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📖 Read the Joint Statement by the Foreign Ministers of #China, #France, #Russia, #UK and #US on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Treaty on the #NonProliferation of #NuclearWeapons.

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🇷🇺🇯🇲 Sergey #Lavrov and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of #Jamaica Kamina Johnson-Smith exchanged messages of greetings on the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries marked on May 12.

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🇷🇺 #Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria #Zakharova, Moscow, March 12, 2020: #Lavrov #Venezuela #Russia #Diplomacy #Yemen #Afghanistan #COVID19 #Hungary #Syria #MH17 #Ukraine #Donbass #Mauritius #UK #UN

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Russia continues to assist 🇷🇺🌍 Africa: sends 35 tonnes of humanitarian aid (tents, blankets, food supplies) to the Republic of Congo 🇨🇬 to help alleviate the hardships of the people affected by recent severe floods #RussiaHelps #RussiaAfrica

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6⃣ years ago people of Crimea made historic choice - decided their own future in a regionwide referendum. FACT: Crimeans cast their ballots in favour of reunification with Russia (turnout with over 83%) leaving no doubt in their collective choice - #CrimeaIsRussia 🇷🇺🤝

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🇷🇺 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria #Zakharova will hold a briefing on foreign policy issues at 3 pm MSK on March 19. In light of measures taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus & @WHO recommendations, the event will be held via teleconferencing

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🇷🇺 Today we celebrate the 6⃣th Anniversary of #Russia's & Crimea's historic Reunification. The Crimean Bridge 🌉 - 19 km long marvel of engineering - stands tall as testament to our inseparable common destiny, firmly connecting the region of Crimea to mainland Russia🤝

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Statement by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the sixth anniversary of Crimea’s reunification with Russia 💬The Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of #Crimea on the Accession of the Republic of Crimea in the Russian Federation and on Forming New Constituent Entities within the Russian Federation was signed six years ago, on March 18, 2014. The Crimean Spring and the free vote at the referendum in Crimea, which was a fine example of the right of peoples to self-determination sealed in the #UN Charter and the Declaration on Principles of International Law, allowed Crimea to reunite with #Russia. ❗After all these years, it is becoming increasingly clear that there was no alternative to the decision taken by the Crimean people through a free expression of their will, and that it was the only correct decision that could have been taken in the tense situation around the peninsula. As a result, Crimea has not succumbed to the radical nationalists and has avoided, together with Russia, the social and political upheavals which Ukraine suffered after the Maidan revolution. Neither has Crimea become a training range for #NATO manoeuvres targeting Russia. ❗Geopolitically, the peninsula has always had huge strategic importance, which is why it was the site of numerous fierce and bloody battles. In this year of memory and glory, when we are preparing to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory, we also commemorate the heroic defence of Sevastopol, the liberation of Crimea and other dramatic events in the history of the Great Patriotic War, which provide vivid examples of selflessness, unity and love for one’s Fatherland. ❗Of all Russian regions, Crimea has been affected most severely by the destructive foreign actions. Standing up against the openly unfriendly and Russophobic actions calls for consolidated efforts and comprehensive political, legal, financial, economic, cultural and humanitarian measures, as well as information campaigns to raise public awareness. A great deal has been recently accomplished in this sphere by the Russian authorities and the Crimeans themselves. ❗As part of Russia, Crimea is overcoming economic problems, improving infrastructure and developing the energy sector, shipbuilding, science and culture. The socioeconomic development of the peninsula was boosted dramatically when the Crimean Bridge, which was built in a record short time, opened to automobile traffic. Passenger transportation across the Kerch Strait began with the opening of the bridge to railway traffic in December 2019. Rail freight transportation via the bridge will begin this year. The construction of the Tavrida Motorway, which will run through the peninsula from east to west, is nearing completion. Reliable connection to mainland Russia has catalysed the tourism sector: 7.4 million people spent their holidays in Crimea last year, compared to under 5.5 million before 2014. ❗New attempts are being taken to isolate Crimea, but it is becoming increasingly difficult for our opponents to pursue this course. In 2019, over 70 major international events were held in the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol. The 5th Yalta International Economic Forum, which has become an attractive venue for demonstrating Crimea’s investment opportunities, rallied the largest ever number of participants, 4,500 people from 89 countries. The numerous foreign visitors can make an objective assessment of the federal and regional authorities’ efforts to improve the quality of life in Crimea, strengthen interfaith accord and protect the rights of ethnic minorities. ❗The September 8, 2019 elections to the State Council of Crimea, the Legislative Assembly of Sevastopol and 265 municipal councils ensured the continuity of power. The number of Crimean Tatars elected to the Crimean legislative bodies has increased by 150 percent. The polls held on the peninsula confirm the positive atmosphere in interethnic and interfaith relations. This means that any attempts to undermine sociopolitical stability in Crimea are doomed to failure.

