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Comment by the Information and Press Department on the humanitarian situation in Yemen

It is our strongly held view that so long as the bloody internal political conflict in Yemen involving the Saudi-led ‘coalition’ continues, the humanitarian problems facing peaceful Yemenis will continue to worsen. The people of Yemen are literally struggling to survive against a sea and air blockade, mass famine and epidemics.

In this regard, we took note of the so-called ‘march for bread’ on April 19, in which many thousands of people set off from Sana’s for the port of Al Hudaydah, currently the only open ‘window’ to Yemen. Upon arriving in the evening of April 24, the participants of this humanitarian, non-political rally declared Al Hudaydah ‘a humanitarian zone.’ This circumstance has special significance in the context of the information we are receiving about the plans of the forces loyal to President of Yemen Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to seize the city.

We see the ‘march for bread’ as a sign of the desperation of Yemeni citizens, an attempt not only to save Al Hudaydah from destruction, but also to draw the attention of the wider international community to the catastrophic socioeconomic situation in the country.

For our part, we reiterate our deep concern over the plight of the people of Yemen. We call upon the international community to render urgent humanitarian assistance to Yemen, and to take urgent steps to end the armed confrontation and resume an intra-Yemen negotiation process that reflects the interests of all political forces in Yemen.

Foreign Ministry Press and Information Department comment following a ruling by the UN International Court of Justice

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On April 19, the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered a ruling on Ukraine’s demands for measures against Russia regarding the application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

The court ruled without a vote that the claims made by Ukraine against Russia with regard to the convention on financing terrorism lack evidence and there is therefore no ground for interim measures.  

The court also called on all parties to the dispute to implement in full the Minsk Agreements, recalling that these agreements were approved and signed by representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk in particular, a fact that Ukraine attempts to deny.

With regard to the convention on eliminating racial discrimination, the court did not support any of the interim measures Ukraine demanded and did not support Kiev’s claims that Russia is allegedly carrying out a policy of “erasing the cultural identity of the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar communities.” The court saw no reason for a number of Ukraine’s accusations, such as supposed ethnically motivated abductions, killings and detentions in Crimea, persecution of the media and public organisations, bans on Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars holding meetings and public events, or no access to education in the Crimean Tatar language. 

The court supported three interim measures regarding the convention on the elimination of racial discrimination: A measure concerning access to education in the Ukrainian language; a measure on possibilities for Crimean Tatars to have their own representative institutions; and a third measure calling on both Ukraine and Russia to refrain from any action that could exacerbate the dispute.  

It is important that the court has taken a principled stand and did not support Ukraine’s claims about supposed ‘aggression’ and ‘occupation’, and on the status of Crimea as a matter not relevant to the substance of the dispute.   

Joint Communiqué on the Meeting of BRICS Special Envoys on Middle East, Visakhapatnam, April 12, 2017

BRICS Special Envoys on Middle East expressed their concern about internal crises that have emerged in a number of states in the region in recent years. They firmly advocated that these crises should be resolved in accordance with the international law and UN Charter, without resorting to force or external interference and through establishing broad national dialogue with due respect for independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the countries of the region. The participants emphasized the legitimacy of the aspirations of the peoples of the region to enjoy full political and social freedoms and for respect to human rights.

They strongly condemned recent several attacks, against some BRICS countries, including that in the Russian Federation. BRICS members stand for consolidating international efforts to combat the global threat of terrorism. They stressed that counter-terrorism measures should be undertaken on the firm basis of international law under the aegis of the UN and its Security Council.

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Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with South African Deputy Minister of International Relations Nomaindiya Mfeketo

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On April 11, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa Nomaindiya Mfeketo on the sidelines of the consultative meeting of BRICS special representatives for the Middle East in Visakhapatnam, India.

During their sincere talks, the parties discussed certain important issues for further development of the traditionally friendly relations between Russia and South Africa. This included the intensification of political dialogue and the strengthening of coordination of Russian and South African international approaches, including within BRICS and G20.

They also reviewed the task of increasing effective cooperation between Russia and the African Union, as well as other sub-regional African organisations, primarily the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The parties exchanged views on the situation emerging in Libya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, Burundi, Zimbabwe, the Sahara-Sahel zone, the Republic of South Sudan, and the African Horn. They stressed the need to settle conflicts in Africa by peaceful means on the basis of firm adherence to the principles of international law and the charters of the African Union and the United Nations. 

Press release on the exchange of messages of greetings between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and South Africa

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa Maite Nkoana-Mashabane have exchanged messages on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries marked on February 28. In their messages, they noted that the friendly relations between Russia and South Africa have deep roots and have advanced to the level of strategic partnership over the past 25 years.

The ministers highly assessed trust-based political dialogue between their countries and their fruitful cooperation at the UN, BRICS and G20. They also expressed their countries’ resolve to further strengthen bilateral trade and economic, scientific, technological, cultural and other forms of cooperation.

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