First Deputy PM: Western investors in Davos believe 2017 will be good year for RussiaBusiness & Economy January 20, 15:49
Kremlin says Syrian army keeps plans to liberate Palmyra from Islamic StateRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 15:43
India plans to install Russian security system at Maharashtra portMilitary & Defense January 20, 15:32
Lavrov on IS destroying Palmyra monuments: barbarians are barbariansRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 15:24
Russia hopes Trump administration will send Mideast expert to Astana talksRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 15:18
Top diplomat: Main task in Syrian settlement is to resume talks, involve armed oppositionRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 15:11
Russian expert predicts Trump will adopt more pragmatic approach on Syria policyRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 15:01
Federation Council may consider ratification of Turkish Stream agreement on February 1Business & Economy January 20, 14:54
Kremlin spokesman: 'Trump is not our guy, he is America's'Russian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 14:52
MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. Russia will seek legally binding guarantees on non-use of force at talks on Transcaucasia in Geneva, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday after talks with his Abkhazian counterpart Vyacheslav Chirikba.
Lavrov stressed that Moscow considers Geneva discussions on security a very useful format.
Discussions in Geneva focus on security, as well as humanitarian issues - refugees, displaced persons. "Talking about security, we have long been calling for adopting a document on non-use of force," Lavrov said. "Our Georgian partners would want to turn this document into an anti-Russian venture. European, UN and other mediators seem to understand that speculations should not be made on this issue, but it’s not working yet," he added.
"We consider it [Geneva discussions] to be a very helpful format. As it was being shaped, some positive changes occurred," Lavrov said. "It is a format where the direct participants in the process - Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia - can talk directly," he added.
"Talking about humanitarian issues, Georgia has unfortunately decided - and we have repeatedly voiced our concerns about it - not to consider concrete problems of humanitarian situation of people who were forced out of their homes, but instead to unwind this topic in the political line through UN General Assembly," Lavrov said.