#AceWorldNews MOSCOW April 30 Russian Minister of Foreign…

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 30 – Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov met in Havana with leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro, Russia’s Foreign Ministry official said Wednesday at the close of the Minister’s visit to the Republic.

“The Russian foreign-policy chief was received by Raul Castro, President of the State Council and of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, held talks with Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez, and had an informal conversation with leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro,” the RF
Foreign Ministry official said.

During the meetings, held in a friendly and trust-based atmosphere characteristic of Russo-Cuban relations, the sides exchanged views on the entire spectrum of matters concerning bilateral interaction, including the development of the political dialogue, trade-and-economic, and cultural-and-humanitarian cooperation, and discussed matters of mutual interest that are on the international and regional agendas,” the Ministry official pointed out.

The Cuban leadership, the RF Ministry official noted, “reaffirmed support for Russia’s stand in view of the developments in Ukraine, and categorically declared against ‘double standards’ and sanctions”.

Russian News and Media Sources Reports

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` Russia Looking at Cache of US Weaponry in Ukraine as they Expected Russian Manufactured Weapons ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – April 23 – Russia insists on investigation of reports on involvement of the U.S. private military organization Greystone in the current events in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday in an interview with the Russia Today television channel.

He said the military observers dispatched to Ukraine by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) had admitted the absence of any evidence of the presence of Russian military observers in eastern Ukraine.

They noted only a possibility of the presence there of some kind of military advisers but he said they should continue watching the situation to understand the situation better.

“The only fact the Americans made references to was that the fighters (in eastern Ukraine – Itar-Tass) was the people there were using the weapons of Russian manufacture but everyone in Ukraine uses Russian weaponry, for instance the Kalashnikov assault rifle or the Makarov handgun,” Lavrov said.

“This means a proof of this sort can scarcely be called sufficient.”

He also said reports had come several days ago on discovery of a cache with U.S. weaponry in Ukraine, adding: “

This should necessarily be investigated.”

Tass – VoR – Ria Novorsti

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#AceWorldNews MOSCOW April 23 Interfax Moscow will not…

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 23 (Interfax) – Moscow will not recognize the May 25 election in Ukraine, unless it is held on the basis of a nationwide, inclusive dialogue, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“We will recognize something that would be based on the all-inclusive process,” he said in an interview with the Russia Today television channel, when asked whether Russia will consider the May 25 elections in Ukraine to be legitimate.

“To call an election without finding some common ground with the east and the south of Ukraine I think is very destructive for the country,” the minister said.

At the same time, initially it was expected that the country will not hold the presidential election before conducting its constitutional reform, and this understanding was reflected in the February 21 agreement between Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition, the minister recalled.

Lavrov drew parallels with the situation around the Syrian settlement process. The United States and its Western allies insist that the Syrians hold presidential election after conducting constitutional reform, and this is stipulated in the Geneva communique on Syria, the minister said.

The same is written in the Ukraine agreement signed on February 21, Lavrov said.

Meanwhile, Western countries will consider the May 25 elections in Ukraine legitimate without the prior constitutional reform, he said.

The same people who are saying that the presidential election in Syria will not be legitimate without a constitutional reform will recognize the legitimacy of the May 25 elections, Lavrov said.

The U.S. is trying to make Russia responsible for settling international crises, and not just the Ukrainian one, he said.

“The Iranian issue depends on Russia alone, Syria depends on Russia alone… Now Ukraine depends entirely on Russia. I would say it is an absolutely unrealistic approach and an attempt to hide your own responsibility,” said the Russian foreign minister.

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#AceWorldNews UKRAINE April 21 In keeping with the…

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 21 – In keeping with the Geneva agreement, Ukraine is working out measures to de-escalate tensions in the east of the country, acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia said.

“We meet in the four-party format every day, with the participation of the leadership of the mission of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to work out measures towards de-escalation of the situation in the eastern part of Ukraine,” he said.

