Russia to welcome former heads of FIFA and UEFA at 2018 World Cup in MoscowSport October 20, 13:38
Russian, South Korean scientists model properties of perspective material for spintronicsScience & Space October 20, 13:27
Russia stands by promise to deliver six MiG-29 fighter jets to SerbiaMilitary & Defense October 20, 13:09
Press review: Putin's Valdai speech takeaways and Rosneft's Kurdistan oil deals in dangerPress Review October 20, 13:00
Washington’s steps to set up missile defense system undermine strategic stability — LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 20, 12:47
Lavrov urges support for Russian-Chinese settlement plan for Korean PeninsulaRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 20, 12:32
Russia has no plans to join treaty on nuclear weapons prohibition — LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 20, 11:57
US admitting that terrorists use chemical weapons vindicates Damascus — senatorRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 20, 11:33
Kiev police fail to make protesters pack up tents from streetsWorld October 20, 11:31
MOSCOW, October 4. /TASS/. Russia hopes that Spain will manage to overcome a crisis in connection with Sunday’s referendum on independence of Catalonia, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.
Russia and Spain share respect and liking for each other, the diplomat said. "All preconditions exist to see Russian-Spanish cooperation advance on different trajectories despite the political situation," she added.
"Together with the whole world, the Russian Foreign Ministry is following the situation around the Catalan independence referendum," she said. "I must say that we worry a lot about Spain, but this is the internal matter of the Kingdom of Spain," she added. "We hope that Spain will manage to overcome the crisis," the diplomat added.
On Sunday, Catalonia held a referendum on secession from Spain. A total of 90% of voters, or slightly more than 2 million people, said "yes" to Catalonia’s independence. The plebiscite was held under a tense atmosphere as national police and the civil guard undertook efforts to stop the voting, seizing ballot boxes and papers, as ruled by a Spanish court.
Madrid says the vote is illegal, while Barcelona declared already ahead of the vote that the plebiscite will have legitimate weight for the authorities.
The Catalan authorities planned to open about 2,300 polling stations, of which about 300 were closed by law enforcement officials, sparking clashes with the voters. Spanish cops reportedly used rubber bullets and tear gas. According to the Catalan authorities, as many as 844 people were hurt in clashes with police. The Spanish interior ministry, in turn, said that 13 law enforcement officials had been hurt in clashes.