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Lavrov explains Russia's role in Karabakh

Lavrov explains Russia's role in Karabakh

Sergei Lavrov dismissed suggestions that Nagorno-Karabakh be annexed to Russia and said that the status issue needs to be resolved between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Lavrov indicated that there will be a role for the OSCE Minsk Group in resolving the status problem. Lavrov was speaking at the annual marathon new year press conference where he reviewed the work of his ministry in 2020.
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Borrell reaffirms EU support for Moldova

Borrell reaffirms EU support for Moldova

A statement posted on the EEAS website said that Josep Borrell reaffirmed the commitment of the EU to strengthen political association and economic integration with the Republic of Moldova by working in close partnership, on the basis of the ambitious Association Agreement.
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International outrage following the arrest of Navalny on his return to Moscow

International outrage following the arrest of Navalny on his return to Moscow

There has been widespread international condemnation after the Russian authorities arrested opposition politician Alexei Navalny when on Sunday he returned back to Moscow after receiving medical treatment in Germany. Mr Navalny, 44, was detained by police at Moscow Sheremetyevo airport soon after his flight from Germany landed.
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Saudi Arabia and Russia express different positions on Iran during Moscow talks

Saudi Arabia and Russia express different positions on Iran during Moscow talks

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Thursday (14 January) met in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Whilst the two sides emphasised positive trends in their bilateral relations, it was also obvious that there were important differences, not least on Iran.
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'Katyusha' will be played instead of the Russian national anthem at Olympic events

'Katyusha' will be played instead of the Russian national anthem at Olympic events

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne upheld on December 17 WADA’s previous ruling on a number of sanctions against Russian sports. According to the CAS ruling, Russian athletes were deprived of their right to participate in all World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games under the national flag of Russia for the two-year period.
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Putin marks Orthodox Christmas

Putin marks Orthodox Christmas

President Putin said that it is important that the Russian Orthodox Church and other Christian confessions pay tireless attention to issues of moral health of society, strengthening the institution of the family, educating the younger generation, and sincerely care about maintaining interethnic and interreligious dialogue
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Outrage in Kazakhstan after Russian politicians appear to question the country's territorial integrity

Outrage in Kazakhstan after Russian politicians appear to question the country's territorial integrity

Kazakhs are outraged by comments by Russian politicians questioning their country's territorial integrity. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev rejected the assertion that any Kazakh territory was  a "gift from Russia", and said that such "provocative" comments were intended to "spoil" relations between the two neighbours.