Arrests of Russians upon US requests mar bilateral ties — diplomat

June 18, 2016 by · Comments Off on Arrests of Russians upon US requests mar bilateral ties — diplomat 

MOSCOW, June 17 — Arrests of Russian citizens upon Washington’s requests mar bilateral relations and this exterritorial practice has become a trend for the United States, Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights, democracy and rule of law Konstantin Dolgov said on Friday.

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Setting conditions for Russia's return to G8 format 'absurd'

April 14, 2016 by · Comments Off on Setting conditions for Russia's return to G8 format 'absurd' 

MOSCOW, April 13 — Moscow believes inappropriate to set any sort of conditions for Russia to return to the G8 format, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.

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Russia unwilling to establish military communication with NATO

January 22, 2016 by · Comments Off on Russia unwilling to establish military communication with NATO 

BRUSSELS, Jan. 22 — Moscow shows no interest in establishing military communication with NATO despite its initiatives to approach the Russian side, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel said.

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Russia ready to mediate conflict between Saudi Arabia, Iran

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MOSCOW, Jan. 4 — Moscow has friendly ties both with Tehran and Riyadh, and "is willing to play, if necessary, a role as a mediator in the settlement of existing and emerging discords between these countries," according to the source in the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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Russia seeks broader cooperation with US-led coalition in Syria

October 7, 2015 by · Comments Off on Russia seeks broader cooperation with US-led coalition in Syria 

MOSCOW, Oct. 7 — The Russian military is willing to expand cooperation with the US-led coalition in Syria, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Tuesday.

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Lavrov confirms Russian military present in Syria to deliver arms to army

September 11, 2015 by · Comments Off on Lavrov confirms Russian military present in Syria to deliver arms to army 

MOSCOW, Sept. 10 — Earlier on Thursday, it was reported by Russian newspaper Kommersant that Moscow supplies Syrian government forces with firearms, grenade launchers and armored personnel carriers as the country is struggling with radical ISIL militants.

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Russia expels Swedish diplomat in tit-for-tat response

August 5, 2015 by · Comments Off on Russia expels Swedish diplomat in tit-for-tat response 

MOSCOW, Aug. 4 — Russia has expelled a senior Swedish diplomat here in retaliation for the expulsion of a Russian diplomat in Stockholm, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

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Lavrov to discuss OSCE issues with organization’s chairman in Belgrade

May 15, 2015 by · Comments Off on Lavrov to discuss OSCE issues with organization’s chairman in Belgrade 

BELGRADE, May 15 — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will on Friday hold talks in the Serbian capital Belgrade with the chairman-in-office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.

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US ambassador refuses to comment on progress of case over Russians accused of spying

January 30, 2015 by · Comments Off on US ambassador refuses to comment on progress of case over Russians accused of spying 

MOSCOW, Jan. 29 — US ambassador to Russia, John Tefft, on Wednesday refused to comment on the progress of a case over three Russian citizens charged with espionage in the US.

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Russian, French FMs reaffirm necessity of joint efforts to fight terrorism

January 9, 2015 by · Comments Off on Russian, French FMs reaffirm necessity of joint efforts to fight terrorism 

MOSCOW, Jan. 8 — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius reaffirmed in a telephone conversation the necessity to cooperate in the fight against terrorism following the Wednesday terrorist attack in Paris, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

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