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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

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08.06.2018 - Russia-Belarus border control rules for attendees of major sports competitions in Russia

On June 1, 2018 the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Belarus on certain issues related to the entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons to international sports competitions came into force. The document in particular regulates the entry procedure for certain categories of foreign citizens into the territory of the Union State during the preparations and hosting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Agreement provides for visa-free entry into the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus for the holders of spectator identity cards (fan passports or FAN IDs) or information about them provided they have an authentic ID. The said citizens can also cross the Russia-Belarus border if they travel via the following motor roads: M-1, P-23, A-240 and following railway routes Vitebsk-Pskov, Minsk-Smolensk, Gomel-Bryansk.


08.06.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the new legislation introduced to Parliament in the context of the Salisbury poisoning

Question: How would you comment on the new bill introduced by the British government to give police new powers to investigate all forms of “hostile state activity” and to stop, question, search and detain individuals at the UK border to determine whether they appear to be a person who is, or has been, engaged in hostile activity? Answer: We do not have the opportunity to review and assess the whole text of the bill. Meanwhile, it is unclear from publicly available information, how these new sweeping powers of British law enforcement, border and customs agencies will be applied in practice. In regard to whom and how will they be used? Who and how will examine the level of “hostility” of foreign States’ activities?


08.06.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the publication of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee’s report “The FCO’s preparations for the 2018 World Cup”

Q.: How would you comment on the contents of the report by the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee expressing concerns over safety and security of British fans at the 2018 World Cup in Russia? A.: Unfortunately, this report is another attempt to fuel anti-Russian sentiments on the eve of the World Cup despite the fact that the British police and the FCO have given positive assessments of their cooperation with Russia’s law enforcement authorities on safety and security issues at the World Cup.


06.06.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the Metropolitan Police statement on the “Skripals case”

Question: How would you comment on the new statement by the Metropolitan Police regarding the inquiry into the Salisbury poisoning? Answer: We have carefully studied the statement of the Metropolitan Police, who are in charge of the investigation. Once again we have to note that the Embassy receives updates of the investigation from media reports and not via official channels. The British authorities have been persistently ignoring our requests, and there have been many, and refusing cooperation and direct contacts with us.


06.06.2018 - Media Statement: Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs / International Relations, 4 June 2018, Pretoria, South Africa

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa, met on 4 June 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa.


06.06.2018 - Speech of Ambassador Yakovenko at the RBCC Business Forum on 5 June 2018

Your Royal Highness, Mr Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am glad to welcome all the participants of the annual Business Forum of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce. It is an honor to address this important economic conference. Definitely, its significance is increasing as we experience political and economic turbulence at different levels.


04.06.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question concerning the current state of the investigation of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Q.:Today is exactly three months since Mr Sergei Skripal and Ms Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury. How would you assess the current state of cooperation with British authorities on this matter? A.: Unfortunately, it is impossible to assess cooperation with the UK on the Salisbury poisoning as it is simply non-existent.


01.06.2018 - Embassy press officer answers media question on briefing for MPs’ staff heading to Russia for the World Cup

Q: Today “PoliticsHome” reported a recent briefing for MPs’ staff heading to the FIFA World Cup in Russia in private capacity. Parliamentary staff were told to be on high alert and ordered to leave work mobile phones and laptops at home. They were also advised that their hotel rooms would likely be searched by Russian intelligence agents. Do you have a comment? A: We can only regret that authorities in Britain are still seeking to stoke tension around the forthcoming World Cup in Russia – despite British police praising cooperation with the Russian colleagues ahead of the tournament. The briefing at the Parliament resembles “commissions on trips abroad” which existed in the Soviet Union, even though it was rather based on the advice of a biased MP for Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson prior to his visit to Moscow last December.


01.06.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning UK chemical weapons initiative

Q: What is the position of Russia regarding the UK request to convene a Special Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention? A: We strongly oppose this initiative of a number of Western countries. This idea is untimely and harmful to the OPCW. The suggested agenda item – “Support for the Global Ban on the Use of Chemical Weapons” is absolutely misleading. The initiators of the Conference are doing little to conceal the fact that they aim to use it for stoking anti-Syrian and anti-Russian sentiment over the alleged use of toxic chemicals in Syrian Douma and in Salisbury. They are so anxious to press ahead with their narrative that they don’t even bother to wait for the results of the OPCW investigation of the incident in Douma and the UK police investigation of the Salisbury incident. Solid evidence is, sadly, not in demand.


31.05.2018 - Russian Embassy press officer replies to media question regarding the staged “Arkady Babchenko murder”

Q: How could you comment the staged “murder” of the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko in Kiev? A: As you know, the Russian MFA has already commented on this anti-Russian provocation, aimed to mislead the world community, which showed vivid concern over the alleged murder of a media personality in Ukraine. Unfortunately, we have seen quite a few staged incidents recently, proactively supported not only by the discredited West-backed Kiev regime. For example, the British authorities were quick to publicize the false allegations of chemical attacks by the Syrian Government in Khan Sheikhun and Douma.


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