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Russia's Lavrov says conditions exist for Syria refugee return

ANKARA (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday Moscow was surprised at the West’s position on Syrian refugees and the conditions were there for them to start returning home.<p>FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with his counterpart from …

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Russia's Lavrov, in Turkey, calls U.S. sanctions policy illegitimate

ANKARA, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said on Tuesday that new U.S. sanctions against Ankara and Moscow were an illegitimate policy and a way for the United States to obtain an unfair competitive advantage in global trade.<p>Lavrov was speaking at a joint press …

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Russian FM, UN chief discuss Syria, Ukraine by phone

A Russian Foreign Ministry picture shows Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.<p>MOSCOW, …

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Merkel, Putin to meet outside Berlin on Aug 18 - German spokesman

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host Russian President Vladimir Putin outside Berlin on Saturday for discussions about the war in Syria, …

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Russia's Lavrov says Putin-Trump meeting possible to improve relations - RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump may meet if they feel the need to focus on improving relations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday, according to the RIA state news agency.<p>Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting …

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Lavrov tells Pompeo Russia categorically rejects US sanctions

MOSCOW (AFP) -<p>Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday in a phone conversation with US counterpart Mike Pompeo that Moscow categorically rejected the latest US sanctions, the foreign ministry said.<p>"The Russian side expressed categorical rejection of the new sanctions recently announced by …

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Russia's Lavrov to visit Turkey on Aug. 13-14 for Syria talks

MOSCOW, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Ankara on August 13-14 and discuss the situation in Syria with his Turkish counterpart, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova Writing by Tom Balmforth Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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Russia says reporters were killed in Central Africa during robbery

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday a preliminary investigation showed three Russian journalists were killed in the Central African Republic this week by assailants who wanted to rob them.<p>Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova attends a news conference after a …

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China, Russia vow to further develop ties

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday that China and Russia should make concerted efforts to push forward the …

Russia's Lavrov, China's Wang Yi discuss Korean peninsula

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situation on the Korean peninsula with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, during a trip to Singapore, the ministry said on Thursday.<p>Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the …

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U.S. says Pompeo, Russia's Lavrov will not meet this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not meet on the sidelines of a gathering of southeast Asian nations in Singapore this week, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.<p>FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo …

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Bolton May Meet Russian Security Official By End of Summer

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton may meet the secretary of Russia's Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, by the end of summer, Russian …

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Washington's Bolton may meet Russian security official by end of summer - minister

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton may meet the secretary of Russia’s Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, by the end of summer, Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday.<p>U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton attends a news conference in …

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Israel shoots down Syrian warplane as Golan frontier heats up

It said Israel would "continue to operate against" any breach of a 1974 UN armistice deal that established buffer zones on the Golan.<p>Israel worries …

Middle East

Moscow, on U.S. stance on Crimea, says knows worth of such declarations

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday dismissed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo comments that Washington refuses to recognize Russia's claim of sovereignty over Ukraine's Crimea.<p>"We know the worth of such momentous declarations," ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on …

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Merkel meets Russia's head of military staff, Lavrov

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss Syria, the situation in the Middle East and the conflict in Ukraine, Germany’s deputy government spokeswoman said.<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds the annual summer …

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Netanyahu hails Israeli-Russian ties as 'extremely important'

TEL AVIVA, July 23. /TASS/. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who met with visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday called …

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Israel rejects Russian offer to keep Iranian forces 100 km from Golan: official

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Monday rebuffed a Russian offer to keep Iranian forces in Syria at least 100 kilometers from the Golan Heights ceasefire line, an Israeli official said on Monday.<p>The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the issue came up during a meeting between …

Middle East

WashPost: Maria Butina Has Financial Ties to Russian Billionaire

The spy charged with acting as an <b>unregistered agent of Russia, Maria Butina,</b> is connected to a Russian billionaire with U.S. investments in energy …

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Lavrov tells Pompeo: free Russian woman accused in U.S. of espionage

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign minister told his U.S. counterpart on Saturday that a woman arrested in the United States on accusations she was a Russian agent had been detained on "fabricated charges" and should be released.<p>Sergei Lavrov made the comments about Maria Butina in a phone call to …

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Russia’s Top Diplomat Complains to Pompeo About ‘Fabricated Charges’ Against Maria Butina

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to release a Russian woman accused of working as a Kremlin …

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Russia’s Lavrov insists on Butina’s soonest release in talk with Pompeo

MOSCOW, July 21. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov underscored in his telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that …

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Russia Tells Pompeo That U.S. Arrest of Butina Is Unacceptable

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the U.S. arrest of Russian Maria Butina on suspicion of trying to infiltrate Republican circles and …

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Turkey, Netherlands to reappoint ambassadors in couple of months - Cavusoglu

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and the Netherlands will reappoint ambassadors in the next couple of months, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday, after the NATO allies agreed to normalise ties following more than a year of diplomatic tensions.<p>FILE PHOTO: Turkish Foreign Minister …

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YIKES!! Watch the moment DNI Dan Coats FINDS OUT Trump invited Putin to the White House!!

Trump’s Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is suddenly trending today – that’s because, at least in part, because of this moment when he has …

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Russia's Lavrov Cancels Greece Visit in Diplomatic Row | GreekReporter.com

The timing of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov‘s planned visit to Greece this autumn is no longer suitable, Russia’s ambassador to Athens said …

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Russia pushes back Lavrov's Greece visit after diplomatic row: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The timing of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's planned visit to Greece this autumn is no longer suitable, Russia's ambassador to Athens said on Thursday, the TASS news agency reported.<p>Athens said last week it had expelled two Russian diplomats and barred two other people …

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Sergei Lavrov: Reports of Russian Involvement in US Elections 'Nothing New'

Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov sought to tamp down the veracity of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into claims of meddling …

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Russia's Lavrov: trade with Iran will not depend on U.S. 'whim' - Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that other parties to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal had agreed to work out ways of trading with Iran independently of the United States' "whim", Interfax news agency reported.<p>Lavrov said new ways of trading with Iran would be …

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Jordanian foreign minister tells Russia ceasefire needed in southern Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told Russia on Wednesday that political dialogue and a ceasefire were priorities for southern Syria where he said a humanitarian catastrophe risked unfolding.<p>Safadi made the comment after holding talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei …

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