Moscow and Baghdad have been expanding military cooperation, President Vladimir Putin said, and Russia is ready to supply weapons to Iraq to aid the fight against Islamic State militants’ advance in the region, said Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov.
Moscow ‘can’t help thinking’ the recent terrorist attack in Macedonia has something to do with the country’s objection to anti-Russian sanctions and participation in the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, the Russian foreign minister said.
The US, initially strongly behind Kiev, is now telling it to wind down the armed conflict, while the EU also wants the Ukrainian problem to be solved and the sanctions to be gradually lifted, said Martin McCauley, Author and current affairs commentator.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Petro Poroshenko against inciting any new hostilities after the Ukrainian president vowed to win back Donetsk Airport. Kerry was in Sochi for high level talks with President Vladimir Putin and Sergey Lavrov.
Kerry’s trip to Sochi to meet FM Lavrov and President Putin demonstrates that the US is now aware that sanctions they imposed on Russia have failed and they are looking for a way out of the row, says Marcus Papadopoulos, editor of Politics First Magazine.
During talks in Sochi, the Russian foreign minister presented his US counterpart with a Victory Day t-shirt and baskets of potatoes and tomatoes. Looks like an answer to Kerry’s giving him Idaho potatoes in 2014.
The Kremlin has confirmed that US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Tuesday after talks with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the situation in Ukraine, Yemen, Iraq and Syria.
Washington’s strategy is to sow discord throughout the world to keep itself in the loop in every region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Russian media. The Ukrainian crisis was initiated to prevent an alliance between Russia and Germany.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is being interviewed by three major Russian radio stations. RT is exclusively screening the event, also aired by radio stations Sputnik Radio, Echo of Moscow and Moscow Speaks.