Russia: Lavrov criticises Ukraine raids on Russian state media outlet

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticised Ukrainian raids on the offices of a Russian state media outlet in Kiev, during a press conference with his Filipino counterpart Alan Peter Cayetano in Moscow on Tuesday. On Tuesday, the Kiev office of Russian news agency RIA Novosti was raided by the Security Service of Ukraine. Earlier in the day, head of the bureau Kirill Vyshynsky was also... Еще detained. “This situation is far from the first one in which Ukrainian authorities either turn a blind eye to the violence of neo-Nazi thugs who try to hinder Russian journalists’ work in Ukraine or they themselves put restraints on their work which is what happened,” he said. Talking about the US withdrawal from the JCPAO, Lavrov said that “our European colleagues tell us that they are ready not to be dependent on the USA in their trade ties with Iran and will endeavour to take some compensatory measures. “We will have to see how unwavering European states will be at this time because there were cases when they succumbed to Washington's concessions to the apparent detriment of their own legitimate interests,” he said, concluding “one thing is obvious — by withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action the USA lost all their rights towards this document.” During the meeting the two ministers agreed “on specific steps” to be taken “with the Philippines during upcoming UN forums both in the socio-economic sphere and human rights sphere.” The Filipino minister thanked Lavrov for the military hardware Russia had provided the country. “It helps us greatly and helped our armed forces at the time we needed it most. I also reiterate our sincere gratitude to humanitarian relief assistance provided by Russian EMERCOM in January 2018 for the displaced families in Marawi,” he said.

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