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07.24.2019
МИД России

News conference following talks between Sergey Lavrov and FM of Cuba Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla 🇷🇺🇨🇺

12:35 PM
07.25.2019
МИД России

Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Cuba’s FM Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla t.co/tMAUPrHjZG

3:05 AM
07.26.2019

🇷🇺🇸🇷On July 26-27, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will make the first official visit in the history of bilateral relations to the Republic of Suriname. ✔️On July 27, Sergey Lavrov will hold talks with President of Suriname Desi Delano Bouterse, Vice-President Michael Ashwin Adhin and Foreign Minister Yldiz Deborah Pollack-Beighle to discuss various aspects of bilateral cooperation, as well as current international and regional issues, including Russia’s cooperation with Latin American and Caribbean integration associations.   ✔️Russia’s relations with Suriname, which is a promising partner in the Caribbean subregion, has been developing dynamically in the past few years based on the principles of friendship and mutual respect in the best interests of one another. The development of multifaceted cooperation with Suriname is part of Russia’s policy of promoting ties with Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) states. ✔️Russia and Suriname maintain regular political contacts, including at the level of foreign ministers, who meet on the sidelines of UN General Assembly meetings. The two countries’ foreign ministries also hold consultations. ✔️Both states are interested in improving the legal framework of bilateral relations and have moved forward towards this goal. The Treaty on the Foundation of Relations and the Intergovernmental Agreement on Mutual Visa Exemption became effective in 2019. ✔️The most promising spheres of cooperation include the training of Surinamese professionals at Russian universities, including the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the training centres of the Russian Interior Ministry located in Russia and the LAC region. We appreciate Suriname’s striving for sustainable socioeconomic development. ✔️Trade and economic ties with Suriname have been growing in the past few years. The two states are implementing joint projects in energy and healthcare. There is potential for cooperation in agriculture, infrastructure development, the supplies of vehicles, as well as the development of hydrocarbon deposits and exploration. ✔️Russia and Suriname are advocating the idea of a multipolar and more democratic system of international relations. They are committed to the principles and norms of international law and respect for national sovereignty and reject the policy of dictate, interference in the internal affairs of others and exterritorial sanctions. Suriname is a co-author of UN General Assembly resolutions on combating the glorification of Nazism, on no first placement of weapons in outer space, on confidence-building measures in outer space activities, as well as on international security and cybercrime.

9:01 AM

Sergey Lavrov took part in the photographing ceremony prior to the Meeting of the BRICS Foreign Ministers

11:26 AM

❗British media regulator #Ofcom announced today its decision to impose a £200,000 fine on #RT for what it referred to as serious failures to comply with broadcasting rules. Ofcom’s investigation found that RT “failed to preserve due impartiality” in seven news and current affairs programmes between March 17 and April 26, 2018. In its statement, the regulator voiced concern over the frequency of rule-breaking over a relatively short period of time. ❗It is worth noting that the fine was not imposed by court order, although the legitimacy of the regulator’s claims against the television network should be ascertained under judicial review. The amount of the fine is also questionable, since it substantially exceeds fines imposed on other media outlets for hate speech and incitement to violence, while RT faces the subjective charge of insufficient impartiality. ❗Accusations of this kind are even more surprising considering that the national media in the #UK regularly distort facts and intentionally mislead without any objections from Ofcom. For example, on July 15, 2019 police in Italy released a report on the detention of Italian extremists. The original statement says that “the Turin headquarters had under their surveillance people connected to extreme right political movements who fought in #Donbass against pro-independence activists.” On July 16, the text was corrected to read “had taken part in the armed conflict in #Ukraine’s Donbass region”. Nevertheless, in their coverage of the report Western news agencies and media outlets, including UK’s #Reuters, The #Guardian and #BBC presented the news story as a raid on radicals who took part in hostilities “alongside Russia-backed separatist forces.” ❗BBC-2 has recently aired a documentary titled “#Russia with Simon Reeve” telling the story of a trip by British journalists to Russia’s Far East, timed to coincide with the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Professional shots of Russian nature and interviews with Russian nationals intermingle with anti-Russian political clichés long used by the British channel and reprehensible statements about alleged “harassment and detentions” of the film crew by Russian law-enforcement agencies. However, the British journalists forgot to mention that the group’s cameraman lacked the proper accreditation required of journalists working on Russian territory. The crew was also fined for unauthorised use of a drone. ❗Just a few days ago, Will Grant, also a BBC reporter, distorted statements by the Russian President regarding cooperation with Latin America, only to explain later that his misunderstanding of Vladimir #Putin’s words was probably the fault of interpreters. ❗For some reason, Ofcom has not looked into systemic misinformation in the British #media. ❗Once again British authorities are doing all they can to impose restrictions on Russian media in the UK. They have now used financial levers, which is in keeping with the anti-Russia campaign unleashed by Great #Britain to date. We view Ofcom’s decision as an act of outright censorship. ❗We look forward to hearing the legal assessment of the media regulator’s decision from the High Level Panel of Legal Experts that was established recently and is co-chaired by Foreign Office Special Envoy on Media Freedom Amal #Clooney. The creation of this panel was announced at the Global Conference to Defend Media Freedom that took place in #London on July 10 and 11, 2019, and that RT was barred from. ❗We will continue to closely monitor these developments, and British media operating in Russia should be ready to face the fallout from official London’s actions.

