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03.03.2019 - SALISBURY: UNANSWERED QUESTIONS (4 March 2019)

A year ago, on 4 March 2018, Sergei and Yulia Skripal were reportedly poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury, Wiltshire. The UK government has accused the Russian state of being responsible for the poisoning. Russia has denied any involvement. The incident has caused major international repercussions, bringing Russia-UK and Russia-West relations to a new low. Yet details of what happened remain unclear. The Russian Embassy pays tribute to all those who have helped and supported the two Russian nationals affected, first and foremost to first responders and medical staff. We also commend the efforts of journalists, bloggers and members of the public who have been working tirelessly to ensure that truth over what happened is established and disseminated, despite the extremely difficult media environment imposed by the British authorities. Finally, we reiterate our sincere condolences over the tragic death of Dawn Sturgess who has become an innocent victim of political games. We join her loved ones in aspiring for the full circumstances of what happened to her and others involved to be established.

02.03.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the coverage of the Salisbury incident in the Russian media

Question: Today the Financial Times, with reference to a report by King’s College, accused Russian media of misleading the public by publishing 138 “contradictory accounts” of the Salisbiry incident. How would you comment on this? Answer: Despite the fact that the Salisbury incident happened almost a year ago, the British authorities have not published the results of the police investigation, which, as we understand, is still ongoing. The British and Russian public have to settle for multiple leaks (the vast majority of which appear in the British rather than Russian media) that the government persistently refuses to confirm or deny. There is substantial interest in Russia for all British media reports on this matter. Considering their inconsistency, the Russian public becomes more and more convinced that the Salisbury incident has been in fact a major anti-Russian set-up. The atmosphere of secrecy created by the British authorities around the investigation yet fuels such belief.

01.03.2019 - Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia after the Vote on Russian Draft Resolution on Venezuela

Mr. President, We deeply regret, that the Security Council has been dragged in this political show again. The draft resolution proposed by the US delegation was designed to change the regime under the guise of taking care of the people. We have seen all this in case of Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. We have already adopted a resolution on Libya that was unscrupulously used to start bombings and carry out a savage regime change. We all know what it ended in. Where is Libya now? What has been done to it? What has happened to African countries, where the terrorist international spread from Libya?

01.03.2019 - Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia at the UN Security Council Meeting on Syria

Mr. President, We welcome Mr.G.Pedersen at his first briefing at the Security Council, we thank you for the report. We share many of the assessments that you expressed. We believe one of the key words of your speech was – “need to restore the lost confidence”, not only inside Syria, but around it as well, the confidence of all the stakeholders who have to do with Syria.

01.03.2019 - Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia prior to the UN Security Council Vote on the US Draft Resolution on Venezuela

Mr. President, We have finally come to a culmination of the American double standard show on Venezuela. One month ago and the day before yesterday, during the Council meetings, it became obvious, that the majority of countries in the Western hemisphere, notwithstanding their political views, believe that Venezuela’s problems should be solved by the Venezuelans on the basis of a dialogue. Nation-wide and inclusive dialogue is what Venezuela needs now. However, Washington persistently marches towards its goal to escalate tension and implement the scenario that envisages unconstitutional change of authority.

28.02.2019 - Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia at the Security Council Debate on Silencing Guns in Africa

Mr. Minister, We are glad to welcome you in the Chair of the Security Council. Welcome to New-York. We thank the presidency of Equatorial Guinea for convening this meeting on the topic the importance of which can hardly be overestimated for the UN Security Council. We thank the speakers for the information and assessments they have shared. Mr. President, Agenda 2063 that was endorsed 6 years ago, enshrines that by that time there will be peace on the continent. It is encouraging that African leaders went beyond this noble but long-term goal and committed to do their best in order to stop armed conflicts in Africa by 2020. However, there is a tangle of problems that hinder the implementation of this ambitious goal and account for lasting instability on the continent. Equatorial Guinea initiated a resolution, that was adopted, and that focuses on many of these problems.

28.02.2019 - Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia at the UN Security Council Meeting on Venezuela

Mr. President, At the outset let me thank Mm. Rosemary DiCarlo and welcome Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela Jorge Arreaza. I could have agreed with my German colleague who said that the topic of today’s meeting should be “Threats to International Peace and Security” – threats to Venezuela posed be a whole range of states. Still I think the topic should be different. Today we should discuss the situation around Venezuela rather than the situation in this country. Today we are present at another episode of a show that the US has been performing for a month by now with a zeal worthy of a better cause.

28.02.2019 - Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia at UN Security Council Meeting on Syria

Mr. President, We thank Mm. Reena Ghelani for the report. We are satisfied to see a steady decrease of violence in Syria. However, despite the ongoing stabilization, there are separate tension hotbeds in the Syrian Arab Republic, including the one in Idlib Governorate and to the East of the Euphrates. The situation in the North-West of Syria is volatile; it cannot be artificially deterred for a long time. The threat posed by Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham militants who are in almost full control of these territories, cannot disappear by itself. The calls to “freeze” the situation only encourage the terrorists.

26.02.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions during the Russian-Vietnamese conference of the Valdai International Discussion Club

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions during the Russian-Vietnamese conference of the Valdai International Discussion Club, Ho Chi Minh City, February 25, 2019

23.02.2019 - Embassy's comment regarding the trip of the British journalist Janice Turner to Moscow

On February 14 the piece “Moscow is a shiny city that has lost its soul” by Janice Turner was published in “The Times” and met an unexpectedly live response of the Russian public. Remarkably, according to the information available to the Russian MFA, the above-mentioned British citizen visited Russia with a single-entry tourist visa, which does not give the right to work, and tourism was declared as the purpose of the trip. Ms. Turner also failed to obtain a proper accreditation, which is the legal basis for professional activity of a foreign journalist working in Russia, which means she had no right to work as a correspondent during her stay.

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