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1370 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1362 days have passed since the death of Nikolay Glushkov on British soil - no credible information or response from the British authorities


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02.08.2019 - Embassy press officer’s reply to a media question concerning the inquiry into the death of Mr Nikolay Glushkov

Question: Does the Embassy have any new information regarding the circumstances of the mysterious murder of the Russian national Nikolay Glushkov in London that happened on 12 March 2018? Answer: The Embassy regrets to state that, as almost a year and a half has passed since this crime, the British authorities continue to disregard our numerous diplomatic enquiries concerning course and results of the investigation into the murder of former Deputy Director General of “Aeroflot” Mr Nikolay Glushkov in the UK. We consider an approach, chosen by the British side, not only as contempt for their international obligations but also as a violation of diplomatic decency rules.

02.08.2019 - Embassy’s Press Officer reply to a question on the demise of the INF Treaty

Question: The US has formally withdrawn from a key nuclear treaty. How does Russia assess the situation around the INF? Press Secretary: The US decided to pull out of the INF Treaty under a false pretext of Russia’s non-compliance with the agreement. Our country has done everything possible to save the Treaty, including by making unprecedented proposals of transparency. However, Washington continued its reckless and dangerous way to demolish the pact. It is worth stressing that Moscow, nevertheless, has a credible list of US violation of the Treaty, which has been repeatedly presented to our partners. It consists of the following:

02.08.2019 - Foreign Ministry statement on the withdrawal of the United States from the INF Treaty and its termination

On August 2, the United States completed the withdrawal from the INF Treaty. Accordingly, this instrument ceased to have effect. Washington has committed a grave mistake. By launching a propaganda campaign based on deliberately misleading information on what was presented as violations of the INF Treaty by Russia, the United States intentionally plunged the Treaty into a crisis that was almost impossible to overcome. The cause is however clear: the United States wanted to free itself from the existing restrictions.

02.08.2019 - Remarks to the press by First Deputy Permanent Representative Dmitry Polyanskiy regarding the initiative to establish "Board of Inquiry" for Northwest Syria

Full transcript: Q.: How would you comment on the decision to establish the "Board of Inquiry"? A.: We were very amazed and we regret this step, frankly speaking. I know that there will be an official communication from Moscow in this regard, so I will not go into much detail, but we think that it was a mistake. And we regret that there was a pressure on the Secretary-General from some countries that really do not want to bring peace to Syria. Ambassador Nebenzia expressed our position in detail during the last meeting of the Security Council. We thought that it was quite reasonable and clear, but somehow there was a pressure. We still need to know the details. I myself saw this statement in the morning and it came a little bit unexpected, I would not conceal this.

02.08.2019 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova: UK media reports on forming cyber troops

We took note of UK media reports today that referred to statements by the British military on the establishment of specialised divisions for offensive cyber warfare in the information space. In particular, I mean The Daily Telegraph, which justifies such measures by the need to rebuff, among other things, imaginary threats from Russia. The Times, for example, wrote expressly that such divisions are to “orchestrate cyberattacks and spread misinformation.”

31.07.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question on preventing the latest unlawful assemblies in Moscow

Question: The British press pays too much attention to the measures by Russian law enforcement agencies in preventing unlawful assemblies. How would the Metropolitan Police behave if it was due to protect public order in the streets of Moscow? Answer: We have no doubts in the professionalism of the Metropolitan Police officers that faithfully carry out their duty and prevent public disorder in the UK. They also do their hard work in full compliance with the national legislation.

31.07.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question on the reports of “Russian airstrikes” in Syria

Question: Recently there have been quite a few publications in the UK media telling the readers of the massed airstrikes in Syria, in Idlib and elsewhere, with multiple casualties among civilians. How would you comment on that? Answer: We took note of yet another set of allegations in the British media. There is nothing new about it. It is hard to avoid the impression that some British journalists are remarkably gullible when it comes to the sources of their information, quoting anonymous witnesses from the notorious White Helmets group, proven liars and provocateurs, or from the so-called “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights”, which is only marginally more credible. Attempts to get a balanced picture of what happens in Syria, to listen to the independent, unbiased sources are lacking utterly.

31.07.2019 - Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia at the UN Security Council Meeting on Syria

What comes to my mind now is briefings by Mark Lowcock on, say, Yemen or Libya, where both the tone and presentation are completely different from those at briefings on Syria. Don’t you have the same feeling? It is not the first time such a thing comes to my mind. As usual, today we heard another portion of invectives against Syria and Russia. Colleagues spouted figures, quotes and emotional testimonies. By the way, we know the price of some of those emotional testimonies. We remember leading Western Media, e.g. “New York Times”, inflate the tragedy of a Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh from Aleppo. However, after Eastern Aleppo had been liberated, this turned out to have been a staged episode. Later on, the boy’s parents confirmed this. Today my British colleague accused Russia of mocking at the Security Council. I do not intend to turn this meeting into a contest (by the way, I do not know what exactly she held for a mockery), but we remember a mockery at the Security Council that comes from those countries who are used to blaming Russia for everything.

29.07.2019 - Russia’s security concept for the Gulf area

Ensuring security in a strategically important Gulf area is one of the major regional challenges of our time. Military and political shocks, outbursts of terrorist activities of the recent years in this region of the world abounding with hydrocarbon resources, are fraught with disastrous consequences for the system of international relations, global economic and, first and foremost, energy security.

29.07.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning a Foreign Office spokesperson statement in connection with the detention of unauthorised rally’s participants in Moscow

Q: How would you comment on the statement made by the Foreign Office spokesperson regarding the detention of participants of the unauthorised rally in Moscow on 27 July? A.: It is our understanding that our British colleagues have made no attempt to objectively assess the situation. In this regard we would like to point out that the rally in Moscow city centre was illegal. The people detained in its course committed a number of offences.

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