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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions during a joint news conference with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, Moscow, April 25, 2017

Russia appreciates the OSCE’s contribution to the effort to overcome the Ukrainian conflict. This is not the only conflict on its agenda. We see the OSCE’s desire to help solve the problems in Transnistria and Nagorno-Karabakh, and its positive involvement in the Geneva discussions on security and stability in the South Caucasus. In all these areas, there are very complex obstacles to progress towards a settlement, but at least the “outside players” intend to create the conditions necessary for the parties involved to search for compromises.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a joint news conference following talks with High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Moscow, April 24, 2017

We discussed Ukraine. Both sides confirmed that there is no alternative to fully implementing the Minsk Package of Measures. I laid out Russia’s fact-based perspective on the obstacles that still hamper the implementation of the Minsk agreements, primarily, Kiev’s refusal to affirm the very concept of the document adopted in February 2015 in Minsk. Our Ukrainian neighbours are trying to change the agreements, drastically rewrite them and bend them to their interests, which of course would lead to a deadlock. Let me reiterate that Russia has provided evidence. I hope that our EU colleagues in their work with the Ukrainian Government will push for strict compliance with the Minsk agreements. As a guarantor of these agreements, Russia is ready to do its part of the job in full. We will work with Lugansk and Donetsk to make this a reciprocal process when Kiev finally begins fulfilling its commitments.

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, April 19, 2017

I would like to recall that the special session of the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) resumed its work today, April 19. It is dedicated to the situation in Syria in connection with the events in Khan Sheikhoun. The Russian delegation is led by Ambassador Alexander Shulgin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation at the OPCW. Director of the Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament Mikhail Ulyanov will take part in the discussions. We will promptly publish the text of remarks at the session on the Foreign Ministry’s official website and will inform you about the session’s work.

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

The military-political situation in Syria sharply deteriorated following the massive US strike on April 7 against the al-Shayrat airfield where Syrian Air Force planes are based. In this room, as well as for many other audiences, we have given an extended evaluation of that, issuing corresponding statements and explanations and making comments. As is known, Russia responded to that outright act of aggression against a sovereign UN member state by suspending the Russian-US memorandum on the prevention of air incidents in the course of operations in Syria. A corresponding explanation was provided via both the Defence Ministry and the Foreign Ministry. Washington’s use of force is a serious challenge not only to regional but also to international security. Unfortunately, there is no stopping anti-Russian forces in the West, which are bent on wiping out the positive achievements on the path toward a peace settlement. They were put in place mainly through the efforts of Russia and its partners in the Astana process, as well as the efforts of UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and his team in Geneva. Some western media outlets are not above peddling these fake news stories and outright slander. Consider, for example, the AP report of April 11 citing a high-ranking US official as saying that Russia knew about Syria’s coming chemical weapons attack in advance!

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, April 5, 2017

The Foreign Ministry again expresses its deep condolences to the families of those killed in the April 3 terrorist attack in St Petersburg. We wish a speedy recovery to all those injured. We are grateful to the leaders and citizens of foreign countries and the heads of international organisations who did not remain indifferent to our tragedy. The barbarous and ugly crime in the St Petersburg metro has confirmed once again that terrorism is a deadly global threat and that it requires the utmost cohesion of the international community, immediate and, without a doubt, effective collective measures under the aegis of the UN, based on the existing foundational decisions on fighting terrorism that have come above all from the UN Security Council.