4:46 PM
07.27.2019
07.29.2019
07.30.2019

🇷🇺🇹🇭 In Bangkok, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov met with Foreign Minister of Thailand Don Pramudwinai.

6:35 AM

🇷🇺🇹🇷 Meeting between Sergey Lavrov & Mevlut Cavusoglu 📸 Photo by Maria Zakharova

6:37 AM

🇷🇺🇹🇭 In Bangkok, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov met with Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha.

6:38 AM
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11:58 PM

🇷🇺🇻🇳 Russian FM Sergey #Lavrov and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of #Vietnam Pham Binh Minh met on the sidelines of the Russia-#ASEAN Foreign Ministerial Meeting. #Russia #Thailand #Moscow #Bangkok #MFA

11:58 PM
07.31.2019
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12:28 AM

🇷🇺🇲🇾 In Bangkok, Russian FM Sergey #Lavrov had a meeting with Foreign Minister of #Malaysia Saifuddin Abdullah. #Russia #Thailand #Moscow #Bangkok #MFA #ASEAN

12:28 AM
МИД России

🇷🇺🇳🇿 Russian FM Sergey Lavrov met with with FM of New Zealand Winston Peters.

11:07 AM

🇷🇺🇱🇦 In Bangkok, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov had a meeting with FM of Laos Saleumxay Kommasith

11:08 AM
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5:01 PM

🔹 On July 30-31, Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov visited the Kingdom of #Thailand, where he held talks with the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai and met with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha. 🔹 #Russian-#Thai cooperation priorities were discussed with great interest, including progress in the political dialogue, expanded trade and economic cooperation and cultural exchanges, as well as bilateral cooperation on topical issues of the global and regional agenda, including in the context of #Bangkok’s current presidency of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (#ASEAN).