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📞🇷🇺🇨🇳On March 18, Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov spoke by phone with member of the State Council and #China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi. The parties discussed the current international coronavirus situation and praised the bilateral cooperation in countering the pandemic in the spirit of the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership. They also touched on the #UN Security Council’s activities, chaired by the PRC, preparations for the summit of permanent members of the Security Council, and the development of cooperation in the Russia-India-China format.

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❗Anti-Russia allegations over the МН17 case in the Dutch media ❗On March 5, the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant ran a story titled “Russian manipulation and sabotage in the MH17 case,” which claims that Russia did everything in its power to hinder the investigation of the plane crash. ❗Huib Modderkolk and Tom Kreling, who contributed many other anti-Russia reports in the past, claim this time that Russia tried to directly influence members of the investigation team. In particular, Russian intelligence agents were allegedly involved in incidents with investigation experts, such as surveillance, theft of databases, telephone tapping and hacking attacks. ❗Modderkolk and Kreling cite anonymous sources in the Dutch intelligence services and the Joint Investigation Team in the spirit of Western media “spy scandals.” Lacking reliable facts, they refer to sources whose reliability cannot be verified, as well as to the infamous Bellingcat investigation resource, which has fuelled many scandals by posting fake news, including about the MH17 case, and is known to be politically biased against Russia. We consider their latest contribution as yet another attempt to divert attention from serious discrepancies in the presumably only possible version based on “the Russian connection” in the tragedy. ❗The report published by Volkskrant, which is known to have close ties with the Dutch political elites, is part of a disinformation campaign against Russia that has been lately gathering momentum in the Dutch media. It appears that its initiators are trying to influence the outcome of the MH17 trial, which began at the District Court of The Hague on March 9.

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🇷🇺🇸🇾 📞 Presidents Putin and Assad held phone conversation, discussed developments in Syria. The two leaders also considered advances made in the context of political process within the framework of the Syrian Constitutional Committee #RussiaSyria🤝 📎

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💬 Former FM of 🇦🇹Austria @Karin_Kneissl about 🇷🇺Sergey #Lavrov on his 7⃣0⃣th Anniversary: He is a consummate professional of the highest calibre. There are few adults in this world, and Minister #Lavrov is one of them 😎 #Lavrov70

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🇷🇺🇮🇹 Russia renders assistance 🤝 to Italy in the fight for human lives against #COVID19: Russian Defence Ministry delivers medical diagnostic equipment & disinfection systems via 9xIl-76 aircraft (7 landed already) ✈, sends infectious disease specialists to assist #RussiaHelps

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💬 #Lavrov: 'As they said in the past, #Russia will grow based on #Siberia. Today, Russia is growing based on its regions, territories, republics and autonomous areas. One can hardly overestimate the importance of this work.' #Economy #Diplomacy

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🇷🇺 MFA Spokesperson Maria #Zakharova will hold a #briefing on #ForeignPolicy issues at 3 pm MSK on March 26. In light of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus the spokesperson will answer media questions received by the call centre

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(paperclip) 🇷🇺 MFA Spokesperson Maria #Zakharova will hold a #briefing on #ForeignPolicy issues at 3 pm MSK on March 26. In light of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus the spokesperson will answer media questions received by the call centre

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🇷🇺 President #Putin visited Moscow's Kommunarka Infectious Diseases Hospital, assessed conditions and coronavirus patients' treatment: 💬 I would like to thank all medical personnel 😷 who are hard at work helping people in the best traditions of Russian medicine

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🇷🇺 President Vladimir Putin addressed the nation over #COVID19: We have mobilised all the capabilities and resources for deploying a system of timely prevention and treatment. ❗The lives and health of our citizens is our top priority❗ 🔹We are witnessing an acute escalation of the coronavirus epidemic on a global scale. The number of new cases continues to grow in many countries. The global economy as a whole is at risk, and is already expected to shrink. 🔹 By taking precautionary measures, we have been largely able to prevent the infection from rapidly spreading and limit the incidence rate. However, we have to understand that Russia cannot insulate itself from this threat, simply considering its geography. 🔹Being professional, well organised and proactive is what we can do and are already doing. 🔗

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🇷🇺🇧🇾 Sergey #Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs of #Belarus Vladimir Makei. They discussed the coordination of efforts to repatriate #Russian & #Belarusian citizens amid the struggle to contain the spread of #coronavirus.

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❗ #Moscow resolutely condemns the terrorists’ criminal attacks aimed at destabilising #Nigeria and #Chad. We express our deep condolences to the victims’ families and friends.

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❗ On March 25 in #Kabul, terrorists attacked a Sikh temple during a service. More than 20 people were killed and several people were injured. We condemn this barbaric crime aimed at inciting religious strife in #Afghanistan.

