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The Normandy format ministerial meeting has come to an end. Of course, we discussed the implementation of the Minsk Agreements in keeping with the understanding on the sequence of steps that was reached on October 2, 2015, when the four leaders of the Normandy format countries – the presidents of Russia, France and Ukraine and the Federal Chancellor of Germany – met in Paris.
Today we spent much time discussing security issues, namely the implementation of decisions that were adopted on the back of the Minsk Agreements calling for the withdrawal of heavy weaponry and weapons of less than 100mm calibre.
Question: Algeria is a top consumer of Russian arms. In 2006, it concluded a contract worth $7.5 billion on the supply of different types of armaments. However, our civilian economic ties have never reached a comparable level. The share of Russian investors in Algeria remains insignificant. How can you comment on this fact?
Sergey Lavrov: Military technology cooperation remains a driver of cooperation between our countries. The Mixed Russian-Algerian Intergovernmental Commission on Military and Technical Interaction is in charge of our work in this area.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Today we held the third session of the Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum that was established in 2009. 
We endorsed a detailed statement that will be published and a plan of action to implement the principles, goals and tasks of the Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum in 2016-2018. In these documents we set forth the joint approaches of Russia and the Arab League to the most urgent international issues, primarily, the crises in the Middle East and North Africa.
We have completed the working part of our visit to Turkmenistan, which included a lengthy discussion with Turkmenistan’s President, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, as well as detailed and meaningful talks with Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov of Turkmenistan.
Mr Berdimuhamedov, thank you for the hearty and warm welcome and your traditional hospitality, which we always associate with Ashgabat.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin sends his warm regards. He has asked me to convey his pleasure about the meeting you had at the summit of the gas exporting countries in Tehran in late November and to tell you that he looks forward to future meetings, all the more so since you stated that some elements of the nascent positive trends in our relations should be strengthened.
I’d like to say that I’m satisfied with the talks I had during my meeting with the President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. We discussed all the fundamental aspects of our ongoing cooperation and the agreements reached by the presidents of Russia and Turkmenistan, including those secured at their meeting in Tehran in late November 2015. We pointed to the major progress that has been achieved in bilateral trade and economic cooperation in terms of their results and, most importantly, their potential.

Mr Meredov, Mr Blokhin,

Friends, ladies and gentlemen,

Your Excellences,

We are attending a wonderful event, the official opening ceremony of the new Russian embassy complex in Turkmenistan. Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and I have briefly toured the complex. It has all the right conditions for work and recreation, as well as for raising children and engaging in sports activities.

Question: Mr Lavrov, let’s begin with the key issue. Is it possible to create a broad front against the terrorist organisations that are operating in Syria and Iraq, which President Vladimir Putin has recently proposed? The so-called "Bashar al-Assad Problem” appears to remain one of the main obstacles.  Has there been any progress in attaining this goal?

Ladies and gentlemen,

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and I have had quite substantial talks that, as usual, were held in an atmosphere of confidence and friendship.

We have noted that the relations between our countries are gaining a positive momentum and reiterated our mutual commitment to cooperation in various areas. This was mentioned by President Vladimir Putin and President Hassan Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who have met on a number of occasions. Their last meeting took place on the sidelines of the BRICS and SCO summits in Ufa.