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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Life News television and Izvestia daily, Moscow, 27 October 2014

Minister Sergey Lavrov

Question: Ukraine has just held parliamentary elections. Does Moscow recognise them?

Sergey Lavrov: The elections are being monitored by observers, including OSCE observers, and there are Russian representatives among them. This time, Russia’s Federal Assembly did not send a separate observer team to the elections, so we will wait for the conclusions of the international OSCE team.
The elections seem to be valid, though not in every part of Ukraine. I think Russia will recognise their results as it is critically important for Ukraine to obtain, at long last, a leadership that will not engage in petty infighting and drag the country from east to west and back again, but one that will address real Ukrainian problems. Ukraine needs a government that will think how the nation should regain unity. It needs a government to guarantee an equal status to all Ukrainian citizens irrespective of the language they speak and political convictions they have. No one should be victimised on political and other grounds, as has been the case until recently.

Question: Considering the latest updates, the Verkhovna Rada will be a multi-party house as several political blocs have made it to parliament, including the Radical Party of Oleg Lyashko. You warned in Norway how dangerous ultranationalism is for Europe. How would you explain that bloc’s success?

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Welcoming remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the participants and guests of the 3rd International Conference “Russia and Europe: Topical Issues of Modern International Journalism”

   I heartily welcome the participants and guests of this conference, who have gathered in Vienna to discuss the topical issues of international journalism.

   International relations today have wound up in a turbulence zone. They are characterised by a significant rise in instability and unpredictability. Under these conditions, it is especially important to observe professional ethics standards in the international information field. Attempts to unleash information wars and play without rules only further destabilise the situation, and deepen threats to security and equal cooperation between states and peoples based on mutual respect. There is demand for truly independent, competent and daring journalism, oriented not towards egotistical interests, but towards the need to serve truth and justice.

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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company regarding the birthday of Yevgeny Primakov. Moscow, 28 October 2014

Question: It is generally recognised that with Yevgeny Primakov’s appointment as foreign minister of the Russian Federation, the country’s foreign policy acquired a new identity and consistency, while diplomats regained their dignity. Do you agree with this? What can you say about your work at that time?

Sergey Lavrov: I believe that in the not so distant future, historians will formulate the concept of a Primakov Doctrine. His arrival at the Russian Foreign Ministry brought about a U-turn in the nation's foreign policy: it got out of the rut into which its Western partners had tried to push it after the disintegration of the USSR, and embarked on an independent course. This is the main thing, but certainly not the only thing that Yevgeny Primakov accomplished. He is also the author of our foreign policy principle, which had been followed in the Russian Empire and in the USSR, but disappeared in the post-Soviet era (in the first half of the 1990s), namely, the multi-vector principle, in particular, the striving to develop mutually beneficial relations with all countries that are interested in this, and abandoning the approach where the eastern and southern vectors of Russia’s foreign policy were undervalued.

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