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❗ A terrorist attack on March 19 by the Group to Support Islam and Muslims against a camp of the #Mali armed forces left 29 Malian soldiers dead and five wounded. We strongly condemn this crime committed by terrorist forces.

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📞🇷🇺🇫🇷Following the March 26 telephone conversation between Russian and French presidents, the French side initiated a telephone conversation between Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov and the French Republic’s Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian. The ministers discussed the situation with the spread of the coronavirus infection in the context of the March 26 videoconference of #G20 heads of state and government. They reviewed measures for closely coordinating efforts, including those in addressing matters linked with the repatriation of both countries’ citizens. They also exchanged views on possible #UN Security Council steps to help strengthen international peace and security in the context of the joint struggle against the virus. They underscored the special role of permanent UN Security Council members in facilitating coordinated actions of the international community in addressing global challenges in line with the initiative of Russian President Vladimir #Putin on preparing for a UNSC P5 summit. The ministers also conducted a detailed exchange of views on topical tasks to resolve the conflicts in #Libya, #Syria and #Ukraine.

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❗Comment by the Information and Press Department on the joint address to the UN Secretary-General urging the withdrawal of unilateral sanctions in view of the spread of the #coronavirus On March 25, the Group of States for the Defense of the Principles of the #UN Charter, including #Russia, #Venezuela, #Iran, #China, North #Korea, #Cuba, #Nicaragua and #Syria, sent a joint message to the UN Secretary-General with a strong request for the complete and prompt withdrawal of the unilateral sanctions that prevent the states’ efforts to effectively fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Russia has consistently opposed the unilateral restrictions that run counter to international law and cause substantial harm to the affected countries’ socio-economic development. Our message is based on the fact that during the rapid spread of the coronavirus, the lifting of these barriers has become urgent, especially for the distribution of necessary medical supplies to the countries that are under restrictions. During the #G20 emergency summit on March 26, President of Russia Vladimir #Putin initiated the organising of “green corridors” that would be free of trade wars and sanctions for the mutual supply of medicines, food, equipment and technology. With this in mind, the Russian President suggested imposing a collective moratorium on the restrictions that affect basic necessities and the financial transactions for purchasing them. The international restrictions introduced by the UN Security Council should not be an impediment in the fight against the pandemic. The Security Council sanctions resolutions provide for exceptions and exemptions for humanitarian needs. These safety mechanisms should work without fail and be free of some countries’ politicised approaches. Only in this way can the harmful effects of the restrictions for the population be avoided. In general, it is time to review the Security Council’s sanctions to ensure that they are of a truly targeted nature and think in terms of classifying some types of assistance as humanitarian exceptions.

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📞🇷🇺🇦🇪On March 27 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov had a telephone conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. 📞🇷🇺🇦🇪The ministers discussed current issues of bilateral interaction with a focus on the earliest repatriation of Russian citizens from the #UAE, who wished to return to their homeland in view of the extraordinary circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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🔸On March 26, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin took part in a teleconference of special envoys to the Middle East Quartet of International Mediators (#Russia, the #US, the #UN and the #EU). 🔸The participants held an in-depth discussion on the current lack of progress with the #Palestinian-#Israeli settlement and on the tasks of containing the spread of the #COVID-19 pandemic. They agreed that it was important to revitalise the work of the Quartet. 🔸The Russian side reaffirmed the country’s consistent position in favour of the two-state solution to the conflict based on international law and pointed out the importance of restoring Palestinian national unity on the political platform of the Palestine Liberation Organisation. 🔸The special envoys agreed to continue the discussion in the next few weeks.

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☝#Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria #Zakharova, Moscow, March 27, 2020 🔗 #Russia #Diplomacy #Coronavirus #COVID19 #Syria #Venezuela #Cuba #USA #LatinAmerica #Guinee #Senegal #Africa #OlimpicGames

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🇷🇺 MFA Spokesperson Maria #Zakharova will hold a #briefing on current #ForeignPolicy issues at 3 pm MSK on April 2. In light of measures taken to prevent the spread of #COVID19, the Spokesperson will answer media questions received by the call centre.

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(paperclip) 🇷🇺 MFA Spokesperson Maria #Zakharova will hold a #briefing on current #ForeignPolicy issues at 3 pm MSK on April 2. In light of measures taken to prevent the spread of #COVID19, the Spokesperson will answer media questions received by the call centre.

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🇷🇺🇺🇸 On March 30, Sergey #Lavrov had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State @SecPompeo at the #US side’s initiative. They reaffirmed their intention to assist in implementing the decisions of the #G20 summit on March 26.

