22 | 08 | 2019

Question: Could you comment on the US cruise missile test?

Sergey Lavrov: 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.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the opening of the historical and documentary exhibition, “Year 1939: The Outbreak of World War II”, Moscow, August 20, 2019

Colleagues,

Today, we are opening an important historical and documentary exhibition dedicated to the outbreak of World War II. Unique archival documents are presented here, many of which come from the Foreign Ministry’s funds. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Federal Archival Agency, the Russian State Military Archives and the Russian Historical Society, all of which made this exhibition possible.

Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s talks with Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Heiko Maas

On August 21, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold talks with Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Heiko Maas who is on a working visit to Russia.

This year, Sergey Lavrov and Heiko Maas have met four times – on January 18 when the German minister visited Moscow, on February 15 in Munich at the 55th Munich Security Conference, on May 16 in Helsinki on the sidelines of the Committee of Foreign Ministers of the Council of Europe meeting, and on July 18 in Bonn on the sidelines of the 18th meeting of the St Petersburg Dialogue Russian-German Public Forum.

On August 9, Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of the United States 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.

Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department

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.

On August 2, six months after Washington initiated the withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed by the USSR and the US in 1987, the treaty has been terminated for all parties: the US, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

This means that a key treaty for establishing the regional and global security architecture no longer exists. Under the INF Treaty, the parties eliminated two classes of nuclear armaments: land-based intermediate-range and shorter range missiles. The missile launchers and all the associated support facilities and equipment were also destroyed.

The United States continues to use last year's staged poisoning of the former British agent and his daughter in the UK to aggravate relations with Russia. This blatant provocation, whose participants have been protected from exposure, again serves as the pretext to impose sanctions on Russia under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 and a special executive order recently signed by the White House.

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.

Ladies and gentlemen,

As my colleague and friend, Foreign Minister of Thailand Don Pramudwinai has said, we hold regular meetings and today we are in Bangkok following his February visit to Moscow.

I would like to emphasise that Thailand is our oldest partner in Southeast Asia. The relations between our countries are traditionally built on the principles of mutual respect, trust and the time-tested friendship between our peoples.

According to the communiqué sent by the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF), Pavel Grudinin and the Lenin Collective Farm, at which he serves as the director, are subject to political and judicial attacks. Grudinin ran for President in the 2018 elections as a non-party candidate of the CPRF and became the runner-up winning millions of votes. After Grudinin's candidacy, the Lenin Collective Farm, the last “people’s” agricultural enterprise located near Moscow and “an island of socialism amid a sea of capitalist lawlessness" has recently encountered many problems.

Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Russian Federation (CPRF)

It is almost a month since a large group of the Russian State Duma deputies sent letters  to the President of the Russian Federation, the Prosecutor General of the RF, the Chairman of the Supreme Court of Russia calling for an end to an attempt at a hostile takeover of the Lenin Collective Farm. The letter cited numerous gross violations of the law on the part of the law-enforcement bodies and the courts in the Moscow Oblast aimed at making short shrift of the collective farm and its head. We have still not received any official answers to these letters. This is absolutely not normal.

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