sites to the Russian Federation. 🔹 They talked about our humanitarian cooperation and interaction in the sphere of commemorations, including in connection with the approaching anniversaries. Next January, we will mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz. The opening of a monument to the survivors of the Siege of #Leningrad is scheduled for the same date. President of Russia Vladimir Putin has been invited to attend these events and he has confirmed that he views the invitation in a positive way. Of course, we expect the Israeli leaders to attend the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of #Victory in the Great Patriotic War on Red Square [in Moscow] on May 9, 2020. The Israeli leadership has confirmed its commitment to all the events designed to perpetuate the memory of heroes. 🔹 Let me note that we cooperate closely with the Israelis at the #UN and other international organisations to uphold the historical truth and prevent the glorification of Nazism, any manifestations of intolerance and similar misanthropic ideologies. 🔹 Internationally, the main focus was on developments in the Middle East and North #Africa with an emphasis on the Syrian settlement. Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has provided a detailed account of security concerns felt by Israel. The parties have agreed to continue and intensify dialogue through military-to-military channels, which is making good progress. Both parties have expressed support for efforts of this kind. We described steps that Russia was taking to support the #Syrian Government’s efforts in the fight against terrorists, who still remain in the Idlib zone, invigorate humanitarian assistance and promote the political process, including the formation of a Constitutional Committee. This process is about to be completed. 🔹 We put a special emphasis on the need – and in this regard, the Israelis fully agree with us – to respect #Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in actual practice rather than only in word. In this sense, we upped the ante by urging assistance to the Syrian authorities and the Syrians at large in returning to peaceful life. It was stressed that the sanctions, which the #US and the European countries had introduced against the legitimate government of Syria, were wholly counterproductive. 🔹 As I see it, we have found an understanding with regard to these matters among our Israeli colleagues. That was the gist of the talks. 🔗 http://bit.ly/34I4eTG

7:59 AM

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Trud newspaper, September 13, 2019

🇷🇺 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov in an #interview with Trud newspaper: 💬 …We believe [it] to be a dangerous phenomenon of our time when a number of countries are trying to build a pseudo-legal reality and impose it on the rest of the global community while circumventing international law and the #UN Charter as its bedrock. In doing so, they make dubious arguments claiming that the existing norms no longer work or that the UN #SecurityCouncil is paralysed or the international community fails to face up to serious crimes, etc. This is how they justify attempts to arbitrarily reshape international law as they see fit. 🔹 Initiatives of this kind make the international environment less predictable and orderly, with such negative implications as heightened tension and the escalation of violence in the #MiddleEast and #NorthAfrica, and an unprecedented surge in terrorist activity. ❗ #Russia’s commitment to the universally recognised principles of international law is among the pillars of its foreign policy. We are not alone in thinking this way. A vast majority of countries share this vision, and we will reach agreements with them for strengthening the rule of law in international affairs. We will persist in our consistent efforts to promote collective solutions within all #multilateral frameworks, believing that there is no alternative to placing the UN Charter and the universally recognised international norms arising from it at the core of our state-to-state contacts. Abiding by these principles in good faith will rule out using double standards or imposing one’s will on others. 🔹 I do believe that at the end of the day our Western colleagues will come to realise that strict compliance with international law can substantially enhance global and regional #security and stability. 🔗 More: https://bit.ly/2kIcjp7

9:28 AM

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Trud newspaper, September 13, 2019

