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  • Yarosh: Right Sector to guard voting sections in eastern Ukraine during elections

    05/23/2014 6:16:22 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 35 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | 5/23/2014 (7:25 AM, EST) | Interfax-Ukraine
    Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh has said that representatives of his organization will contribute to ensuring security at voting stations in eastern Ukraine. ...
  • Victoria Nuland [Obama Administration] Accused of Meeting With Neofascists in Washington

    05/19/2014 12:02:00 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 89 replies
    FireDogLake ^ | 5/19/2014 | DSWright
    In an interview with Bloomberg News [URL at link], Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov asserted that Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland had meetings with the Ukrainian neofascist group Right Sector in Washington DC. The Right Sector has been involved in numerous killings including the burning of pro-Russian supporters in Odessa. ... Whether Nuland met with Artyomenko or any other representative of the Right Sector to help with fundraising and support is unknown. What is known is that the US is supporting the gang in Kiev's "interim government" which includes Svoboda an openly neofascist party...
  • Ukraine Crisis: UN-Marked Combat Helicopters Used in Government Offensive Against Separatists

    05/14/2014 7:26:42 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 50 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 5/14/2014 | Jack Moore
    Footage has emerged of a white Mil Mi-24 helicopter allegedly being used in Ukraine's antiterror operation against pro-Russian separatists near the Donetsk Oblast city of Kramatorsk. Three further combat Mi-24 helicopters and one transport Mi-8 helicopter bearing the UN logo were spotted in the region by the Russian news outlet Life News. The UN has distanced itself from the footage below [video at URL], stating that, as Ukraine is a contributor to the organisation's forces, it must remove any UN insignia when the materials are returned. A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon said that any use of peacekeeping equipment,...
  • Russia offers proposal to resolve Ukraine crisis

    04/25/2014 9:14:33 AM PDT · by FreeReign · 50 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 25 April 2014 08.29 EDT | Julian Borger, diplomatic editor, and Dan Roberts in Washington
    Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov says pro-Moscow militants will lay down arms if Kiev clears occupied square and buildings. The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, appears to have offered a deal to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine, suggesting that if the country's government clears out the nationalist protest camp in Kiev, then pro-Moscow separatists will lay down their arms. Western officials greeted the proposal with scepticism, noting that such confidence-building measures were at the heart of an international agreement reached last week, but which failed to end the separatists' occupation of public buildings in eastern Ukraine. They said the protest...
  • Aftermath of Ukraine Photo Story Shows Need for More Caution (We're sorry for false photos?

    04/24/2014 4:29:54 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/24/2014 (35 minutes ago) | Margaret Sullivan
    The Times led its print edition Monday with an article based in part on photographs that the State Department said were evidence of Russian military presence in popular uprisings in Ukraine. The headline read: "Photos link masked men in East Ukraine to Russia." ... The Times has published a second article backing off from the original [link at URL] and airing questions about what the photographs are said to depict, but hardly addressing how the newspaper may have been misled. ...
  • Scrutiny Over Photos Said to Tie Russia Units to Ukraine (NYT issuing a retraction?

    04/24/2014 12:36:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 22, 2014 | Michael R. Gordon and Andrew E. Kramer
    A collection of photographs that Ukraine says shows the presence of Russian forces in the eastern part of the country, and which the United States cited as evidence of Russian involvement, has come under scrutiny. The photographs were submitted by Ukraine last week to the Organization for Security and Cooperation, an organization in Vienna that has been monitoring the situation in Ukraine. Some of the photographs were also provided by American officials to Secretary of State John Kerry so he could show them when he met in Geneva last Thursday with his counterparts from the European Union, Russia, and Ukraine....
  • Moscow orders Kiev to withdraw troops from Ukraine's Donbass region

    04/23/2014 6:37:58 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 63 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 4-23-2014 | MARK MacKINNON
    <p>Russia has warned the Ukrainian government to pull its military from the restive southeast of its own territory, saying it could invade to “protect” pro-Russian separatists there – just as it did in Georgia, another former Soviet republic that Moscow invaded six years ago.</p>
  • FM (Lavrov) vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine

    04/23/2014 7:36:03 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-23-2014 | YURAS KARMANAU
    Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine — a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its "anti-terror" campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east. Although Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov did not specifically say Russia would launch a military attack, his comments bolstered wide concern that Russia could use any violence in eastern Ukraine as a pretext for sending in troops. Large contingents of Russian troops — tens of thousands, NATO says — are in place near the Ukrainian border. "Russian citizens being attacked...
  • Kiev says Russia provokes trouble in eastern Ukraine, just as in Crimea

    04/07/2014 11:13:40 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, April 7, 11:19 AM
    KIEV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian government dispatched its highest-level police and security officials to the eastern part of the country Monday in an effort to put down separatist violence described as inspired by Russia and following a script that played out in Crimea. “The plan is to destabilize the situation,” Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told an emergency cabinet meeting Monday morning. “The plan is for foreign troops to cross the border and seize the country’s territory, which we will not allow.” On Sunday, pro-Russian demonstrations in the eastern cities of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk that had been orderly the last...
  • Russia Tells Ukrainians: 'Referendum' Or We Can't Protect You As Ukraine Proposes State Of Emegency

    04/07/2014 11:06:27 AM PDT · by Errant · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7 April 2014 | Tyler Durden
    The relative calm of the last two weeks as US talking-heads proclaim Ukraine 'fixed', Russia 'under control', and Europe 'recovering' is being obliterated this morning. The storming of various non-Crimean Ukrainian city government buildings suggest round two of the push is beginning and Russia is wasting no time explaining how this will go down. Russian Senator Viktor Ozerov stated that "Russia has no right to [send peacekeepers] unilaterally" to Eastern and Southern Ukraine (unless the UN agrees)... but... "Russia is interested in stability in Ukraine. At the same time, the will of the people must be documented. A referendum is...
  • Hear: Russian ambassadors talk about next annexing parts of U.S., world

    04/06/2014 1:17:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 4/6/2014 | David Harding
    After Crimea, what next? In an unauthenticated audio, Ambassadors Chubarov and Sergei Bakharev laugh about taking over areas in Alaska, Venice, Scotland, Catalonia and Miami. Watch out, the Russians are coming! ... The pair...joke that Russia will take control of Alaska, Venice, Scotland and Catalonia, a region of Spain which wants a vote on independence, reports The Guardian {link at URL]... The recording has been posted on Youtube, reports The Guardian [link at URL] ...
  • Analysis: U.S. Cozies Up to Kiev Gov't Including Far Right(McCain pictured next to Neo-Nazi leader?)

    04/04/2014 11:24:37 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 133 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/30/2014 | Alexander Smith
    <p>The U.S. and Europe have been emphatic in their support of the new Ukrainian government – but a significant number of Washington's new bedfellows are members of what some experts class as extreme right-wing parties.</p> <p>When Sen. John McCain traveled to Kiev in December, he told the crowd of 200,000 on Independence Square: "The free world is with you, America is with you, I am with you."</p>
  • Kerry & Lavrov Negotiate Ukraine’s Surrender in Paris: Were All the Rooms in Munich Booked?

    03/30/2014 6:48:10 PM PDT · by No One Special · 38 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | March 30, 2014 | The Professor
    Following up on Putin’s phone call to Obama, Kerry is making a detour to Paris to negotiate with Lavrov over the fate of Ukraine. Lavrov has laid out Russia’s terms, and intimates that Obama and Kerry have accepted the principles underlying these terms. First, Russia demands that Ukraine adopt a new constitution that establishes a federal structure that gives each region considerable autonomy. Translate this to mean that these regions would be able to pull a Crimea. Or, more accurately, that Russia would be able to pull a Crimea, slicing off pieces of Ukraine and splicing them onto Russia. Crucially,...
  • Ukraine crisis: US, Russia agree on need for diplomatic solution

    03/30/2014 4:11:02 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 30, 2014 | Fox News' Greg Palkot and The AP contributed to this report.
    The United States and Russia agreed on the need for a diplomatic solution in the Ukraine crisis, Secretary of State John Kerry said. Kerry also stressed that Ukraine would have to be at the table for negotiations. He made the comments at a news conference Sunday night after speaking at length with his Russian counterpart. Kerry said the Russian troop build-up along the border is creating a climate of fear and intimidation in Ukraine and is not helpful. Kerry sat down with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the residence of the Russian ambassador to France to go over Moscow's...
  • Federal State Is Only Solution for Ukraine – Lavrov

    03/20/2014 9:25:14 AM PDT · by Heartlander2 · 25 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3/20/2014 | Andrey Stenin
    MOSCOW, March 20 (RIA Novosti) – Making Ukraine a federal state is the only way to stabilize situation in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday. “We want to understand, who exactly will represent legitimate authorities in Kiev. In this regard we have a proposal: first of all, a constitutional reform should be held, so that interests of all Ukrainian citizens and regions are respected. This is the only basis for forming legitimate authorities, legislative and executive, central and regional,” Lavrov told members of the lower chamber of the Russian parliament. “And we are convinced that the...
  • Cruz: Harry Reid thinks Koch brothers are the Grinch who stole Christmas

    03/14/2014 8:05:11 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 21 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 3/14/2014 | Tom Tillison
    As the U.S. Senate took up a bill to provide financial aid to Ukraine, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rose to object to an IMF bailout Majority Leader Harry Reid attached to the legislation. In the process he blasted Reid for repeatedly demonizing the billionaire Koch brothers - Reid tried to blame the Koch brothers for halting progress on the Ukraine bill. "I'm beginning to think [the Koch brothers] are a character almost out of Dr. Seuss in the majority leader's mind, they are the grinch who stole Christmas in his telling," Cruz said. Cruz accused Reid of "using his...
  • John Kerry: Russia has until Monday to reverse course in Ukraine

    03/13/2014 11:59:01 AM PDT · by Errant · 141 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 13 March 2014 | Susan Crabtree
    Secretary of State John Kerry warned of serious repercussions for Russia on Monday if last-ditch talks over the weekend to resolve the crisis in Ukraine failed to persuade Moscow to soften its stance. Kerry will travel to London for a Friday meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov ahead of a Sunday referendum vote in the Crimea region to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. U.S. and European officials argue that Moscow is orchestrating the referendum and waging an intimidation campaign with thousands of Russian troops controlling the region. If Russian-backed lawmakers in Crimea go through with the...
  • Ukraine standoff intensifies, Russia says sanctions will 'boomerang'

    03/07/2014 2:21:49 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 52 replies
    reuters ^ | March 7, 2014 | BY STEVE GUTTERMAN AND ANDREW OSBORN
    (Reuters) - Russia said any U.S. sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang back on the United States and that Crimea has the right to self-determination as armed men tried to seize another Ukrainian military base on the peninsula. In a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned against "hasty and reckless steps" that could harm Russian-American relations, the foreign ministry said on Friday. "Sanctions...would inevitably hit the United States like a boomerang," it added.
  • MUSLIM TROPHY IN SYRIA: LIFELESS BODY OF DECAPITATED CHRISTIAN CHILD

    09/22/2013 7:22:31 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 150 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | Sept. 18,2013 | LiveLeak
    A young Christian girl beheaded in Syria. The sign of extremism and fanatics, the long beards, is present in each and everyone of these subhuman Muslims who killed this small child, in their jihad to Allah – inspired by the Quran. This is Obama, Britain, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey funded and supported handiwork. Don’t put your support behind any of these people, whether for military action in Syria, asylum, immigration, another hate preaching mosque. This is what is moving into your town, your country, your society, your neighborhood: video... This video is written with false propaganda claiming...
  • US 'blackmailing' Russia over Syria resolution: Lavrov

    09/22/2013 9:11:14 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 22, 2013 | AFP
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday accused the United States of blackmailing Russia over a tough UN resolution against Syria, and said the West is blinded by the idea of regime change in the war-torn country. "Our American partners are beginning to blackmail us: if Russia won't support a resolution under Chapter VII in the UN Security Council, then we will stop the work in the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons," Lavrov said in a Channel One interview, according to Russian agencies. He said the OPCW is "about to make a decision" on Syria but the process is...
  • Pentagon Proposes Boots On The Ground In Syrian Civil War (CNN video at link

    09/19/2013 7:27:20 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 47 replies
    FireDogLake ^ | 9/19/2013 | DSWright
    Despite it being overwhelmingly clear that the American people want nothing to do with the civil war in Syria, the Pentagon has proposed entering the war. Under the proposal U.S. involvement will escalate from providing weapons to rebels via the CIA to direct support and training of rebel forces by the U.S. military. ...
  • Israel under pressure to give up chemical, nuclear weapons

    09/18/2013 7:05:53 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 40 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/18/2013 | Linda Gradstein
    The United States-Russian deal for the destruction of Syria's huge chemical weapons stocks caused Israelis to breathe an audible sigh of relief. Many expected that a U.S. strike would push either Syria or its ally Hezbollah tio retaliate by attacking Israel. Over the past few weeks, thousands of Israelis, not known for their patience, spent hours waiting in line for government-issued gas masks. Yet the deal also increases pressure on Israel to get rid of its chemical and, even more troubling to the Jewish state, its nuclear stockpile. If Syria must get rid of its chemical weapons, the reasoning goes,...
  • Lavrov To Kerry: "Don’t Worry" About What I Just Said

    09/13/2013 5:14:01 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 13, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    A revealing exchange between John Kerry, his Russian counterpart (Sergey Lavrov), and an interpreter: FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: With your permission, just two words. (Via interpreter) I’m not prepared with the (inaudible) political statement to (inaudible) the Syrian problem, because our approaches are clear and they are stated in the statements of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and in his article in The New York Times.
  • Flashback: Terrorists Arrested on Turkish/Syrian border with Sarin

    09/03/2013 4:14:02 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 9 replies
    Russia called on Turkey to share its findings in the case of Syrian rebels who were arrested on the Turkish - Syrian border with a 2 kg cylinder full of nerve gas Sarin. ...
  • CIA chief pays surprise visit to Israel (John Brennan)

    05/16/2013 8:49:22 PM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | May 17, 2013, 1:16 am | Ron Friedman
    CIA director John Brennan arrived in Israel Thursday evening and held consultations on the situation in Syria, amid fears that Israel could get drawn into the fighting there. Upon landing in the country, Brennan, whose visit was not announced ahead of time, went directly to the army’s headquarters in Tel Aviv for a meeting with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Channel 10 reported. During the meeting, the two shared intelligence assessments, and Ya’alon reiterated Israel’s refusal to let advanced weapons make their way from Syria to Hezbollah, vowing to continue carrying out strikes against arms shipments. According to Israel Radio, the...
  • Russia warns West, Arabs against arming Syria rebels

    04/05/2012 5:30:32 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    Russia warned Western and Arab nations on Wednesday against arming opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying it would lead to years of bloodshed without helping the rebels to defeat government forces. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the "Friends of Syria" group of Western and Arab nations is undermining international envoy Kofi Annan's efforts to end more than a year of violence, and criticized countries that support arming the opposition. "It is clear as day that even if the opposition is armed to the teeth, it will not defeat the Syrian army, and there will simply be slaughter and mutual...
  • Russia's Foreign Minister: Homosexualism is unlikely to be accepted in Russia

    03/21/2012 6:54:30 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Interfax ^ | March 21, 2012
    Homosexualism is unlikely to be accepted in Russia, said Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. "Attempts to load universal approaches with one's own additional views of the human rights, as is the case, let's say, with sexual minorities, which periodically causes such a nervous reaction from the European Union to our attempts to protect our society from the propaganda of homosexuality - I believe, these attempts go beyond the universally accepted values," Lavrov said in an interview with the Kommersant FM radio station. "Given that the overwhelming majority of our country's population profess the Orthodox Christian faith, or at least follow the...
  • Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov condemns use of military force in Libya

    02/28/2011 5:57:16 AM PST · by DGHoodini · 2 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | Monday, Feb 28th, 2011 | ?
    GENEVA, February 28 (Itar-Tass) -- Russia demands that Libya should immediately stop violence against civilians, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared at the 16th session of the UN Human Rights Council on Monday. "It is inadmissible to use military force against the population, which was done in Libya where hundreds of civilians were killed," Lavrov stressed.
  • RUSSIA SAYS IN TALKS WITH IRAN ON MORE NUCLEAR PLANTS

    06/10/2010 2:41:31 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 363+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 06.10.10, 22:20 / Israel News | n/a
    SNIPPET: “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that Moscow was in talks on building further nuclear power plants in Iran — a step that, if followed through, would rile the West — in addition to the Bushehr site, due to open in August after years of delay. Lavrov’s statement came just hours after Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the new UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program did not oblige Moscow to scrap a controversial deal to deliver surface-to-air missiles to Tehran.”
  • START Negotiations Restart Next Week

    01/13/2010 10:11:21 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 10 replies · 302+ views
    Heritage.org ^ | January 13, 2010 | Ariel Cohen, Ph.D
    Washington and Moscow will restart talks with Washington on a new arms control treaty this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday. “We hope it will happen somewhere in the second half of January,” Lavrov said in televised remarks. However, as I’ve written a few days ago in the New York Times, the negotiations are stuck in the muck. Obama administration has failed to complete the negotiation of a treaty to replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which expired on Dec. 5. The two superpowers are now in unchartered waters. Moscow and Washington have stated that START still...
  • Air Force strikes in Gaza; 2 injured

