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The lawlessness continued by U.S. officials runs counter to declarations made at the highest level in Washington about intentions to normalize the bilateral relations, which have hit an all-time low.feedback
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Sep 20 2017 - Russia

The dialogue has been going on, it's not easy. We waited very long with our tit in response to Obama's tit. Being serious people and responsible people, and I feel Rex Tillerson is one of them, I hope that we can draw conclusions from where we are now and understand where we want to be.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - North Korea

We don't doubt that the United States has capacity to do something very destructive.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Kurds

We are interested that the Kurdish people like any other nation on the planet can fulfil its hopes and aspirations. We start from the fact that the legitimate aspirations of the Kurds, like other peoples, need to be fulfilled within the framework of existing international legal norms. This time, he said that Russia understands the ambitions of Kurdish people for independence. And even though he added that it needed to be done carefully, it was a big signal.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Iran

It's extremely worrying. We will defend this document, this consensus, which was met with relief by the entire international community and genuinely strengthened both regional and international security.feedback

Sep 11 2017 - Syria conflict

We expressed our support to resolve all issues relating to the de-escalation zones' performance.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Russia

As the president said many times, we are not seeking quarrels with this country. We have always had a friendly attitude toward the US people, we remain open to constructive cooperation in areas which correspond to US interests.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Sanctions

I want to say that this whole story with exchanging tit-for-tat sanctions was not started by us. It was started by the Obama administration to undermine U.S.-Russia relations and to not allow Trump to advance constructive ideas or fulfil his pre-election pledges.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Russia

We will have a tough response to the things that come totally out of the blue to hurt us and are driven solely by the desire to spoil our relations with the United States.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Russia

As you know, it takes two to tango. But it seems to me our U.S. counterparts are performing a solo breakdance again.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Russia

Moscow will examine the new measures announced by the Americans in detail after which our reaction will be announced.feedback

Aug 29 2017 - United Nations

Regarding North Korea and the missile tests it is conducting, we stick to the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council and we insist on the fact that our North Korean neighbours should fully respect those resolutions. We base our position on these statements during discussions in the Security Council and will do the same in the session, which as far as we understand is being planned now and which will be dedicated to discussing the last missile launches from North Korea.feedback

Aug 29 2017 - United Nations

The situation cannot continue to escalate between North Korea on one side and Japan and South Korea on the other. North Korea cannot continue to disregard the U.N. Security Council resolutions and the U.N.'s call to stop its provocations.feedback

Aug 22 2017 - Russia

I can only say one thing: We won't take it out on American citizens.feedback

Aug 21 2017 - Russia

The American diplomatic school, diplomatic service, just as the Russian one, has great traditions and experience in preparing professional staff.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - Unilateralism

I think unilateral sanctions ... are irresponsible actions that can hurt and undermine the balance achieved.feedback

Aug 11 2017 - Trump administration

Unfortunately now our American partners call this ...(treaty) into question. In the Trump administration they continue calling these agreements wrong and erroneous, and it's a pity that such a successful treaty is now somewhat being cast into doubt.feedback

Aug 11 2017 - China

I believe when it actually comes to a fight, the one that is stronger and smarter should take the first step away from the dangerous line. Together with China, Russia offered a very reasonable plan providing for the 'double freeze.' Kim Jong-un freezes any nuclear tests, any ballistic missile launches, while the U.S. and South Korea freeze large-scale military exercises, which are constantly used by North Korea as an excuse to conduct tests.feedback

Aug 11 2017 - North Korea

Talk of the need to carry out a pre-emptive strike at North Korea, Pyongyang's talk of the need to strike at Guam island at the U.S. military base, this has been continual, and we are very worried by this.feedback

Aug 06 2017 - Sanctions

We would be interested to see what impression the U.S. special envoy has on the current state of affairs.feedback

Aug 02 2017 - NATO

Our NATO colleagues know all too well that they were invited to attend these exercises, and that they are transparent.feedback

Jul 31 2017 - Trump-Putin

We are continuing to work on this issue. We expect our American counterparts to make the right choice.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - Trump-Putin

Our objective data we received from our radars located just on the border with North Korea and according to that data it is not an intercontinental missile. I cannot say we are not considering a threat what is going on on the Korean peninsula, because of what North Korea is doing in gross violation of the Security Council resolutions.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - Trump-Putin

After the dinner was over…I was not there…President Trump apparently went to pick up his wife and spent some minutes with President Putin…so what?feedback

Jul 21 2017 - Trump-Putin

We do not believe in regime change anywhere.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - Trump-Putin

They might have met even much more than just three times.feedback

Jul 18 2017 - Trump administration

How is it possible to take away property formalized by a ratified inter-governmental document? And what kind of principle is it to say 'What's mine is mine, and we'll divide what's yours' while discussing its return? Decent and well brought up people don't behave this way. I am confident that the Trump administration has some reasonable people who realize that the Obama administration had made a decision to seize diplomatic real estate and to evict Russian diplomats and their families when the administration was in its death throes.feedback

Jul 13 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

In eight months of investigations, there's no single fact that's been put on the table. If we really could decide on the fate of Germany and the U.S., then all the former Soviet Republics around us would not have the same attitude, so maybe there wouldn't be a Ukraine crisis in the first place. If we were able to influence America we could influence all the other countries as well.feedback

Jul 12 2017

What is the problem here?feedback

Jul 12 2017 - Women

Because when any person speaks to a lawyer, what problem or threat could be there? I didn't know about this, I learned about it from television.feedback

Jul 11 2017 - US, Russia relations

We still hope that the United States as the country which always stands for the the rule of law will respect its international obligations. If it doesn't happen, if we see that Washington does not consider that such step is necessary, then of course, we will take retaliatory measures. This is a law of diplomacy the law of international life. Reciprocity is the basis of all relations.feedback

Jul 11 2017

I think it is shameful for such a great country as the United States, the champion of international law, to leave the situation in such a suspended state. Naturally, we will ensure that the law prevails . . . We are currently thinking over specific steps, and I don't think it should be discussed publicly right now.feedback

Jul 11 2017 - Russia

The situation is outrageous. I find it shameful for such a great country as the United States, an advocate for the international law to leave this situation hanging in mid-air. We are aware of the Russo-phobic feelings in Congress.feedback

Jul 11 2017 - Russia

We realise that the decision to expel our diplomats, to impound our diplomatic property was adopted by the administration of former U.S. President Obama.feedback

Jul 11 2017 - US, Russia relations

It is just shameful for the United States to leave this situation hanging in the mid-air.feedback

Jul 10 2017 - Syria conflict

We will try, on this basis, to take further steps forward.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

My feeling is that it's been confirmed that the presidents, both the Russian and the American, are driven above all by the countries' national interests and that they understand these interests primarily as looking for mutually beneficial agreements and not trying to act out some confrontation scenarios, not trying to create problems out of nothing.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

