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MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. Russian diplomacy in 2018 will continue to uphold the principles of fair and equitable cooperation and to resist the slide of the world into chaos and confrontation, despite the growing tension around such key international issues as the situation on the Korean Peninsula and a nuclear deal with Iran, as well as a General tendency more and more to rely on military power. This was stated by the foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov on Monday held a press conference.
The main topics raised by the media, was expected – Russia’s relations with the United States, the situation in Syria, Ukraine and the Korean Peninsula, the prospects of SVPD (a Joint comprehensive plan of action on Iran’s nuclear program). Was and unexpected questions, for example, the Finnish journalist about who started the Soviet-Finnish war of 1939-1940. It Lavrov forwarded to historians.
Another unusual question was not of foreign policy, and plans for the future Minister in the upcoming March presidential elections of the Russian Federation. “As for me, I’m not used to doing something, besides to provide the most effective work of our Ministry. This is my main task now,” said he, advised to seek further answers about the formation of the future government in the Constitution.
Big press conference
The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation traditionally in early January, met with reporters. The main theme of the press conference stated summing up the past year. However, the Minister usually pays only a small part of his speech the results of the efforts of Russian diplomacy over the past 12 months and prefer to answer questions from the press, which is interested not in the past Russian foreign policy and its current goals and approaches, plans for the future. This time the introductory part took less than 10 minutes the press conference, which lasted about two and a half hours.