🇷🇺 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov in an #interview with Trud newspaper: 💬 …We believe [it] to be a dangerous phenomenon of our time when a number of countries are trying to build a pseudo-legal reality and impose it on the rest of the global community while circumventing international law and the #UN Charter as its bedrock. In doing so, they make dubious arguments claiming that the existing norms no longer work or that the UN #SecurityCouncil is paralysed or the international community fails to face up to serious crimes, etc. This is how they justify attempts to arbitrarily reshape international law as they see fit. 🔹 Initiatives of this kind make the international environment less predictable and orderly, with such negative implications as heightened tension and the escalation of violence in the #MiddleEast and #NorthAfrica, and an unprecedented surge in terrorist activity. ❗ #Russia’s commitment to the universally recognised principles of international law is among the pillars of its foreign policy. We are not alone in thinking this way. A vast majority of countries share this vision, and we will reach agreements with them for strengthening the rule of law in international affairs. We will persist in our consistent efforts to promote collective solutions within all #multilateral frameworks, believing that there is no alternative to placing the UN Charter and the universally recognised international norms arising from it at the core of our state-to-state contacts. Abiding by these principles in good faith will rule out using double standards or imposing one’s will on others. 🔹 I do believe that at the end of the day our Western colleagues will come to realise that strict compliance with international law can substantially enhance global and regional #security and stability. 🔗 More: https://bit.ly/2kIcjp7

9:28 AM
Saturday
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3:12 AM

🗓 The Red Army launched the Baltic strategic offensive on September 14, 1944, which lasted for 71 days. 🔹 This region was vital to the Nazi war machine, linking it with Scandinavia via which Germany received important strategic support materials. The Baltic States supplied Germany with food, and Estonia also delivered oil products. 🔹 The fight for the Baltic region was protracted and extremely fierce. Up to a quarter of all Nazi forces on the Soviet-German front took part in it. 🔹 As a result of the Red Army’s Baltic offensive, the Nazi Army Group North was pushed out of almost the entire region and lost its ground-based communications with East Prussia. Of 59 Nazi divisions, 26 were routed and three were completely destroyed. 🔹 With the loss of the Baltic region, Germany was deprived of an advantageous strategic area that gave its fleet freedom of action in the eastern part of the Baltic Sea. It also lost an important industrial, raw materials and food base. The Red Army created conditions for developing its onslaught during the 1945 East-Prussian offensive. #ThisDayInHistory #History #Lithuania #Latvia #Estonia #Vilnius #Tallinn #Riga #Baltic #Liberation #Victory #Memory #Europe #USSR #GreatVictory #SecondWorldWar #ImmortalRegiment #Germany #AntiFascism #Russia #RedArmy #GreatPatrioticWar

3:12 AM
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❗ Permanent Representative of Russia to International Organisations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov: 💬 Alarming events in #SaudiArabia proved once again the topicality and relevance of the #Russian concept of collective #security in the #PersianGulf. #Diplomacy should prevail over negative trends. #Russia #MiddleEast

3:16 AM

❗ On September 14, 2019 Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Zimbabwe attended the funeral ceremony at the Harare National Stadium for the former President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe. H.E. Nikolai V. #Krasilnikov was the only representative of the Diplomatic Corps, who has been honored to deliver a speech at the event. Ambassador emphasized the great personal contribution of Cde Robert G. #Mugabe to establishing and consistent strengthening of the friendly relations between #Russia and #Zimbabwe

4:12 AM

❗ Russian Embassy in Zimbabwe: On September 14, 2019 Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Zimbabwe attended the funeral ceremony at the Harare National Stadium for the former President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe. H.E. Nikolai V. #Krasilnikov was the only representative of the Diplomatic Corps, who has been honored to deliver a speech at the event. Ambassador emphasized the great personal contribution of Cde Robert G. #Mugabe to establishing and consistent strengthening of the friendly relations between #Russia and #Zimbabwe

4:13 AM
4:14 AM

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s greetings to organisers, participants and guests of the 17th Amur Autumn Film and Theatre Festival

🇷🇺 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov’s greetings to organisers, participants and guests of the 17th #Amur Autumn Film and Theatre Festival: 💬 I am delighted to once again be greeting the organisers, guests and participants of the 17th Amur Autumn #Film and #Theatre #Festival in Blagoveshchensk. 🔹 Over the past 17 years, your festival has become an important event in the cultural life of the #FarEast and has won wide acclaim among visitors. Today, when Russia is holding the Year of the Theatre, these gatherings are in particularly high demand, as they popularise the best artistic achievements and assert intransient moral values in society. 🔹 I would like to specially note the contribution of your project to the further expansion of international humanitarian cooperation, the mutual enrichment of cultures and, in the long term, to maintaining trust and understanding among nations. I am happy to note that #China is also holding the Russian-Chinese competition of short films and a non-contest programme with previews of #Russian feature films as part of the Amur Autumn Echo Festival. 🔹 I am convinced that the numerous guests will be content with the current rich and diverse programme. I hope that you have an unforgettable time and that the participants and the organisers achieve new creative heights and I also wish you all the very best. 🔗 https://bit.ly/2lXNG7W

