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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview for a film about the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students, Sochi, October 21, 2017

The young people who have gathered in Sochi and other cities of Russia comprise a representative cross-section of the global civilisation, which is why we hope that when these young people take up the reins in their countries, including in foreign policy, we will no longer see the deplorable events we see on the international stage right now.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at the Moscow Nonproliferation Conference, October 20, 2017

Russia’s position is well known: We will not join the NWBT. The treaty proponents, including the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017, appear to be guided by a noble goal of prohibiting nuclear weapons as soon as possible. However, it should be remembered that total denuclearisation is only possible within the framework of universal and total disarmament in conditions of equal and indivisible security for all states, including nuclear countries, as this is stipulated in the NPT. The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, which has opened for signature, does not comply with these principles, disregards the need to take into account all the factors that can influence strategic stability, and hence can have a destabilising effect on the nonproliferation regime. As a result, the world may become even more unstable and unpredictable.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the Valdai International Discussion Club website during the 14th annual club meeting, Sochi, October 17, 2017

I cannot say how other countries will deal with their domestic problems. They have their own social programmes, but their implementation has been complicated by changes in the global situation, including the illegal sanctions that have been introduced into our relations with Europe and other Western countries. However, the Government now has a good plan for moving forward, which President Putin has approved. Our President believes that resolving social problems is a key priority. We have a plan for this, as I have said. As for what plans Europe may have to achieve these goals, this is not for me to say, but I am sure that they are thinking about this as well. However, the process will be far from simple, as one can see from the developments in France provoked by President Emmanuel Macron’s initiative to reform the labour code.

Remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the First Global Forum of Young Diplomats in the framework of the World Festival of Youth and Students, Sochi, October 16, 2017

As I said, Russia is not telling anyone what to do; our diplomacy is doing all it can to improve the international situation and bring about an effective solution to the numerous problems facing all humankind. I am pleased to note that our approach based on joint efforts to create a system of equal and indivisible security and promoting equal mutually beneficial cooperation is shared by the majority of the members of the international community. We are prepared to go on working closely together with all those who are willing to do so on the basis of mutual respect and taking into account each others’ interests.

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, October 12, 2017

Developments in the Syrian Arab Republic are still characterised by positive trends. Supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, Syrian troops continued ousting ISIS terrorists from the province of Deir ez-Zor, moving from its administrative centre down the Euphrates. Government forces liberated the central part of Mayadin and a local airport. The Syrian Army continued successful combat operations against ISIS, which had infiltrated the suburbs of the city of al-Qaryatayn via the US-controlled zone around Tanf on the Syrian-Jordanian border.