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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?


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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