5:01 PM
08.2.2019
МИД России

🔶The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, in cooperation with the relevant Central African agencies, continues to investigate the murder of Russian journalists Kirill Radchenko, Orkhan Dzhemal and Alexander Rastorguev in the Central African Republic a year ago. Criminal proceedings were initiated under Article 105 (item “a,” part 2) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. 🔶The Russian leadership keeps the investigation into all the circumstances of the tragic death of our compatriots and the identification of the perpetrators under its control. 🔶The status of the investigation is regularly raised in contacts with Central African officials. Thus, during his meeting with Foreign Minister of Central African Republic  Sylvie Baipo-Temon on the sidelines of the 23rd St Petersburg International Economic Forum (St Petersburg, June 6), Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke about the need for additional efforts to expedite the investigation of the death of the Russian journalists as much as possible. 🔶The Russian Investigative Committee sent requests for providing legal aid on this case and for performing the investigative proceedings to the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of the Central African Republic via diplomatic channels. 🔶On July 26, the Prosecutor-General’s Office of the Central African Republic released a statement saying that the investigation had made substantial progress and that the public would be informed about the results soon. The personal belongings of the dead were transferred to the Russian Investigative Committee. 🔶The Russian Foreign Ministry will continue supporting the Investigative Committee within the limits of its competence in investigating this case. 🔶In connection with several recent publications in the media, which often contain distorted or even false information, we would like, once again, to draw the attention to a number of points. 🔶Many questions for the organisers of the trip remain unanswered. Thus, the CAR Embassy in Moscow was led astray regarding the real purpose of the trip by the journalists and issued tourist visas for them. Therefore the journalists worked in the CAR without accurate accreditation or permits for bringing in and using cameras in the country.  🔶The Berengo military training camp that the journalists were supposed to enter is a special state protection area under the law on organising national defence and the army of the CAR. Visits to Berengo are strictly regulated. If the journalists had entered the camp to shoot a video, they would have been arrested on suspicion of spying. Typically, the film crews of the American CNN and Qatari Al-Jazeera, which recently visited the CAR, had notified the competent agencies in advance about their intentions to visit the Berengo camp and shoot a video there. They received the required accreditation and had the opportunity to visit the camp and make a report on it. 🔶While crossing the checkpoint in Sibut the journalists were provided a forged pass with the UN logo, which presented them as UN volunteers. The misled law enforcement officials that are prohibited from interfering with the movement of UN mission employees merely checked their passports, although they strongly advised the journalists to abstain from a night trip along the route controlled by illegal armed groups. 🔶We would like to note that the websites of the Russian Foreign Ministry and its Crisis Management Centre and the Russian Embassy in Bangui inform travelers about the complicated military-political situation in the CAR (14 of its 16 provinces are controlled by various armed groups) and advise them to avoid trips to that country, especially beyond its capital. Those who sent the film crew to Bangui did not inform the Russian Embassy about the arrival of the journalists and the purpose of their trip. Otherwise, the Embassy could have ensured their security and probably prevented the tragic consequences. 🔶This again calls into question the goal of the organisers of this visit, which sent the journalists on an obviously life-threatening mission.

8:33 AM

❗On August 2, the United States completed the withdrawal from the INF Treaty. Accordingly, this instrument ceased to have effect. ❗Washington has committed a grave mistake. By launching a propaganda campaign based on deliberately misleading information on what was presented as violations of the INF Treaty by Russia, the United States intentionally plunged the Treaty into a crisis that was almost impossible to overcome. The cause is however clear: the United States wanted to free itself from the existing restrictions. ❗For many years Washington showed blatant disregard for Russia’s serious concerns regarding its compliance with the INF Treaty. The deployment at US military bases in Europe of Mk 41 launchers that have the capability to launch intermediate-range cruise missiles was already a grave violation of the Treaty. ❗Instead of reviewing mutual concerns in a meaningful and professional manner, the United States issued ultimatums against Russia that were unacceptable by definition. All our proposals regarding viable solutions to settle the existing problems based on mutual transparency measures were turned down. ❗The representatives of the United States hypocritically invoked considerations whereby the INF Treaty was obsolete and needed to “involve third countries.” While making these claims, they were clearly aware of the fact that the countries in question were not ready to assume the relevant treaty obligations. ❗Therefore, through its purposeful actions the United States first undermined the INF Treaty, and then moved to set the stage for its definitive breakdown. This is not the first time Washington has acted this way. This misguided attitude can be traced back to the late 1990s and the decision by the United States to dismantle the ABM Treaty despite insistent calls by the international community not to do so. ❗By denouncing the INF Treaty, the United States confirmed its commitment to abolishing all international instruments that do not suit it for one reason or another. This leads to an actual dismantlement of the existing arms control architecture. ❗With the INF Treaty no longer in force following Washington’s withdrawal from it, immediate steps to stabilise the situation and preserve the necessary level of predictability in Russia’s relations with the United States have to be taken. Russia has gone its part of the distance. We have already introduced a moratorium and will not deploy land-based intermediate-range or shorter-range missiles, should we acquire any, in the regions where the United States will not deploy its intermediate-range or shorter-range missiles. ❗We call on the United States to renounce deploying missiles of these classes, and it is unfortunate that the Pentagon has been proactive in communicating on their development. We call for following Russia’s example by taking the necessary steps to ensure global stability and predictability. Otherwise, all the responsibility for escalating tensions across the world will rest with Washington. ❗Russia remains open to equitable and constructive dialogue with the United States for restoring trust and strengthening international security. We hope that the United States adopts a responsible approach to this matter.