President Trump said that he heard the clear statements of President Putin that this is not true, and that the Russian leadership did not interfere in these elections, and that he accepts these statements.feedback

Jun 30 2017 - Syria conflict

They don't know how the sarin ended up there, yet tensions have been escalating for all these months.feedback

Jun 30 2017 - Trump-Putin

Judging by their telephone conversations, they have a desire to get beyond this abnormality and start seeking agreement on specific issues.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - Syria conflict

We will react with dignity, in proportion to the real situation that may take place.feedback

Jun 28 2017 - G20

We assume that contact will take place, as the two presidents will at the same time be in one town, in one building, in one room.feedback

Jun 28 2017 - G20

Probably it won't be right if they could not have a talk ... on many issues.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Homosexuality

On LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), we do not prosecute (people) for this or that orientation.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

I can only express my regrets at the Russophobe obsession of our [US] colleagues.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - Syria conflict

I don't have a 100-percent confirmation of the information.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - Iraq

So far, I have no 100% confirmation of the information that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Qatar

We call for all contradictions to be resolved at the negotiation table.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - Terrorism

CNN and some other media sit and wait for any kind of scandal ... to automatically and without any evidence blame it on Russia or Russian hackers. It's important to settle any differences at a negotiating table to ease concerns that emerged and pool efforts in the fight against the main regional threat, terrorism.feedback

May 31 2017 - Russia

The dialogue between Russia and the U.S. is now free from the ideology that characterized it under the Barack Obama administration.feedback

May 20 2017

We did not touch this issue at all.feedback

May 19 2017 - Syria conflict

It is illegitimate, it is unlawful and the latest gross violation of the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic.feedback

May 18 2017 - Trump administration

As far as I can recall, maybe one or two months before (the meeting), the Trump administration had an official ban on laptops on airlines from seven Middle Eastern countries, and it was connected directly with a terrorist threat. So if you are talking about that, I see no secret here.feedback

May 14 2017 - Russia

We are monitoring what is going on here concerning Russia and its alleged 'decisive role' in your domestic policy.feedback

May 14 2017 - Syria conflict

There is not a single fact, there is no compelling evidence given to anyone regarding Russia's intervention and that is it.feedback

May 12 2017 - Trump-Putin

Your question looks very funny for me. Don't be angry with me. We had nothing to do with that.feedback

May 10 2017 - Trump administration

Now our dialogue is free of the ideology that was characteristic of the Obama administration. The Trump administration, the president himself and the secretary of state, I was persuaded of this once again today, are people of action. I believe it is even humiliating for the American people to hear that the Russian Federation is controlling the situation in America. How can it be possible for such a great power, and great country?feedback

May 10 2017 - Russia

We do not have a notion of an exit strategy.feedback

May 10 2017 - Afghanistan

There is not a single fact, there is no compelling evidence given to anyone regarding Russia's intervention and that is it. Those who are working on Afghanistan have not found a single expert to say we're transferring arms.feedback

May 10 2017 - Trump Presidency

Was he fired? You are kidding, you are kidding. I thought we are all adults here. I didn't know I would have to answer these types of questions in your democratic America.feedback

May 10 2017

Was he fired? You're kidding. You're kidding.feedback

May 10 2017 - US, Russia relations

We discussed our bilateral relations which are not very encouraging. The reason is well known. Unfortunately the previous administration bent over backwards to undermine the solid foundation of those relations.feedback

May 10 2017 - US, Russia relations

Regarding this noise about our contacts, that fake information by which we are allegedly in control of the domestic policy of the US – yes, it [has become] the normal background for our relations. It must be humiliating for the American people to realise that the Russian federation is controlling the situation in America. How is it possible for such a great power and such a great country?feedback

May 10 2017 - US, Russia relations

I believe that it is politicians who are damaging the political system of the US trying to pretend that someone is trying to controlling America from the outside.feedback

Apr 25 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

The Ukrainian government has not done a single thing it was obliged to under various pretexts.feedback

Apr 17 2017 - Syria conflict

I really hope that the kind of unilateral action we recently saw in Syria won't happen (in North Korea) and that the USA will follow the line which President Trump repeatedly set out during his pre-election campaign.feedback

Apr 17 2017 - Syria conflict

I hope there will be no unilateral actions like those we saw recently in Syria.feedback

Apr 14 2017 - US, Russia relations

If our U.S. colleagues and some European nations believe that their version is right, they have no reason to fear the creation of such an independent group. The investigation into this high-profile incident must be transparent and leave no doubt that someone is trying to hide something. Such attempts won't succeed.feedback

Apr 13 2017 - Syria conflict

We have insisted that … we have a very thorough investigation of all that.feedback

Apr 13 2017 - United Nations

We are deeply worried by our partners in the U.N. Security Council trying to evade an honest investigation into that episode.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Chemical weapons

We saw that our American colleagues are ready to support such an investigation and we expect that the powers that the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have will be used immediately.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Russia

We discussed Assad today. I don't remember any positive examples of how a dictator was overthrown and everything was just fine afterwards.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Russia

Unfortunately, we've got some differences with regards to a majority of those issues. This is obviously the subject where our views differ.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Kremlin

As for the allegations that the U.S. government has irrefutable proof that we interfered with the electoral campaign, I have to say, once again, that we have not seen any facts, even hints at facts.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - US, Russia relations

It's quite evident that this is a topic with regard to which we have differences of opinion.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Syria conflict

It's in our interests not to allow the Islamic State and (the al-Qaida branch in Syria) to hold court in Damascus.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Russia

We have not seen a single fact, or even a hint of facts. I do not know who saw them. No one showed us anything, no one said anything, although we repeatedly asked to produce the details on which these unfounded accusations lie.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Syria conflict

Most recently, we saw rather alarming steps, when an unlawful attack against Syria was carried out. Russia's leadership has already voiced its principal assessments in this respect. We believe it is of principal importance to prevent risks of a repeat of such steps in the future.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Syria conflict

It is very important for us to understand your position, the US position, the real intentions of your administration. We hope that today we will move forward in this way.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Syria conflict

We believe it fundamentally important not to let these actions happen again in the future.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Syria conflict

We have seen very alarming actions recently with an unlawful attack against Syria. We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future. It's not easy to get clarifications on the current as well as prospective issues because of that.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - US, Russia relations

Our policy is consistent and it's formulated exclusively on the basis of international law and not under the impact of current opportunistic motives or false choice: 'You are with us or against us,'.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Terrorism

An attack on a country whose government fights terrorism only plays into the hands of extremists, creates additional threats to regional and global security.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - Iraq

Everything resembles the situation of 2003, when the USA, the U.K., and several of their allies invaded Iraq without the UN Security Council's approval– a grave violation of international law–but at that point they at least tried to show some material evidence.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Mosul conflict