9:31 AM

Diplomat calls on OSCE not to ignore glorification of Nazism, falsification of history

❗ Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights Department Rinat Alyautdinov: 💬 Falsification of World War II #history, propagation of neo-Nazism, xenophobia, religious intolerance and vandalism have become everyday practice in #Ukraine. This situation, to a certain extent, stems from the connivance at similar violations in the #Baltic countries. Former SS veterans gather for marches in #Latvia and #Estonia annually and ‘non-titular’ population is positioned as a threat to national security. It is inadmissible to hush up the shameful phenomenon of non-citizenship. 🔹 The level of politicization and confrontation has greatly increased. Human rights often serve as an excuse for attempts to interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries and achieve political goals. 🔹 A number of systemic problems concerning the #OSCE’s activities are still there, including an imbalance related to geography and issues that the Organization tackles, as well as a lack of comprehensive evaluation of the human rights situation throughout the OSCE area. Attempts to consider issues that have nothing to do with human rights from a #humanitarian standpoint only worsen the situation. Such an attitude leads to unreasonably expanded interpretations of decisions made by the Organization’s governing bodies and runs counter to the principle of consensus, which is what the OSCE is based on. 🔗 More: https://bit.ly/2ml8ird

12:34 PM
Tuesday
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📝Statement of Embassy of Russia in the USA regarding Yahoo News 'Exclusive: Russia carried out a 'stunning' breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on U.S. soil' ☝❗The extensive crisis of the #Russiagate that broke out after the Mueller’s report jeopardized the entire long-term Russophobic campaign in the U.S. media fueled by the so-called "expert community." The artificial and purely domestic political “assignment” to smear Russia and unrestrained sanction hysteria are becoming clear. At the same time, certain circles of the Washington establishment cannot put up with the prospects of normalizing bilateral relations. Gradual restoration of Russia-U.S. dialogue on a number of pressing international issues most likely causes strong rejection on their side. One cannot misinterpret the response of the “deep state” representatives, whose fabrications laid the foundation of the Yahoo News publication. Once again Russian diplomats were targeted by their fake "exposures". ☝❗The authors never cited a single fact and provided zero evidence of the Russian citizens violating any U.S. norms and laws. Moreover, a number of groundless accusations against diplomats and their family members listed in the article pose a direct threat to their safety. We intend to request clarification from the U.S. Department of State since such provocative publications can lead to acts of violence against the Embassy staff and their close ones. ☝❗It all points to the chronic inability of the host country to provide normal working conditions for our diplomatic mission. Earlier, no apologies were made to the Embassy and its employees for the release of their banking information (via #BuzzFeed). The U.S. no longer complies with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations in its affairs with official representatives of other states. We couldn’t but take note of this clumsy attempt to justify the seizure of Russian diplomatic property through spy hysteria. This is a new chapter in the story for which Washington should be ashamed of. Originally the administration justified its actions by “the Russian meddling in the elections”. Now this "theory" is falling apart right before our eyes. That is why they are forced to make up fables.

2:26 AM

Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia at the UN Security Council Meeting on Yemen

