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FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEY LAVROV’S INTERVIEW WITH ‘PRAVDA’ (SLOVAKIA, AUGUST 28, 2018)

It is important to understand that Russian foreign policy is devoid of ideological colouring and the main criterion, which we use to assess our partners, is the extent of their readiness to promote equitable and mutually beneficial relations with the Russian Federation based on compliance with international law and reciprocal respect for each other’s interests. I would like to emphasise that Russia is open to constructive cooperation with all partners – and not only in Europe – who are willing to meet halfway. Moreover, we are ready to cooperate to an extent, to which our partners would agree.

FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEY LAVROV’S REMARKS AT THE OPENING OF AN EXHIBITION MARKING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DIPLOMATIC COURIER SERVICE (MOSCOW, AUGUST 27, 2018)

Exactly 100 years ago, a diplomatic courier desk was opened at the People's Commissariat of Foreign Affairs. However, as with the diplomatic service itself (our Ministry was founded in 1802, but the Embassy House had been established many centuries before that), the first mention of couriers dates back to 885. I even think that the need for delivery of such correspondence existed still earlier, and there were people whose job was to handle such post.

SUMMER SCHOOL OF RUSSIAN LANGUAGE IN LAGOS

A volunteer from the Association of Russian Compatriots in Nigeria "Russian House" Nadezhda Letova taught a two-week Russian language course for young pupils of a summer language school in the city of Lagos.

PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN’S PRESS-CONFERENCE FOLLOWING BRICS SUMMIT

July 27, 2018, Vladimir Putin made a statement for the press and answered questions from Russian media following a two-day BRICS summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

FOREIGN MINISTRY STATEMENT ON THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES’ PASSING OF THE 2019 DEFENCE BUDGET BILL

We have taken note of the National Defence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2019 passed by the US House of Representatives. This document, in particular, provides for allocating funds to build a space-based echelon for intercepting ballistic missiles. Such actions by US lawmakers do not contribute to a constructive dialogue on strategic stability, or to a favourable atmosphere within the framework of the review process of the destabilising effect on strategic stability and international security.

CONSULTAIONS IN ABUJA BETWEEN ROSATOM STATE CORPORATION AND NIGERIA ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION

July 24, the consultations between the representatives of Rosatom State Corporation and Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission took place in Abuja. Parties discussed technical aspects related to the construction of the Center for Nuclear Research and Technology in Nigeria.