I'm greatly surprised with such action of the U.S. military, which has all the necessary equipment and yet were unable to figure out for several hours that they weren't striking the designated targets.feedback

Mar 30 2017

The anniversary may, of course, trigger diverse emotions. But it is a good occasion to refresh memories of Russians' contribution to exploration of the American continent.feedback

Mar 09 2017 - NATO

Let's sit down as part of the NATO-Russia Council. But instead of repeating pro-Ukrainian, pro-coup – as I would put it – claims, lets…start working on what it was created for. Lets focus on European and Atlantic security.feedback

Mar 03 2017 - Russia

If we applied the same principle to [U.S.] Ambassador to Russia [John] Tefft, this would be real fun.feedback

Mar 03 2017 - Russia

All this is very much reminiscent of a witch hunt and the McCarthyism era which we all thought was long gone.feedback

Mar 03 2017

If we applied the same principle to Ambassador (John) Tefft's activities in Russia and his contacts, it would have made quite a funny picture.feedback

Mar 03 2017

This strongly resembles a witch hunt or the times of McCarthyism which we thought were long over in the United States as a civilised country.feedback

Feb 20 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

It is difficult for me to comment because it is not possible to lease something from oneself.feedback

Feb 19 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

On Feb. 20, the ceasefire regime will start, and withdrawal of heavy military hardware will also start to the places where they are supposed to be. We have actively supported this decision and obviously expressed a conviction that this time, failure should not be allowed to take place.feedback

Feb 16 2017 - Sanctions

We do not discuss sanctions. We assume that this is an anomaly and that those who are imposing sanctions have to evaluate their effectiveness and decide whether they are in line with the normal relations between countries and if artificial attempts to politicise certain issues correspond to their international interests.feedback

Feb 16 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

You should know we do not interfere in the domestic matters of other countries.feedback

Feb 01 2017 - Syria conflict

As I understand it, when the Americans are talking about safety zones, first of all they are interested to reducing the number of immigrants especially through Syria from going to the West.feedback

Jan 27 2017 - Trump-Putin

Overcoming the most heavy damage inflicted on the U.S.-Russian relations by the administration of Barack Obama will take time and serious effort.feedback

Jan 25 2017 - Trump-Putin

We know that Trump is considered a master of the deal but Vladimir Putin knows how to make deals, too, in the interests of Russia.feedback

Jan 23 2017

They state, first of all, that freedom of movement for the population should not be restricted and secondly that ethnic Albanian forces should not be present in the north of Kosovo, which is populated by Serbs.feedback

Jan 23 2017

In this situation the European Union needs to de-escalate the situation.feedback

Jan 18 2017 - Trump-Merkel

A whole range of leaders of countries which are US allies openly campaigned for Hillary Clinton. Angela Merkel was actively doing that as well as François Hollande, Theresa May and other leaders of European states. Moreover, besides direct campaigning for Hillary Clinton, official representatives of the European countries were not shy to demonise Donald Trump.feedback

Jan 17 2017

What we hear from Donald Trump (on Syria) and his team speaks to how they have a different approach (to Obama) and won't resort to double standards.feedback

Jan 17 2017

(That) means that we are dealing with people who won't get involved in moralising, but will try to understand their partner's interests.feedback

Jan 17 2017

It's one of key themes between Russia and the United States. I am convinced we will be able to restart a dialogue on strategic stability with Washington that was destroyed along with everything else by the Obama administration.feedback

Jan 17 2017

Trump has a particular set of views which differ a lot from his predecessor. By concentrating on a pragmatic search for mutual interests we can solve a lot of problems.feedback

Jan 17 2017 - NATO

If NATO power structures could not think of better ways to use its forces rather than in Estonia on the border with Russia, it means its intelligence is doing a poor job. It means NATO does not realise what's going on in other parts of the world, parts of the world that are under NATO responsibility.feedback

Jan 17 2017 - NATO

It's not for me to prove any of this is false, as far as I know there is a presumption of innocence, so it's up to you to prove it's true.It's the same people who fail to create universal rules to bestow order on the media, who fail to consolidate efforts to fight cyber fraud who are accusing us, without any proof, of taking almost the entire world under our control.feedback

Jan 17 2017

We hope that the new administration will be able to accept that proposal.feedback

Jan 17 2017 - Trump-Putin

The time of foreign policy demagogues is over, and, feeling hurt, they fabricate all kinds of fakes. First, officials leak fakes to the media, then media start spinning them and, finally, officials comment on them as facts.feedback

Jan 17 2017 - NATO

If the NATO forces do not see any other place for themselves aside from the Russian-Estonian border, it means their Intelligence services are not doing a good job as they don't see what is happening in other areas.feedback

Jan 17 2017 - Terrorism

I hope our cooperation in regards to the Syrian crisis and fighting terrorism will be more successful than the one we had with President Obama's administration.feedback

Jan 17 2017 - Terrorism

Donald Trump has unique views that differ from the views of his predecessors, both Democrats and Republicans. And at the core of it is the interest of United States as Donald Trump sees it. When we hear that his main focus is fighting terrorism, of course we will support it because this is actually what our American partners have been missing up until now.feedback

Jan 17 2017 - Terrorism

We've seen some poor accusations that don't hold water, that since have been shrugged off by the British and their American counterparts who tried to jeopardize the new administration.feedback

Dec 30 2016 - Sanctions

We surely cannot leave such tricks without an answer.feedback

Dec 22 2016 - Russia

We made a decision, I was informed by the Turkish Prime Minister about it, to eternalize Mr. Andrei Karlov's memory in Ankara. I have in mind renaming the street where the Embassy of the Russian Federation is located after Andrei Karlov.feedback

Dec 20 2016 - US, Russia relations

Iran, Russian and Turkey express their readiness to act in favour and become guarantors of the agreement that is being prepared and negotiated at the moment by the Syrian government and opposition. The three call on all the other countries that have influence on the situation on the ground to do the same.feedback

Dec 20 2016 - Terrorism

As our presidents have agreed yesterday this tragedy forces all of us to fight terrorism even more decisively and makes our meeting today even more relevant.feedback

Dec 13 2016 - Aleppo

The situation is very, very bad. The civil defense has stopped operating in the city.feedback

Dec 13 2016 - Aleppo

The Russian side wants to do that only when the corridors are established.feedback

Dec 13 2016 - Aleppo

We are tired of hearing this whining from our American colleagues in the current administration that we need to immediately halt military action.feedback

Dec 13 2016 - Aleppo

We say, keeping in mind our previous experience, when the militants used any break to regroup and receive reinforcements from abroad and terrorise the peaceful population even more fiercely, let us initially agree on which corridors will be created. We can agree on that with the Americans very quickly.feedback

Dec 12 2016 - Aleppo

Our American colleagues do, so to speak, agree with that, and from Dec. 3 when we met John Kerry in Rome they supported such a concept and even gave us their approval on paper.feedback

