Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gave an annual press conference to sum up the results of Russia’s diplomatic work in 2014. The conference started at 11 a.m. Moscow time and was held at the Russian Foreign Ministry’s conference hall. More than 370 journalists, including three journalists from Ukraine, were accredited. The conference was broadcasted online in Russian, English and French on the Foreign Ministry’s website.
Russia’s Foreign Minister said that freedom of expression carries with it certain duties and responsibilities to not incite people to religious hatred.
Russia's top diplomat noted that Moscow "highly appreciates the relations with Japan and the Japanese people despite that they were frozen primarily due to the fact that Tokyo had been forced to follow the sanctions against Moscow.
Sergei Lavrov referred to the Gyumri massacre in Armenia as a “horrifying crime” and reiterated Moscow’s deepest condolences. A soldier from the Russian military base killed a family of seven people.
NATO's freezing numerous projects with Russia shows that the Cold War mentality has not disappeared. However, if NATO displays eagerness for an equal dialogue, Russia is ready to cooperate.
Europe is currently interested in the new Russian-Turkish Stream gas pipeline project that would raise energy security by bypassing gas transit countries.
Almost half of the EU member states start insisting to lift the sanctions the bloc imposed against Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said.
The issue of possible deliveries of S-300 missile defense systems to Iran remains a topic of bilateral relations between Moscow and Tehran, Sergei Lavrov said.
Cooperation between Russia and Cuba will not be affected in a negative way by the recent developments in Washington-Havana relations, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said during a press conference in Moscow.
Moscow believes that delivering weapons to conflict zones contradicts the norms of the EU and the OSCE, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said during a press conference.
No agreements are going to be signed during the talks between Syrian government and Syrian opposition in Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister said during a news conference.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hopes that the US approach toward the struggle against the Islamic State, voiced by President Barack Obama during the State of the Union address, will be transformed into practical actions.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov states that eradicating terrorism - and not Bashar Assad's regime - is the top concern in the Middle East policy.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is ready to discuss a plan on peaceful solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, proposed by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during a press conference.
Russia is very concerned over the new outbreak of violence in the east of Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference in Moscow on Wednesday.
Russia calls on the US to return on the path of constructive mutual activities, because both countires carry great responsibility in the international arena, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Washington's attempts to isolate Russia will bring no results, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday.