Head of Russian delegation to OSCE PA says Ukraine not ready for dialogueRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 25, 5:02
Russian baritone Hvorostovsky cancels concerts due to continuing treatmentSociety & Culture February 25, 3:22
Russian prime minister declares 3rd Winter World Military Games openMilitary & Defense February 24, 22:33
Russia to veto UNSC resolution imposing sanctions on Syria — envoyRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 22:29
Ukrainian MP Savchenko arrives in Donetsk republic to visit Ukrainian prisoners — agencyWorld February 24, 22:25
Russian Defense Ministry surprised over German MPs reaction to Reichstag miniature plansRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 16:32
Iraq's PM orders airstrikes on IS positions in SyriaWorld February 24, 16:09
Nord Stream 2 financing model to be ready by year end - OMVBusiness & Economy February 24, 13:44
Churkin left bright mark in history of Russian diplomacy, Lavrov saysRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 12:20
The UN Security Council on Monday backed Russia’s initiative to bar trade in oil with Islamists in Iraq and Syria.
“We are concerned over reports on illegal oil trading that provides financial support for extremist and radical groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra,” the ministry said.
“The UN Security Council sent out a strong message to warn against any deals with terrorists. Support for terrorists may lead to sanctions,” the ministry said.
The Russian statement also confirms the sovereignty of Syria and Iraq and envisions control over natural resources, the ministry said.
The civil war in Syria has been ongoing for three years. The conflict broke out in March 2011 and has since claimed more than 130,000 lives. Moscow has repeatedly condemned the rise of terrorism in Syria and has urged the international community to take steps towards the peaceful settlement of the conflict.