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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.


27.10.2016 - Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club

Vladimir Putin is taking part in the final session of the Valdai International Discussion Club’s 13th annual meeting, which this year takes the theme The Future in Progress: Shaping the World of Tomorrow. Over the three-day event, 130 experts and political analysts from 35 countries are examining current issues concerning development of international relations, internal political organisation, the economy, demography, and technology.

27.10.2016 - Press release on a meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission to Consider Russian Citizens’ Complaints Regarding Restrictions on Their Rights to Leave the Russian Federation

On October 26, the Foreign Ministry held this year’s 10th meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission to Consider Russian Citizens’ Complaints Regarding Restrictions on Their Rights to Leave the Russian Federation (hereafter Commission).

27.10.2016 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov on a bust of Nazi criminal Harald Nugiseks erected in an Estonian school

We learned with indignation that a bronze bust of Harald Nugiseks, volunteer of the 20th Waffen Division of the SS, has been installed at Laupa Basic School, Estonia, to mark his 95th birth anniversary. Students held gatherings to commemorate the “legendary hero”. The school principal assumes that the event will promote children’s patriotism.

26.10.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s speech and answers to questions at the meeting with representatives of the Association of European Businesses (AEB), Moscow, October 25, 2016

Today business circles or business diplomacy play a special role in maintaining trust and mutual understanding between nations. We know about your striving to build up mutually beneficial cooperation and continue to work actively in the Russian market. We know that you understand that confrontation and the logic of sanctions are counterproductive. We appreciate and share this approach.

26.10.2016 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with OSCE Chair-in-Office, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

On October 25, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone with Chair-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Federal Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the latter’s request.

25.10.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to media questions, Moscow, October 25, 2016

We will look first at what our American colleagues do, since they continue to talk with us despite their stated intentions. US Secretary of State John Kerry called me yesterday to express interest in cooperation over Syria. We will see what happens.

24.10.2016 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the train crash in Cameroon

Over 70 people were reported killed and over 600 injured after a train derailed near Eseka in central Cameroon on October 21.

24.10.2016 - Press release on the 25th special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the recent situation in Aleppo

On October 21, the UN Human Rights Council met for the 25th special session to discuss the recent situation in Aleppo at the initiative of a group of countries led by Great Britain.

21.10.2016 - Russian Embassy on "FT" editorial

In its editorial ("The price for Russian war crimes in Aleppo", 20 October) "FT" engages in a very loose language, assuming no need to support its allegations with strong evidence. As a matter of fact, we have requested this evidence from Foreign Office in connection with the same rhetoric of the Foreign Secretary, who refered to "satellite photographs in the public domain". In response we were refered to British official policy on Syria.

21.10.2016 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veteran

On 21 October Attaché of the Embassy Elena Gorshkova presented the Ushakov medal to the Arctic Convoys veteran Mr John Philip Chaffe, who was awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for his personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.

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