📝Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia at the UN Security Council Meeting on Yemen ☝❗Тhe situation in the country remains dire. In Hodeidah there remains a fragile ceasefire, however there is intensifying military action in south Yemen that causes concern. ☝❗We call upon parties to the armed confrontation in Aden to solve the disputes they have through negotiations. Growing tension makes it difficult to establish dialogue with all interested political forces of the country based on balance of their legitimate interests and concerns, this tension only plays in hands of terrorist groups. ☝❗We support mediator efforts M.Griffiths takes in order to make sides to the conflict understand futility of a forceful solution, achieve universal ceasefire and develop confidence-building measures. In this regard, we welcome the regular session of the Redeployment Coordination Committee that is scheduled to take place on 7 September. We expect that negotiations and search for compromise solutions will help move forward in implementing the Stockholm Agreements. ☝❗Further deployment of the United Nations Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement and withdrawal of heavy weapons from the ports of Hodeidah, Saleef, and Ras Isa will both promote country-wide de-escalation and unlock other aspects of the Stockholm Agreements, including prisoner exchange and de-escalation in Taiz; it will also make it possible to move over to discussions of framework settlement parameters. ☝❗The humanitarian situation in Yemen, as we heard from Mark Lowcock, is continuously deteriorating to turn into a full-fledged humanitarian disaster. Humanitarian assistance to Yemen should be a priority track of our work. Let me stress: humanitarian assistance from abroad must be provided to the entire population of the republic, regardless of who controls this or that particular area. ☝❗We have profound concerns about UAV attacks on major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia launched on 14 September. We condemn in strongest terms attacks on non-military facilities and destruction of social and economic infrastructure. ☝❗Armed escalation threatens to complicate the search for peaceful resolution of the Yemeni problem and to grow into a large-scale regional confrontation. We urge all sides to remain reserved and to not let such incidents happen in the future. We recommend not to jump to conclusions as to who carried out the attack. This can further destabilize the situation both in Yemen and in the Middle East at large that is already quite complicated. ☝❗In conclusion, we would like to remind of Security Council resolution 598 that tasked the UN Secretary-General in cooperation with the regional States to develop confidence and security architecture in the region. In this context, the Russian collective security concept for the Persian Gulf becomes even more relevant, as it aims at conflict relief, building of confidence and control measures. Once again, we call upon all the interested sides to study this document and join the collective work aimed at search for mutually acceptable solutions to the regional problems. 🔗Full text: https://russiaun.ru/en/news/yemen_1609

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🇷🇺 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova will hold a briefing concerning current foreign policy issues on September 20 at the Foreign Ministry’s press centre, (Building 1, 30/2 Smolenskaya-Sennaya Square, located on the right of the Ministry’s central building). Representatives of Russian and foreign media are invited. ⌚ The briefing will begin at 10 am. Accreditation is open until 4 pm on September 19. ☑️ Admission by press cards (for Russian journalists) and accreditation cards (for foreign journalists). ℹ️ Coordinator: Irma Kvantiliani (tel.: 7(499) 244 3583, mob.: 7(916) 563 8085, email: briefingmid@rambler.ru; midbriefing@yandex.ru). 🔹 Questions on accreditation procedure please address to the press centre (tel. 8-(499)-244-20-87, email: pc.mid@yandex.ru). 🔗 The Foreign Ministry will broadcast the briefing online in the Video section of its website (mid.ru/ru/press_service/video) and in MFA’s Social Media: «Periscope» (periscope.tv/MID_RF), «Facebook» (facebook.com/MIDRussia), «ВКонтакте» (vk.com/mid).

4:04 AM

Comment by the Information and Press Department on attack against oil infrastructure facilities in Saudi Arabia

