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02.11.2017

APPEAL OF THE COUNCIL OF THE FEDERATION OF THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

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The Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation notes that on 14 July 2015 the “P5+1” international mediators (China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and the United States of America) together with the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and security policy and The Islamic Republic of Iran adopted the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Practical implementation of the agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme started on 16 January 2016.

The UN Security Council resolution 2231 of 20 July 2015, unanimously adopted in support of the JCPOA, confirmed that the Plan of Action marked a fundamental shift in the situation around the Iranian nuclear programme and its full implementation would contribute to building confidence of the international community in its exclusively peaceful nature. The UN Security Council called upon the UN member states and the international organisations to take such actions as may be appropriate to support the implementation of the JCPOA and refrain from any actions that undermine it. The JCPOA participants – China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain, the United States of America, the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran – were encouraged to resolve any issues arising with respect to implementation of JCPOA commitments though the procedures specified in it.

The members of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation believe that currently the JCPOA is one of the most important international agreements, concluded after almost fifteen years of meticulous work. Its signing demonstrated the possibility of reaching a peaceful and compromise deal on the most difficult international problems, the ability of the global powers, particularly the permanent members of the UN Security Council to agree for the sake of common goals’ achievement and to act in the interests of the entire international community, to correlate their own national interests respectively.

The Report on EU strategy towards Iran after the nuclear agreement (2015/2274 (INI) of 12 October 2016 defines Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as an achievement for multilateral diplomacy opening the possibility for cooperation in resolving the region’s security crisis.

The Iranian nuclear programme agreement contributes to strengthening of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime and could be used as a model for settlement of other international problems, for example, the situation around the nuclear programme of the DPRK. 

The Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation notes with anxiety that implementation of this international agreement is currently put in jeopardy as the President of the United States of America Donald Trump has announced a new strategy for Iran, which stipulates the possibility of commitment of unilateral actions by the USA, including the withdrawal from the JCPOA. It is obvious that such actions will trigger a response from Iran, thus putting the clock on the situation with the Iranian nuclear programme back for decades, undermine confidence in the leading global powers as responsible actors in the international relations, inflict irreparable damage to efforts aimed at strengthening of the non-proliferation regime, and negatively influence solution of similar problems concerning nuclear programmes of other countries.

Members of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation insistently urge members of the Congress of the United States of America to use all available recourses to prevent such a dangerous situation. There are no grounds to curtail collaboration with Iran on its nuclear programme. Assessments of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is authorised to monitor Iran in nuclear field, confirm that Iran complies with its obligations under the JCPOA.

While sharing the IAEA’s point of view, members of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation urge members of parliaments of China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the European Parliament to influence the political leaders of their countries in order maintain the historical agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme in force.    

   

 

 

The Council of the Federation

of the Federal Assembly

of the Russian Federation

 

Moscow, 25 October 2017




LATEST EVENTS

19.07.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning alleged identification by the Metropolitan police of suspects in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Q.: How would you comment on today’s media reports claiming that the Met Police have allegedly identified two suspected perpetrators of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury? A.: We have seen the report by the Press Association saying that investigators believe to have identified the persons who poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal by cross-checking CCTV recordings with lists of people who entered and left the United Kingdom around that time. The Security Minister Ben Wallace has already given assessment to this report by writing in Twitter that it “belongs in the ill informed and wild speculation folder”. In this regard, we would also like to mention the statement of the Met Police on the Salisbury poisoning published by “Daily Mail” on 17 July, according to which “the investigation into the Salisbury attack remains ongoing and we’re not prepared to discuss any lines of enquiry at this stage”.


19.07.2018 - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s answers to questions by the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency about the investigation into the Salisbury and Amesbury incidents and the murder of Nikolai Glushkov

Question: What could you say about the investigation into the incidents in Salisbury and Amesbury? Maria Zakharova: We have noticed that Britain has lately modified the tactics of covering the investigation into the Salisbury and Amesbury incidents. While earlier the London police limited themselves to general phrases accompanied by a lot of media leaks and high-level politicised statements, then now they make regular public statements, with politicians referring to the need to wait for police conclusions. Despite insufficient informative value, this creates an illusion of transparency.