Dec 12 2016 - Aleppo

That leads us to a thought - and I am sincerely hoping I am wrong, that this is all orchestrated, coordinated to give a break to those bandits that are in eastern Aleppo.feedback

Dec 09 2016 - Aleppo

Combat operations by the Syrian army in east Aleppo have been suspended because the largest operation of evacuation of civilians from east Aleppo is being carried out. A column of about 8 thousand people, it is a tremendous operation.feedback

Dec 09 2016 - Aleppo

An agreement has been reached to hold a meeting on Saturday in Geneva between our military experts and diplomats, in order to finalise the work that has somewhat sporadically continued over all these days on a document that would determine ways and means of reaching a final solution for the eastern Aleppo problem, by ensuring the withdrawal of all militants as well as civilians who would want to leave.feedback

Dec 06 2016 - Aleppo

Serious conversations with are our American partners are not working.feedback

Dec 06 2016 - Aleppo

Those who refuse to leave nicely will be destroyed. There is no other way.feedback

Dec 03 2016 - Aleppo

To ensure the withdrawal of all rebels without exception from eastern Aleppo, ensure humanitarian supplies to the city residents and the restoration of normal life in eastern Aleppo.feedback

Dec 02 2016 - Aleppo

We informed the UN in New York and Geneva that there is no problem with delivering aid to eastern Aleppo, and all that needs to happen is for an agreement to be made with the Syrian government for these convoys to travel through the area. They are in no danger now.feedback

Dec 01 2016

It is widely understood that Russia has nothing to do with this. Neither did the Syrian Arab Republic or its airforce.feedback

Nov 10 2016 - US, Russia relations

We respect the choice of the American people. We're open about working with the new president and that would've been the case whatever the result. Of course we expect that the relations between Russia and the US, which at the moment are going through a very very unfavourable period, will become smoother and return to normal, which is not only in the interests of our peoples but also the international community.feedback

Nov 02 2016 - Russia

Unfortunately on many occasions, efforts for a political resolution have been sabotaged. That is not in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions. Some parties are backing extremists aimed at removing the Assad regime. We are convinced that if those resolutions had been carried out in an honest way, the situation in Syria would have already improved.feedback

Oct 28 2016 - Russia

President Putin has suggested that we start thinking about a Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of Syria. We think that terrorists are not the only ones responsible for the worsening of the socio-economic situation of the Syrian people but also the countries that are behind the illegal economic sanctions against Syria which strike first hand the civilian population.feedback

Oct 21 2016 - Aleppo

Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and other organisations that cooperate with them are sabotaging the UN efforts, that were made with the support of Russia and Syrian government, to set up humanitarian supplies in the east of Aleppo. The routes that such humanitarian aid can go through are being directly shelled.feedback

Oct 15 2016

There are a few ideas we discussed today in this circle of countries that can influence the situation. We agreed to continue contacts in the next few days aiming at agreements that could advance the settlement. We spoke clearly in favor of a quick launch of a political process.feedback

Oct 15 2016 - Aleppo

Washington... cannot use the language of force, sanctions and ultimatums with Russia while continuing to selectively cooperate with our country only when it benefits the US.feedback

Oct 14 2016 - Aleppo

So far, we haven't seen our partners to make any steps to get closer to fulfilling the agreements that we have.feedback

Oct 12 2016

If they decided to do something, let them do it.feedback

Sep 23 2016

One can only speak about the ceasefire revival only on the collective basis.feedback

Sep 22 2016 - Unilateralism

We will keep working to reestablish the ceasefire. There have been attempts on the part of some of our colleagues to suggest that the government should take unilateral steps, but we insist that the opposition should also take the necessary steps and we have support of others on that.feedback

Sep 22 2016

It is inadmissible to use this situation as a pretext for massive militarization of northeast Asia and deployment of another position area for U.S. global missile defense there.feedback

Sep 20 2016

The strikes on the 16th of September by the coalition against the government positions in Deir el- Zor were a clear violation of the cessation of hostilities and, immediately after those strikes, ISIL began assaults against the government forces.feedback

Sep 20 2016 - Unilateralism

Otherwise nothing will happen, There will not be any unilateral pauses.feedback

Sep 13 2016

I have a very demanding task now - not to let this list (of terrorist organisations) be reduced. I have no reason not to trust (U.S. Secretary of State) John Kerry, but what we see on the ground (in Syria) is that the coalition is very reluctant to strike the positions of the Nusra Front.feedback

Sep 10 2016

This all creates the necessary conditions for resumption of the political process, which has been stalling for a long time.feedback

Sep 10 2016 - US, Russia relations

We, as John has just said, are creating a joint operations centre where military and special forces from Russia and the US will treat practical questions of separating terrorists and moderate opposition. We will then coordinate joint strikes on terrorists with Russia and US Air Forces.feedback

Sep 10 2016 - US, Russia relations

This is just the beginning of our new relations. The Syrian government has been informed of these arrangements and is ready to fulfill them.feedback

Sep 10 2016 - Aleppo

If Aleppo continues to be torn apart, the prospects for Syria and its people are grim.feedback

Sep 10 2016

It is too early to bury the six-party talks. We should look for ways that would allow us to resume them.feedback

Sep 09 2016

We are very much concerned and the resolutions of the Security Council must be implemented and we will send this message very strongly.feedback

Sep 02 2016 - Japan

Of course the leaders discussed the issue of a peace treaty. There was an agreement that we will continue these consultations and the results will be passed on during the visit of the Russian leader to Japan, which will take place ... before the end of the year.feedback

Aug 26 2016 - US, Russia relations

This is an example I think will get some following.feedback

Aug 26 2016 - US, Russia relations

I don't want to spoil the atmosphere for the negotiations.feedback

Aug 17 2016 - Iran

In the case we're discussing there has been no supply, sale or transfer of warplanes to Iran.feedback

Aug 17 2016 - US, Russia relations

These military aircraft are being used by Russian air forces with Iran's agreement as a part of the anti-terrorist operation on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic and on the request of the legal Syrian leadership which the Islamic republic of Iran also cooperates with upon request.feedback

Jul 27 2016

I don't want to use four-letter words.feedback

Jun 29 2016

We believe that this referendum is an internal affair of the U.K. But we're closely monitoring the situation because we're very much concerned with the impacts it might have on the relationship between Russia and the EU, Russia and the U.K.feedback

Jun 09 2016 - US, Russia relations

We regret that our American colleagues have announced the stoppage or suspension of our bilateral work on Syria.feedback

Jun 09 2016 - Multilateralism

But we noticed that this decision didn't include multilateral formats and we are ready to use them.feedback

May 17 2016

Violence has decreased since February when the cessation of hostilities was declared. Humanitarian access has improved although we have to do better there and in the framework of the political process we had another round of talks in Geneva chaired by Mr Steffan De Mistura and his team.feedback

