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Lavrov calls U.S. election meddling claims blabber

MUNICH, Germany (UPDATED) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday, February 17, dismissed as "blabber" accusations that Moscow had interfered in the US election that brought President Donald Trump to power. "So as long as we don't see facts, everything else is blabber," Lavrov said at the Munich Security Conference, a ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 17th, 2018Related News

Russia s Lavrov lashes out at U.S. at annual press conference

MOSCOW, Russia – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov repeatedly attacked the US at his annual press conference on Monday, January 15, accusing Washington of issuing ultimatums and failing to recognize "the reality of the emerging multipolar world." Lavrov said the past year had not been easy from a foreign policy perspective ........»»

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Moscow: Trump would make big mistake by leaving Iran deal

MOSCOW, Russia – Russia on Saturday said Washington would be making a grave mistake by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, adding that Moscow would work hard to keep the landmark agreement alive. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov criticised remarks by US President Donald Trump , who on Friday said the US ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 13th, 2018Related News

Russia accuses US of breaking treaty over defense system sale to Japan

MOSCOW, Russia – Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov on Saturday, December 30, accused the United States of violating a key arms treaty by selling a missile defense system to Japan.  "The US is deploying them (missile defense systems) at their military bases in Romania and Poland, that is near our ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 30th, 2017Related News

Lavrov, Tillerson discuss need for urgent NKorea negotiations – Moscow

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) discussed North Korea’s nuclear program with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, stressing the need to start a negotiations process. “The sides were united in the opinion that nuclear missile projects in North Korea violate the demands of the UN Security Council,” the Russian [...] The post Lavrov, Tillerson discuss need for urgent NKorea negotiations – Moscow appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsDec 27th, 2017Related News

Lavrov, Tillerson discuss need for urgent North Korea negotiations

MOSCOW, Russia – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday, December 26, discussed North Korea's nuclear program with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, stressing the need to start a negotiations process. "The sides were united in the opinion that nuclear missile projects in North Korea violate the demands of the ........»»

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Britain s Johnson seeks to thaw Russia ties during Moscow trip

MOSCOW, Russia (UPDATED) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson clashed Friday, December 22, over Russia's alleged interference in the Brexit vote on the first official visit by a foreign minister from London in 5 years. The outspoken Johnson arrived in Moscow to try to open ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 22nd, 2017Related News

Britain’s foreign minister makes first Russia visit in five years

MOSCOW: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Friday will hold talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the first official visit by a minister from London in five years. The visit could signal an improvement in relations after years of antagonism. It comes after Johnson in April cancelled a planned trip at [...] The post Britain’s foreign minister makes first Russia visit in five years appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsDec 22nd, 2017Related News

Russia warns against fresh preconditions for US-North Korea talks

MOSCOW, Russia – Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov on Saturday warned of a risk of escalation after Washington toughened its stance on North Korea nuclear talks and US President Donald Trump accused Moscow of failing to help. "It's sad that this powerful element of demands for further pressure on Pyongyang ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 16th, 2017Related News

Russia cancels meeting with US on improving relations amid updated sanctions – ABC News

