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FOREIGN POLICY NEWS

17.08.2012

Russian MFA comment on the situation around the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

We closely watch the development of affairs around Julian Assange, who is currently under the protection of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. This situation cannot but give raise to doubts regarding the observance of the spirit and letter of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, and its Article 22 in particular, which grants immunity to diplomatic missions. 

There is another question this situation cannot but recall. It is well known that dozens of suspects in serious crimes have found shelter and protection in Great Britain, while other states, including Russia, are seeking their extradition. It would be fair to assume that Julian Assange's right of asylum must be respected no less than the rights of these people, so ardently protected by the UK.




LATEST EVENTS

22.04.2014 - Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the question of the mass media about Russia’s assistance to the social and economic development of Central Asian states

Question: The mass media published the report by the Statistics Agency at the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, which, in particular, mentions that Russia was ranked first to provide humanitarian aid to Tajikistan according to the results of 2013. Are there any data about such Russian aid to the Central Asian region in general? Answer: Moscow noted the information about the report by the Statistics Agency at the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, which, in particular, mentions that Russia was ranked first to provide humanitarian aid to Tajikistan according to the results of 2013 (42% of the entire volume), and was in advance of such donors as the United States (27%) and Germany (8%).


22.04.2014 - Comment by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Alexander Lukashevich, regarding the completion of the project of disposal of components of missile fuel “melange”, which were removed from the territory of Ukraine, by Russian companies

The project of removal of 15 thousand tons of highly toxic components of missile fuel “melange” from the territory of Ukraine and their disposal by Russian companies under the aegis of the OSCE has successfully completed.


22.04.2014 - Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the question from the mass media about the pro-Nazi publication in Kazakhstan

Question: According to the mass media reports, the April edition of Anyz Adam magazine, which is published in Kazakhstan, contains an extensive material on Hitler’s personality. It describes the fascist ideology with undisguised affection. Haven’t Moscow noticed it? Answer: Of course, we do not miss such things. The appearance of such “agitprops” seems especially blasphemous on the eve of the 69th anniversary of our common victory in the Great Patriotic War, which took lives of millions of people, including Russians and Kazakhs.


22.04.2014 - Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the question from the mass media about the anti-Russian resolution of the European Parliament

Question: How could the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs comment on the European Parliament resolution of 17 April 2014 on Russian pressure on Eastern Partnership countries and in particular destabilisation of eastern Ukraine, which contains an appeal to start the “third stage” of sanctions against the Russian Federation? Answer: In fact, there is nothing to comment here. It is collective Russophobic psychosis experienced by the outgoing European Parliament – do not address it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but rather to other specialists.


21.04.2014 - Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the forthcoming conference of foreign minister of Caspian states 933-20-04-2014

Another ministerial Conference of Caspian states will be held on the 22 April, in which the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Erlan Idrisov, and the Deputy President of the Cabinet of Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Rashid Meredov, will participate.


21.04.2014 - Greetings to the XIII Moscow Easter Festival

Vladimir Putin sent a message of greeting to participants and guests at the XIII Moscow Easter Festival.


21.04.2014 - Easter congratulations to metropolitans of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Vladimir Putin sent Easter greetings


21.04.2014 - Easter greetings to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

Vladimir Putin wished Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia a happy Easter.


21.04.2014 - Congratulations on Orthodox Easter

Vladimir Putin congratulated Orthodox Christians and all Russians celebrating Easter.


20.04.2014 - Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the context of the Geneva meeting on the Ukrainian crisis

The assessments of the 17 April meeting of representatives of Russia, the United States, Ukraine and the European Union, which we are hearing from Washington, are disappointing.



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