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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.

In today’s piece, BBC has published results of an investigation aimed at verifying the sincerity of gratitude (an important task indeed) expressed by Americans and Italians towards Russia. The journalists have been able to establish that Russian media reports on Russian flags being flown and Russian anthem being sung in Italy are misleading – the respective reports have only shown one proven instance of demonstration of the flag, while the anthem was played rather than sung. On top of this, BBC is again referring to La Stampa’s speculations claiming that 80 per cent of the Russian aid has been useless.

We cannot but admit that BBC has performed an important and, one would suppose, necessary investigative work. There are, however, certain minor elements that the independent and impartial journalists have overlooked.

Russian aid to Italy is being rendered upon request by Prime Minister Conte expressed to President Putin when they spoke on 21 March. 15 planeloads of aid have been delivered to Italy by Russian Defence Ministry aircraft, each carrying about 60 tons of cargo. The Russian assistance team consists of 122 experts, including 66 servicemen of the radiological, chemical and biological defence troops, as well as 8 teams of doctors, each comprising a physician, an epidemiologist, an anesthesiologist, a nurse and an interpreter. We have provided Italy with one (out of the Russian army’s total of 15) cutting-edge laboratory, 13 disinfection machines and tons of equipment including lung ventilators, biological and patogent test machines, 100 thousand test kits, high-quality masks and gloves, 1000 individual protection kits, 700 kits for doctors working with infectious diseases, etc.

One example of specific Russian assistance to the epidemic-stricken Italy is the participation of Russian teams in the ongoing efforts to disinfect 65 nursing homes for the elderly. By 1 April, this work had already been finished at 17 sites. It is being done using Russian equipment and materials. Apart from that, Russian epidemiologists provide advice to local staff so as to ensure a sustained anti-epidemic regime at those facilities.

We would like to stress that this help is free of charge and humanitarian by nature. It is a sign of our solidarity with the Italian people, not linked to any political agenda.

The same is true for the United States. The arrangement for Russian humanitarian assistance was reached during the telephone conversation between the two Presidents on 30 March. A Defence Ministry plane was urgently dispatched to deliver aid to the US. Half of the cargo was paid for by the Russian Direct Investment Fund, while the other half was covered by the US government. This hardly makes it less humanitarian.

Russian assistance is an example of civilised humanitarian cooperation and mutual help, the best manifestation of the universal values that humaniy has been accumulating for centuries. One would hope that freedom of expression and the media, another important achievement of modern civilisation, should be used in order to disseminate true information in good faith. This is what the public needs in the current difficult environment. We wish BBC and other British journalists success in this work.

3 April 2020, 18:05


09.01.2022 - Press release on the situation in the Republic of Kazakhstan, January 8, 2022

Following the events on January 5-6, the situation in the country is gradually improving. Economic activities in the republic are returning to normal. Passenger train services have been restored in full, and additional trains were rolled out to serve the most popular destinations. The operation of some of the national payment systems has stabilised. It has been announced that state support will be provided for small and medium-sized businesses that suffered from looting. Public transport has resumed operation in the Mangystau Region as well as at Aktau International Airport.

06.01.2022 - Foreign Ministry statement on the CSTO Collective Security Council’s decision to send CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces to the Republic of Kazakhstan

On January 6, 2022, the CSTO Collective Security Council, which comprises heads of state and government of CSTO member states, in response to the request by President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, made a decision to send CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces to the Republic of Kazakhstan for a limited period of time, with the aim of stabilising and normalising the situation in the country.

29.12.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a meeting of the of the United Russia Commission on International Cooperation and Support for Compatriots Living Abroad, Moscow, December 28, 2021

Friends, colleagues, I am delighted to welcome all of you to the commission’s first meeting. Established under President Vladimir Putin’s instructions, the commission’s main purpose is to support the Russian Federation in carrying out its foreign policy, primarily on foreign policy matters set forth in United Russia’s People’s Programme.

20.12.2021 - Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko’s interview published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta on December 20, 2021

Question: Mr Grushko, discussions of the action plan regarding NATO’s expansion, which Russia has proposed to Washington, are ongoing. You have mentioned a “military-technical alternative,” if NATO rejects Moscow’s proposals. What do you have in mind? Alexander Grushko: If our concerns are disregarded and NATO countries are not ready to show military restraint, we will have to use the response instruments at our disposal. There is no other option. If the other side decides to project, let alone use force, that is, if it applies its defence capability as a means of economic or political pressure, this will be unacceptable to Russia, and we will find methods to neutralise these threats.

20.12.2021 - Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s interview with Interfax News Agency, December 18, 2021

The security situation in Europe, the Euro-Atlantic region and Eurasia has indeed greatly deteriorated recently. This has happened because of a series of concerted actions by the United States and its NATO allies, which, generally speaking, can be described as an attempt to undermine Russia’s security and to create a hostile environment around us. We cannot accept this.

18.12.2021 - Press release on the outcome of the seventh round of negotiations to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

On December 17, a meeting of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA closed the seventh round of Vienna talks on restoring the full implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal. The participants noted that significant progress had been made, which paved the way for the next stage. The delegations will hold further consultations in their capitals.

18.12.2021 - Foreign Ministry statement on the withdrawal of the Russian Federation from the Treaty on Open Skies

As of December 18, 2021, the Russian Federation is no longer a party to the Treaty on Open Skies (Treaty) and has consequently ceased to be a member of the group of States Parties stipulated in its provisions.

17.12.2021 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Russia’s reciprocal list of British citizens denied entry to the Russian Federation

We consider London’s latest unfounded anti-Russian attack to be practical confirmation of the British government’s intention to continue its destructive course in bilateral affairs. We are forced to state that the British authorities’ consistent efforts to ratchet up sanctions completely undermine Russia’s attempts at various levels to put interstate relations back on a constructive track.

17.12.2021 - Press release on Russian draft documents on legal security guarantees from the United States and NATO

During the December 15, 2021 meeting at the Russian Foreign Ministry, the US party received a draft treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on security guarantees and an agreement on measures to ensure the security of the Russian Federation and member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

16.12.2021 - Foreign Ministry Statement

The Russian side strongly believes that the guilty verdict brought in by the German court against the citizen of the Russian Federation Vadim Sokolov on December 15 in the case of the murder of Georgian citizen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, former terrorist gang leader in the North Caucasus, in Berlin on August 23, 2019, is extremely biased and is clearly a case of an explicit political put-up job. We insist that the Russian citizen is innocent. He has the right to appeal to the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Germany against the unjust verdict.

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