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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

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26.03.2018 - Answer to media question on expulsions of Russian diplomats from a number of countries

Question: The British government is proud of having mobilized some Western partners to expel Russian diplomats in a show of support. How do you assess this coordinated Western policy? Answer: For us in London, such hostile step was not unexpected. The secrecy of the Salisbury investigation and the refusal to provide the international community with any information supporting the accusations against Russia have demonstrated not only the weakness of the British public position, but also the urgent need to give it a veneer of international legitimacy. The only way to achieve that was to seek “solidarity” within the Western bloc. Solidarity has been expressed, but no facts have been produced – otherwise they would have been made public in Brussels.


26.03.2018 - Embassy press officer comments on Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's statements

Question: How would you comment on Boris Johnson’s fresh comparisons between Russia and the Nazi Germany? Answer: Of course, we have noted Mr Johnson’s interview given to the Lincolnshire Life where he doesn’t only defend his comparison between the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 1936 Olympics, but also compares Crimea’s reunification with Russia to Germany’s annexation of the Sudetenland in 1938.


26.03.2018 - Embassy press officer answers question on Skripal case

Question: Has the Embassy received any further information on the investigation of the Salisbury poisoning from the British authorities? Answer: So far, we have received a number of notifications from the Foreign Office, but unfortunately they do not shed further light either on what happened on 4 March, or on the course of the investigation, or on the medical condition of the Russian nationals involved.


26.03.2018 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko’s meeting in Moscow with German Ambassador to Russia Rudiger von Fritsch

On March 26, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko met Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Russian Federation Rudiger von Fritsch at the latter’s request.


26.03.2018 - Foreign Ministry statement

We express our strong protest in the wake of the decision taken by a number of EU and NATO member countries to expel Russian diplomats. We consider this as an unfriendly step that is not consistent with the goals and interests of establishing the underlying reasons and searching for the perpetrators of the incident that occurred in the town of Salisbury on March 4. The provocative gesture of the so-called solidarity of these countries with London, which blindly followed the British authorities in the so-called “Skripal case” and which never got around to sort out the circumstances of the incident, is a continuation of the confrontational policy to escalate the situation.


23.03.2018 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veteran

On 21 March 2018 Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medal to the Arctic Convoys veteran Mr Rullion Haldane RATTRAY.


22.03.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's reply to a media question

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's reply to a media question during his press conference 22 March 2018


22.03.2018 - Ambassador Yakovenko introductory remarks at the press conference 22 March 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, The Number 1 rule in Britain is to start any statement with a joke. Unfortunately, it’s not a time to joke. The issue I am going to raise is too serious. On 5 March 2018 we heard media reports announcing that the day before two Russian citizens Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury. Sergei Skripal is one who has dual citizenship. First of all I would like to wish all the victims, including Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who also suffered from this incident, speedy recovery and well-being. The Embassy has immediately requested the British authorities to share information about the incident and details of the ongoing investigation.


21.03.2018 - Operational changes in the Consular Section of the Embassy

As a result of the irresponsible actions of the UK Government, which lead to an expulsion of 23 diplomats of the Russian Embassy, including a number of Consular Section staff, the Embassy is temporarily limiting the number of all visitors.


21.03.2018 - Telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the United States Donald Trump at the latter’s initiative.


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