❗ According to media reports, a large-scale #drone #attack was launched in the early hours of September 14 against oil refineries of the #Saudi Arabian #Oil Company Saudi Aramco near the cities of Abqaiq and Khurais in the eastern part of the Kingdom. The Houthi Ansar Allah movement, now fighting against forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Arabian Coalition supporting him in Yemen, has claimed responsibility for the attacks. 🔹 Riyadh has already called this terrorist attacks. No one was killed during the attacks on the oil facilities, according to Abdulaziz bin Salman, the Kingdom’s Energy Minister. The country’s emergency services managed to contain the major fires at both refineries and to eliminate any risk of a large-scale industrial disaster. According to media reports, #SaudiArabia was forced to cut crude oil exports by 50 per cent. There are plans to compensate for these reductions using Saudi Arabian oil reserves during the upcoming repair work and reconstruction. 🔹 #Moscow is seriously concerned about these developments. We resolutely denounce strikes against non-military targets, the destruction of the socio-economic infrastructure and any actions that can destabilise fuel and energy supply and demand, provoke a new wave of instability on the global hydrocarbon #market and spell negative consequences for the world #economy. 🔹 We insistently recommend that no hasty conclusions be drawn as to who has launched this attack on the Saudi refineries. We believe that it would be counter-productive to use these developments for inciting passions around #Iran in the context of the well-known #US line. And we consider various military retaliation options, now being allegedly discussed in #Washington, to be even more unacceptable. 🔹 We are of the opinion that mutual strikes against civilian facilities and the resulting violations of international humanitarian law are a direct consequence of the persisting acute military-political crisis in the Republic of #Yemen. We reaffirm our principled position on the need for ending the armed confrontation as soon as possible and launching an all-inclusive negotiating process that would involve all leading public and political forces, regional communities and religious denominations in Yemen under the auspices of the #UN. We are convinced that the people of Yemen, neighbouring countries, as well as other states having serious interests in this strategically important region, would benefit from this. 🔗 https://bit.ly/2lVlByf

7:25 AM
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☝❗ In 1938, Poland took part in the division of Czechoslovakia as a result of the Munich Pact signed by Britain and France with Hitler. Poland annexed part of Czechoslovakia, Teschen Silesia, in October. Before that, the Polish government refused passage to Soviet troops that were to help Czechoslovakia in accordance with the bilateral treaty of mutual assistance signed in1935. ☝❗ In 1934, Germany and Poland signed the Declaration on the Non-Use of Force also known as the Piłsudski-Hitler Pact. The document marked the start of Polish-German rapprochement, which lasted until 1938 giving Nazis time to prepare for a large-scale aggression against neighbouring countries. #WorldWarII #WWII #GreatPatrioticWar #OTD #History #Memory #USSR #SovietUnion #Germany #Italy #Japan #France #Britain #Poland #Czechoslovakia #Europe #Latvia #Lithuania #Estonia #Russia #ImmortalRegiment #Antifascism #MunichPact #Munich #Moscow #Victory #GreatVictory

7:30 AM
7:31 AM

☝❗The Soviet-German Treaty of Non-Aggression of 1939 was the result of the Munich Pact of 1938. ☝❗In the midst of the Czechoslovak crisis of 1938, Moscow repeatedly offered to provide military assistance to Prague. Meanwhile, Great Britain and France, behind the back of the Soviet Union, entered into a conspiracy with Hitler and facilitated the division of Czechoslovakia. ☝❗In those circumstances, in 1939, the Soviet Union, to ensure its security and national interests, was compelled to conclude a non-aggression treaty with Germany. #WorldWarII #WWII #GreatPatrioticWar #OTD #History #Memory #USSR #SovietUnion #Germany #Italy #Japan #France #Britain #Poland #Czechoslovakia #Europe #Latvia #Lithuania #Estonia #Russia #ImmortalRegiment #AntiFascism #MunichPact #Munich #Moscow #Victory #GreatVictory

