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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

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11.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question concerning the situation with consular access to Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Q. Russia has on numerous occasions accused the UK of violating consular conventions as regards access to the Russian nationals Sergei and Yulia Skripal. How does this correlate with the need to obtain their consent for such communication while, according to the British authorities, the Skripals do not want to speak to the Russian representatives? A. The British side has informed us that Yulia Skripal is allegedly unwilling to communicate with the Embassy. It has refused consular access to Sergei Skripal citing his British citizenship. The British authorities claim that Russian nationals must absolutely provide their consent to communicate with consular officers. We cannot accept such position.


11.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s response to a media question on the recent statement by Foreign Secretary Johnson

Q: Can you comment on the statement by the Foreign Secretary Johnson on recent escalation of tensions between Iran and Israel, calling on Russia to “press those in Syria to cease their destabilising activity and work towards a broader political settlement”? A: This statement is misleading.


11.05.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko meets with the Director General, Consular and Security at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Philip Barton

On 10th May Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko met with Director General, Consular and Security at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Philip Barton. The Ambassador stated that the whole range of circumstances around the Salisbury incident involving Sergei and Yulia Skripal compel Russia to qualify the situation as a forced detention or even abduction of Russian nationals. Statements circulated by the police on behalf of Yulia Skripal are impossible to verify. There is no proof of the Russian nationals being alive and well, and not being held against their will.


11.05.2018 - Information on foreign citizens’ migration regulations and registration at the place of sojourn during the 2018 FIFA World Cup™

Foreign citizens and stateless persons, arriving to the Russian Federation as the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ spectators, can enter the Russian Federation between 4 June and 15 July 2018 (in the period which starts 10 days before the first World Cup match date and ends on the date of the last World Cup match) and exit the Russian Federation between 4 June and 25 July 2018 (in the period which starts 10 days before the first World Cup match date and ends 10 days after the last World Cup match date) without visas, using identity documents recognised as such by the Russian Federation and a FAN ID (personalised spectator card) either in the paper (laminated) or electronic form. The FAN ID entitles a foreign spectator to enter, sojourn in and exit the Russian Federation during the period specified above.


11.05.2018 - Ambassador Yakovenko held a briefing for the diplomatic corps

On 10 May a briefing was held at the Embassy for the heads of the diplomatic missions accredited in London.


10.05.2018 - Ambassador’s speech at the Soviet War Memorial

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s speech at the Soviet War Memorial, London, 9 May 2018


08.05.2018 - Embassy’s press officer response to a media question on the new announcements on the Skripals’ case

Q: Can you comment on today's government statements on Salisbury sites being "released" by the police?


08.05.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko to become honorary patron of the Welsh National Opera production of “War and Peace”

In a letter to Managing Director of the Welsh National Opera Leonora Thomson, Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko has agreed to become an Honorary Patron of WNO production of Sergei Prokofiev’s opera “War and Peace”. The Welsh National Opera, one of the most distinguished UK opera houses, opens the autumn season with the new “War and Peace” production on 15 September. It is expected that after the premiere in Cardiff the new production will tour the UK, including the Royal Opera House in London.


07.05.2018 - Vladimir Putin’s speech at the inauguration ceremony as President of Russia

Vladimir Putin: Citizens of Russia, ladies and gentlemen, friends, I salute all the citizens of our great nation and compatriots living abroad, all those who are watching the broadcast of this ceremony and all those present here today, in the historic halls of the Kremlin and on the ancient Cathedral Square. As I am about to take office as the President of Russia, I am keenly aware of the immense responsibility towards each and every one of you, and towards our entire multi-ethnic nation. I am aware of my responsibility towards Russia, a country of magnificent victories and accomplishments, towards the history of the Russian state that goes back centuries and towards our ancestors. Their courage, relentless work, undefeatable unity, and the way they sanctified their homeland are eternal examples of their dedication to their Fatherland.


04.05.2018 - Embassy press officer comments on the Guardian article concerning a new British anti-Russian strategy

Q: What is our reaction to the Guardian article on a “comprehensive strategy” to “deepen the alliance against Russia” to be pursued by the UK Government at international forums? A: Judging by the publication, the main current challenge for Whitehall is to preserve the anti-Russian coalition that the Conservatives tried to build after the Salisbury incident. This task is challenging indeed. The “fusion doctrine” promoted by the national security apparatus has led to the Western bloc taking hasty decisions that, as life has shown, were not based on any facts.


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