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Russia has no high expectations for upcoming Iran nuclear talks: report

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has no special expectations for the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Monday. Speaking before high-level talks in Vienna on April 8-9, Ryabkov said talks on a number of issues were still in early stages and that the meeting should produce a basis for further talks, according to the Itar-Tass news agency. (Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, editing by Elizabeth Piper)

Russia will respond in kind to U.S. sanctions: deputy foreign minister

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow will respond in kind to U.S. sanctions imposed on Russian officials over the Crimea dispute and is considering other steps if Washington escalates the confrontation, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday. On Monday, the United States and the EU announced sanctions on a handful of officials from Russia and Ukraine accused of involvement in Moscow's seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region, most of whose 2 million residents are ethnic Russians. Washington has threatened further sanctions.

Russia, US in new row after Russian diplomats charged

Russia and the United States were on Friday embroiled in a new diplomatic dispute after Moscow reacted furiously to charges launched in the United States against 49 current and former Russian diplomats and their wives over a $1.5 million fraud. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in a statement to Russian news agencies that Moscow had many claims against the behaviour of US diplomats in Moscow but had preferred not to bring them into the public sphere.

Russia outraged by US fraud charges against diplomats

Russia voiced outrage Friday at charges in the United States against 49 current and former Russian diplomats and their wives over a $1.5 million fraud, saying it could not understand why the US had gone public with the allegations. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in a statement to Russian news agencies that Moscow had many claims against the behaviour of US diplomats in Moscow but had preferred not to bring them into the public sphere.

Russia says 'no reason to break into applause' after latest Iran talks

Russia's chief negotiator on Iranian issues warned Wednesday there was "no reason to break into applause" after the latest round of talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme concluded in Geneva. "The results are better than what we had (in the previous round) in Almaty, but this does not guarantee further progress. There is no reason to break into applause," Russian news agencies quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying in the Swiss city. "Things could have worked out better."

Russia ready to help guard Syria chemical sites, will not import arms

Russia and the United States are the only countries with industrial scale capacity to handle mustard, VX, sarin or cyanide-armed munitions, but the import of chemical weapons is banned under US law.

Russia says ready to help guard Syria chemical weapons sites: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is ready to help guard Syria's chemical weapons sites when President Bashar al-Assad's chemical arms stockpiles and factories are destroyed, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Thursday by news agencies. "We will be ready to help in guarding those facilities where work is being carried out," Interfax news agency reported Ryabkov as saying at an arms fair.

Russia says hopes for U.N. agreement on Syria resolution this week

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hopes the U.N. Security Council will reach agreement this week on a resolution supporting a deal for Syria to abandon its chemical weapons, but there is no guarantee, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Tuesday. Ryabkov, speaking in the Russian parliament, reiterated that Russia would not accept a resolution that would trigger automatic punitive measures in the event of Syrian non-compliance with its obligations.

Russia signals opposition to tough resolution on Syria arms

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian diplomat said on Wednesday that an initial U.N. Security Council resolution supporting a deal for Syria to scrap its chemical arms should be limited to that purpose, suggesting Moscow would oppose any threat of force at this stage. Speaking in Damascus, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the resolution should support an expected decision by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons backing the U.S.-Russian deal "and nothing more than that".

France hits back at Russia in Syria chem weapons row

France on Wednesday dismissed a claim by Russia that a UN report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria was biased, as a row over its contents escalated. "Nobody can question the objectivity of the people (inspectors) appointed by the UN," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told a press conference. "I'm very surprised by the Russian attitude," he added.
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