The Russian deputy foreign minister has canceled his meeting with his American counterpart –- a long-planned summit to address more minor problems in the relationship –- because of the updated U.S. sanctions announced yesterday. Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon is traveling to London now, but he will not continue on to St. Petersburg Friday, as previously scheduled. The State Department officially announced his travel yesterday, seemingly caught off guard by Russia’s cancellation that dealt a serious blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to improve relations. In a strongly worded statement, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Rybakov said Russia was canceling the meeting because the U.S. ruined the circumstances by announcing updated sanctions yesterday and by not returning two Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York. &'8220;The new American jab will not go without reaction from our side, including practical reciprocal measures,&'8221; he warned. Rybakov went on to rail against America for the current state of poor relations between the two countries and declare that sanctions will never force Russia to &'8220;submit.&'8221; &'8220;In the U.S., of course, they can further soothe themselves with the illusions that they can 'pressure' Russia. Many previous 'waves' of American sanctions have not brought the result on which their initiators counted. Just as futile will be any new attempts to force the Russian side to 'submit,'&'8221; he said. But the State Department fired back, offering a strong defense of those sanctions, while clarifying that the announcement yesterday simply brought them up to date without adding anything new. The Treasury Department announced Tuesday that it was adding 38 pro-Russian individuals and entities to existing sanctions against Russia. &'8220;Let’s remember that these sanctions didn’t just come out of nowhere. Our targeted sanctions were imposed in response to Russia’s ongoing violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbor, Ukraine. If the Russians seek an end to these sanctions, they know very well the U.S. position,&'8221; said State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert in her own strongly worded statement. She added that the U.S. remains open to future discussions, but those sanctions will remain until Russia ends its occupation of Crimea and meets its obligations under the Ukrainian peace deal known as the Minsk agreement. President Trump and his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have been advocating for improving relations with Russia, arguing that the world's two greatest nuclear powers should not be at odds and that there are areas of common grounds, like fighting ISIS. The planned meeting between Shannon and Rybakov would have been the second, after a May meeting in New York. The two senior officials were tasked by their bosses, Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, to lead a working group to deal with &'8220;irritants&'8221; in the relationship -– including the Russian diplomatic compounds. The State Department confirmed earlier this month that returning those compounds would have been part of the discussions at Friday’s summit, despite bipartisan calls on Capitol Hill not to do so. Now, it seems, their return has become more uncertain. In addition to the current updated sanctions, the Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill last week that would expand sanctions on Russia and prevent the administration from making changes to any Russian sanctions without Congressional approval. The White House hasn't said if the president would sign the bill, but the Republican House leadership has held it up, citing a procedural issue that will delay a vote for now. Tillerson had expressed reservation about the legislation when testifying on the Hill last week, saying he needed &'8220;the flexibility to turn the heat up when we need to, but also to ensure that we have the ability to maintain a constructive dialogue.&'8221; After Russia scrapped Friday's summit, any sort of dialogue is expected to become more difficult.( The Russian deputy foreign minister has canceled his meeting with his American counterpart –- a long-planned summit to address more minor problems in the relationship –- because of the updated U.S. sanctions announced yesterday. Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon is traveling to London now, but he will not continue on to St. Petersburg Friday, as previously scheduled. The State Department officially announced his travel yesterday, seemingly caught off guard by Russia’s cancellation that dealt a serious blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to improve relations. In a strongly worded statement, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Rybakov said Russia was canceling the meeting because the U.S. ruined the circumstances by announcing updated sanctions yesterday and by not returning two Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York. &'8220;The new American jab will not go without reaction from our side, including practical reciprocal measures,&'8221; he warned. Rybakov went on to rail against America for the current state of poor relations between the two countries and declare that sanctions will never force Russia to &'8220;submit.&'8221; &'8220;In the U.S., of course, they can further soothe themselves with the illusions that they can 'pressure' Russia. Many previous 'waves' of American sanctions have not brought the result on which their initiators counted. Just as futile will be any new attempts to force the Russian side to 'submit,'&'8221; he said. But the State Department fired back, offering a strong defense of those sanctions, while clarifying that the announcement yesterday simply brought them up to date without adding anything new. The Treasury Department announced Tuesday that it was adding 38 pro-Russian individuals and entities to existing sanctions against Russia. &'8220;Let’s [&'].....»»

Source: Mindanaoexaminer MindanaoexaminerCategory: NewsJun 22nd, 2017Related News

Vladimir Putin denies he has compromising material on Donald Trump – The Guardian

