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624 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     616 days have passed since the death of Nikolay Glushkov on British soil - no credible information or response from the British authorities

PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

23.08.2018

Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the article by the Conservative Party MP Bob Seely in the “Daily Telegraph”

Question: How would you comment on the article by the Conservative Party MP Bob Seely in the “Daily Telegraph” claiming that Russia is “buying some European states and bullying others”, making it “difficult for the EU to unite against Russia”?

Answer: Bob Seely’s article amounts to a manifesto of British russophobic circles. Such people tend to consider any social and economic phenomena in Europe through the lens of confrontation with the “aggressive Russia”.

It’s difficult to disprove Mr Seely’s arguments one by one as they contain too many twisted facts, unsubstantiated statements and undisguised manipulations. Yet, we would like to recall the main points. The so-called “annexation” of Crimea was a result of a free expression of will by the people of the peninsula in response to a coup d’etat in Kiev and a real risk of a civil war. “The war with Georgia” in 2008 started with a Georgian offensive, including against Russian peacekeepers. The claims about “mass killings in Syria” sound absurd when made by British politicians given their own government’s years-long indulgence towards terrorist groups in that country and against the background of Russia’s persistent efforts to help Syrians to return to a peaceful life. And, last but not least, Russia’s responsibility for poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal has not been proven either by the USA, or by Britain itself.

Anyway, another point is much more interesting. The Conservative MP is claiming that he is “not being anti-Russian, but pro-democracy”. But it looks like his understanding of democracy differs from ours. Mr Seely seems to think that not only the referendum in Crimea, but also the outcome of elections in the US, Austria and Italy, and economic cooperation between Russia and Germany, Turkey, Hungary, Greece and Cyprus are indicative of the Kremlin “achieving its disrupting aims” and thus something that goes against the interests of democracy.

At the same time Mr Seely states that the task of “Global Britain” is “to help align the US and Europe as well as the allies throughout the world for the mutual security of all”. Apparently, the idea of “Global Britain” is to make nations choose their leaders and conduct trade based not on their own preferences, but on the imaginary “security interests” defined in London and Washington in response to the non-existent “Russian threat”. Such policy is unlikely to have a future.




LATEST EVENTS

16.11.2019 - Press release on Russian-British consultations on Syria

On November 15, Special Presidential Representative for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin held consultations with David Quarrey, the Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser and Deputy National Security Adviser.


05.11.2019 - Andrei Kelin appointed as Russia’s Ambassador to the UK

By the Presidential decree № 545 dated 5 November 2019 Andrei Kelin has been appointed as Russia’s Ambassador to the UK


30.10.2019 - Joint Statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey on Syria, Geneva, 29 October 2019

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the Astana format held the trilateral meeting and consultations with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria Mr.Geir O. Pedersen in Geneva on 29 October 2019.


19.10.2019 - V Russian-British Business Forum in London will host an international conference of Russian compatriots

On 27 November 2019 the Russian Embassy in London and the Russian Community Council in the United Kingdom will hold the international conference “Compatriots-businessmen: prospects of cooperation” on the sidelines of the 5th Russian-British Business Forum. The conference will see over 80 businesspeople from the Russian community living in the United Kingdom as well as continental Europe. They will exchange experience and discuss business opportunities, development of culture and social projects related to Russia.


10.10.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at a meeting with President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Nur-Sultan, October 9, 2019

Esteemed Mr Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Thank you very much for receiving me during my visit to Nur-Sultan.


10.10.2019 - Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin’s interview with Izvestia, October 9, 2019

Question: Mr Vershinin, following the UN General Assembly session, it was stated that, in the wake of the visa scandal, several UN General Assembly committees could be transferred from New York to another country. Do you think it is possible? Sergey Vershinin: I think this is feasible, but the decision should be taken by the General Assembly. This is not the first time the United States has violated its obligations under the UN Charter and the agreement on the location of the organisation’s central bodies in the United States. As you may be aware, this is not just a question of this year or today. We have been raising this issue for many years, specifically, since 2004, in the special UN Committee on Relations with the Host Country, because there were similar incidents then, too.


26.09.2019 - Embassy Press Officer comments on new data regarding the Salisbury investigation

On 25 September, the Metropolitan Police published new data on blood tests taken in March 2018 from individuals that might have been affected by a nerve agent in Salisbury. The samples did not reveal any traces of exposure. Leaving aside the question of why the tests have been carried out only now, let us point out that the absence of traces of “Novichok” does not help to support the official British version of the incident. But there is another aspect to the news.


25.09.2019 - Joint Statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey on Syria, New York, 24 September 2019

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the Astana format held a trilateral meeting on the margins of the 74th meeting of UN General Assembly. The Ministers: 1. Reaffirmed the strong commitment of the Astana guarantors to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and emphasized that these principles should be respected by all sides.


23.09.2019 - “World at a Crossroads and a System of International Relations for the Future” by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for “Russia in Global Affairs” magazine, September 20, 2019

These days, the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly opens up. So does a new international “political season”. The session begins at a highly symbolic historical moment. Next year we will celebrate two great and interconnected anniversaries – the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic and Second World Wars, and the establishment of the UN.


22.09.2019 - Embassy Press Officer replies to a media question regarding Charlie Rowley’s intention to sue the Russian Government

Question: How would you comment on the plans by Charlie Rowley, a victim of the Amesbury poisonings, to initiate judicial proceedings against the Russian authorities? Answer: As far as we understand, these plans are at a very preliminary stage. A lawsuit specifically against the Russian Government is but one of the options considered by Mr Rowley’s lawyers. For our part, we fully share Charlie’s desire to establish truth regarding his poisoning that also resulted in the death of his partner Dawn Sturgess. Mr Rowley is seeking clarity over the “unanswered questions”, which is, incidentally or not, the title of the Embassy’s own report with questions to the British authorities.



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