Main quotes from the interview:

If you compare the official information about the military activities of the Russian Armed Forces in 2013-2014 and now, you will see that the number of exercises is at the same level - maybe there are some fluctuations. However, there was no qualitative change in the Russian military activities.

Before 1 April 2014 [NATO took the decision to suspend cooperation with Russia] we provided a lot of information about our military planning and military exercises, notably three briefings on ''ZAPAD'' exercise.

What Russia does in the military terms is fully in line with the international law, with the Vienna document.
24 March 2015
On March 24, 1999, the North Atlantic Alliance unleashed a war on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia with the barbaric bombardment of a sovereign state. That act of aggression plainly defied the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, generally accepted international norms, and UN Security Council resolutions on Kosovo.
The bombing of Yugoslavia, which lasted 78 days, was a demonstration of NATO’s unilateral policy of force and its typical disregard for the foundational principle of peaceful resolution of international disputes, and brought grief and suffering to the country’s people.
According to the most conservative estimates, NATO forces fired a total of 2,300 missiles and dropped 14,000 bombs (including cluster and depleted uranium munitions). Those airstrikes killed nearly 2,000 civilians, including children, and injured many thousands more – victims that NATO members cynically referred to as “collateral damage”. More than 200,000 Serbs fled their homes in Kosovo following the military operation, fearing reprisals.
24 March 2015
Question: Jen Psaki, the US Department of State spokesperson, said at a briefing on March 19 that “the deployment of US nuclear weapons on the territories of our NATO allies” and training allied pilots to use the weapons “is consistent with the NPT.” What is Russia’s stance on this issue?
Alexander Lukashevich: Ms Psaki is deliberately distorting facts when she says that US nuclear weapons in Europe “remain under US control at all times and are never transferred.” In fact, NATO’s “joint nuclear missions” provide for involving several non-nuclear European bloc members in nuclear planning and for training them to use nuclear weapons, which includes the use of military aircraft, crews, and airfield infrastructure and ground support services of these states. The latest nuclear strike exercise, Steadfast Noon, was held in Italy last autumn.
22 March 2015
Question: There is a lot happening these days. Let’s start with something pleasant. You were in New York three weeks ago and next week you are going to Cuba, Guatemala, Colombia, and other countries. Do your aides count how many times a year you visit the western, eastern, northern and southern hemispheres?
Sergey Lavrov: They do, but they usually tell me the figure at the end of the year. I don’t remember how many trips I made and how many kilometres I covered in 2014. The figure is sizeable, but not a record. US Secretary of State John Kerry and I were talking about this and compared figures. His is larger.
Question: How do you endure this strenuous activity?
Sergey Lavrov: I don’t know. It’s interesting, because I’m not going as a tourist, but on business. You can use the time on the plane to prepare for visits or negotiations, which takes time. You need to talk with partners, and the means of transportation are becoming increasingly better. So I don’t think it’s a health risk.
21 March 2015
Around 25 000 tons of humanitarian aid were delivered to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine. The goods included more than 9,100 tons of food, about 1650 tons of electrical equipment, water purification plants and trailing kitchens, 2,070 tons of construction materials, 220 tons of medical equipment and medicines and 1760 tons of other humanitarian aid (including baby food, gifts, donations from charities organizations and individuals). All goods have been handed over to the authorities of the affected areas.

On March 19, 2015, a convoy of 170 trucks of the Russian Emergencies Ministry delivered 1,900 tons of cargo to to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions: food, medicines, seeds, construction materials, educational literature and sports equipment for schools and universities.
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