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied he had any compromising material about US President Donald Trump. “Well, this is just another load of nonsense,” Putin said on NBC News’ Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, when asked whether he had any damaging information on the Republican president. The remarks were the latest in a series of denials from Moscow that have had little impact so far on a political crisis in the United States over potential links between Russia and Trump’s inner circle. The issue will be front and centre this week in Washington, where former FBI director James Comey is due to testify on whether Trump tried to get him to back off an investigation into alleged ties between Trump’s election campaign and Moscow. Comey, who was leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year’s US presidential election, was fired by Trump last month, four years into his 10-year term. Putin also told NBC he had no relationship with Trump and had never met him, regardless of Trump’s previous travel to Russia as a businessman. Putin noted that executives from perhaps 100 American companies were currently in Russia. “Do you think we’re gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something?” Putin asked, before saying: “Have you all lost your senses?” Have you all lost your senses? Vladimir Putin Trump has offered contradictory accounts of his relationship with Putin over time but has also said the two never met. He has called an FBI investigation into alleged ties between his campaign and Russia a “witch hunt” designed to undermine the legitimacy of his 2016 election win. Trump has also disparaged a dossier of unsubstantiated allegations that purported to show Russian intelligence operatives had compromising information about him, but which he has described as a “hoax.” US intelligence agencies concluded in January that Moscow tried to tilt the election campaign in Trump’s favour, including by hacking into the emails of senior Democrats, a charge the Kremlin denies. “They have been misled,” Putin told NBC, in an interview NBC said was recorded on Friday. “And they aren’t analysing the information in its entirety. I haven’t seen, even once, any direct proof of Russian interference in the presidential election.” Trump has denied any collusion but the FBI and congressional probes into the Russia matter have dogged the early months of his presidency. Former CIA director John Brennan said last month he had noticed contacts between Trump’s campaign associates and Russia during the 2016 election and grew concerned Moscow had sought to lure Americans down “a treasonous path.” After Comey’s dismissal, news reports emerged that Trump asked Comey to end the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynnduring a February meeting in the Oval Office, the day after Flynn was fired for misrepresenting his contacts with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak. Flynn has declined to testify to the US Senate Intelligence Committee about his Russian ties, invoking his constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination. Putin downplayed Flynn’s appearance with him at a December 2015 gala dinner in honor of the Russian television network Russia Today (RT), which US officials consider a state-run propaganda outlet. “I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterwards I was told, ‘You know there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services’,” Putin said. “That’s it. I didn’t even really talk to him. That’s the extent of my acquaintance with Mr Flynn,” he added. Reuters has reported that Flynn and Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, discussed with Kislyak the idea of creating a back channel between Trump and Putin that could have bypassed diplomats and intelligence agencies. Putin said he was unaware of any such discussion and criticized NBC for asking about contacts between the ambassador and the Trump administration. “You created a sensation out of nothing. And out of this sensation, you turned it into a weapon of war against the current president,” Putin said. … today we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So we think it’s fair to ask people who visit us often for their help. The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure.( “I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterwards I was told, ‘You know there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services’,” Putin said. “That’s it. I didn’t even really talk to him. That’s the extent of my acquaintance with Mr Flynn,” he added. Reuters has reported that Flynn and Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, discussed with Kislyak the idea of creating a back channel between Trump and Putin that could have bypassed diplomats and intelligence agencies. Putin said [&'].....»»

Source: Mindanaoexaminer MindanaoexaminerCategory: NewsJun 5th, 2017Related News

The World: Russia ready to meet Trump on nuclear weapons

MOSCOW -- Russia expects to have a dialogue with the Trump administration on strategic stability, including on nuclear weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday......»»

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US and Russia agree Syria truce plan

GENEVA: The United States and Russia agreed a deal to impose a ceasefire in Syria, and if the truce holds they will begin a joint military effort against Islamic jihadists. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said t.....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsSep 10th, 2016Related News

US, Russia closer to new Syria ceasefire

GENEVA: Washington and Moscow made key steps towards agreeing a new ceasefire in Syria, but a final deal has not been reached, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart said after talks Friday. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei .....»»

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US, Russia move closer to new Syria ceasefire after talks

GENEVA: Washington and Moscow made key steps towards agreeing a new ceasefire in Syria, but a final deal has not been reached, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart said after talks Friday. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei .....»»

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Kerry to meet Lavrov in Geneva on Friday

ABUJA: US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Friday for talks on Syria and Ukraine, his spokesman said on Wednesday. Kerry, currently on a visit to Nigeria, had said Monday that he hoped to meet Lavr.....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsAug 24th, 2016Related News

Kerry to meet Russian counterpart Lavrov in Geneva on Friday

ABUJA: US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Friday for talks on Syria and Ukraine, his spokesman said Wednesday. Kerry, currently on a visit to Nigeria, had said Monday that he hoped to meet Lavrov .....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsAug 24th, 2016Related News

Lavrov urges calm after Ukraine flare-up over Crimea

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday appealed for calm after a flare-up with Ukraine over the annexed Crimea peninsula but warned Moscow was ready to stamp out any attempts to destabilize the region. A simmering feud between Russia and.....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsAug 15th, 2016Related News

Russia announces humanitarian operation in Aleppo

MOSCOW Russia and the Syrian government will open humanitarian corridors in Syria's embattled city of Aleppo and offer a way out for opposition fighters wanting to lay down their arms, Russia's defense minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Thursday as S.....»»

Source: Mb.com.ph Mb.com.phCategory: NewsJul 28th, 2016Related News

US, Russia strike deal on 'concrete steps' to save Syria ceasefire

MOSCOW, Russia (UPDATED) – US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov said Friday, July 15, they had agreed on "concrete steps" to salvage a failing truce and tackle jihadist groups in Syria but refrained from laying .....»»

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