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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

25.03.2020

Foreign Ministry Statement urging to immediately stop hostilities, March 25, 2020

In view of the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation is urging all parties to regional armed conflicts to immediately stop hostilities, secure a ceasefire, and introduce a humanitarian pause.

We support the respective statement by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of March 23.

We proceed from the assumption that these developments could lead to a global humanitarian disaster, given that  most  people  in  the current hot spots lack access to medicines and skilled medical assistance.

Of special concern are the situations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Syria, as well in the Palestinian territories, including the Gaza Strip. We note separately the risks associated with the possible deterioration of the epidemiological situation in African countries, where there is a persisting armed confrontation. The localities with camps for refugees and internally displaced persons are particularly vulnerable.

Our call is primarily addressed to the nations, which illegally use military force outside of their national borders. We especially note that the current conditions offer no justification for unilateral coercive measures, including economic restrictions, which are a severe impediment on the authorities’ efforts to protect the health of their populations.

We are highly concerned over the situation on territories controlled by terrorist groups, who could not care less about people’s wellbeing. These zones might potentially become most prone to the spread of the infection. We are confident that counter-terrorist measures must be carried on.

We call on the international community to provide the countries in need with the necessary humanitarian support without any political preconditions. Such support should be intended for saving people in distress. The use of humanitarian aid as a tool to force internal political change is unacceptable, as is speculation on the fate of any victims.

The Russian Federation will continue its work at the UN Security Council to facilitate the political and diplomatic settlement of regional conflicts based on the UN Charter and the universal norms of international law, and is ready for pro-active cooperation in this area with all parties concerned.




LATEST EVENTS

03.04.2020 - Embassy comment regarding Russian humanitarian aid to combat Covid-19

British media continue publications seeking to find discrepancies and hidden agenda of Russian humanitarian assistance rendered to the United States and Italy in order to help them combat the coronavirus pandemic.


27.03.2020 - Vladimir Putin took part in the Extraordinary Virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit

Vladimir Putin took part in the Extraordinary Virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit. The summit focused on fighting the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the global economy.


24.03.2020 - Embassy comment on speculations around Russia’s aid to Italy

We have been dismayed by the article “Putin flexes soft power muscles with medical aid airlift to Italy” appearing in the Financial Times on 24 March. It contains perverted facts along with politicised statements from experts whose world view does not accept good deeds by Russia.


20.03.2020 - Embassy comment regarding British media accusations against Russia regarding disinformation on the coronavirus

British press are claiming that “Russian state media” are spreading disinformation and escalating the situation in Europe with regard to the coronavirus pandemic. Russia is alleged to be again attempting to set panic and stir controversy in Western societies. It is noteworthy that these publications refer Russian talk shows and opinion articles in online media. They represent personal views and have nothing to do with the Russian state.


17.03.2020 - Entry into the Russian Federation is temporarily restricted for foreign citizens and stateless persons from 18 March 2020 to 1 May 2020

In order to ensure state security, protect public health and prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection in the Russian Federation, from 18 March 2020 to 1 May 2020, entry into the Russian Federation is temporarily restricted for foreign citizens and stateless persons.


16.03.2020 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the start of the MH17 trial at the District Court of The Hague

The first session of the trial on the crash of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014 started in the District Court of The Hague on March 9-10. During the previous briefing we gave detailed coverage of this issue on the eve of the trial. We said the Western media had launched an unprecedented accusatory media campaign that has become direct pressure on the court and an aggravation of anti-Russia sentiment. Now that the first session has been held, it is clear that our evaluation was well grounded. Although the court dealt only with procedural issues in this session, like the schedule and the order of the sessions, and the presence of participants, the frenzy over the trial has not abated. On the contrary, it has been fueled by some Western politicians, investigators and prosecutors.


06.03.2020 - Additional Protocol to the Memorandum on Stabilization of the Situation in the Idlib De-Escalation Area

The Republic of Turkey and the Russian Federation, as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic... Have agreed as follows, 1- Cease all military actions along the line of contact in the Idlib De-escalation area starting from 00:01 of March 6, 2020. 2- A security corridor will be established 6 km deep to the north and 6 km deep to the south from highway M4. Specific parameters of the functioning of the security corridor will be agreed between the Defense Ministries of the Turkish Republic and the Russian Federation within 7 days. 3- On March 15, 2020, joint Turkish-Russian patrolling will begin along highway M4 from the settlement of Trumba (2 km to the west from Saraqib) to the settlement of Ain-AI-Havr; This additional protocol enters into force from the moment of signing.


04.03.2020 - Embassy comment on the second anniversary of the Salisbury incident

Today marks two years since Russian nationals Sergei and Yulia Skripal were involved in an incident in Salisbury. Back in March 2018, the British government was quick in laying the blame on Russia. Huge damage was done to Russian-British political relations. However, both we and the public are yet to see convincing evidence to support the official version of what happened. Instead, the British narrative is full of discrepancies and raises a great deal of specific questions that remain unanswered.


04.03.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin met with members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Russia

On 3 March, Ambassador Andrei Kelin had a meeting with the members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Russia. Members of both the House of Lords and the House of Commons representing all major political parties in the country participated in the meeting.


03.03.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s speech at the Gala Recital by Young Singers of the Mariinsky Theatre, 3 March 2020

Dear Lady Solti, Dear ladies and gentlemen, Let me congratulate all of us on this magnificent cultural evening, which we are all part of today. Spring has come and it seems as though it gave London a fresh coat of paint, which is exactly why the Young Russian Opera Singers of the Mariinsky Theatre appear on this stage since 1997. This concert opens the door for young talents at the start of their journey in the same way as spring gives new life to nature.



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