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UK’s Johnson, on Moscow visit, tells Moscow to stop meddling in Europe

MOSCOW: British foreign minister Boris Johnson told his Russian counterpart on Friday he wanted to talk about difficult subjects such as Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea and what he described as Russia’s destabilizing of the western Balkans. Johnson made the comments at the start of talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during the first visit to Russia by a British foreign minister in five years. Johnson was expected to meet Kremlin critics, students and gay rights activists later on Friday. His…

Russia’s Lavrov says US will not strike North Korea

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday that the United States would not carry out a strike on North Korea because it knows Pyongyang has nuclear bombs. "The Americans won't carry out a strike on (North) Korea because it's not that they suspect, they know for sure that it has nuclear bombs," Lavrov said in an interview with Russia's NTV television aired Sunday. "I'm not defending North Korea, I'm just saying that almost everyone agrees with such an analysis," the Russian diplomat said. North…

Russia rejects reopening Iran deal talks

UNITED NATIONS: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected the idea of reopening negotiations on the Iran nuclear deal on Friday, insisting US concerns about Tehran's behavior can be addressed outside the agreement. US President Donald Trump has threatened to declare Iran to be in breach of the 2015 deal unless it is expanded to punish Iran for pursuing a ballistic missile program and for sponsoring foreign militant groups. But Lavrov, addressing reporters at the UN General Assembly, said such matters are beyond…

Washington tells Russia to close consulate, buildings in US

WASHINGTON: The United States has told Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and two annex buildings in Washington and New York, the State Department said on Thursday, a response to Moscow last month ordering cuts in the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia. The announcement was the latest in tit-for-tat measures between the two countries that have helped to drive relations to a new post-Cold War low, thwarting hopes on both sides that they might improve after U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January.…

Russia warns US against using force over North Korea

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has urged Washington not to use force against North Korea, as tensions surged after the latest missile test by Pyongyang. In a phone call late on Wednesday with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Lavrov "underscored... the need to refrain from any military steps that could have unpredictable consequences," the foreign ministry in Moscow said. Russia's lead diplomat said any attempts to toughen sanctions against North Korea would be "counterproductive and dangerous" while…

South Syria ceasefire ‘globally respected’: Russia

MOSCOW: The ceasefire in south Syria is being "globally respected", Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday, in comments broadcast on Russia television. The zone where the ceasefire was declared had seen "a rapid fall in the level of violence", Lavrov said in Brussels. Russia hoped that trend would continue and that the ceasefire zone would be extended at the next cycle of Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan next month, he added at a news conference with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders. The…