Russian Federation calls on Japan to recognize outcome of World War Two

Kremlin mocks notion that Trump could have worked for Russia

Kremlin mocks notion that Trump could have worked for Russia

Asked if Russia could release the minutes of Mr Trump's one-on-one negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr Lavrov dismissed the idea, saying it defied the basic culture of diplomacy.

"What kind of nonsense are you asking about?" Mr Ushakov snapped when asked if Mr Trump was a Russian agent. "It has reached such a scale that it's awkward to even talk about it". "How can the USA president be an agent of another country?"

Mr Ushakov noted that Russia-US relations were now at a level that "can't be worse".

During the 2016 election, Trump's campaign had numerous contacts with Russians.

Lavrov said the investigation into Whelan continued and his detention was not motivated by any desire to try to exchange him for Russian citizens held in the United States.

David Whelan said in a Wednesday statement that according to diplomatic staff members from Ireland, conditions were good in the Moscow prison where his brother was detained. The U.S. has said it will withdraw from the INF pact February 2, after the expiry of a 60-day deadline for Russia to stop alleged violations, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday after talks with American officials in Geneva. He said the US negotiators stonewalled the offer, repeating Washington's demand that Russian Federation destroys the weapon it claimed violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

The treaty bans development, testing and deployment of land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 500-5500 kilometers (310-3140 miles).

Russia's foreign minister says that the US has ignored Moscow's proposal to inspect a Russian missile that Washington says has violated a nuclear arms treaty.

"Our questions why the Americans don't want to examine our proposals and get first-hand information about specific parameters of the missile were left unheard", he said.

Jeremy Corbyn: Confidence vote ‘soon’ but Brexit plan later
A narrower defeat and the bloc may look at fresh ways of making the deal palatable to get it across the finish line in Parliament. MPs, she said, should respect the results of the 2016 referendum in which 52 per cent of voters backed leaving the EU.

Paul Whelan, an American man accused of spying in Russian Federation, was caught "red-handed" in his hotel, according to the country's foreign minister.

Russian Federation is defending its detention of a U.S. Marine veteran by claiming he was "caught in the act" of spying.

Mr Lavrov rejected claims Russian authorities could have arrested Mr Whelan in order to swap him for one of the Russians held in the USA, saying "we don't do such things".

The Syrian regime must take control over the country's north, the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said yesterday.

Whelan holds citizenship from U.S., Britain, Ireland and Canada, and Lavrov said Russian Federation will allow consular visits.

Speaking on other issues, Lavrov insisted that Moscow isn't taking any sides in the controversy over Britain's exit from the European Union.

Lavrov also praised the close cooperation and coordination between Moscow and Beijing in global affairs, including within BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the United Nations, as well as harmonizing the Eurasian Economic Union with the Belt and Road Initiative.

The islands are known as the Southern Kuriles in Russian Federation and the Northern Territories in Japan, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has launched a diplomatic campaign to strike a deal with Moscow.

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