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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

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.

It is the UK that officially supports the bellicose Syrian opposition and continuously encourages overthrowing of the legal government in Damascus.

It is the UK that provides financial assistance to the “White Helmets” – the organization that, instead of delivering humanitarian assistance, has proven itself to be a skillful fabricator of fake news.

It is the UK that continuously disregards the positive effect of the Astana process on Syria, created in order to help the sides to move towards political settlement in the framework of the Geneva process. Guarantor countries of the Astana process – Russia, Turkey and Iran – are coordinating practical steps aimed at bringing sustainable peace and stability to Syria and start to achieve tangible results.

We would also like to remind of the latest example of highly destabilising activity, which happened on 14 April, when the UK, together with the US and France, committed an act of aggression against Syria, carrying out series of missile strikes on the Syrian alleged facilities.

Once again we urge the British government to stop pointing fingers on others and to start engaging in a proper diplomatic process, working hard to bring a negotiated political solution in Syria.




LATEST EVENTS

25.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s response to a media question about the investigation of the death of Nikolay Glushkov

Q: How would you comment on the investigation by British authorities of the death of Mr Nikolay Glushkov? A: Unfortunately, British authorities continue to refuse to cooperate on the investigation of the mysterious death on 12 March in London of former Deputy Director General of “Aeroflot” Mr Nikolay Glushkov. On 24 April, the Embassy sent to the Home Office an official request of the General Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation on legal assistance in the criminal case on the death of Mr Glushkov. However, there has been no reply. This amounts to a disregard by the British side of their obligations under the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters of 1959.


25.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question concerning current state of the investigation of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Q: Did Yulia Skripal’s video statement of 23 May provide answers to the questions raised by Russia in relation to the Salisbury incident? A: Unfortunately, no, it didn’t.


25.05.2018 - Statement by the Foreign Ministry regarding the press conference of the Joint Investigation Team

Statement by the Foreign Ministry regarding the May 24, 2018 press conference of the Joint Investigation Team on the preliminary findings of the criminal investigation into the July 17, 2014 crash of the Malaysian Boeing in eastern Ukraine


25.05.2018 - Embassy press officer’s comment on the Skripal case

Almost three months have passed since the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal on 4 March in Salisbury. The British political leadership has put forward serious accusations against Russia, but has not yet provided any evidence in support of its position.


24.05.2018 - The Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum 2018

Today in Saint Petersburg, the traditional International Economic Forum will start its work. SPIEF is one of the key international discussion platforms for the global and regional economic trends and challenges. Heads of states and governments, prominent public leaders, heads of international organizations and major companies, leading world experts and analysts as well as numerous media representatives attend the event. The last year’s SPIEF was a record high in terms of the number of participants – over 14 thousand people. 475 investment agreements totaling $30 bn were signed.


23.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer comments on Yulia Skripal’s video address

We are glad to have seen Yulia Skripal alive and well. The statement she read out contains new information. However, the video shown only strengthens our concerns as to the conditions in which she is being held. Obviously, Yulia was reading a pre-written text. More than that, judging by quite a few elements, the text was a translation from English and had been initially written by a native English-speaker.


21.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning a new report on Russia by the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee

Q: Today the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee published a report “Moscow’s Gold: Russian Corruption in the UK”. How would you comment on that? A: We are carefully studying this report and its recommendations. Meanwhile, one cannot help but notice at first sight that it is another anti-Russian undertaking by the parliamentary committee aimed at supporting the UK claims to play a leading role in the Western bloc to “deter Russia”. The 2015 National Security Strategy, Prime Minister’s Banquet Speech in November 2017, unsubstantiated accusations against Russia of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the “fusion doctrine” outlined on 1 May by National Security Adviser Sir Mark Sedwill are all integral parts of the reckless policy of UK political leadership against Russia.


21.05.2018 - Embassy’s press Secretary answers media question on the detention of the journalist Kirill Vyshinsky in Ukraine

Q: How did UK authorities react to the detention of “RIA Novosti Ukraine” journalist Kirill Vyshinsky in Kiev on 15 May? A: The reporter’s detention by the Ukrainian authorities caused worldwide outrage. It was condemned by a number of countries, international organizations and journalists’ professional bodies, including the UK National Union of Journalists. Regretfully, the UK Government, which so often calls on Russia and other countries to respect freedom of speech, has preferred to keep silent on this case.


18.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question about Sergei Skripal’s discharge from the hospital

Question: According to the recent reports, Sergei Skripal was discharged this morning from the hospital in Salisbury. How could you comment on that? Answer: We are satisfied that the treatment Sergei Skripal received was successful and he is well enough to leave the hospital. We wish him full recovery.


18.05.2018 - President of Syria Bashar al-Assad made a working visit to Russia

Vladimir Putin held talks with President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad in Sochi.



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