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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

09.11.2017

Response of the Embassy’s press-secretary to the media question on Syria

Question: On 7 November Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson said in the House of Commons that “We must continue to emphasise to the Kremlin that, instead of blindly supporting a murderous regime—even after UN investigators have found the regime’s forces guilty of using sarin nerve gas, most recently at Khan Sheikhoun in April—Russia should join the international community and support a negotiated settlement in Syria under the auspices of the UN”. What is your comment on that?

Response: This statement sounds at least incorrect as Russia has always been an advocate of a political solution in Syria. And our colleagues in the Foreign Office should know this very well as they worked closely with us and other members of the UN Security Council on the text of the Resolution 2254. We have always adhere to the obligations under this Resolution, and stated that the only way to settle the Syrian crisis is to bring together representatives of all Syrian ethnic and religious groups, as well as all ethnic and political forces at the negotiating table, according to this Resolution, which urges the opposition as well as the Syrian Government to work towards agreements based on universal consensus.

The political process in Syria is growing increasingly important, given that the fight against terrorism in Syria is nearing completion. We must not allow any pauses in the international efforts. Moreover, we must redouble our efforts to create conditions for an inclusive intra-Syrian dialogue. This is the goal of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, the date for which will be announced soon. We are confident that the Syrian National Dialogue Congress will help implement the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 2254 on a political settlement in Syria and help advance the negotiating process under the aegis of the UN in Geneva.

As to the so-called chemical dossier of Syria, we have repeatedly publicly stated that Russia insists on the impartial and professional international investigation of all chemical incidents in Syria. In case of Khan Sheikhoun in April it means an on-site, not a remote investigation by collecting samples on the ground on site of the incident and visiting the air base in Shairat.  So far, neither OPCW Fact Finding Mission, nor UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism has lived up to the expectations of an objective investigation.




LATEST EVENTS

19.01.2018 - Special screening of the Russian film "Attraction" in Edinburgh

Russian science-fiction film "Attraction" directed by Fedor Bondarchuk has been released in the UK. On the day of the premiere on January 18 a special screening of the film and an expert discussion took place with the participation of representatives of the Universities of Edinburgh and St. Andrews at the "Cineworld IMAX". It was organized by the Consulate General of Russia in Edinburgh together with the Princes Dashkova Russian Centre with the financial support of the Embassy of Russia to the UK. A welcoming address of the Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko was read out.


18.01.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko meets British parliamentarians

On 17 January 2018 Alexander Yakovenko had a meeting with members of both Houses of British Parliament, initiated by the British side under preparations for a short debate on the UK government strategy towards relations with Russia (scheduled for 29 January in the House of Lords).


18.01.2018 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Vancouver meeting on North Korea

The results of the Vancouver meeting on the DPRK held on January 16, which are included in the statement of its co-chairs - the United States and Canada - reinforced our doubts about the usefulness of this event. We were perplexed to see Russia and China mentioned in the document, especially given the fact that the foreign ministers of the two countries were not invited to the meeting that was supposed to focus on the Korean issue. We were particularly impressed by a passage on the importance and special responsibility of Russia and China in finding long-term solutions to Korean Peninsula issues. I would like to note that our countries have been offering such a solution and urging others to join it for a year now.


17.01.2018 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions at a news conference on Russian diplomacy in 2017

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions at a news conference on Russian diplomacy in 2017, Moscow, January 15, 2018


17.01.2018 - Response of the Embassy’s press-secretary to the media question on North Korea nuclear issue

Q: Speaking to the Guardian ahead of an international conference on North Korea in Vancouver, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that North Korea is “a threat of the kind the world has not known since the dawn of the atomic age”. What is Russia's position on the Korean Peninsula’s nuclear problem in general and on Vancouver’s conference in particular?


17.01.2018 - Russian Embassy’s press secretary responds to Reuters question

Q: Do you have any comment on the Ministry of Defence statements on interception of Russian planes near UK airspace, prominently featuring in the media in the recent days?


15.01.2018 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, January 12, 2018


12.01.2018 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

On January 12, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif.


12.01.2018 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veteran

On 11 January 2018 Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medal to the Arctic Convoys veteran Mr Bernard David DAVIES who was awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for his personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.


11.01.2018 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif, Moscow, January 10, 2018

Mr Minister, friends, I am happy to welcome you to the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation. We met several times last year and this was important considering the high level of communication between the presidents of Russia and Iran. We were happy to welcome President of Iran Hassan Rouhani when he arrived on an official visit to Moscow last March. Later, Mr Rouhani met with President of Russia Vladimir Putin in Tehran and in Sochi. Our foreign ministries, security councils and other ministries maintain close cooperation. A regular meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation is being prepared. We suggested holding it at the beginning of this year.



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