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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

25.03.2016

Russian Embassy on Ms. Rudd’s statement

The speech of the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd on 24 March, where she expressed concern over Russia’s gas supplies to the EU as allegedly a tool of our foreign policy are surprising and disappointing.
It misrepresents the situation and defies the logic of this business as it applies to Britain.

Firstly, the UK gas market is one of the most diversified in the world and the Russian gas supplies, which are relatively small within UK’s energy balance, in any case will hardly have a significant impact on the country’s energy security. Secondly, Russian gas comes to the UK through continental Europe, therefore Brexit could have quite an opposite effect, with potential increase in UK’s dependence on the LNG supply from Qatar. And finally, Russia does not use gas supplies as a tool of foreign policy.

We consider the above comments of Ms.Rudd to be made for “domestic consumption” in the context of the EU referendum campaign.  Why drag Russia into this domestic quarrel, which must be fought on the merits of the issue in question?




LATEST EVENTS

26.08.2016 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, August 25, 2016

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, August 25, 2016


25.08.2016 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov's meeting with General Coordinator of the Lebanese Kataeb Party’s Central Committee Sami Gemayel

Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who is Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, has met with General Coordinator of the Lebanese Kataeb Party’s Central Committee Sami Gemayel, who is in Moscow on a working visit.


25.08.2016 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the escalation of tensions on the Syrian-Turkish border

In the morning of August 24, Turkey announced the start of a military operation in neighbouring Syria. Media outlets have reported that Turkish tanks and troops, including special forces, entered Syria in a joint operation with the allied Syrian opposition groups. According to Ankara, the operation has been launched to combat ISIS and Kurdish rebels.


24.08.2016 - Sergey Lavrov’s answer to a question by the TASS News Agency

Question: Can you comment on the regular media reports about modern weapons making it into the hands of terrorist groups in the Middle East and North Africa? Sergey Lavrov: Apparently, our Western colleagues have yet to fully realise the implications of their recent military operations in the Middle East and Africa. They believed they would destroy the Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi regimes, and that democracy would instantly prevail in Iraq and Libya. Instead, these nations are now torn by chaos. Abandoned military depots and arsenals were looted. All weapons, including MANPADS, and hundreds of tonnes of ammunition, went missing. Now, those countries are shattered by fratricidal wars with no end in sight. Unfortunately, this situation was quite predictable, and the President repeatedly warned about it


24.08.2016 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry on August 24. The conversation was at the United States’ initiative.


24.08.2016 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s conversation with German State Secretary Markus Ederer

On August 23, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov spoke over the phone with State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany Markus Ederer at the German side’s request.


23.08.2016 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with Israeli Ambassador to Russia Zvi Heifetz

On August 23, Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov met with Ambassador of the State of Israel to Russia Zvi Heifetz at the Israeli diplomat’s request.


23.08.2016 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with Egyptian Ambassador to Russia Mohamed El-Badri

On August 23, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov received Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Russia Mohamed El-Badri at his request.


23.08.2016 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan Erlan Abdyldayev

On August 22, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov initiated a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan Erlan Abdyldayev.


22.08.2016 - Statement of the Russian Embassy Press Secretary

In recent days, as hostilities intensify in response to the "an-Nusra"-led offensive, the British media drastically increased reporting on the sufferings of the civilian population in Aleppo. Pictures of children and other victims of the fighting are used to stop the Russian effort to defeat this onslaught on the Government-controlled areas of the city.



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