However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier in the day that the Ukrainian authorities were not complying with the Geneva agreement.

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#AceWorldNews UKRAINE April 18 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey…

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 18 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have held a phone conversation and agreed to continue talks on the settlement of the Ukraine crisis.

The diplomats discussed possibilities for international assistance in the normalization of the situation in the country following yesterday’s four-party talks in Geneva, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Ukrainian authorities must implement the Geneva deal immediately and in full, including putting an end to violent actions and the launching of a national dialogue on constitutional reform, which is to include key regions and major political forces.

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` Troops are being Mobilised into an Army by an illegitimate Decree to Crack Down on Mass Protests ‘

#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – April 17 – PRESS RELEASE – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after a four-party meeting on Ukraine on Thursday the Ukrainian servicemen had been mobilized into the army by an illegitimate decree to crack down on mass protests.

“As for our servicemen, they are staying in their territory. Your army which is carrying out mobilization is also doing it in its territory. The only difference is that our troops do not fight against their own people while yours have been, in fact, been mobilized by an illegal order to crack down on mass protests,” Lavrov told a Ukrainian journalist who had asked the minister about alleged concentration of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine.

“As for Crimea, it no longer has any bearing on this matter.

The people of Crimea made their choice and we recognized it.

We are not building up our armed forces there. We have a base (in Crimea) where servicemen and sailors do their regular service. Their strength does not exceed the numbers required to ensure the base’s normal functioning,” Lavrov said.

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` Four-Party Meeting on Ukraine with Russia, the United States and the European Union Was held in Geneva ‘

#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – April 16 – PRESS RELEASE – The Geneva statement adopted at a four-party meeting on Ukraine on Thursday, April 17, calls for a national dialogue in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after the talks.

“It calls for an immediate commencement of a broad national dialogue which must be inclusive, transparent and accountable,” he said.

Lavrov stressed that measures to disarm illegal armed groups and free seized buildings would apply to all regions of Ukraine without exception.

“The measures we have stated concern all regions of Ukraine without exception and all problematic questions without exception,” he said.

He said that decisions on Ukraine must be acceptable for all Ukrainians. “Decisions must be mutually acceptable for all Ukrainians as this is a guarantee of stability of the Ukrainian state with due regard for the linguistic peculiarities of different regions of the country,” he said.

The minister said Russia would support the work of the OSCE Monitoring Mission in Ukraine in order to foster dialogue between all sides involved in the conflict.

“We urge the special monitoring mission of the OSCE to play a leading role, in accordance with its mandate, in assisting Ukrainians and the Kiev authorities in carrying out measures to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine. We will support the work of this mission to foster dialogue between the sides in order to unblock the situation step by step,” Lavrov said.

“We have agreed to meet in different formats,” he added.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the parliament-appointed Ukrainian acting Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia took part in the meeting.

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#AceBreakingNews GENEVA April 17 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei…

#AceBreakingNews – GENEVA – April 17 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after the four-party meeting on Ukraine on Thursday that Russia did not intend to send troops to the territory of friendly Ukraine.

“We do not have the slightest desire to send troops to Ukraine.

That contradicts Russia’s vital interests,” Lavrov stressed, adding Russia was not going to increase the number of its troops in Crimea.

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#AceWorldNews GENEVA April 16 more soon #ANS2014

#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – April 16. more soon ………………………….

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Four-party meeting has approved a document on descalation of tension in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

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#AceBreakingNews UKRAINE April 14 LATEST On Monday afternoon…

#AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE – April 14 – LATEST – On Monday afternoon White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed that CIA Director John Brennan visited Ukrainian capital Kiev over the weekend and met with high-ranked Ukrainian officials.

The CIA had already dismissed these accusations as “completely false”, but did not disclose whether its chief had actually been to Kiev – until now.

