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Russian FM hosts speaker of Libya's east-based parliament

Jul. 3, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat met Friday with the speaker of the parliament based in eastern Libya to discuss a political settlement for the conflict-stricken country. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the start of his talks with parliament speaker Aguila Saleh that Moscow supports a cease-fire...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov listens as Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic speaks during a joint press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, June 18, 2020. Lavrov is on a two-day official visit to Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Moscow sees no need to mediate India-China standoff

Jun. 23, 2020 7:37 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will not be stepping in to mediate between China and India following a deadly border clash in the Himalayas, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday. Sergey Lavrov said after a video call with his Chinese and Indian counterparts that Beijing and New Delhi don't need outside...

FILE - In this June 17, 2020, file photo, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, left, and Muhammed Tahir Siyala, Foreign Minister of Libya's internationally-recognized government, speak at the airport, in Tripoli, Libya. Libya’s eastern-based forces have lost the chance to engage in a political solution to the North African country’s conflict, Turkey's foreign minister said Saturday, June 20, 2020. (Fatih Aktas/Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool, File)

Egyptian president says Libyan city Sirte a 'red line'

Jun. 20, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president Saturday warned that an attempt by Turkey-backed forces in Libya to attack the strategic city of Sirte would cross a “red line" and trigger a direct Egyptian military intervention into the conflict. Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, in televised comments, said Egypt could...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 9, 2020 file photo, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko gives a speech during a military parade that marked the 75th anniversary of the allied victory over Nazi Germany, in Minsk, Belarus. Lukashenko said Friday, June 19 that his government has thwarted plans to destabilize Belarus ahead of a presidential vote in August, a statement that follows the detention of his top challenger, Viktor Babariko, the former head of Russia-owned Belgazprombank.(Sergei Gapon/Pool via AP, File)

Belarus' authoritarian leader claims foreign plot thwarted

Jun. 19, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus said Friday that his government thwarted a foreign-inspired plot to destabilize the ex-Soviet nation before the August presidential election in which he is seeking a sixth term. The claim by President Alexander Lukashenko followed the detention Thursday of...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, shakes hands with Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic after a joint press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, June 18, 2020. Lavrov is on a two-day official visit to Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

With US summit planned, Russia prefers EU-Kosovo mediation

Jun. 18, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russia's foreign minister said Thursday that Moscow will need to approve any solution reached in peace talks between Kosovo and Serbia that have gained momentum after U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy called for a summit between the two former wartime foes in the White...

Czech ambassador to Russia, Vitezslav Pivonka speaks to the media as he leaves the Russia's Foreign Ministry building in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 15, 2020. Russia’s Foreign Ministry says it has expelled two Czech diplomats in a quid pro quo response to Prague’s action amid tensions rooted in differences over history. The ministry said it summoned the Czech ambassador Monday to announce the move, saying the two diplomats must leave Russia by Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russia expels 2 Czech diplomats in quid pro quo move

Jun. 15, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry on Monday ordered two Czech diplomats to leave the country in a quid-pro-quo response to Prague's expulsion of Russian diplomats, amid tensions rooted in differences over history. The ministry said it summoned the Czech ambassador Monday to announce the move, saying...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell addresses an online press conference following an EU-China Strategic Dialogue video meeting with senior Chinese representatives at EU headquarters in Brussels, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Tensions between China and the bloc have risen in recent months, notably over allegations that Beijing might be trying to influence EU officials. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool Photo via AP)

EU rejects any US attempt to invoke Iran nuclear deal

Jun. 9, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top diplomat said Tuesday that since the United States has already withdrawn from an international agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, it can't now use its former membership of the pact to try to impose a permanent arms embargo on the Islamic...

Russia rejects US drive for permanent Iran arms embargo

Jun. 8, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister is accusing the Trump administration of unleashing a politically motivated campaign against Iran and is calling for “universal condemnation” of the U.S. attempt to get the U.N. Security Council to impose a permanent arms embargo against...

FILE  - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, the monument of Soviet World War II commander Ivan Stepanovic Konev is pictured in Prague, Czech Republic. Relations between the Czech Republic and Russia have taken a turn for the worse in a series of disputes over the interpretation of historical events. Three Prague politicians whose recent actions upset Russia have been placed under police protection amid a media report that Russian intelligence services have been plotting to poison them with the deadly toxin ricin. Russia has opened a criminal investigation into Prague's removal of a war memorial to a World War II hero, among other actions that have tested diplomatic ties.  (AP Photo/Petr David Josek/File)

Czech PM: Russian diplomat spread fake report of poison plot

Jun. 5, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic’s spy agency has discovered that a diplomat from the Russian Embassy in Prague spread false information about a Russian assassin arriving to allegedly target the Czech capital’s mayors, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Friday. Babis said the findings of the...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov listens for a journalist's question during his annual roundup news conference in Moscow, Russia. Top diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany discussed ways on Thursday April 30, 2020, to advance peace process for eastern Ukraine, but failed to achieve any tangible progress. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Russia says US leaving overflight treaty will hurt security

May. 26, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Tuesday that the U.S. decision to withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities would erode global security by making it more difficult for governments to interpret the intentions of other nations. President Donald Trump last week...