    03/18/2010 11:46:22 PM PDT · by Cindy · 225 replies · 2,589+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET NEWS.com (Hanan Greenberg contributed to the story) ^ | First Published: 03.19.10, 01:30;Latest Update: 03.19.10, 01:47 / Israel News | n/a
    "Air Force strikes in Gaza" SNIPPET: "IDF retaliates for deadly Qassam attack: Air Force hits several Gaza targets, including metal foundry, smuggling tunnel; Vice PM Shalom says Israel to offer strong response to rocket attack that killed Thai worker Thursday" SNIPPET: "IDF aircraft struck at least four targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday, a day after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave killed a Thai worker in Israel, Hamas security officials and witnesses said." SNIPPET: "Israel also sent a letter of complaint to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is due to visit Israel at the weekend,...
  • Russia waits for U.S. proposals on stored nuclear warheads - Lavrov

    05/12/2009 9:16:10 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 8 replies · 263+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 12/ 05/ 2009
    MOSCOW, May 12 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow is awaiting Washington's proposals on control over the number of nuclear warheads stored by both countries, Russia's foreign minister said on Tuesday. According to some sources, the U.S. is not planning to include control over currently stored nuclear warheads in the provisions of a new strategic arms reductions treaty aimed to replace the START-1 treaty due to expire in December this year. "As to stored nuclear warheads, it is important to understand how they will be counted [toward the new limit]. We are waiting for U.S. proposals in order to analyze them in...
  • Russia's Lavrov drops NATO talks over expulsions

    05/05/2009 9:21:46 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 1 replies · 259+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 5, 2009 | Conor Sweeney
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has dropped plans to attend a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council this month in protest at NATO's expulsion of Russian diplomats, Russia's NATO envoy said on Tuesday. NATO said it regretted Russia's decision and hoped a new date would soon be agreed for the talks. Russia had already pulled out of a planned meeting among senior military staff on May 7 in protest at NATO war games that are due to start in Georgia on May 6. A spy scandal resulting in the expulsion of the diplomats has further exacerbated tensions. "NATO has been informed...
  • Clinton invades Biden’s turf, screws up twice in one day

    03/07/2009 1:36:50 PM PST · by slomark · 29 replies · 1,278+ views
    i ^ | 03/07/09
    EXCERPT: Poor Joe Biden. Just when the verbally-challenged vice president thought he had secured his position as the administration’s buffoon-in-chief, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called his bluff. Clinton gave Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a present today that was meant to symbolize President Obama’s promise to “press the reset button” on Russo-American relations. When Lavrov unwrapped the gift, he found a big, red push button imprinted with a Russian word “peregruzka.”....
  • Russia's Lavrov ready to talk to Hillary Clinton

    01/24/2009 10:13:53 AM PST · by pobeda1945 · 11 replies · 249+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 24/ 01/ 2009
    MOSCOW, January 24 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's foreign minister expects to talk to newly-appointed U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the phone by January 26, an official foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday. Andrei Nesterenko made the comments after acting U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Wood said that Clinton had tried to phone Sergei Lavrov, but he was away for the weekend. "We have received a request to organize a telephone conversation with the U.S. secretary of state. The timing for the conversation, proposed by our American partners, was not very convenient as Lavrov is currently with President Dmitry...
  • Lavrov proposes summit on collective European security ('Helsinki-2' ?)

    09/27/2008 2:57:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 349+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/27/08 | AFP
    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday proposed a pan-European summit to review a proposal to create a "reliable collective" security system in Europe. Saying that the existing architecture of European security "did not pass the strength test in recent events," referring to the Georgia conflict, he told the UN General Assembly that a "pan-European summit" should take "a comprehensive look at security problems." Lavrov did not say when or where this summit would be held but said its task would be to weigh a proposal made by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Berlin last June...
  • Russia says Kosovo could trigger "chain reaction"

    12/10/2007 2:38:07 AM PST · by Flavius · 12 replies · 112+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 12/8/07 | reuteurs
    NICOSIA (Reuters) - Russia warned the West on Monday that recognising a unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) by Kosovo could set off a "chain reaction" of problems in the Balkans and beyond. "I want to stress that UDI of Kosovo and recognition of such independence will not remain without consequences," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on the day mediation efforts between Serbia and Kosovo Albanian leaders officially expired. "It will create a chain reaction throughout the Balkans and other areas of the world," he told reporters, speaking through an interpreter after talks with Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos.
  • Russia could prosecute Lugovoi if Britain provides proof: (Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov)