“We don’t normally comment on the CIA director’s travel but given the extraordinary circumstances in this case and the false claims being levelled by the Russians at the CIA we can confirm that the director was in Kiev as part of a trip to Europe,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had also demanded an explanation about the nature of the visit.

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#AceBreakingNews MOSCOW April 14 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei…

#AceBreakingNews – MOSCOW – April 14 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urges Paris as one of guarantors of February 21 accords to prevent authorities in Kiev from using force or sending army against protesters in Slavyansk and other Ukrainian cities.

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#AceBreakingNews MOSCOW April 13 TASS Russian Foreign Minister…

#AceBreakingNews – MOSCOW – April 13 – (TASS) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is expected to visit China April 15 where he will discuss preparations for Vladimir Putin’s visit to that country, as well as the situation in Ukraine, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday.

“In Beijing, Minister Lavrov will hold a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping and will have talks with Foreign Minister Wang Yi,” it said. “One of the main objectives of his trip there is to prepare President Vladimir Putin’s visit.”

“Special attention will be paid to the situation in Ukraine,” the report said. “It is well known that China’s position is marked by objectiveness and balance and a demonstration of understanding of a full combination of factors – including the historical ones – that brought about a new reality in that region,” the ministry said.

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#AceWorldNews KIEV April 12 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei…

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 12 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had a talk by phone with Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrei Deshchitsa, the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

They discussed preparation for the Geneva meeting of the Russian, EU, US and Ukrainian foreign ministers, planned for April 17, the press service said.

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#AceBreakingNews MOSCOW April 11 In his telephone conversation…

#AceBreakingNews – MOSCOW, April 11 – In his telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on the United States to use its influence on the Kiev authorities to make them refrain from the use of force and push towards a dialogue with representatives from Ukrainian regions.

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` African Nation could have its own Satellite Communication System within 3 years under a Russian-Angolan Project ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 08 – According to Tass and Africa sources a Russian-Angolan joint project to build and launch Angola’s national communication system Angosat, the first satellite operated by an African nation, will be implemented in three years, Foreign Minister Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti said on Tuesday after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

“We have launched the project,” Chikoti said. “A team of specialists is formed at the moment to work on this project. It is necessary to create certain conditions in the country to start implementing it. I think we will do everything necessary within three years to make the project work.”

In the press-release back in 2009 the spokesman said AngoSat will have 15 years of life and will serve to support national infrastructures of telecommunications and terrestrial digital television all over the country.
It will enable the coverage in Africa, Europe, in C band, and the Southern Africa, in particular, in Ku band.
The document was signed by the deputy minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Aristides Safeca, and by the acting chairperson of the Russian firm Rosoboronexport, Vassili Ivanov. Source: ANGOP 6/26/09

With this recent tie-up with Russia and Angola this could bring the project one step closer to fruition, or at least by 2017.

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#AceWorldNews MOSCOW April 04 #ANS2014

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 04

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Moscow does not and cannot have anything to do with case over the snipers who spotted and killed people on Kiev’s Independence Square in February, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

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` US Diplomat ` Howard Solomon ‘ Receives a Request from the `Commissioner’ for ` Human Rights ‘ over Treatment of Yaroshenko ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 02 – United States Minister-Counsellor Howard Solomon was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, April 2, to hear a protest over the situation concerning Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who has been sentenced to a long prison term in the United States.

The Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human-rights, democracy and the rule of law Konstantin Dolgov, who presented the protest, stressed that “the conditions in the prison where our fellow citizen is held remain a matter of serious concern to us”.

“We have received Yaroshenko’s letter addressed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, which indicates that the Russian citizen is not getting proper medical care in connection with the serious ailments he has acquired as a result of tortures during the arrest in Liberia and the treatment in American penitentiary institutions which does not correspond to international standards,” the protest said.

Yaroshenko recently had a severe bout of an infection and viral disease, during which he felt a sharp pain in the heart, which has been recurring over and over again since then.

His requests for medical help were ignored by the prison administration.

