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Russia, Saudi Arabia seal key oil deal

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:15 PM

(UPDATED) Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit follows attacks on Saudi oil installations that Riyadh and Washington have blamed on Moscow ally Tehran

PUTIN IN SAUDI ARABIA. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L), Saudi Brigadier General Yussef Saleh al-Salim (2nd L), Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi King Salman, during a welcome ceremony in Riyadh on October 14, 2019. AFP PHOTO / SAUDI ROYAL PALACE / BANDAR AL-JALOUD

Trump told Russian officials he wasn't concerned by interference – report

Sep 28, 2019 - 2:03 PM

Trump makes the previously unreported comments during the same May 2017 Oval Office meeting in which he revealed highly classified information on ISIS

UNCONCERNED. US President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he walks to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, July 5, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Russia tells Iran 'not to give in to emotions' in nuclear standoff

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia will do everything to help preserve the Iran nuclear accord

ON IRAN DEAL. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at a briefing during a meeting with members of the Association of European Businesses in Moscow on October 31, 2017. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

U.S. does 'not seek a war with Iran' – Pompeo

May 15, 2019 - 3:04 AM

Pompeo's comments come during his first official visit to Russia, a key backer of Tehran

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a meeting with Russian President at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi on May 14, 2019. Photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

Russia, Japan say differences remain over disputed islands

May 10, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The territorial dispute centers on 4 islands, between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean, seized by the Soviet army in the last days of World War II

'SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES.' Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) speaks with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) during their meeting in Moscow on May 10, 2019. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Russia vows more support for 'friend' Maduro, including aid

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his allies – including Russia – have accused the United States of attempting to carry out a coup against his government

ALLIES. In this file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and his Venezuelan counterpart Delcy Rodriguez enter a hall during a meeting in Moscow on February 6, 2017. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Russia, Turkey agree to coordinate on Syria after U.S. pullout

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:34 PM

(UPDATED) Russian Foreign Minister Sergie Lavrov says an 'understanding was reached' between military representatives of Russia and Turkey

COORDINATION. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says his country and Turkey will coordinate ground operations in Syria. Photo by AFP

Russia raises North Korea sanctions at UN Security Council

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Russia requests for a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council

SECURITY COUNCIL. This file photo shows a view of the UN Security Council, the most powerful and exclusive organ of the United Nations. UN file photo/JC McIlwaine

Russia 'skeptical' over UN Syrian crimes against humanity report

Jun 21, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The report says forces loyal to the Syrian government had deliberately starved civilians during the siege between February and April, among other crimes.

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a press conference after his meeting with UN Secretary General in Moscow on June 21, 2018. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Russia brushes off possibility of G8 return

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:30 PM

Russia is 'working fine in other formats' such as the Group of 20, says Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Pyongyang

May 31, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Lavrov is paying a visit to North Korea for the first time since 2009

DIPLOMACY. North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho (3rd R) talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang on May 31, 2018. Photo by Kim Won-Jin/AFP

Iran foreign minister in Moscow as Russia moves to save nuclear deal

May 14, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Iranian state television Irib shows images of Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow, saying he had arrived in Russia at 4 am (01:00 GMT) on Monday. A Russian foreign ministry spokesman confirms Zarif would meet Russia's Sergei Lavrov on Monday morning.

FOREIGN MINISTER. Iran Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talks with the Belgian Foreign minister before their meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Russia, Turkey, Iran stress unity at Syria talks

Apr 28, 2018 - 1:39 PM

(UPDATED) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the 3 countries 'must help the Syrians finish cleansing their country of terrorists'

SYRIA CRISIS. In this file photo, the former rebel Syrian town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus is seen on April 17, 2018 after the Syrian army declared that all anti-regime forces have left Eastern Ghouta, following a blistering two-month offensive on the rebel enclave. AFP/STRINGER

Russia to expel 60 US diplomats, close a US consulate

Mar 30, 2018 - 9:35 AM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announces the expulsions on Thursday, March 29

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R), flanked by newly-appointed Russian ambassador Gennady Gatilov, addresses the UN disarmament conference on February 28, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Kremlin rejects 'unfounded accusations,' ultimatums over poisoning row

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:21 PM

'Moscow does not accept unfounded accusations that are not based on evidence and a language of ultimatums,' Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says

Russia warns of reprisals if UK acts over spy attack

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insists 'Russia is not guilty,' saying it is ready to cooperate with Britain but complaining that its request for samples of the nerve agent has been rejected