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☝On September 1, 1939 Nazi Germany attacked Poland thereby unleashing World War II. By September 17, the Nazis had broken down the organised resistance of the Polish Army and Poland’s military and political collapse became reality. The Wehrmacht had already invaded Western Ukraine and Western Byelorussia, which were part of the Polish state. On September 15, the German Ambassador in Moscow was instructed to tell the Soviet Union that “if there is no Russian interference, the political vacuum on the territories to the east of the German sphere of influence may not take shape. New states could be established in this area if the Soviet Union fails to intervene.” Thus, Western Ukraine and Western Byelorussia were threatened with Nazi occupation. ☝❗Under the circumstances, the Soviet Union decided to occupy these lands. Red Army troops crossed the Soviet-Polish border on September 17, 1939. ❗ In Poland the Red Army was instructed not to go beyond the Vilnius-Lomza-Bug line and not to use weapons against the Polish army if they didn’t initiate hostilities. The Red Army was not supposed to bomb Poland from the air or shell its cities and villages. It was strictly forbidden to violate the borders of the neighboring states - Latvia, Lithuania and Romania. While still on Polish territory, Polish Commander-in-Chief Edward Rydz-Smigly ordered his army not to fight the Red Army. ☝The Soviet Union was not in a state of war with Poland, something that was recognised by the ruling circles of the Western countries and the Polish government-in-exile. Neither London nor Paris qualified Soviet interference as an “aggression” and made no official protests in this context. 💬Prominent British statesman David Lloyd George emphasised after the events of September 1939 that the Soviet Union occupied the territories that were not Polish and that were seized by Poland after World War I. He said it would be unreasonable to equate Russia’s and Germany’s advances. Winston Churchill remarked that the Soviets had to move the initial positions of the German army as far to the west as possible in order to gain time and gather forces from all parts of their enormous empire. He said their policy was very realistic even if it was coldly calculating. ✅ The Red Army’s campaign in Poland reunited Ukrainians and Byelorussians in the new borders of the USSR, and this event was fixed in the declarations of the national assemblies of Western Byelorussia and Western Ukraine. The Supreme Soviets of the Byelorussian and Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republics adopted resolutions on incorporating Western Byelorussia and Western Ukraine on November 12 and 14 respectively. During the campaign in Poland, the Red Army occupied only the areas seized by Poland in 1920-1921. In most locations, Soviet troops moved to the Curzon Line that the Supreme Council of the Entente suggested based on Poland’s eastern border in 1919. ✅The territories that became part of the Soviet Union after September 1939 are now inalienable parts of modern Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania. The latter received Vilnius, its current capital, under a Soviet-Lithuanian agreement in October 1939. #SecondWorldWar #WWII #GreatPatrioticWar #GPW #ThisDayInHistory #History #Memory #USSR #SovietUnion #Germany #Italy #Japan #France #Britain #|Poland #Czechoslovakia #Europe #Latvia #Lithuania #Estonia #Russia #ImmortalRegiment #AntiFascism #MunichCollusion #Munich #Moscow #Victory #GreatVictory

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❗ In #Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov and #UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore signed a #Memorandum of Understanding between the #Russian Government and @UNICEF .

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❗ In #Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov and #UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore signed a #Memorandum of Understanding between the #Russian Government and @UNICEF

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❗ In #Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov and #UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore signed a #Memorandum of Understanding between the #Russian Government and UNICEF.

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🇷🇺 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov took part in the opening ceremony of the Skhodnya whitewater slalom sports base. #Russia #Sport #AquaticSport #WhitewaterSlalom

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❗Spy hysteria on Swiss television 🔸On September 9, the French-language channel RTS broadcast an interview with one Sergey Zhirnov (Sergei Jirnov), who now lives in France and claims to be a former KGB agent operating outside #Russia under an assumed identity. He says that over the past 20 years Russian spying in #Switzerland has grown in scale (there are dozens of Russian spies who have assumed the identities of nationals of third countries) and nature (became outright “aggressive”). 🔸It is regrettable that RTS has opted to revitalise the rumour of Russian espionage which the Swiss media was puffing up in the summer and autumn of 2018. A year ago, the spy scandal was stirred up so as to present Moscow as an enemy and to alarm people with the alleged Russian threat. In November 2018, the problem was settled following interagency consultations. We would like to remind everyone that both sides stated at a news conference following talks between the foreign ministers of Russia and Switzerland, held in #Geneva on November 28, 2018, that the espionage page in bilateral relations had been turned. 🔸Also, we would like to point out that no concrete facts or sound evidence have been provided in Zhirnov’s interview. We reject Zhirnov’s accusations as slander. 🔸The broadcasting of absurd and unverifiable allegations is damaging Russian-Swiss relations. We urge RTS to choose its sources more carefully so as not to mislead the Swiss audience.

