Sergei Lavrov

Syria's Golan Heights

Russia rebukes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for asking the international community to recognize the regime’s claim to “sovereignty” over the occupied side of Syria’s Golan Heights, warning that any such move would constitute a flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

“The status of the Golan Heights is determined by the resolutions of the UN Security Council. Changing this status bypassing the Security Council, from my perspective, would be a direct violation of these resolutions,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.Here's the full story.

Dutch Expulsion of Alleged Russian Spies

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the expulsion of four alleged military intelligence agents from the Netherlands in April had been a “misunderstanding”.

“There was nothing secret about the trip by our specialists to the Netherlands, it was a routine trip. They didn’t hide when they checked into the hotel, or when they came to the airport, or when they went to our embassy. They were detained without explanation… and asked to leave. It looked like a misunderstanding.”Here's the full story.