ESPIONAGE. A police officer stand in front of a cordon in front of The Mill pub in Salisbury, southern England, on March 11, 2018, as investigations continue in connection with the major incident sparked after a man and a woman were apparently poisoned in a nerve agent attack a week ago. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

U.S. training Europeans to use nukes against Russia – Lavrov

Feb 28, 2018 - 11:38 PM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insists 'the presence of ready-for-use US tactical nuclear weapons in Europe is not just remanents of the Cold War, but clearly an aggressive stance'

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R), flanked by newly-appointed Russian ambassador Gennady Gatilov, addresses the UN disarmament conference on February 28, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Moscow calls US vote meddling claims 'blabber', 'fantasies'

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:21 PM

(2nd UPDATE) 'So as long as we don't see facts, everything else is blabber,' says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Cambodian counterpart in Moscow on October 3, 2016.  File photo by Natalia Kolesnikova /AFP

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

Jan 15, 2018 - 8:31 PM

'In fact they (the United States) do not want to recognize the reality of the emerging multipolar world,' Lavrov says at a press conference where relations with the United States proved to be the dominant topic

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gives his annual press conference in Moscow on January 15, 2018.  Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Lavrov, Tillerson discuss need for urgent North Korea negotiations

Dec 27, 2017 - 8:58 AM

'The sides were united in the opinion that nuclear missile projects in North Korea violate the demands of the UN Security Council,' says the Russian foreign ministry after the two men spoke by telephone

NEGOTIATIONS. In this file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Moscow, Russia, on April 12, 2017. State Department photo/ Public Domain

Britain's Johnson seeks to thaw Russia ties during Moscow trip

Dec 22, 2017 - 6:34 PM

(UPDATED) While the visit could signal an improvement in relations, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he holds out little hope that ties could undergo a full-blown transformation

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is pictured at the British Chambers of Commerce conference in London on February 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

Lavrov says U.S. has no proof of Russian vote meddling

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:40 AM

Instead, the Russian foreign minister suggests the allegations had been invented by ex-US president Barack Obama's 'small-hearted and vengeful' administration

'NO PROOF.' Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the US doesn't have any proof that Russia interfered in the 2016 US elections. File photo by Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP

China, Russia urge end to North Korea vicious cycle

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov urges all parties to seek a 'peaceful resolution' to the current stand-off with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. KCNA via KNS / AFP

Tillerson meets Russia's Lavrov ahead of UN assembly

Sep 18, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova tells a reporter that 'the meeting was on cooperation in Syria crisis Middle East issues and Minsk agreement'

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) exits the Russian Permanent Mission to the UN following a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on September 17, 2017 in New York. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

Russia's Lavrov warns risk of North Korea escalation 'very high'

Aug 11, 2017 - 11:04 PM

I believe the risks are very high especially considering this rhetoric when direct threats of using force are voiced Lavrov says at a youth forum in the Vladimir region east of Moscow

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Cambodian counterpart in Moscow on October 3, 2016.  Photo by Natalia Kolesnikova /AFP

Indonesia to barter palm oil, coffee for Russian fighter jets

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:51 PM

The agreement comes as Russia faces sanctions from the EU and the US for alleged meddling in the US presidential election and its annexation of Ukraine s Crimea

RUSSIAN JETS. Indonesia plans to barter its top commodities with Russia, in exchange for fighter jets. JAPAN OUT AFP PHOTO / DEFENSE MINISTRY VIA JIJI PRESS

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U.S., Russia agree on ceasefire in southwest Syria

Jul 08, 2017 - 10:03 AM

The agreement includes areas that have seen Israel retaliate for stray fire into the Israeli occupied Golan Heights from recent clashes between Syrian regime forces and rebel fighters

FIRST MEETING. US President Donald Trump (C-R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C-L) hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Russia's Lavrov says 'no facts' on Chechnya gay persecution

May 31, 2017 - 7:19 AM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insists there are no facts in reports about the persecution of gay men in Chechnya

In this file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Cambodian counterpart in Moscow on October 3, 2016. Photo by Natalia Kolesnikova /AFP

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May 26, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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Goverment troops prepare to assault members of the Maute group in Marawi City on May 25, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Russia ready to help in Duterte's drug war

May 25, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov tells Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano that Moscow is willing to help Manila fight drugs and terrorism

Foreign Affairs Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to convey the message of gratitude from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin at the Minister's office in Moscow, Russia on May 25, 2017. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Putin 'ready to provide recording' of Lavrov-Trump exchange