May 10 2016 - Kremlin

As you know, Russia from day one stood in solidarity with the international campaign in your support, for your liberation and your return to your motherland. We had been consistently pressing (for your release), including in our contacts with the Americans, and we are glad that in the long run our participation in your release turned out to be useful and yielded results.feedback

May 09 2016 - Russia

We are not giving up. We will strive for fulfilment of the (UN) Security Council decisions. We believe that the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) can and should play an important role in it.feedback

Apr 19 2016 - Ukraine Crisis

At the moment all our Western partners, overseas and in Europe, talk only about Nadezhda Savchenko when the topic of human rights in the Russian Federation is discussed. No one remembers now that Russian journalists were killed in Ukraine.feedback

Apr 09 2016 - United Nations

Unfortunately from the very beginning there were many who wished to break down the agreements, including from within the U.S. administration. And as you know, yesterday to our deep regret those who were against political settlement of Syrian crisis, against the fulfilment of the relevant U.N. resolutions and have clear plans for solving the situation by force – succeeded.feedback

Apr 07 2016

Beyond all doubt, we are interested - maybe more than the other foreign partners of these two countries - in this conflict being settled as soon as possible.feedback

Feb 24 2016 - US, Russia relations

Literally on the day Russia and the United States approved the joint initiative on the ceasefire in Syria, voices could be heard from the capitals of US allies and from Washington questioning the viability of this agreement. We want to say frankly that these voices are a call for war rather than for peace.feedback

Feb 02 2016 - Islam

Their participation on an individual basis in the delegation formed at Riyadh meeting does not mean – and it is acknowledged by everyone including our American colleagues as co-chairs of the Vienna process – does not mean any acknowledgment of Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham as partners in the negotiations.feedback

Jan 27 2016

The talk is about people who arrived in Russia saying it was to either work in Russia or to see relatives. They did not declare the (true) purpose of their visit, which was transiting on their way to Norway. This means they gave false data about the purpose of their visit to the Russian Federation.feedback

Jan 26 2016

In both cases, the answer is: 'No'. This is untrue ... No one asked about political asylum, and no one offered anything of the kind. We have helped to break the trend in the country and narrow the area controlled by terrorists.feedback

Jan 20 2016 - Russia

Hopefully the talks will start in the very near future. We agreed that once the political process has started we will be able to talk about a ceasefire.feedback

Jan 12 2016 - Russia

We are ready to do this. We hope our Japanese friends are open to a relationship with no artificial constraints in all fields, too.feedback

Dec 19 2015

Only the Syrian people themselves can define their future. This is a clear response to attempts to impose a solution from outside on Syrians on any issues including those regarding its president.feedback

Dec 15 2015

We support the idea of reassembling in New York this Friday December 18th for the next regular meeting of the international group of support for Syria at the ministerial level and we expect that by the end of that meeting with the consent of all the members of the group, we would present the draft resolution to the UN Security Council.feedback

Dec 04 2015

We met Minister Cavusoglu at his insistent request. We heard nothing new. The Turkish minister confirmed the approaches previously voiced publically by both the president and prime minister of Turkey.feedback

Nov 27 2015 - Russia

We have more and more questions about the real intentions of Ankara and its real commitment to eradicating terrorism, particularly in Syria and its interest in a normalisation of the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic.feedback

Nov 27 2015 - Iraq

We think it is absolute cynicism if Iraq and Syria's neighbours declare they support the UN's decision and say they will take part in an anti-terrorist coalition when in reality they play a double game, and are the terrorists' secret allies.feedback

Nov 14 2015

That also applies to the destiny of Bashar al-Assad and any other politician in that country.feedback

Oct 01 2015

If it acts like a terrorist, if it walks like a terrorist, if it fights like a terrorist, it's a terrorist, right?feedback

Oct 01 2015 - US, Russia relations

The Russian Ministry of Defence presented a full report on what was hit and what was the targets. We targeted ISIL associated depots, armaments and sites. We would be coordinating with the Syrian army and that is, I think, commonplace, recognised everywhere that airstrikes alone will not solve the problem.feedback

Oct 01 2015 - US, Russia relations

We were not invited, we were not asked, and we are polite people, as you know. We don't come if not invited.feedback

Oct 01 2015

We agreed that the military should get into contact with each other very soon… We all want Syria democratic, united, secular – a Syria which is a home for all ethnic and confessional groups, whose rights are guaranteed, but we have some differences as for the details on how to get there.feedback

Sep 14 2015 - Hezbollah

Certainly, there were military supplies, they are ongoing and they will continue. They are inevitably accompanied by Russian specialists, who help to adjust the equipment, to train Syrian personnel how to use this weaponry and there is no mystery or secret about it.feedback

Sep 08 2015

Justice requires those countries who unleashed the conflicts to face their responsibilities and provide humanitarian help to victims.feedback

Aug 14 2015 - Egypt

Among other things, it is necessary to help unify all the opposition groups, on a constructive basis, on a basis formed first of all from concern about the future of Syria, about saving it as an integral state, in which all the ethnic and religious groups feel protected.feedback

Jul 09 2015

It is clear a deal will not be a single momentous action, but rather an agreement that will have its stages, and that's now being finalised at the talks in Vienna.feedback

Jun 08 2015 - Sanctions

You know, it is a kind of Joker card in the hands of the Ukrainian authorities. The Ukrainians will disrupt the implementation of the Minsk agreements but it will be Russia who will suffer because no one will lift the sanctions against them.feedback

May 12 2015 - US, Russia relations

I agree with John that the ceasefire regime continues to be violated. There are also violations of the agreement to withdraw heavy weaponry, by both sides, sometimes more by one side, sometimes more by the other.feedback

Apr 23 2015

That is absolutely unacceptable, at least because we have had the Partnership and Cooperation agreement with the EU from 1999 which no-one cancelled, and it is written there that the parties shall not take actions that will lead to the deterioration of business conditions.feedback

Apr 11 2015

The first is for terrorist organisations to which a ceasefire would not apply. The second list is for opposition delegations which will hold talks with the government – under UN auspices – with the representative of the Secretary-General taking a coordinating role.feedback

Mar 31 2015

The chances are high. They are probably not 100 percent but you can never be 100 percent certain of anything. But the odds are quite 'doable.feedback

Mar 27 2015 - Yemen

This is a clear example of double standards.feedback

Mar 22 2015 - Russia

We call for the obvious things: to influence Ukrainian authorities so that commitments supported by Petro Poroshenko, as Ukrainian president, are fulfilled.feedback

Feb 26 2015

All of the calls to judge the rebels, Russia, someone else, over breaking the ceasefire are aimed at only one thing: not to allow the situation to cross over to the path of political resolution.feedback

