Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the humanitarian situation in Yemen

Two years of violence, bloodshed, despair, famine and destruction are more than enough for all sides to see the necessity of an urgent search for a peaceful settlement of the conflict. All this bears out our assessments of the Yemeni situation and the correctness of repeated appeals to an urgent peaceful settlement.

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with President of Yemen Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi

On March 28, Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov had a meeting with President of the Republic of Yemen Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi at the Dead Sea (Jordan) ahead of the Arab League summit.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova's response to a media question regarding a Sana'a court ruling on President of Yemen Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi

We continue to believe that the unilateral steps taken by the parties to the conflict are not conducive to creating a favourable environment for restoring trust and restarting the dialogue, and put off the prospects for a peaceful resolution of the crisis, which is so much needed by the long-suffering Yemeni people.

Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the humanitarian situation in Yemen

Once again, we must return to the humanitarian situation in Yemen. Combat between the sides of the conflict in Yemen, with direct involvement by the Saudi-led coalition, have already killed at least 7,500 people since March 2015, according to the most conservative estimates, with more than 40,000 wounded. Coalition aircraft caused another bloody episode when, on March 10, they were reported to have bombed a market in the town of Khokha, killing dozens and wounding dozens more.

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed

On February 27, Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov met with Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who arrived in Moscow to take part in the 6th Middle East Dialogue Conference held by the Valdai International Discussion Club.

Speech by Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov at the 6th Middle East Dialogue Conference “The Middle East: When Will Tomorrow Come?” held by the Valdai International Discussion Club, Moscow, February 27, 2017

Middle East developments are a bitter and very convincing reminder of the consequences of the ‘democratisation” line that aimed to impose pseudo-liberal values and implement reforms under alien concepts imposed from outside, without any consideration for the modern world’s cultural and civilisational diversity. Bleeding wounds, including Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, have appeared in the vast Middle East and North Africa region. And it appears that these wounds will not heal soon.

Press release on the death of Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin

The Foreign Ministry regrets to announce that Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin passed away suddenly in New York on February 20, a day before his 65th birthday.