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286 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     278 days have passed since the death of Nikolay Glushkov on British soil - no credible information or response from the British authorities


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02.07.2018 - PHOTO: Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko visits Anton Chekhov Garden at Hampton Court Flower Show

On 2 July Russia’s Ambassador to UK Dr Alexander Yakovenko attended the opening of the Anton Chekhov Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

29.06.2018 - Foreign Minister S.Lavrov’s interview with Chanel 4, Moscow, June 29, 2018 (full text)

Question: Foreign Minister, the summit is happening in Helsinki. Russian President V.Putin and US President D.Trump together. Is this the post-West world order that you have talked of in the past? Has it now arrived? S.Lavrov: Well, I think that we are in the post-West world order, but this order is being shaped and it will take a long time. It is a historical epoch, if you want. Certainly, after five or so centuries of domination of the collective West, as it were, it is not very easy to adjust to new realities that there are other powerhouses economically, financially and politically, China, India, Brazil. African countries are going to be very much on the rise, as soon as they resolve at least some of the conflicts, which are there on the continent. Well, Russia certainly would like to be an independent world player. Independent in the sense that we do not want to violate and international law and norms, but the decisions, which we would be taking on the basis of international law, would not be influenced by pressure, money, sanctions, threats or anything else.

29.06.2018 - VIDEO: Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's interview for Channel 4 News

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov interviewed by Cathy Newman on a wide range of issues: Russia-US relations, Syria, Salisbury incident and others

29.06.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning statements of British Ambassador in Moscow Laurie Bristow for BBC Russian

Question: British Ambassador in Moscow Laurie Bristow has told BBC Russian that the British authorities stand by the decisions made in March against Russia in the aftermath of the Salisbury incident, despite the fact that, as he put it, the Met Police investigation is still in progress. What is Russia’s assessment of what happened in Salisbury? Is there any prospect of cooperation with the British side in the future? Answer: As we have said on numerous occasions, the Russian side has nothing to do with the Salisbury incident. As a responsible State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, Russia immediately offered the British authorities cooperation in accordance with Article IX of the Convention and, following a subsequent refusal, sent via official channels a proposal to hold a joint investigation of the incident. Moreover, the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office filed two requests with the Home Office for legal assistance on the criminal case on the attempted murder of Yulia Skripal. We are yet to receive an answer from the British authorities to either of these inquiries or proposals.

29.06.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerningthe British Medical Association’s statement on handling of the Salisbury incident

Question: How would you comment on the statement of the annual meeting of the British Medical Association in Brighton criticising the British government for the failure to establish adequate communication following the Salisbury incident? Answer: We have carefully studied the statement of the BMA 2018 Annual Representative Meeting, which deplored “the delay of 12 days before advice on managing potential contact with an unknown toxic substance was produced to GPs” following the Salisbury incident, the “failure to establish a dedicated poisons helpline” and a “register of all those who were possible contacts with the toxic substance”. Such delay has not prevented the British political leadership from declaring Russia responsible for the incident and arbitrarily expelling 23 diplomats from the Embassy. Instead of making real efforts to prevent further contamination, the British authorities, as it turns out, were busy distorting facts to support their politisiced accusations against Russia.

29.06.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question on the outcome of the Ukraine Reform Conference, attended by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

Q: What is your assessment of the results of the Ukraine Reform Conference, recently held in Copenhagen and attended by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson? A: The need for political reforms in Ukraine along with solutions to its security, economy and humanitarian problems is well-documented and has been particularly noted during the last “Normandy” meeting in Berlin. From this point of view, one could only welcome the Ukraine Reform Conference. However, we cannot agree with the way the Foreign Secretary has interpreted the results of the conference. Instead of undeservedly hailing Ukraine’s government, Mr Johnson should better provide a public and objective assessment of the internal political situation in Ukraine and Kiev's abuses against its own people. As we know, ethnic and cultural nationalism is being fostered in the country. The discriminating provisions of the Law on Education, which has made the position of not only the country’s Russian but also Hungarian, Romanian and Polish population vulnerable, have not been invalidated. The clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate continue to be harassed. Ethnic and religious crimes are reported almost every day. Lots of NGOs working in Ukraine have sounded alarm bells over the increased number of far-right nationalist attacks on ethnic minorities.

28.06.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question on assigning attributive functions to the OPCW Technical Secretariat to identify those responsible for the use of chemical weapons

Q: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has hailed the decision taken at the special session of the Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention to assign attributive functions to the OPCW Technical Secretariat to identify those responsible for the use of chemical weapons. How does Russia assess this decision? A: Indeed, London and its allies have, by using political manipulation and outright blackmail, managed to push through this decision, inappropriately assigning to the OPCW Secretariat the power to identify those responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria. We believe this decision to be illegitimate. We are compelled to note that, in taking this decision, the Conference of States Parties went beyond its mandate. The OPCW was created to address clearly defined tasks of technical assistance to national programmes of destructing chemical weapons’ stockpiles. In order to expand its mandate, it is necessary to amend the Convention, especially since there is a corresponding mechanism in place, suitable for all States Parties.

28.06.2018 - Embassy Press Officer's reply to a media question concerning reports that UK government will buy Sergei Skripal and Nick Bailey's houses

Question: According to media reports, the houses of Sergei Skripal and Det Sgt Nick Bailey, as well as their other property, which was allegedly contaminated as a result of the Salisbury poisoning, will be purchased by the British authorities for £1 mln of taxpayers' money. How could you comment on that? Answer: We have sent another note to the FCO, requesting to confirm or to deny this information, circulated on 24 June by The Sunday Times with reference to Whitehall officials. We have suggested that the British side should clarify further measures they are planning to undertake as regards this property, in case the intention to purchase it is confirmed. We have reminded that any measures in relation to the contaminated facilities in Salisbury, whether Sergei Skripal’s house, The Mill pub or the Zizzi restaurant, that would effectively result in their destruction, would only strengthen our conclusion that the British authorities are deliberately trying to make a transparent and joint investigation impossible.

25.06.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the visit of the Prince of Wales to Salisbury

Question: How would you comment on the recent visit of the Prince of Wales to Salisbury? Answer: We have learned about the visit of the Prince of Wales to Salisbury from media reports, according to which His Royal Highness met with local people, as well as hospital and police staff, including Det Sgt Nick Bailey, who had contributed to the investigation and medical treatment of Russian citizens Sergei and Yulia Skripal. On 22 June the Embassy set forth its position on the Salisbury incident in a letter to His Royal Highness: Russia has nothing to do with the incident, and continues to demand access to the investigation and to the victims, who are Russian citizens. Regrettably, the British authorities have either ignored such requests or denied the access, thus blatantly violating international law.

25.06.2018 - PHOTO: Agricultural Attaché Derbenskiy visits the Royal Highland Show 2018

On 21 June 2018 the Agricultural Attaché of the Russian Embassy Vladimir Derbenskiy visited the Royal Highland Show 2018, one of the most important exhibitions in the Scottish agricultural industry.

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