Feb 18 2015

Once again we call on everybody including those in Debaltseve, to stop fire now. Yes, there are people who got into encirclement, but let's decide their fates through negotiations and consideration for people's lives.feedback

Feb 02 2015

We have confirmation that the US was directly involved from the very start in this anti-governmental coup, and I want to underline that President Obama's rhetoric clearly shows Washington intends to do everything it can to unconditionally support the Ukrainian authorities.feedback

Dec 23 2014 - NATO

I think that this draft law which abandons the non-aligned status and aspires to join NATO is counterproductive. Ukrainian politicians openly say it will solve the deep crisis of the Ukrainian state but this is just an illusion.feedback

Dec 09 2014

There were talks between representatives on the different sides in the conflict.feedback

Dec 05 2014

The special monitoring mission of the OSCE is increasing. It will watch over the heavy weapons withdrawal from the dividing line and will generally monitor that the cease-fire between Kiev security forces and militiamen is respected.feedback

Oct 28 2014 - Ukraine Crisis

I think we will recognise the results of this election because it is very important for us and for Ukraine to finally have authorities that are not fighting each other or involved in a tug-of-war between the west and the east, but rather will deal with the real issues facing the country.feedback

Oct 27 2014 - Ukraine Crisis

I think we will recognise this election because it is very important for us that Ukraine finally will have authorities which do not fight one another, do not drag Ukraine to the West or to the East, but which will deal with the real problems facing the country.feedback

Oct 24 2014 - Ukraine Crisis

We cannot lose Ukraine, because Ukraine is not a group of individuals who have committed a coup and seized power. Ukraine is not those Nazis who continue to march in Kyiv and other big cities, who commit acts of vandalism, destroy monuments and praise Hitler's accomplices. Ukraine is the closest of brotherly nations to us.feedback

Oct 14 2014

We don't know who is losing out more: Russia or the European Union.feedback

Oct 14 2014

The relations between Russia and the European Union have reached a reckoning point when the decision should be taken about the direction of our interaction in the future. When we should answer the question whether we are strategic partners for each other, or whether we still remain geopolitical competitors.feedback

Sep 28 2014

We are absolutely interested in our relations normalising, but it wasn't us who destroyed them. Now there probably needs to be something like what the Americans call a 'reset'. There was a serious rollback in relations with the US in the last years of the younger Bush, and it was the Obama administration that came up with the 'reset' term.feedback

Sep 27 2014

The fight against terrorism should be based on the stable soil of international law. The attempts to act against the charter of this, our organisation, can't help our joint efforts. The fight against terrorism in Syria should be built in co-operation with the Syrian government which has made its readiness for this very clear.feedback

Sep 12 2014 - US, Russia relations

I think that we should prove our commitment and we should assume the responsibility of showing that nobody can change the international law, nobody can abuse other European countries. So it's a price which is worth paying by the European community.feedback

Sep 09 2014 - Ukraine Crisis

About the negotiations on the future status of Southeast Ukraine, according to the protocol signed in Minsk it is expected to take a step in this direction. We hope this negotiation will start soon without preconditions, between the Ukrainian authorities and the leaders of Luhansk and Donetsk.feedback

Sep 04 2014 - US, Russia relations

The surge in anti-Russian rhetoric that we have seen at the exact moment when there is a very active effort to seek a political solution shows that the party of war in Kyiv is receiving active external support, in this case from the United States.feedback

Aug 13 2014

We have taken into account requests from the Ukrainian side on all aspects of this operation including the route that was suggested by Kiev, despite the fact that it is a very long detour compared to other routes of humanitarian aid delivery.feedback

Jul 03 2014

I think our Western colleagues should play a decisive role in implementing the declaration that was adopted yesterday in Berlin. They should convince the authorities in Kyiv to follow the previsions included in that declaration.feedback

May 27 2014

If Petro Poroshenko, before his inauguration, wants to use heavy weapons and the National Guard and the Right Sector and such to oppress the resistance in the southeast, and if Poroshenko tries to enter Donbass as a victor, this will hardly create welcoming conditions for him in the Donetsk region.feedback

May 06 2014

Ukrainians are the ones that must respect the agreements. I mean, both the regime and opposition because they must live together in the same country. On the grounds of equality and mutual respect they must co-ordinate the measures needed to put the Geneva agreement in place.feedback

Apr 25 2014

They're fighting with their own people. That is a bloody crime, and those who incited the army to do that will pay, I am sure, and will face justice.feedback

Apr 25 2014 - US, Russia relations

I am convinced that our American colleagues can and should use all their influence to force the current Kiev authorities not just to acknowledge but to turn its responsibility for what's happening into action.feedback

Apr 24 2014

The first steps must be taken by the Kyiv authorities, that is absolutely unarguable, and try to get away from the way our western partners are trying to paint things in Kyiv as angels running things and making no mistakes; that's just incorrect.feedback

Apr 22 2014 - Ukraine Crisis

The Geneva agreement is not only not being implemented, but also steps are being taken – primarily by those who have seized power in Kyiv – that are crude violations of the agreements reached in Geneva. The authorities aren't doing anything, they haven't lifted a finger to eliminate the causes that are the basis for the deep crisis today in Ukraine.feedback

Apr 21 2014

Steps are being taken – above all by those who seized power in Kiyv – not only that do not fulfil, but that crudely violate the Geneva agreement.feedback

Apr 16 2014

We will ease the situation. We will make it so that the government in Kyiv views with respect the opinions and demands of Ukrainian citizens who live in the southeast and without delay will join negotiations to calm the situation and not inflame it by the use of security bodies, particularly the army, which is explicitly forbidden by Ukrainian law.feedback

Apr 15 2014 - Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine is spreading lies that Russia is behind the actions in the southeast.feedback

Apr 11 2014 - US, Russia relations

Russia should learn from the experience of 2006/2009. These things when you employ them, energy weapons, do work in the short term, but they backfire in the long term. Russia is more dependent on the income of the gas then Europe is dependent on the gas. So, yes there will be a short term problem if Russia proceeds, but at the end of the day it might have more problems than us.feedback

Apr 08 2014 - Ukraine Crisis

Regarding the question about who was provoking and who is provoking the events in Ukraine, our American partners are probably trying to treat the situation based on their usual behaviour.feedback

Apr 04 2014 - NATO

Our stand is that Russian-NATO relations are also regulated by certain rules, including the Rome declaration, and the basic agreement of the NATO-Russia Council, according to which, there must be no additional constant military presence on Eastern European territory.feedback

Apr 03 2014 - NATO

As for NATO's plans to increase its presence in the territories of its members in Eastern European states, our stand is that Russian-NATO relations are also regulated by certain rules. According to these, there must be no additional constant military presence on Eastern European territory.feedback

Mar 24 2014

When our partners compare Crimea with Kosovo just reflect for a moment – there was a lot of blood before Kosovo's independence was recognised. So I have a question as well, Do we need a lot of blood to be spilled in Crimea for everybody to agree that the people of Crimea have a right to self determination.feedback

