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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is holding his annual big press conference to speak about the results of Russian diplomacy in 2018 and answer the questions of both Russian and foreign journalists.

    Lavrov is expected to comment on issues related to Russia's relations with the United States, the European Union, and NATO, as well as discuss the situation in Syria and Ukraine, among other topics.

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      "Frankly speaking, it is not the normal practice in international affairs. It turns out that about fifty ministers were invited to consecrate with their presence a document that the United States would write - with all due respect to Poland - on its own. Taking into account these considerations, we have big doubts that such an event can help to constructively solve the problems of the Middle East region", the Russian Foreign Minister explained.

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