Presidential election in Syria is not an obstacle for resuming the Geneva talks, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and president's Middle East envoy Mikhail Bogdanov said on Tuesday, according to Itar-Tass news agency.
The next round of the Geneva discussions on security and stability in the Transcaucasus is planned for mid-June, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website.
The Russian president's special representative for the Middle East and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov called for the date for the third round of Syria talks to be determined as soon as possible. "The date for the third round should have been determined a long time ago. We believe that no time should be wasted because this vacuum will be filled by radicals," Bogdanov said. "We should continue the negotiation process in Geneva and be patient. Such a large number of contacts between Syrians will develop into a new quality and will help to work out mutually acceptable solutions. We must not lose heart," he added.
The Geneva process on Syria should be resumed as soon as possible, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said. Following the resignation of UN/Arab League Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, the negotiating process "turned out to be frozen," the ministry made a point on Wednesday.
The Geneva Communique does not ban holding presidential elections in Syria, Russia's Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin stated on Tuesday. "There is nothing in the Geneva Communique that would ban or question such elections. Some (people) assert that such elections would run counter to the spirit of the document," he said.
Konstantin Dolgov, Special Representative of Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairson on human rights, democracy and rule of law expressed his opinion on the human rights violations in Ukraine in his interview with VR.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed hope Friday that the US administration will continue applying pressure on Kiev regime in order to stop military action against federalists in southeastern Ukraine. Lavrov and US State Secretary John Kerry discussed in a phone call ways for foreign mediators, including Russia, the United States, the European Union and the OSCE, to resolve the Ukrainian crisis.
Ukraine welcomes the proposal on holding the second round of negotiations in the Geneva dialogue format, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry says.
The European Union is open to holding more talks with Ukraine, Russia and the United States to try to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, European Council PresidentHerman Van Rompuy said on Wednesday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel supports the idea of holding another international meeting in Geneva on settling the crisis in Ukraine, put forward earlier by Germany’s Foreign Ministry, Merkel's spokesperson Steffen Seibert said in Berlin on Monday.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Nabil El-Araby, the secretary general of the League of Arab States, agreed on a joint work to revive the Geneva talks on the settlement of the ongoing conflict in Syria, the UN press service said in a statement. Ban Ki-moon is currently on his official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and on Saturday he held a bilateral meeting with Nabil El-Araby in Abu Dhabi.
Russia's drills on the border with Ukraine do not contradict the Geneva agreements, the Russian delegation said in a statement on Monday during talks in Vienna on military security and arms control, Interfax reports. "The Geneva agreements do not stipulate restrictions on activities of the Russian armed forces within its national boundaries," the document said.
Russia will block all attempts to distort the Geneva agreement reached last week on settling the Ukrainian crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday. "To complain to us that we have signed something in Geneva that legitimizes the actions of the current regime [in Ukraine] and demand that we take some de-escalating steps only in the southeast, is simply a lie. Therefore, we will insist on respecting the Geneva Accords and will categorically reject attempts for them to be distorted," Lavrov said during a CIS Youth Diplomats Forum.
As opposed to the United States, Russia will not threaten or blackmail anyone in order to advance its own interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday. "We won't force anyone, we won't blackmail anyone with threats, that if you don't vote like we want you to, we'll cut your aid. That's how the Americans do it when they collect votes from around the world," Lavrov said during a CIS Youth Diplomats Forum. Lavrov said that is how the US acted "in order to convince other countries to recognize Kosovo and not recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia". "We know all of this because we were told. We were told of the methods of how the Americans work with governments of all the various regions. That's not our method. We won't blackmail, we won't threaten. We are after all respectful people," Lavrov said.
The West is not only holding "divisional lines", but is moving them toward the Russian borders, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday. He said that Russia's strategic goal is to create a single economic and humanitarian space from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, in which all countries in the European Union could exist and mutually cooperate. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes that the West wants to take control of Ukraine and is governed exclusively by its geopolitical ambitions. "Generally speaking, the West wants to take control of Ukraine while putting exclusively its geopolitical ambitions, not the interests of the Ukrainian people, at the forefront," Lavrov said.
Russia will block attempts to distort Geneva accords, unilateral demands should not be raised - Lavrov
US President Barack Obama has accused Russia of failing to comply with the Geneva deal reached last week to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
Moscow is extremely surprised by the US and Ukraine's distorted interpretation of the Geneva agreement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. "Moscow is extremely surprised by the Kiev's authorities distorted interpretation, as well as the American partners [interpretation], of the content of the statement adopted April 17, in Geneva on the results of the quadripartite meeting of the representatives of Russia, US, EU and Ukraine," according to a statement published on Wednesday on the official website of the Foreign Ministry.
In a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday, April 22, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed the need for the Kiev authorities to comply conscientiously with the Geneva agreement of April 17. Lavrov urged Kiev to "cancel the orders on the use of the army against the population, to disarm Right Sector militants and other ultranationalist groups, release protesters in the south-eastern regions from detention and stop their prosecution, and launch a comprehensive constitutional reform by taking real steps not by making declarations."
Some important agreements were reached at a quadripartite meeting in Geneva on April 17 between representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and the European Union. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the aim of the Geneva meeting was to send a strong message to the Ukrainians that they are responsible for stability in their country.