Mar 14 2014

I am also satisfied to have this meeting today. This is a difficult situation we are in. Many things have happened and a lots of time has been lost, so now we have to think what can be done.feedback

Mar 14 2014

He, [Kerry], agreed previously, but called me back on Saturday and told me he would like to 'postpone the trip,' as he said.feedback

Mar 03 2014 - Ukraine Crisis

All obligations, signed in an agreement of February 21st, must be fulfilled, including the start of a constitutional reform for all the regions of Ukraine taking into account their opinions.feedback

Mar 03 2014

We call for a responsible approach, to put aside geopolitical calculations, and above all to put the interests of the Ukrainian people first.feedback

Feb 11 2014 - Sanctions

This draft contains a completely unacceptable ultimatum for the government; if all of this is not decided in the next couple of weeks, then sanctions will be automatic. This is not serious.feedback

Feb 06 2014

The invitations were sent, incidentally, not by the host country, but by the International Olympic Committee. Therefore those characters who think too much of themselves – the international and European politicians who have announced their rejection of the invitation – they actually rejected the invitation of the International Olympic Committee. We congratulate them all for that.feedback

Feb 01 2014

Why don't we condemn those who seize and hold government buildings, attack the police, torch the police, use racist and anti-semitic and Nazi slogans?feedback

Jan 22 2014

Attempts from the outside to impose any models of reform on the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, any experiments in social engineering, will turn back the clock on progress made and will hamper the process of political and economic modernisation, and we don't have to look far for examples. Once again, I call upon all external players to strictly abide by the basic principles of International Law to respect sovereignty.feedback

Jan 22 2014

Our task here is to put an end to the tragic conflict going on in Syria, which is causing the Syrian people a lot of suffering. A conflict that is destroying an ancient land. We cannot let this wave of upheavals have an impact on neighbouring countries.feedback

Jan 21 2014

This is of course a mistake. I've already said it before. But there has been no catastrophe.feedback

Nov 02 2013 - US, Russia relations

Such meetings are not a format that would cause problems for the Japan-US relationship. And we hope that the Japan-US relationship wouldn't get in the way of cooperation with Russia. When we create friendly relationships with one party, we don't do it to antagonise another.feedback

Oct 07 2013

We hope that the UN Security Council resolution, which was adopted 10 days ago, will be fulfilled by all parties, as well as the countries which are neighbours of Syria.feedback

Sep 17 2013 - Chemical weapons

We have serious grounds to believe that it was a provocation, and several of our partners without irrefutable proof, have announced that only the regime (of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad) could use such chemical weapons, but the truth has to be determined.feedback

Sep 13 2013 - United Nations

Now that the Assad government has joined the chemical weapons convention we have to engage our professionals together with the Chemical Weapons Prohibition Organisation and with the United Nations to design a road, which would make sure that this issue is resolved quickly, professionally and as soon as practical.feedback

Sep 13 2013

It was OK John, don't worry.feedback

Sep 12 2013 - Chemical weapons

We believe resolving this problem will render air strikes on the Syrian Arab Republic unnecessary. Without doubt our American partners, as President Obama has said prefer a peaceful way to solve the problem of chemical weapons in Syria.feedback

Sep 09 2013 - Chemical weapons

If the establishment of international control over chemical weapons in that country would allow avoiding strikes, we will immediately start working with Damascus.feedback

Sep 02 2013

We were shown some findings which contained no specifics, neither geographical coordinates, nor names, nor proof that tests had been carried out by professionals. There are too many doubts.feedback

Aug 09 2013

I remember when we met John Kerry for the first time. He told me a great responsibility rests on our two countries, a lot of things depend on us. That is why we have to work as adults. This is what we are trying to do and we hope that it is reciprocal.feedback

Aug 06 2013

It's critical to support the constructive approach of the Iranian leadership.feedback

Jul 13 2013 - Human Rights

You know, we are not in contact with Snowden and the issues he discussed with human rights activists were widely reported in the media. I heard about them in the same way as everyone else. To obtain political asylum under Russian law you have to go through specific procedures. The first step in this process is to make a formal appeal to the Federal Migration Service.feedback

Jun 25 2013

He chose his route himself, and we learned, like everyone else, from the mass media. He didn't cross the Russian border.feedback

Jun 22 2013 - United Nations

If our goal is the conference, then we must avoid any discussions and, of course, any action designed to establish a no-fly zone. We must avoid confrontational debates and one-sided resolutions in the United Nations General Assembly and in the Human Rights Council because all this is not helping to create the atmosphere necessary to convene a conference.feedback

May 30 2013

The only thing that unites the Syrian National Coalition is their demand for the immediate dismissal of Bashar al-Assad. They have no platform, are not ready to talk, and have impossible pre-conditions. It is clear to all, including our Western partners, that this position is unrealistic.feedback

May 07 2013

Russia and the United States will push the Syrian government and opposition groups to reach a political resolution.feedback

Apr 11 2013

We have long been trying to calm the situation [in Syria]. But as soon as the slightest glimmer of hope appears… someone immediately does everything possible to frustrate the hope. There will be no winner.feedback

Apr 11 2013

There is no disagreement with the US on Korea.feedback

Apr 06 2013 - North Korea

The proposal was made to all the embassies in Pyongyang, and we are now trying to clarify the situation. We asked our North Korean neighbours a number of questions we have to ask in this situation. We're now in close contact with China, the United States, South Korea and Japan – participants in the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear programme.feedback

Mar 29 2013 - North Korea

The situation may slip out of control and fall into a vicious circle.feedback

Feb 12 2013

The North Korean authorities have ignored international law again, ignored UN Security Council decisions. Undoubtedly, it deserves both condemnation and an adequate reaction.feedback

Dec 29 2012

In regard to Bashar al-Assad, he has repeatedly, in public, in private and at his recent meetings with Lakhdar Brahimi in Damascus, stated that he is not going to leave, that he will remain in the office until the very end.feedback

Dec 28 2012

As we have been doing for all these months, we actively encourage the Syrian leadership to make as concrete as possible its declared readiness for dialogue with the opposition.feedback

Dec 17 2012

There cannot be any artificial deadlines in this case. The investigation should be completed first, and only after this, will the material evidence will be handed over. That's our law and we can't change it.feedback

Dec 12 2012 - Morocco

As the coalition has been recognised as the only legitimate representative, it seems that the United States decided to place all bets on the armed victory of this same national coalition.feedback

Oct 13 2012

It was electro-technical equipment for a radar station. It is of dual use but not forbidden by any international convention.feedback

Aug 20 2012

We still believe that if all those who took part in the Geneva meeting in June demanded all the parties involved in the Syrian conflict agree to stop the violence, we would be able to start negotiations on how a temporary government could be established in the country. Then we would have an opportunity for a solution which could save many human lives.feedback