18.07.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s statement of on the 4th anniversary of the MH17 plane crash in Eastern Ukraine

Q: Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt insists on Russian state responsibility for downing MH17 flight in Eastern Ukraine. How would you comment on this? A: Indeed, four years have passed since Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight crashed in Donbass, claiming the lives of 298 innocent passengers from many countries. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of all those who lost their lives. From the very first day Russia has advocated a thorough and impartial international investigation into this crash. Our country immediately offered all necessary technical and expert assistance. Instead, the Netherlands did not allow Russia to participate in the Joint Investigative Team (JIT) and opted to pursue a preselected line of investigation, almost entirely ignoring essential information that Russia was providing.


17.07.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the statement of Minister of State Alan Duncan on the “Ukrainian political prisoners”

Question: Foreign Office Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan has urged Russia to release the “Ukrainian political prisoners” Oleg Sentsov, Volodymyr Balukh and Emir-Huseyn Kuku. How would you comment on this? Answer: The Embassy has taken note of Sir Alan’s statement, which fails to reflect the real state of affairs. It should be reminded that Oleg Sentsov has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on grave charges of creating a terrorist group and preparing two terrorist acts.


17.07.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning The New York Times article on the Skripals case

Question: According to the New York Times, British investigators suspect “current or former agents of the GRU” of the attempted poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. How would you comment on that? Answer: We are not surprised by the new wave of anti-Russian publications in the run-up to and on the day of the meeting between the Russian and U.S. Presidents in Helsinki. However, we are concerned by the fact that, while the British authorities keep concealing all information concerning the investigation into the Salisbury incident, the newspaper has quoted “one former US official familiar with the inquiry”. It appears that the British authorities have shared confidential and extremely sensitive information with private individuals who have no authority or grounds for access thereto. Meanwhile, the Russian side has been trying to get access to the investigation and ensure cooperation between the British authorities and Russian experts for over four months, to no avail.


16.07.2018 - Russia-US summit

President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of the United States of America Donald Trump have met in Helsinki for their first full-scale summit meeting. Before this, Mr Putin and Mr Trump had met on the sidelines of various international events.


16.07.2018 - News conference following talks between the presidents of Russia and the United States

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, The talks with President of the United States Donald Trump were held in a candid and business-like atmosphere. I think they were quite successful and beneficial. We reviewed the current state and prospects of Russia-US relations and key international issues. It is obvious to everyone that our bilateral relations are undergoing a complicated period but there is no objective reason for these difficulties and the current tense atmosphere.


14.07.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the new invitation of the OPCW experts to the UK

Question: How would you comment on the recent statement of the FCO concerning the new invitation to the OPCW experts to visit the United Kingdom in the framework of the Amesbury incident investigation? Answer: Following the new invitation extended by the UK to the OPCW technical experts “to independently confirm the identity of the nerve agent”, which Charles Rowley and Dawn Sturgess have been exposed to, we would like remind of the fact that after the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury in March Russia proposed to the UK to use the mechanisms under Article IX, paragraph 2 of the CWC and carry out a joint investigation.


14.07.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning course of investigation of the Amesbury incident

Question: How would you comment on the recent statements that a small bottle containing nerve agent has been found in Amesbury? Answer: Unfortunately, Russia has no access to any official information concerning both the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal and other suspicious incidents in the UK, because the British side refuses to cooperate with us in any way possible. We cannot check or verify any British statements. As for this incident, we have to rely only on public statements, and we are almost sure that the British side will not be informing us directly.


11.07.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the activity of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down

Question: As early as in April the Russian Embassy requested assistance of the British side in arranging a meeting with Chief Executive of the Porton Down Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) Gary Aitkenhead and his colleagues. Have you managed to ascertain whether this secret lab had produced A-234 type agents that were allegedly used against the Skripals? Answer: Sadly, the FCO has ignored our query, which brings us to the conclusion that the British authorities wish to prevent us from communicating with experts who might have some information that is inconvenient for the Conservative government. In his interview to Sky News in April, Mr Aitkenhead himself did not deny the fact that his laboratory had produced and stockpiled nerve agents, including the so-called “novichok”. He added that they “would not be allowed to operate if we had lack of control that could result in anything leaving the four walls of our facility”.



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