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473 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     465 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

05.01.2019

Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question regarding recent statements on Russia by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Question: How would you comment on Jeremy Hunt’s speech in Singapore, in which he named Russia’s actions on the international arena as the prime example of a threat to the rules-based international system?

Answer: Such rhetoric of British officials is not new. It again combines manipulation of international norms with distortion of facts.

As stated repeatedly, Russia does not accept the concept of a “rules-based international system”. The international order is based on international law, i.e. legally binding norms that have been agreed on and accepted by all states. By substituting “international law” with obscure “rules”, the UK and other Western countries aim to shed the responsibility for their unlawful behaviour, while assuming the right to randomly blame other countries of breaking “rules” to which they had never signed up.

Now to the facts. Mr Hunt blames Russia for the “annexation on 10,000 square miles of Ukrainian territory with the use of force”. If the Foreign Secretary means Crimea, one has to remember that it came under the sovereignty of Russia without a single shot fired, in accordance with the nearly unanimous will of the Crimean people. The Crimeans were left with no other choice but to exercise their right to self-determination in that way, after a coup d’état supported by the West took place in Kiev, and threats to the local Crimean community were loudly made. As to the allegations of a “use of chemical weapons in Salisbury”, these, as before, are not supported by evidence, while London is completely refusing to cooperate with Russia.

In the meantime, Secretary Hunt is forgetting to mention the numerous severe violations of international law by the UK itself. They include denying consular access to Sergei and Yulia Skripal, Russian citizens unlawfully held by the British authorities; rejecting the Russian request of legal assistance in the context of the investigation into the Skripals assassination attempt; refusing to implement the mechanism of cooperation under the Chemical Weapons Convention; refusing to cooperate in any form in investigating the death of Nikolay Glushkov; obstructing the normal work of the Russian Embassy. These examples characterise our bilateral relations with Britain, but they easily fade away once compared with blatant acts of aggression by the UK and its allies against Iraq, Libya and Syria.

The fact that all these violations are not considered by London as putting the “rules-based international system” under strain shows exactly what these “rules” mean and to what extent the UK respects the truly universal international norms.




LATEST EVENTS

19.06.2019 - The annual Russian-British Business Forum successfully held in London

The annual Russo-British Business Forum took place in London on 18 June, hosted by the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC) with support from the Russian Embassy and the Russian Trade Delegation in the UK. The Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko, RBCC Patron HRH Prince Michael of Kent and other officials, CEOs of Russian and British companies representing industrial, high-tech and finance sectors, as well as academia attended the event. More than 200 participants were registered at the Forum.


19.06.2019 - Foreign Minister Lavrov’s answers to TASS news agency’s questions, Moscow, June 18, 2019

Question: Could you please comment on the possible visit by President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro and the statement made by U.S. national security adviser John Bolton that Maduro has signed a defence contract with Russia in order to “buy” permanent support from Moscow. Sergey Lavrov: Regarding the statement made by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro about his plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin – yes, we are always ready to meet with our Venezuelan colleagues at the high and top levels, and such contacts will certainly take place in the foreseeable future. So far, no specific dates have been discussed and, accordingly, no specific contacts have been planned. But I repeat, we are always open to such meetings.


18.06.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question on the UK Government assessment as to the Gulf of Oman incidents

Q: How would you comment on the official statement by the UK Government pointing the finger at Iran for the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on 12 May and 13 June? A: The conclusions contained in that statement are not supported by any evidence. In our opinion, its absence makes it impossible to draw conclusions on anyone’s responsibility for the incidents. Russia calls upon the whole international community to show restraint in their assessments, avoid using biased one-sided approaches and look into the events carefully. We are convinced that no one should be blamed until a thorough and unbiased international investigation is completed.


18.06.2019 - Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding unacceptable US allegations of Russia exceeding the “zero-yield” standard

The United States has again accused Russia of violating the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). The latest statement to this effect was made by the US Defence Intelligence Agency on June 13. We point out once again that all these accusations are completely groundless. They cannot be regarded as anything other than an attempt to justify Washington’s preparations to withdraw from the CTBT and to resume full-scale nuclear tests.


14.06.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to questions at the Primakov Readings International Forum, June 11, 2019

I would like to reaffirm our full support for this format which has become a tradition. It is called “The Primakov Readings.” The prestige of this forum is growing. In five years, it has become one of the most authoritative and representative international expert venues. I think this is only natural because in one way or other everything linked with Mr Primakov is simply “doomed” to succeed considering the wealthiest intellectual legacy left by this outstanding state and political figure and scholar.


13.06.2019 - President Putin’s interview to Mir Interstate Television and Radio Company

Prior to visiting Kyrgyzstan to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit and Tajikistan to take part in the summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, President Vladimir Putin answered the questions of Radik Batyrshin, President and Editor-in-chief of the Mir Interstate Television and Radio Company.


12.06.2019 - Embassy press officer’s reply to a media question concerning the inquiry into the death of Mr Nikolay Glushkov

Question: Does the Embassy have any new information regarding the circumstances of the mysterious murder of the Russian national Nikolay Glushkov in London that happened on 12 March 2018? Answer: The Embassy regrets to state that, as 15 months have passed since this crime, the British authorities continue to disregard our numerous enquiries concerning course and results of the investigation into the murder of former Deputy Director General of “Aeroflot” Mr Nikolay Glushkov in the UK.


10.06.2019 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova regarding INF Treaty, Moscow, June 5, 2019

We have noted the continued complaints about Russia “violating” the INF Treaty in the NATO leadership’s public rhetoric on the subject, while urging the Russian side to “show political will and abide by the Treaty to save it.” As we understand it, such rhetoric will increase as we approach August 2, when the United States withdrawal procedure will be completed, destroying it completely. What Russia has to do with this is completely incomprehensible. As far as we understand, by replicating the accusations against our country, NATO representatives are trying to help Washington camouflage the true causes of the INF collapse and to divert attention from America’s true intentions by creating a kind of propaganda veil with such comments and statements.


06.06.2019 - Russian-Chinese talks

Talks between President Putin and President Xi Jinping, who came to Russia on a state visit, took place at the Kremlin.


04.06.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question on Russia’s ongoing operation in Idlib

Q: How will you comment on the publication by the Times arguing that Moscow “has rejected calls by President Trump to stop bombing of the Syrian rebel enclave of Idlib”? A: We regard the publication as another attempt to mislead the readers about Russia’s true intentions in Syria. Our country remains fully committed to agreements on stabilization in Idlib, and to the Turkish-Russian memorandum dated 17 September, 2018. Let me remind you that the memorandum reiterates strong commitment to eradicate terrorists from the Syrian soil. Guided by these principles and in response to aggressive actions by terrorist groups in Idlib, Russia is providing necessary support to the Syrian governmental in order to clean up this area from the armed elements recognised by the international community, including the UK, as terrorist organisations.



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