On December 30, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet with Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow to discuss a wide range of aspects regarding Russian-Iranian cooperation, including trade, economic and energy spheres, with a specific focus on respective bilateral projects.

The parties will focus on international affairs, including the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear programme, the Syrian peace process, Persian Gulf developments and other regional matters.

Russian-Iranian relations are based on the good traditions of neighbourly contacts and mutual respect, and are not dependent on political situations. The two countries’ positions on many international...

On December 14-15, 2019, by the decision of the February (2019) Plenum of the CPSU Central Committee, a scientific and practical conference of representatives of Communist and Workers ‘ Parties and public associations was held in Minsk, dedicated to the 140th anniversary of Stalin’s birth.

The theme of the conference was “Decisive resistance to anti-Stalinism is an ideological condition for the...

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel at the German side’s initiative.

While discussing the settlement in Ukraine, the two leaders reaffirmed the importance of strict compliance with the Minsk package of measures and the agreements reached during top-level meetings in the Normandy format. This, first and foremost...

We have noted the detailed version of the US Department of State Report on Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments (Compliance Report). We would like to make the following points.

The United States has no legal, moral or political right to assess compliance with these commitments by other countries under bilateral or...

By Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for “Russia in Global Politics” magazine, September 20, 2019

These days, the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly opens up. So does a new international “political season”.

The session begins at a highly symbolic historical moment. Next year we will celebrate two great and interconnected anniversaries – the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the...

A unified election day took place across Russia’s 85 federal subjects on September 8. Sixteen regions elected governors, while the remainder elected their municipal and city parliaments.

Election took place against the backdrop of a difficult socio-economic situation in the country as well as substantial changes in general mood among the citizens, which have long been recorded by sociologists...

On September 18, the US Embassy in Moscow was where the delivery ceremony took place of 16 valuable historical documents, which had been stolen from Russian archives in the 1990s and eventually surfaced in the United States. The event was attended by representatives of the Russian Ministry of Culture, the Federal Customs Service of Russia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. These...

We view the agreed reciprocal release of persons held in custody on the territories of Russia and Ukraine as a positive signal to be followed by other important steps to overcome the current deadlock in Russia-Ukraine relations and in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

It was made possible by fulfilling the agreements reached personally by the presidents of Russia and Ukraine. Unlike...

On September 3, Russia marks the Day of Solidarity in the Fight Against Terrorism. People around the country commemorate the victims of terrorist attacks, including law enforcement officers who died during counterterrorist operations and on duty.

This commemorative date was established following the tragic events that occurred in September 2004, when 334 people, mostly children, died in a...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the Abkhazian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company for a documentary about former President Sergey Bagapsh of the Republic of Abkhazia, Moscow, August 26, 2019

Sergey Bagapsh and I were acquainted quite closely. We met and became friends even before 2008, in 2005, when Mr Bagapsh was elected Abkhazia’s second president and...

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.

All this has been known since last October, when John...

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