10:24 AM
08.5.2019
08.6.2019
08.7.2019
МИД России

🇷🇺🇯🇵 On August 6, Japanese Ambassador to #Russia Toyohisa Kozuki was invited to the Foreign Ministry. 🔹 Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov drew the attention of the Ambassador to the unacceptability of the “protests” being voiced by #Tokyo in connection with the actions of the #Russian Federation on its sovereign territory, namely, the southern Kuril Islands which consititute legitimate Russian territory as a result of World War II. The Russian side emphasised that comments by official Tokyo concerning visits by representatives of the Russian leadership to this district of the #Sakhalin Region, as well as the organisation of various events there, including socioeconomic and defence-related ones, bordered on attempted interference in Russia’s domestic affairs. 🔹 At the same time, Toyohisa Kozuki was given a note of strong protest concerning violations by Japanese citizens, involved in visa-free exchanges in the southern #Kuril Islands. The Japanese side was informed of the need for a conscientious approach to the formation of groups travelling visa-free. 🔹 Toyohisa Kozuki promised to make a report on this meeting to Tokyo.

11:11 AM
08.8.2019
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🇷🇺🇮🇳 On August 7, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sent condolences to former Governor of Mizoram and former member of the Indian Parliament Swaraj Kaushal over the sudden death of his wife, Sushma Swaraj. 🔹 In his message, Lavrov noted that in the capacity of Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj “made a major contribution to the development of Russian-Indian relations as a special and privileged strategic partnership. I always admired her high professionalism, ability to make balanced decisions quickly and her wonderful personal skills.” #Russia #India

5:06 AM
МИД России

🇷🇺🇮🇳 On August 8, Deputy Director of the Second Asian Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Denis Alipov visited the Embassy of the Republic of India over the sudden death of the former Minister of External Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj. ▪️ Mr Alipov made the following record in the book of condolences: “On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, please accept sincere condolences over the death of Sushma Swaraj – an outstanding politician, talented diplomat, a true patriot of India, and a solid friend of Russia who made a major contribution to the development of Russian-Indian relations as a special and privileged strategic partnership. We share the pain of this loss with the friendly people of India”. #Russia #India

11:37 AM
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11:37 AM
08.9.2019
МИД России

🇷🇺🇺🇸 On August 9, Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of the #UnitedStates 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 were not sanctioned by authorities. ❗ It was emphasised during the meeting that the Foreign Ministry regarded the publication of the protest route map, drawn by the organisers of the illegal event, as an act encouraging participation and a call to action, which constitutes an attempt to interfere in #Russia’s domestic affairs.

11:10 AM

❗The Foreign Ministry expresses deep regret over the cancellation of the round of talks between the government of Venezuela and the opposition that was to take place in Barbados. Regardless of who initiated this decision, the main reason for the breakdown in the negotiating process is obviously Washington’s irresponsible policy regarding Venezuela and its legitimate authorities. The methods adopted by the United States to exert economic pressure, alongside other actions in stark violation of international law, are unacceptable. We firmly condemn the outright interference by the United States in the affairs of a sovereign state and Russia’s strategic partner. ❗It is highly regrettable that opposition politicians in Venezuela welcome aggressive unilateral action by a foreign government targeting the people of Venezuela. It seems that these politicians are ready to forgo the prospect of normalisation in the interests of their own ambition. We strongly believe that there is no alternative to dialogue between responsible political forces. Moving in any other direction would lead to chaos with unpredictable consequences. ❗We are alarmed by the irresponsible statements by US officials that the time for dialogue has passed and it is time to act. These power games and persistent attempts to escalate tension are a mere reflection of the United States’ aspiration to claim the role of a global “supreme arbitrator.” All reasonable politicians and responsible governments must combine their efforts to put an end to these practices. 🔶The people of Venezuela must be given the chance to use their undeniable right to determine their future in keeping with the national Constitution and laws. ✔️The international community must encourage these efforts by creating an enabling environment for finding peaceful solutions. Russia reaffirms its unwavering commitment to this policy.