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🇷🇺🇺🇸 On March 30, Sergey #Lavrov had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the #US side’s initiative. They reaffirmed their intention to assist in implementing the decisions of the #G20 summit on March 26.

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🇷🇺🇨🇳 On March 27, Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov spoke by phone with State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of #China Wang Yi. The parties discussed the #coronavirus pandemic.

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❗ On March 27 #NorthMacedonia officially became #NATO’s 30th member. #Skopje is expected to confirm acceptance of its NATO obligations under documents signed with #Russia, in particular the 1997 Founding Act and the 2002 Rome Declaration.

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🇷🇺🇺🇸 Following phone talk between Presidents Vladimir Putin & Donald Trump Russia sends largest cargo aircraft An-124 Ruslan ✈️ with 😷 medical supplies (masks and equipment) to US to help fight #COVID19 pandemic, save lives of American citizens. 🤝 The plane is already en route

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Russia's Ambassador to the US Antonov gave interview to Arms Control monthly magazine on the current status of 🇷🇺🇺🇸 Russia-US strategic security talks, the future of the New START, proposed Summit of the Heads of State of the permanent members of the UNSC and other topical matters 📄

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💬 Russia's Ambassador to the US Antonov: 🇷🇺 Russia and the 🇺🇸 US are the largest nuclear powers and permanent UNSC members. They bear a special responsibility for preserving world peace and security. It is crucial to maintain bilateral strategic stability dialogue

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🇷🇺🇧🇾 On 2 April we celebrate Day of Unity of the people of Russia and Belarus. Our countries' people have a common history, strong cultural and spiritual ties. 🤝 "Russia and Belarus are close allies and strategic partners" @ Sergey Lavrov / #UnityDay

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🇷🇺 Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria #Zakharova – Moscow, April 2, 2020 #Russia #coronavirus #COVID19 #ForeignPolicy #China #US #Italy #Putin #Venezuela #Netherlands #Iraq #EU #Iran #Serbia #HumanRights #FakeNews #INSTEX #Azerbaijan #Armenia

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(paperclip) 🇷🇺 Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria #Zakharova – Moscow, April 2, 2020 #Russia #coronavirus #COVID19 #ForeignPolicy #China #US #Italy #Putin #Venezuela #Netherlands #Iraq #EU #Iran #Serbia #HumanRights #FakeNews #INSTEX #Azerbaijan #Armenia

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📞🇷🇺🇭🇷On April 3, Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of #Croatia Gordan Grlic Radman at the initiative of the Croatian side. The ministers agreed to adjust the schedule of #Russian-#Croatian contacts, given the developments related to the spread of the #coronavirus infection, and reaffirmed their mutual readiness to work together closely to combat the pandemic. They also discussed a number of pressing issues of bilateral relations and the European agenda in the context of the current Croatian presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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📞🇷🇺🇨🇾On April 3, Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of #Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides at the Cypriot side’s initiative. The foreign ministers discussed the developments in both countries due to the spread of the #coronavirus infection. They exchanged opinions on topical issues of bilateral relations, including tax cooperation, given the decisions of the President of #Russia on maintaining a proper level of taxation on all types of offshore income.

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🇷🇺🇦🇿 🤝#Azerbaijan is Russia's major strategic partner. Relations between the two nations are based on the principles of equality and neighbourliness as well as the centuries-long traditions of friendship and mutual respect.

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🇸🇳 Senegal celebrates 60th Anniversary of Independence today! Our heartfelt congratulations and warm wishes of peace and prosperity to the people de la République du #Sénégal! Happy #NationalDay! 🇷🇺🇸🇳 On Russia-Senegal relations: #RussiaAfrica

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❗We took note of the decision of the #EU to launch a new military operation #Irini in the #Mediterranean, with its main goal defined as supporting implementation of the #UN arms embargo imposed on #Libya. We will closely follow how effective Irini will be

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❗ We believe that the Council of Europe should more than ever before use its vast potential as a multifaceted pan-#European organisation to promote international cooperation on providing rapid response to a variety of the pandemic challenges. #coronavirus #COVID19

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💬 Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko: #Russia and #Armenia have always joined forces when it comes to handling challenges and threats they have faced, and the current #COVID19 pandemic is no exception.

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🇷🇺 #Russia insists on promoting international solidarity in the face of #COVID19 pandemic. Guided by this principle, Russia continues to provide bilateral and WHO-related assistance to the countries most in need as they fight the #coronavirus infection

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🇷🇺 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria #Zakharova will hold a #briefing on current #ForeignPolicy issues at 3 pm MSK on April 9. The Spokesperson will answer #media questions received by the call centre.

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(paperclip) 🇷🇺 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria #Zakharova will hold a #briefing on current #ForeignPolicy issues at 3 pm MSK on April 9. The Spokesperson will answer #media questions received by the call centre.

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