MOSCOW, January 21, 2:21 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is expected to hold a traditional major expanded news conference upon the results of the previous year.
The press service of the Foreign Ministry says more than 220 foreign correspondents and about a hundred Russian reporters have been accredited. Chinese, U.S. and Japanese media have sent the biggest number of correspondents to cover the event.
The start of the news conference has been scheduled for 11:00 hours Moscow Standard Time /07:00 hours GMT/.
“The meeting will be broadcast online at the Foreign Ministry’s website www.mid.ru in Russian, English, and French,” a spokesman said. “Our conference hall is fitted out with WiFi access to the Internet.”
Also, the press center has ensured the telephone lines and faxes.
Quite understandably, the bulk of questions are expected to revolve around Syria and particularly around the Geneva-2 conference, which is due to be held in Montreux, Switzerland, January 22. The Iranian nuclear program Russia’s relations with the U.S. and the EU, and defense of the rights of Russians living abroad
Lavrov has urged the mass media on many occasions to do an unbiased coverage of events in Russia.
“I hope other media, too, will help build up an objective understanding of the steps Russia - and any other state - is taking in the international arena,” he said at one the past meetings. “Actually, that’s one of the purposes we’re meeting here for.