11:15 AM

❗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 German television and radio company Deutsche Welle. ❗The Russian side emphasised that such media escapades run counter to professional journalistic ethics and constitute an attempt by the German media company to interfere in Russia’s internal affairs. If Deutsche Welle continues this offending practice, the Russian side reserves the right to respond within the framework of existing national legislation.

11:16 AM
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3:15 PM

🇷🇺 #Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria #Zakharova on the sidelines of the #TerraScientia National Educational Youth Forum: 🔹#INF Treaty 🔹#Hiroshima and #Nagasaki 🔹Kuril Islands 🔹Situation in #Kyrgyzstan ... and more. 🔗 bit.ly/2GZVoWZ

3:16 PM
08.13.2019
МИД России

🕯️We remember the tragic events that took place 11 years ago. On the night of August 7-8, having crudely violated international agreements on the peaceful settlement of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict, the Mikheil Saakashvili government launched a full-scale military operation against South #Ossetia. Without distinguishing between military facilities and residential districts, the Georgian forces subjected #Tsinkhval to heavy shelling. They tried to attack a camp of Russian peacekeepers, 10 of which were killed. In all, 48 Russian servicemen were killed and 162 wounded. ❗The aggression against #Tsinkhval, the universally recognised side of the conflict, was absolutely unprovoked. This obvious fact was later officially confirmed by a report of the International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in the South #Caucasus, established by the #EU and headed by Swiss representative Heidi Tagliavini, which was published in the autumn of 2009. ❗The attack on South Ossetia and preparations for a similar action against #Abkhazia was the culmination of #Tbilisi’s long-term policy of violence against these nations, which left them no choice but to ensure their security and their right to existence by self-determination as independent states. 🔹On August 26, 2008, #Russia recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, being guided by the provisions of the UN Charter and the 1970 #UN Declaration Concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States, the 1975 Helsinki Final Act, and other fundamental international documents. 🔹Obviously, both Abkhazia and South Ossetia have established themselves as sovereign states. Both republics have the attributes of statehood and efficient systems of legislative, executive and judicial authority. They control their territories, develop their national economies and culture and are actively building law-based societies. ✅The Russian Federation is actively cooperating with the young republics in the South Caucasus and rendering them substantial financial aid, including investment programmes on assisting their socio-economic development. Russia’s policy is absolutely transparent and is aimed at developing mutually beneficial ties with its partners while promoting trust and understanding. ❗It is regrettable that Georgia and the #West have failed to draw lessons from the tragic events of 2008. Instead of trying to overcome the burden of the past, and facilitate neighbourly relations between #Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Tbilisi, which is actively supported by Western capitals, continues to promote anti-Russia hysteria, supply the region with arms and unceremoniously draw Georgia into #NATO. This path is a dead end that in no way helps to establish peace, stability and security in the region. ✅For its part, Russia is working and will continue to work to resume dialogue and conduct a full-scale negotiating process between Georgia on the one hand, and Abkhazia and South Ossetia on the other. We have always emphasised that the signing of agreements on the reciprocal non-use of force should be the first step in this area. ❗We again urge Georgia and our Western partners to recognise the geopolitical realities that were established in the South Caucasus.

6:57 AM
08.16.2019
5:15 AM

Sergey Lavrov’s speech at the Terra Scientia Educational Youth Forum 🔗t.co/TFopcccXVf

5:18 AM
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МИД России

🇷🇺🇬🇭 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov during talks with Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey: 💬 Relations between our countries and nations have a very rich history with a lot of glorious pages, starting with the period of #decolonisation, when #Russia made a significant contribution in helping African countries, including #Ghana, gain their #independence. Since then, the people of Russia and Ghana have felt sincere affection and friendship towards each other. This is a very firm foundation for the development of our bilateral relations in all areas. 🔹 Today our ties in issues related to foreign policy coordination are developing well. Our #trade and economic relations are regulated by an intergovernmental commission, which convened for the third time this May. Contacts between parliamentarians as well as our cultural and educational ties have also become more intense. 🔹 I am very glad to have this chance to consider ways of further developing our cooperation in all these areas with you today.