May 17, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Putin mocks the idea that Trump went off script to share secrets with the Russians saying he could issue a reprimand to Lavrov since he hasn t passed on the information

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister following their meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi on May 17, 2017.   Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Trump accused of asking FBI to stop Flynn probe

May 17, 2017 - 10:23 AM

The latest allegation against the US president who is also under fire for divulging top secret information to a top Russian official adds to a mounting perception of an administration in a perpetual state of chaos

TRUMP AND FLYNN. This file photo taken on February 06, 2017 shows National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (L) and US President Donald Trump (R) upon arrival at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida to visit the US Central Command and Specials Operations Command. File photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP

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White House fumes after Moscow releases Trump meeting photos

May 12, 2017 - 7:35 AM

The images show a grinning Trump shaking hands with Sergei Lavrov and the Russian ambassador in Washington Sergei Kislyak during an Oval Office meeting

Russia and climate change follow Tillerson to Arctic

May 11, 2017 - 1:42 PM

America s top diplomat is in Fairbanks Alaska to chair a meeting of the 8 nation Arctic Council a policy forum for countries with territory in the great white north

TRAVELING SECRETARY. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a photo posted by the US State Department Twitter account. Photo courtesy US State Department

Trump urges Russia to rein in Syrian ally

May 10, 2017 - 11:17 PM

UPDATED US President Donald Trump brushes aside concerns over his wooing of Russia and lays on a White House welcome for Moscow s top diplomat to seek help to end the war in Syria

AT THE OVAL OFFICE. A handout photo made available by the Russian Foreign Ministry on May 10, 2017 shows US President Donald J. Trump (R) speaking with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout/AFP

Trump defies critics after sacking FBI director

May 10, 2017 - 10:48 PM

US President Donald Trump appears to dig in his heels as he meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House

File Photo by Mandel Ngan/ AFP

Russian FM presses Tillerson over Syria probe

Apr 22, 2017 - 10:47 AM

Sergei Lavrov and Rex Tillerson have agreed to examine again a possibility of opening an objective probe into this incident under the auspices of the [Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons]

TILLERSON AND LAVROV. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Images from Wikipedia.

Russia slams watchdog probe of alleged Syria chemical attack

Apr 14, 2017 - 10:17 PM

We consider it unacceptable to analyze events from a distance says Russia s foreign minister in criticizing the OPCW

U.S., Russia must agree on Syria – UN envoy

Apr 12, 2017 - 11:38 PM

Special envoy Staffan de Mistura s appeal comes as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov following US missile strikes in Syria

AGREE ON SYRIA PEACE. UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks as part of the Intra-Syrian peace talks at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, on March 3, 2017. File photo by Philippe Desmazes/ AFP

Tillerson meets Lavrov after war of words over Syria

Apr 12, 2017 - 6:34 PM

Tillerson says he wants a very open candid and frank exchange as the two men try to figure each other out during the first visit to Russia by a senior member of US President Donald Trump s administration

TILLERSON AND LAVROV. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Images from Wikipedia.

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US Secretary of State Tillerson to visit Russia April 11-12 –Moscow

Apr 05, 2017 - 10:49 PM

The State Department confirms the visit and says Tillerson will discuss Ukraine counterterrorism efforts bilateral relations and other issues including the DPRK North Korea and Syria

VISITING RUSSIA. Rex Tillerson smiles during a discussion organized by the Economic Club of Washington on the energy innovations that have led to a new era of energy abundance for North America in Washington, DC on March 12, 2015. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Fearing hackers, Russia's top diplomat leaves phone at home

Mar 09, 2017 - 10:20 PM

I myself try not to bring any phones to talks regarding sensitive issues Lavrov says at a press conference in Moscow At least I seem to have managed not to get into any unpleasant situations for now

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Cambodian counterpart in Moscow on October 3, 2016. File photo by Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP

Britain's Johnson to visit Russia for talks

Mar 04, 2017 - 8:55 PM

A Foreign Office spokeswoman says the visit is not a return to business as usual adding Britain s approach to Russia is engage but beware

RUSSIA VISIT. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is pictured at the British Chambers of Commerce conference in London on February 28, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Truce accord from Monday in eastern Ukraine – Russian FM

Feb 19, 2017 - 1:04 AM

UPDATED The agreement also concerns the start of the withdrawal of heavy arms in eastern Ukraine Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov adds