    08/03/2007 2:02:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 237+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/3/07 | AFP
    MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia could prosecute businessman and former Soviet KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi in the Litvinenko affair if Britain provides "proof" of his guilt, Russia's foreign minister said Friday. If the British "have proof that has 100 percent convinced them of Lugovoi's guilt, we are ready to receive it and study it," Sergei Lavrov said, cited by Interfax news agency from Beijing. At the same time, he said Russia did not intend to exchange Lugovoi for Russian businessman and Kremlin critic Boris Berezovsky, who currently lives in London and is wanted in Russia on various charges of fraud. "For...
  • Action on Iran must be "proportionate": Russia

    10/18/2006 1:54:23 AM PDT · by familyop · 10 replies · 334+ views
    Reuters ^ | 18OCT06 | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - International action over Tehran's nuclear program must be in proportion to the real situation in Iran, RIA news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Wednesday. "It is necessary to act on Iran but that action should be in direct proportion to what is really happening," the agency quoted Lavrov as saying. "And what is really happening is what the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) reports to us. And the IAEA is not reporting to us about the presence there of a threat to peace and security."
  • Russia refuses to lift Georgia ban

    10/03/2006 11:27:14 PM PDT · by bd476 · 26 replies · 628+ views
    TVNZ.co.NZ ^ | October 4, 2006
    TV NZ.co New Zealand Russia refuses to lift Georgia ban Tbilisi, capital city of Georgia Oct 4, 2006 Russia has rejected US and EU calls to lift economic sanctions on Georgia, saying it had cut transport links to curb a dangerous military build-up by its pro-Western neighbour. In unusually strident remarks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov lashed out at the United States. US support for Georgia had "stimulated" Tbilisi into taking unfriendly steps against Russia, he said. Russia cut rail, air and postal links with the former Soviet republic in response to the arrest of four Russian soldiers on spying...
  • Lavrov accuses West of paranoia on nuclear issue

    05/21/2006 1:12:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies · 368+ views
    newkerala.com ^ | 21 May 2006
    Vienna: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West of "paranoia" in an interview Sunday and said that in principle Iran should be allowed the peaceful use of atomic energy. In the West there was "a kind of paranoia which still persists with the mentality of the Cold War," he said in his interview to be published in the Monday edition of the Austrian magazine Profil. The atmosphere between Russia and the West was "not as we would like to have it." But the Russian side was not to blame for the tension, he said. "If a country wants to...
  • Tempers flare over Iran nuke program

    05/15/2006 11:40:25 AM PDT · by JZelle · 13 replies · 735+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-15-06 | Philip Sherwell
    Diplomats still are talking about a bad-tempered dinner at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel last week at which Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, traded barbs over Iran's nuclear program. The spat reflected deepening rifts between the United States and Russia and reduced the chances for big-power cooperation on the Iran crisis. The tension first surfaced at a private meeting hosted by Miss Rice at a suite in the hotel for the Russian, British, French, German and Chinese foreign ministers, and spilled over into a delayed dinner.
  • Russia Says West 'Counterproductive' On Belarus

    04/28/2006 11:01:05 AM PDT · by lizol · 7 replies · 196+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | April 28, 2006
    Russia Says West 'Counterproductive' On Belarus April 28, 2006 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his NATO counterparts today that Western efforts to isolate Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka's regime are "counterproductive." Lavrov said Russia "could not agree with or approve of" such moves. After the talks with Lavrov, NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said NATO and Russia were far apart on Belarus. Russia maintains close political, economic, and military ties with Belarus. The March 19 Belarusian presidential election, in which Lukashenka was reelected, was denounced as fraudulent by Western countries. The European Union imposed travel bans on senior...
  • Russia questions Milosevic autopsy findings, requests to send own doctors

    03/13/2006 4:16:48 PM PST · by Proctor · 85 replies · 1,008+ views
    xinhuanet.com ^ | 2006-03-14 03:02:08 | Xinhuanet
    Russia questions Milosevic autopsy findings, requests to send own doctors www.chinaview.cn 2006-03-14 03:02:08 MOSCOW, March 13 (Xinhuanet) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Russia did not fully trust former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's preliminary autopsy findings and requested to send his own doctors to examine the body. Lavrov said Russia had been offended by the UN war crimes tribunal's refusal to let Milosevic receive treatment for his heart condition in Russia in December. Russia "was ready to provide medical assistance to Milosevic and give 100-percent guarantees of his timely return to The Hague. These guarantees were...
  • What’s Putin’s Game?