3:15 PM
3:15 PM

🇷🇺🇻🇪 On August 21, #Moscow will host talks between Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov and Executive Vice President of the Bolivarian Republic of #Venezuela Delcy Rodriguez. 🔹 The parties will exchange opinions on the current issues of bilateral agenda related to the implementation of major joint projects in the #economy, #science, high #technology and #culture. 🔹 They will also discuss ways to further coordinate their positions on the international stage, the developments in Venezuela and around it, and confirm their support for the peaceful settlement of political disagreements in the country.

3:16 PM
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🇷🇺 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov’s answer to a media question. ❓ Could you comment on the #US cruise #missile test? 💬 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 Bolton, the Assistant to the US President for National #Security Affairs, visited us. He said that US President Donald Trump’s statement about the need to withdraw from the #INF Treaty was not an invitation to dialogue but a final decision. Apparently, even then, and maybe even prior to that, they began to prepare the tests that took place today, which violate the requirements of the INF Treaty.

3:01 PM

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the opening of the historical and documentary exhibition

🇷🇺 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov at the opening of the historical and documentary exhibition, “Year 1939: The Outbreak of World War II”: 💬 We are seeing increasing attempts to falsify the history of #WWII. We just heard about this again in President #Putin’s welcoming address. There are attempts to belittle or keep completely silent about the role of the #SovietUnion in defeating Nazism, to whitewash the villains, to put executioners and their victims on the same level, and to question the outcome of the war and the verdicts of the #Nuremberg Tribunal. The goal of such speculation is clear. It is not only to denigrate modern #Russia as the successor of the Soviet Union, but also to cover up the unseemly role of their own states’ complicity with the Hitler regime, to justify the ugly excesses of neo-Nazis and an unscrupulous war on monuments to #liberator soldiers. ❗ This exhibition is important because it uses the elegant language of irrefutable facts to show who pushed the world toward calamity and who tried to prevent it. At a time when storm clouds were gathering over #Europe, the Western capitals - in the hope of staying safe at the expense of others - made a selfish and an extremely short-sighted choice in favour of appeasing the Hitler regime. The Munich Agreement of 1938 was the apotheosis of this policy. 🔗 Full transcript: http://bit.ly/2TOdX5M

3:02 PM

🇷🇺🇻🇪 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov during talks with Executive Vice President of #Venezuela Delcy Rodriguez 🔹 We are very happy to welcome you and your delegation to #Moscow and to be able to meet at the Foreign Ministry. 🔹 We maintain very close contacts. Since the start of 2019, I have met with my counterpart Jorge Arreaza; Vladimir Padrino Lopez, Defence Minister, and your colleague, Tareck El Aissami, Vice President in charge of economic issues, have also visited us here. 🔹 The April 2019 meeting of the #Russian-Venezuelan High-Level Intergovernmental Commission, which focused on key matters of our cooperation, proved very useful. 🔹 During your current visit, you have already had a useful meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov. 🔹 I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your country successfully hosting a meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement last month. Its participants reaffirmed their solidarity with the people and government of Venezuela in defending the norms and principles of international law, first of all those formalised by the #UN Charter. We have always been and remain committed to these principles, and will always join you in defending the right of every nation to independently choose its own development paths and to emphatically counter any illegitimate unilateral methods of blackmail and pressure. 🔹 Today, we will discuss our cooperation in international affairs, including at the UN and other multilateral venues, in greater detail.

3:04 PM
3:05 PM

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions at a news conference follo

🇷🇺🇬🇭 Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov at a news conference following talks with #Ghana Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Shirley Ayorkor Botchvey: 💬 The talks with Foreign Minister of Ghana Shirley Ayorkor Botchvey were substantive, useful and aimed at capitalising, as effectively as possible, on our good political dialogue and close contacts in the international arena to step up cooperation in other fields and expand bilateral #trade and #investment through the mechanisms of the Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation in order to launch mutually beneficial joint projects in various areas, including the #energy sector, #agriculture and #infrastructure-related matters. 🔹 We reaffirmed our joint commitment to help promote humanitarian ties and we will continue to teach Ghana students at #Russian educational institutions. We agreed to work faster on some draft agreements and memoranda, which will make the legal framework for our cooperation stronger. We agreed to encourage the #business communities and chambers of commerce and industry in the two countries to continue building up direct contact. 🔗 Full transcript: http://bit.ly/33Yuitk

3:07 PM
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