US authorities agree to urgent medical examination of Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko

MOSCOW, February 17, 22:19 – TASS – The American authorities have agreed to allow an urgent medical examination of Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who has been sentenced in the United States to a long prison on drug smuggling charges.

MOSCOW, September 30 – RAPSI. Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who was sentenced in the United States to 20 years in prison on charges of attempted narcotics smuggling, has appealed his sentence, according to the documents available to the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI).

The sentence was appealed in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prosecutors maintain that Yaroshenko accepted U.S. agents’ proposal to carry four tonnes of cocaine from South America to Africa and on to the United States. He arrived to Liberia in May 2010 to discuss his fee with his Colombian partners. He was offered $4.5 million for cocaine transportation from Venezuela to Liberia and $1.8 million more for its delivery to Nigeria and Ghana, from where part of the drugs were to be taken to the United States.

According to the documents, prosecutors allege that the pilot agreed. He was then seized in a sting operation the same month and soon extradited to the United States.

Yaroshenko pleaded not guilty. However, the jury found him guilty in April. The court sentenced him to 20 years in prison in September.

Russia has expressed its concern over the sentence. The Foreign Ministry will seek Yaroshenko’s repatriation, ministry spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich said.

Russian News and Media Sources

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` Kerry and Lavrov and `How to Solve the Crisis ‘ in the `Ukraine ‘ Working Together – Outcome of Talks ‘

#AceWorldNews – PARIS – March 31 – Russia and the United States have agreed to look for points of contact for a settlement of the crisis situation in Ukraine.Such a statement has been made in Paris on Monday by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the close of talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

“We have held intensive talks, primarily on the crisis in Ukraine,” Lavrov said.

“We expressed differing points of view on its causes but agreed to look for points of contact in efforts towards a settlement of the situation in Ukraine”.

Both sides, the Minister went on to say, made their proposals on how to achieve a de-escalation of the situation.

“We agreed to work with the Ukrainian government, with the Ukrainian people in a broad sense (of the worked) in order to press for such priority measures as ensuring the rights of national minorities, language rights, the disarming of provocaters, the effectuation of a constitutional reform, and the holding of free and honest elections under an unbiased international supervision,” Sergei Lavrov said.

TASS – VoR – Russian News –

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` No Official Notification has Arrived in `Moscow ‘ about `European Union ‘ plans to `Issue Visa’s to Crimean Resident’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 30 (Interfax) – No official notification has arrived in Moscow about the European Union’s plans to issue Schengen visas to residents of Crimea exclusively through Kyiv, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“No decision has been made yet, as far as I know. But speculation of this sort has gotten round, in a rather original manner, I would say.

Some claim that rules should be introduced, requiring each Crimean applicant for the Schengen visa to travel to Ukraine, visit the consular service and get the visa after producing the Ukrainian passport,” Lavrov said in an interview with the Voskresnoye Vremya program on Russia’s Channel One.

“Statements are also being made that European Union travellers can visit Ukraine without a visa and that Ukraine has unilaterally offered the visa-free regime to European Union countries.

But the visa regime holds for Crimea,” he said.

“Such approaches are being discussed publicly and seriously,” Lavrov said.

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` RFM ` Sergey Lavrov has Stated in an Interview with Channel One ‘ that `Russia ‘ has information about `Right Sector ‘ Sniper’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 30 – Russia has some information about Ukrainian far-right movement Right Sector involved in the shooting of snipers in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Sunday

Time programme anchored by Irada Zeinalova on Channel One on Sunday.

Pettiness of foreign sponsors of new authorities in Kiev is astonishing, he added.

“We have some information about it. We shared our concerns and suspicions. I cannot affirm with absolute determination, but there is a good deal of facts that point to this.

Certainly, it is needed to recheck them. I hope that an investigation which current Ukrainian leaders announced will be finalised and will not be swept under carpet,” Lavrov noted.

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