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EMBASSY INFORMS

14.01.2012

Calls for Libya human rights violations to be investigated

Russian Deputy Prime Minister, former Permanent representative to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said at a press conference in Brussels that all the violations of human rights during the military conflict in Libya should be properly investigated. It is vital, he said, to implement all the initiatives put forward by Russia both at UN and in other international formats, in order to promote a comprehensive review of what happened in Libya, evidence of gross human rights violations in that country.




LATEST EVENTS

20.01.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, January 19, 2017

The ceasefire in Syria, which was introduced on December 30, 2016 with input from Russia and Turkey, is generally holding across the country. Violations are localised and thoroughly dealt with by Russia and Turkey, which are the guarantors of the December 29, 2016 agreements. We note with satisfaction that since December 30, 2016, the level of violence in Syria has visibly declined and the humanitarian situation has improved. The efforts by the Russian centre for reconciliation of opposing sides have helped normalise the situation in the Wadi Barada area near Damascus. The ceasefire has been joined by nine towns in this district, from which 1,268 militants have withdrawn. Most of them have laid down their arms and returned to a peaceful life. The others will be given an opportunity to leave for Idlib with their families in accordance with the established arrangement.


19.01.2017 - PHOTO: Siege of Leningrad remembered in Cambridge

On 20 January - 19 March 2017 Darwin College in Cambridge hosts an exhibition "Art and endurance in the siege of Leningrad". The exhibition features drawings of Elena Marttila made during the German siege 1941-1944. Alongside the exhibition a rich programme of events, talks and screenings takes place (see http://www.artandendurance.org for full programme)


19.01.2017 - Agricultural Attache Derbenskiy took part in the Worshipful Company of Farmers’ annual event

On 17 January 2017 the Agricultural Attaché of the Russian Embassy Vladimir Derbenskiy took part at the Worshipful Company of Farmers’ annual event.


19.01.2017 - LAVROV ON UK INTERFERENCE IN US ELECTIONS (meeting the press on 18 January, after talks with his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz )

Perhaps it is time to admit that it was not Russia but US allies who grossly interfered in US internal affairs, in the election campaign. We noticed that Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, Theresa May, and other European leaders did so. Official representatives of some of the European countries did not mince words, and essentially “demonized” Donald Trump during the election campaign.


19.01.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions at a joint news conference following talks with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, Moscow, January 18, 2017

Question: Of late, Western media have been abuzz with stories about “kompromat” (compromising materials), leaks, spy scares and planted stories. Russia is mentioned and accused not only of hacking attacks but of almost everything. Could you comment on this? Sergey Lavrov: Frankly, we have already started to grow weary of discussing the issue of Russian interference in US internal affairs, in particular the election campaign that ended with the election of Donald Trump as president. Because these baseless, unsubstantiated, slanderous accusations continue to surface, I would like to say that the cynicism of the situation is that we are being accused by those who in fact actively interfered in the election campaign themselves. Through the president and other representatives, Russia has repeatedly stated that we are ready to work with any president the American people vote for in accordance with US law. With any president, whoever the winner is. However, unlike us, a number of leaders of US allied countries openly campaigned for Hillary Clinton. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and leaders of other European states were actively involved in that. What’s more, in addition to direct campaigning for Hillary Clinton, official representatives of European countries had no qualms about demonising Donald Trump. For example, my German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier called him, if I remember correctly, a “preacher of hatred.” UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson even said that Donald Trump is inadequate, while then-French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stated that the Republican candidate was rejected by the entire world. And all of that was said not in a whisper in a narrow circle but loudly and to the whole world.


18.01.2017 - PHOTO: After three-years search, the Ushakov Medal of the Arctic Convoys Veteran Mr George Longmuir is presented to his family

In the course of a ceremony, held at the Consulate General on 16th January 2017, the Ushakov Medal and a personalized officer wrist watch “VOSTOK” of the Arctic Convoys Veteran Mr George Longmuir, who passed away in November 2013, were presented to his son Don. Don learned of his Father’s highly esteemed Russian military Award through an announcement made in a local newspaper about Consulate’s search for the Scottish Veterans of the Arctic Convoys awarded the Ushakov Medal.


18.01.2017 - VIDEO: Sergey Lavrov's annual Press Conference

Annual press conference of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the outcome of Russian diplomacy in 2016, Moscow, January 17, 2016


18.01.2017 - Back to basics in international relations (letter by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko for Evening Standard, published on 17 January 2017)

Recently we have seen a trend of questioning electoral outcomes in Western nations under the pretext of undue outside interference, first of all “Russian influence”. It follows that outcome of the June referendum in Britain could be also challenged on those grounds. Not all find it preposterous. But will of the people is expressed within domestic environment.


17.01.2017 - RUSSIAN EMBASSY ON BBC PANORAMA’S “TRUMP: THE KREMLIN CANDIDATE?”

The BBC’s another low in outright post-truth propaganda in the defense of the unsustainable status quo in Britain, US and worldwide. Not a single shred of evidence on any issue raised. John Sweeney’s praise for Ch.Steele’s ‘kompromat’ report “even if it is a pack of lies”, explains it all. And that includes the sense of despair in the face of change to come. A propaganda paid for by TV licence-holders. By the Western elites who adore business as usual for themselves and wouldn’t change neither 25 years ago, nor in 2008, when the crisis struck, hoping to print their way out of it. The Obama Administration promised, but couldn’t deliver change for this very reason. Russia was lying down in its own transformation and cannot be blamed for that. Now “the wrong choice” of the electorate undermines faith in US democracy? And the elites’ impotence equals doom and gloom for the liberal world order, etc?


17.01.2017 - Reply by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova to a media question on the US troop buildup in Europe

Question: Do you agree with the assertion promulgated by US and European media that the dispatch of US troops to Europe is not of major importance? Maria Zakharova: Recently Western media and bloggers have been actively promoting the idea that the deployment of US troops in Europe is not particularly significant in military terms and is limited to the transfer of several hundred US rotational troops with a small amount of weapons and combat hardware as part of allied solidarity.



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