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1629 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1621 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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04.07.2019 - Embassy comment on the situation concerning the Salisbury incident with Russian nationals Sergei and Yulia Skripal

16 months have passed since the mysterious incident in Salisbury. The British side continuously ignores multiple appeals by Russia to clear up the circumstances surrounding the incident, provide transparency of the investigation, allow access to the affected Russian citizens and launch substantive cooperation to establish, what and how happened in Salisbury in reality. As before, more than 80 Notes Verbales sent to the Foreign Office and the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation for legal assistance over Russia’s own criminal case have been left unanswered. At the same time the British authorities continue to take an aggressive stance towards Russia, while claiming to have irrefutable evidence that our country was behind the incident. However, the British side does not bother to present the “evidence” either to Russia, or to their own allies, or to the public.

04.07.2019 - Embassy press officer’s comment regarding access to Crimea for international monitors

On 3 July Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced that during general debate in the UN Human Rights Council the British delegation called on Russia “to grant international human rights monitors access to illegally annexed Crimea”. Leaving aside the issue of “illegal annexation” (Russia’s stance on this subject is well-known), we would like to stress that the Republic of Crimea is open for visits of all international delegations and any foreign guests in general, on equal terms with all the other regions of our country. The FCO statement is therefore confusing. We consider it as yet another example of abuse of human rights issues by our British colleagues.

01.07.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the BBC’s publication on the Salisbury incident

Question: How would you comment on the BBC’s publication of 28 June which contains new “information” on the supposed “coordinator” of the Salisbury poisoning? Answer: As previously, this publication is based on reports from the untrustworthy “investigative” group Bellingcat and information provided by anonymous sources to the journalist Mark Urban, which are impossible to verify. This, predictably, raises a number of questions.

01.07.2019 - Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on the meeting between President Putin and Prime Minister Theresa May, 28 June 2019

Question: What was President Putin’s answer to Mrs May’s question on the Skripal case? He outlined his position in the «Financial Times» interview but what did he say directly to Mrs May? Was she satisfied? Answer: It’s hard to say whether she was. Mrs May had indeed raised the Skripals incident in a rather tough manner, while the Russian President gave a detailed explanation on everything worth explaining. We all know that the British side has so far provided no evidence to support its accusations on the case. Neither to us, nor to their European allies, nor to North American ones. Otherwise, the evidence would have already been somehow made public.

01.07.2019 - E-visas introduced for visiting Russia’s Kaliningrad Region

From 1 July 2019, electronic visas are introduced for visiting the Kaliningrad Region of Russia. E-visas may be obtained online at http://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/klgd_home.html. Nationals of 53 states are eligible for an e-visa. These include all EU member states, except the United Kingdom.

29.06.2019 - President Putin’s news conference

Following the G20 summit, the President of Russia answered journalists’ questions. June 29, 2019, 10:50, Osaka

29.06.2019 - Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on Russia-UK meeting in Osaka

The fact that the meeting took place is very positive. There had been a long pause in the dialogue at the highest level between Russia and Britain.

27.06.2019 - Mr Ivan Volodin, Chargé d’Affaires of the Russian Federation in the UK, had a meeting with Mrs Stephanie Al-Qaq, the FCO Director for Middle East and North Africa

On 26 June Mr Ivan Volodin, Chargé d’Affaires of the Russian Federation in the UK, had a meeting with Ms Stephanie Al-Qaq, the FCO Director for Middle East and North Africa.

26.06.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question on the UK position regarding the Russia’s rights restoration in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Q: How would you assess the position of the UK parliamentarians at the PACE session in Strasbourg regarding the restoration of the rights of the Russian delegation to the Assembly? A: We have taken note with regret that the majority of the UK delegation members voted against the resolution allowing the Russian MPs to participate in the June session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly. It is significant that this unfriendly move was taken against the background of the UK Government representatives’ statements in favour of avoiding Russia’s withdrawal from the Council of Europe.

26.06.2019 - International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is annually marked in Russia on 26 June. Every year a broad range of activities are carried out that day to promote a healthy lifestyle among the population, primarily the youth, under such mottos as “Children against Drugs – I Choose Sport”, “Sport – YES! Drugs – NO!”, etc.

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