Jul 03 2012

My opinion is that after the start of Geneva process there is no need any more for any other activities like a meeting in Paris where 150 countries are taking part. It is difficult to expect serious talks on the settlement in Syria with such high participation.feedback

Jun 28 2012

The meeting in Geneva was planned to add support to Kofi Annan's plan. It has to create the conditions whereby the violence can be stopped and a national Syrian dialogue can be opened, but not to impose any results from this dialogue.feedback

Jun 22 2012

To impose on the Syrians decisions taken elsewhere and which are not a product of an inter Syrian dialogue, are not acceptable to us and we will have nothing to do with it.feedback

Jun 09 2012

We want this conference to be effective. For this reason all parties who have influence in this conflict have to participate and Iran is one of these countries.feedback

Apr 19 2012

There is effectively a functioning transit through Russian territory of different goods for international forces.feedback

Apr 11 2012

I will tell you frankly, we voiced our assessment with our Syrian colleagues. We think they could have been more active, their actions more decisive, executing provisions of Kofi Annan's plan.feedback

Mar 13 2012

This must be simultaneous, there can't be a situation where the government is called on to withdraw from towns and cities but not armed groups.feedback

Mar 12 2012

We should draw serious conclusions regarding the situation in Syria. It remains a cause of grave concern for Russia and the whole international community.feedback

Mar 10 2012

I believe that we all agree when we talk on Syria that the immediate task now is to end violence irrespective of the sources – like the Arab League initiative from 2nd November says – and allow humanitarian assistance to all those who are in need of it.feedback

Feb 15 2012

We believe it is absolutely necessary to avoid any steps which might undermine cooperation between the IAEA and Iran.feedback

Feb 08 2012

That means that not only peaceful citizens are involved but also armed forces fighting against the government. Not to accept this fact and to present the situation as if Assad's forces are just killing peaceful demonstrators, is just incredible. And generally, a half truth is always even worse than a lie.feedback

Feb 08 2012

Today on Euronews, I saw a represantative of the so-called Syrian Liberation Army who said in the microphone that they have been waiting for additional supplies of weapons from abroad to be able to continue their struggle.feedback

Feb 06 2012

Some of the voices coming from the West, assessing the results of the UN Security Council vote on the Syrian resolution, are indecent I would say, and border on hysteria. In this regard, I recall a proverb to the effect that those who get angry are rarely right.feedback

Feb 04 2012

(This would be) an absolutely unrealistic provision, expecting that the government of Syria would withdraw from cities and towns exactly at the time when the armed groups are taking over quarters of those cities and towns.feedback

Jan 26 2012

A fourth essential element of any (UN) resolution is the firm statement that this resolution may not be used to – cannot be interpreted to – justify any kind of outside military intervention in Syria.feedback

Nov 21 2011

At the moment, the Arab League is calling for an end to violence and the beginning of dialogue. But there have been calls from the West and other countries in the region advising the opposition not to enter into dialogue with President Bashar al-Assad's regime.feedback

Nov 07 2011

It's not the first time Israel has threatened Iran with an air strike. Our approach is clear: that will be a big mistake fraught with unpredictable consequences. For the Iran nuclear problem, just like any other problem in the modern world, the military solution doesn't exist.feedback

Sep 05 2011

Anyone's attempts to corner someone never leads to good relations, not to mention strategic relations. Russia is not resorting to such attempts. In relations with Ukraine we are guided by the principles of a strategic partnership.feedback

Aug 16 2011

We hope this will help us move forward faster than has been the case until now and that we can resume negotiations soon.feedback

Jul 18 2011 - Libya

It means once again that those who declare recognition (of the rebels' National Transitional Council) stand fully on the side of one political force in a civil war which is ongoing in Libya. It means once again that supporters of such a decision are supporters of a policy of isolation, in this case the isolation of those forces that represent Tripoli.feedback

May 06 2011 - Libya

As regards possible proposals to sanction through the UN Security Council a ground operation in Libya, the resolution 1973, which the Security Council has already adopted, directly and unequivocally rules out such an option.feedback

Mar 30 2011 - NATO

The NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the Libyan operation was being conducted to protect the population, not to arm it. We fully agree with the NATO Secretary-General on this.feedback

Nov 24 2010 - North Korea

I think what happened has to be condemned. This could escalate into war. This is a massive danger, which must be avoided using all means available.feedback

Nov 02 2010

This visit will allow the president to identify the tasks needed to resolve the region's socio-economic problems. President Medvedev told me he will also visit the other islands.feedback

Aug 20 2010

This verdict is unlawful and we are concerned. The Thai court's decision is political and is regrettable. We have been giving this Russian citizen assistance all these months, in contact with his lawyers and family. We will keep doing our best to bring him home.feedback

Mar 30 2010

All this re-reinforces the necessity of even stronger coordination for our international efforts so terrorists – those who organise, plan, pay for terrorist acts – cannot feel safe anywhere.feedback

Mar 30 2010

Unfortunately we have to conclude this regime's policy in the Caucasus has failed. While they don't change direction they don't have a chance in beating terrorism. And what's more, the security services fight the opposition and people's protests more than they fight terrorists.feedback

Mar 26 2010

Today's phone call between the Russian and US presidents brought the negotiation process to a mutually satisfactory conclusion. We achieved the main aim: to agree on a true START treaty, based on absolute parity and respect of full and equal security.feedback

Mar 17 2010 - Kremlin

I would advise you not to worry. It will be included, it will be legally attached so there will be no problem.feedback

Feb 04 2010

Unfortunately, the Iranian side did not support this preliminary agreement and started to move towards alternative ideas, which were not supported by the IAEA. If Iran is ready to return to the original formula, we will only welcome this.feedback

Oct 13 2009

We're very cautious about sanctions in principle. They rarely give results. But there are situations where sanctions cannot be avoided.feedback

May 28 2009 - United Nations

The (United Nations) Security Council must come out firmly and must work out those measures that would prevent a further dilution of the (nuclear) non-proliferation regime.feedback

May 06 2009

This only proves that we were 100% right when we warned those taking part in the war games not to do so, because it leads to a sharp rise in tension.feedback

May 05 2009

I think it is another provocation, both in the information field and in the geopolitical field. The present Georgian leadership has proven to be a supporter of this kind of provocation. I'm absolutely sure that it's not by chance it happened right before manouevers in Georgia on May 6 that we warned shouldn't take place.feedback

Apr 29 2009

But I have to say, some of the comments we have heard about this initiative from the European Union do worry us.feedback

Mar 06 2009

Our agenda is heavy but I ask you not to compare it with the stone Sisiphus had to roll up the hill. I assure you we will overcome our task.feedback

Aug 19 2008

All the accusations are against us as if there was nothing in the text demanding that Georgian forces return to their pre-crisis positions.feedback