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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.


30.05.2016 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry

On May 29, Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov spoke over the phone with US Secretary of State John Kerry at the latter’s initiative.

30.05.2016 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veterans

On 26 May Attaché of the Embassy Oleg Shor presented the Ushakov medals to the Arctic Convoys veterans Mr Harold John KNAPP, Mr Walter James DYBLE, Mr Michael Joseph MULLARKEY, Mr John Edmund MCKERNAN, Mr Albert William WICKHAM and Mr Аrthur Robert TOWLSON, who were awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for their personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.

28.05.2016 - President Putin's joint press conference with Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras

Following the Russian-Greek talks, Vladimir Putin and Alexis Tsipras made a joint statement for the press. Mr Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen, First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to the leadership of the Hellenic Republic, to all our colleagues for a warm and hearty welcome. Jointly with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras we held substantial and detailed talks, and considered a broad spectrum of issues of the bilateral and international agendas. I would like to highlight the impressive number of documents signed as part of the visit. We were at one in thinking that despite negative factors, Russian-Greek relations, the partnership between our countries continue to develop on a steady basis. The Year of Russia held in Greece and the Year of Greece held in Russia are outstanding examples of this.

27.05.2016 - Remarks by Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich at the OSCE Permanent Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine and the need to implement the Minsk Agreements Vienna, May 26, 2016

We would like to draw our colleagues’ attention to the Normandy format leaders’ telephone conversation of May 24. One of its most important outcomes was the parties’ agreement on the need for all-round implementation of the Minsk Package of Measures.

27.05.2016 - Briefing by Foreign Minister Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, May 26, 2016

Briefing by Foreign Minister Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, May 26, 2016

27.05.2016 - Answer to media question regarding cost of "sanctions war"

Question: According to Prime Minister David Cameron’s statements, UK is the most vocal advocate of sanctions against Russia in the EU. How do Russian experts estimate the value of profits lost due to this policy? Answer: Today the situation in agricultural trade is the following. In 2013 UK’s annual food and drink exports (including alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks) to Russia amounted to £115mln, notably including fish, cheese, poultry and vegetables. According to "Farmers Weekly", 30% of EU milk production was sold to Russia annually prior to 2014.

26.05.2016 - Joint Statement of the Fourth Round of the Ministerial Strategic Dialogue between the Russian Federation and the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), Moscow, May 26, 2016

The fourth round of the Strategic Dialogue between Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the GCC member states and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation took place in Moscow on May 26, 2016.

25.05.2016 - Russian Ambassador to the UK met President of the National Farmers Union of the UK Mr Meurig Raymond

On 24 May Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko met President of the National Farmers Union of the UK (NFU) Mr Meurig Raymond. Mr M.Raymond briefed the Ambassador on situation in the UK agriculture. The issues related to the development of cooperation between Russian farmers and the NFU were discussed.

25.05.2016 - Russian Ambassador to the UK met Hermitage Foundation UK

On Wednesday 25 May 2016 Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko met the new Chairman of the Hermitage Foundation UK Mr James Dawnay, the Director of the Hermitage Foundation Mrs Geraldine Norman and the Deputy Chief Executive of the Foundation Mrs Janice Sacher.

25.05.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzet, published on May 25, 2016

Question: Mr Minister, Russia-Hungary relations could be described as exemplary in the past five years, as evidenced by regular bilateral contacts. What do you see as their basis: strategy, tactics or pragmatism? Sergey Lavrov: Hungary is an important and reliable partner of Russia in Europe. Our bilateral relations are based on good traditions and have a large potential. We highly value the Hungarian leaders’ sincere resolve to further develop our relations, which we believe is in line with the fundamental interests of our nations.

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