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🇷🇺🇳🇪On September 18-20, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, African Integration and Nigeriens Abroad of the Republic of the #Niger Kalla Ankourao will come to #Moscow on a working visit. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold talks with him on September 19. 🔹#Russia and Niger are conducting a constructive political dialogue based on trust and the similarity of the two countries’ views on international developments, including a polycentric world as a fairer and safer system of international relations. Russia and Niger also maintain productive cooperation at the UN and other multilateral platforms. 🔹The foreign ministers will discuss international and African topics of mutual concern, primarily the maintenance of peace and stability in #Africa, including in the Sahara-Sahel. Since Niger will hold a non-permanent seat at the #UN Security Council in 2020-2021, Sergey Lavrov and Kalla Ankourao will also hold in-depth discussions on matters that are the responsibility of this agency, such as the fight against terrorism and extremism in the context of collective efforts to root out these threats in Africa. 🔹The ministers will pay considerable attention to ways of boosting Russia-Niger cooperation in various spheres. They will exchange opinions on ways to promote mutually beneficial business partnership, above all in the field of mineral exploration and production, power generation and infrastructure. Another important part of our bilateral ties is cultural collaboration, including the training of Nigerien professionals at Russian universities. 🔹We believe that the upcoming visit to Moscow by the Foreign Minister of Niger will give an additional impetus to the further strengthening of our traditionally friendly bilateral relations.

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🔹 On September 17, Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov and Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (#UNICEF) Henrietta Fore signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Russian Government and UNICEF. 🔹UNICEF is the leading #UN organisation for the protection and development of children. UNICEF’s main efforts include healthcare for mothers and children, early childhood development, child nutrition, education, and providing aid and support for mothers and children in emergencies, including natural disasters, military conflicts and epidemic outbreaks. 🔹The Memorandum of Understanding between the Russian Government and UNICEF is aimed to bring cooperation between #Russia and UNICEF to a strategic level in Russia’s priority areas in the context of providing aid to its partner states.

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🔹On September 18, Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov chaired a meeting of the Ministry’s Collegium on the preparations for the #Russia-#Africa summit and economic forum to be held in #Sochi in October. The meeting was attended by delegates from the Industry and Trade Ministry, the Economic Development Ministry, Roscongress and the Russian Export Centre, as well as the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 🔹It was pointed out that the decision to hold the summit shows that Russian-African relations have advanced to a fundamentally new level. Those attending the meeting held detailed discussions on the need to coordinate the efforts of ministries and agencies to choose the topics for discussion at the summit, as well as its organisational support, official ceremonies and logistics. 🔹The Collegium members noted that the interaction between Russia and African countries was based on solid historical traditions of friendship and solidarity with the struggle of the continent’s nations for decolonisation, freedom and independence, as well as support to the creation of national economies and enhancing the young states’ defences. 🔹It was pointed out that over the past few years considerable progress was achieved in strengthening practical cooperation with the majority of African countries in trade, the economy, investment, military technology, culture and humanitarian efforts, as well as student exchanges. 🔹Of great importance is the development of cooperation with African countries and organisations within the framework of the #UN and other multilateral institutions intended to assist the settlement of crises and conflicts on the continent. 🔹The participants were told about the coordination of the final documents of the Russia-African Summit in Sochi and about the planned bilateral side events, including the signing of documents on mutually beneficial projects. 🔹The results of discussions were formulated in a resolution adopted by the collegium. #RussiaAfrica

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📞🇷🇺🇩🇪Sergey #Lavrov and his German counterpart Heiko Maas discussed prospects for the implementation of the Minsk package of measures for the settlement in #Ukraine in the situation, when proposals considered at a meeting of the foreign policy advisers to the Normandy Format countries’ leaders, were not supported by the #Kiev representative to a session of the Contact Group in #Minsk on September 18, 2019

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🔹 Permanent Representative of #Russia to International Organisations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov: 💬 D. Trump announced his decision to tighten sanctions against #Iran. Let’s hope that #Tehran will not further reduce now its commitments under #JCPOA. Isn’t it clear that nobody benefits from this sanctions/ reductions race? Non-proliferation & security in #PersianGulf are victims.

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🔹 Permanent Representative of #Russia at the #UN Vassily Nebenzia received the newly appointed Permanent Representative of the #UnitedStates to the United Nations - Ambassador Kelly Craft at the Russian Mission. He wished her good luck in the new office and expressed hope for constructive work at the UN Security Council.

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