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Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko summoned to the Foreign Office over the Litvinenko case

Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the UK Alexander Yakovenko was summoned to Foreign Office in connection with publication of the final report from the public inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko. At the meeting the British side was represented by Minister of State for Europe David Lidington.
We made the following declarations: 

1.          We consider the Litvinenko case and the way it was disposed  of a blatant provocation of the British authorities.

2.          We will never accept anything arrived at in secret and based on the evidence not tested in an open court of law.

3.          The length of time that it took to “close” this case in this way makes us to believe it to be a whitewash for British special services’ institutional incompetence.

4.          We also noted that the British government suspended the coroner’s inquest which was open for public and media and where the Investigative Committee of Russia took part as an interested person, in favor of the public enquiry, which in fact is secret, at the height of political tension with Russia over Ukraine in July 2014.

       We view it as an attempt to put additional pressure on Russia in connection with existing differences over a number of international issues.

5.          For us it is absolutely unacceptable that the report concludes that the Russian state was in any way involved in the death of Mr Litvinenko on British soil.

6.          This gross provocation of the British authorities cannot help hurting our bilateral relationship.


29.07.2016 - Syrian crisis needs urgent solutions (By Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)

Moscow has repeatedly called on the warring parties in Syria to reconciliate, but militants have continued to violate the cessation of hostilities by shelling villages and attacking the Government troops. As a result, a terrible humanitarian plight has emerged in Aleppo and its suburbs. On July 28 Russia and the Syrian government launched a joint large-scale humanitarian relief operation in this city, establishing three corridors for civilians and one for militants with weapons. This operation that envisages providing food and medical aid in the humanitarian corridors was launched according to President Vladimir Putin’s instructions “solely to ensure the safety of the residents of Aleppo”.

29.07.2016 - Statement by Ambassador Vitaly I. Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, during the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East

The multi-year conflict eroding Syria today, due to terrorists fuelled with weapons from the outside, violations and flows of internally displaced persons and refugees, has seen a deterioration in the humanitarian situation in Syria. At the same time, following the establishment of the ceasefire regime, we have seen some progress. Humanitarian access has increased significantly and difficulties are being discussed in the special format of the International Syria Support Group.

28.07.2016 - President Putin met with the Russian Olympic team at the Grand Kremlin Palace’s Alexander Hall.

More than 100 athletes took part in the meeting, both those who will compete in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and those who were banned from taking part, and more than 40 coaches, doctors, and other specialists accompanying the team.

28.07.2016 - Russian MFA press release on Russia-US-UN consultations on Syria

On July 26-27, Geneva hosted Russia-US-UN consultations on Syria. Russia was represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.

27.07.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks and answers to media questions at a news conference following a number of bilateral meetings and multilateral events on the sidelines of ASEAN, EAS and ARF, Vientiane, July 26, 2016

These days, the capital of Laos, Vientiane, is hosting events related to ASEAN’s partnership with foreign countries, including Russia, the US, Japan, Korea, China, and a number of European countries. These events concern primarily issues of security in this region, integration processes in Asia and the Pacific, and practical cooperation in many different areas, including the fight against terrorism and security on the seas and on the borders of the region’s states. A meeting between Russia and the ASEAN countries was held yesterday. Partnership dialogues of this kind are held with each of the invited states.

27.07.2016 - Gravestone of Alexander II`s daughter restored in Portsmouth

On 20 July activists of the “Russian heritage” committee and parishioners of the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Sourozh restored the gravestone of Princess Catherine Yourievsky. “Russian heritage” committee came into existence in March 2016 with the goal of keeping memory of distinguished Russians in UK alive: restoring and installing monuments and engaging in educative work.

26.07.2016 - FM Lavrov’s interview for Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society’s website: Christians in Middle East, situation in Syria

Question: Mr Lavrov, the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society has historical ties with the Middle East, the people living in this internationally significant region – the land of three global religions. The Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society has always pursued noble goals and sought to strengthen Russia’s position in the Middle East. June 3, 2017 will mark 135 years since this ancient society was founded. What do you think of its current activities, including its friendly ties with Middle Eastern people, its contribution to cultural, historical and spiritual heritage, and mainly the phenomenon of “Russian Palestine”? Why do you think the Society has been so long lasting and instrumental in the Middle East as the oldest non-governmental organisation in the over 100 years of its history? Sergey Lavrov: To begin with, I’d like to congratulate all Society members on the upcoming 135th anniversary of the day Alexander III decreed the founding of the organisation following the initiative of many prominent personalities and public figures of the time. This society was designed to promote friendly relations with the people of the region, particularly to create favourable conditions for pilgrims. However, it didn’t just seek to make it possible for Russian people to travel to the holy sites but also to ensure Russia’s presence in the Holy Land, to create the “Russian Palestine” you mentioned.

25.07.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion

On July 25, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion in Vientiane on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) session. During their constructive conversation, the parties discussed topical issues of Russian-Canadian relations and the international agenda, including the situation in Syria and Ukraine.

25.07.2016 - Meeting of Russian and Chinese foreign ministers

On July 25, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China Wang Yi held a meeting in Vientiane on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit Ministerial Meeting. The officials discussed promoting Russia-China cooperation, as well as pivotal issues of mutual interest on the international and regional agenda, including bilateral interaction in the Asian regional structures and the situation in Northeast Asia. Particular attention was paid to the preparations for the 2016 G20 Summit to take place in China in September.

21.07.2016 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

On July 21, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister of Germany and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. The call was initiated by Germany.

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