    03/09/2006 11:07:15 AM PST · by vertolet · 5 replies · 339+ views
    Newsweek ^ | March 8, 2006 | Michael Hirsh
    Why, it was almost like being back in the U.S.S.R. When Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sat down with President Bush for a half hour in the Oval Office on Tuesday, talking about all manner of issues, his boss Vladimir Putin must have been smiling with satisfaction in the Kremlin. U.S. presidents very rarely deign to see mere foreign ministers from any country, certainly not for more than a quick grip and grin (the last such meeting Bush had was in June 2005, with Pakistan’s foreign minister). But Bush is suddenly very interested in what Russia is doing in a...
  • Russia appears to remain united with U.S. on Iran nuclear issue

    03/07/2006 5:03:48 PM PST · by x5452 · 43 replies · 407+ views
    Kentucky.com ^ | Posted on Tue, Mar. 07, 2006 | Jonathan S. Landay
    Posted on Tue, Mar. 07, 2006 Russia appears to remain united with U.S. on Iran nuclear issue By Jonathan S. Landay WASHINGTON - Russia appeared Tuesday to close ranks with the United States and Europe over Iran's nuclear program, after briefly promoting a plan that would have allowed Iran to conduct small-scale uranium enrichment research, which the Bush administration strongly opposes. The move indicated that Russia would join the United States and the European Union in sending the impasse over Iran's uranium enrichment program to the U.N. Security Council, which can impose economic and political sanctions. Russia had faced stiff...
  • Hardtalk Awaits Lavrov in DC

    03/03/2006 4:48:08 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 256+ views
    Kommersant ^ | Mar. 03, 2006 | Ariel Cohen
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives in Washington on Monday. It is highly likely that the main topics of his talks with Condoleezza Rice will be Hamas and Iran. The talks won't be easy for Lavrov. Washington is alarmed by Russia's initiatives in that volatile region, and profoundly skeptical of them. Russia has changed its political course in the last few weeks and brought efforts of the “Middle Eastern quartet” (Russia, the United States, United Nations and European Union) to find a settlement in the Arab-Israeli conflict practically to naught. Its position on Iran is also at great variance with...
  • Iran's nuclear file may be sent to UN Security Council - Lavrov

    11/24/2005 2:16:42 AM PST · by mym · 9 replies · 392+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 11:46 | 24/ 11/ 2005
    MOSCOW, November 24 (RIA Novosti) - Russia said it was possible Iran's nuclear dossier would be referred to the UN Security Council, although it considers the move baseless and will continue to support negotiations within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Russian foreign minister said Thursday. "We are not excluding the possibility of handing over the Iranian nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council. However, we currently see no reasons for this," Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta. "Everything will depend on what particularly is proven," Lavrov said. "Guessing without...
  • Why Rice's Moscow Visit Failed

    10/20/2005 2:00:42 AM PDT · by mym · 18 replies · 639+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | October 20, 2005 | Ray Takeyh and Nikolas K. Gvosdev
    In pursuit of forming yet another "coalition of the willing," U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unscheduled visit to Moscow to persuade Russia to put pressure on Iran for its nuclear infractions. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov politely but firmly demurred. It should be abundantly clear that Moscow and Washington do not see eye-to-eye on the Iranian question. When Rice declared last Saturday that Iran had no need for even a civilian nuclear program, Lavrov countered that Iran had a full right to possess a nuclear fuel cycle. Meanwhile, Igor Ivanov, the former foreign minister who now heads the...
  • Russia exercises its political determination with Condoleezza Rice

    10/17/2005 6:07:08 AM PDT · by Hadean · 12 replies · 437+ views
    Pravda ^ | 10/17/2005
    US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Moscow on October 14 with a short unscheduled visit. Ms. Rice conducted negotiations with the head of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and then had a meeting with President Vladimir Putin. The subject of the talks was devoted to the nuclear program of Iran; the officials also touched upon the current state of affairs in Central Asia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Condoleezza Rice's visit to Moscow became quite a surprising political event in Russia's political life. The secretary finished her Asian tour, flew over to Paris,...