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Response by Official Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Alexander Lukashevich to the question regarding British journalist Luke Harding

We received a large number of questions regarding the situation around British journalist Luke Harding. We explained our position rather well in the comments published by the Department of Information and Press. Yesterday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov made a very clear statement in this regard.

The journalist in question has violated our internal legislation on a number of occasions, a fact that he is aware of and that he once admitted. Nevertheless, the Russian side made concessions and extended Mr. Harding’s visa and accreditation. Then a set of the known events followed – Mr. Harding returned to London without his accreditation card. I have seen many attempts in the press to accuse the Russian border guards of sending him out without allowing him to enter the country, etc. In accordance with the international practice and, for that matter, the British laws, a border guard can cancel even a valid visa without explaining the reasons. This provision is set forth in paragraph 10B of the correspondent provisions of the British regulations.

If Mr.Harding wishes to continue working in Russia, we do not see any obstacles to that happening; all he needs to do is regularise his status in accordance with the provisions on accrediting foreign correspondents and apply for a visa at the Russian Embassy in London that will be ready to issue it. He will be able to continue his journalistic activities for the period determined by his tenure as a representative of The Guardian in Russia.

This is a technical matter and I do not think that it deserves so much commotion, let alone the allegations that were addressed to us. We are sufficiently open and Mr.Harding knows that our interaction has been normal. There is only one universal requirement for all journalists – to follow our domestic laws, not to break them and to be in close contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When visits are made to restricted regions of the country it is necessary to obtain a special permission. I think that this practice is entirely understandable and should be accepted without any comments.


06.08.2015 - Russian Embassy comments on Foreign Office spokeswoman’s misleading statement

The Foreign Office made two misleading statements to the Daily Telegraph. It says that "visas for diplomats posted to the Russian Embassy in London are issued in line with arrangements agreed with Russia". The fact is that the bilateral memorandum in force between the two countries on visa issues of 1989 provides for visas for staff members of diplomatic missions to be issued within thirty days. It is not observed by the British side, the average waiting time reaching 5 and a half months.

06.08.2015 - Soviet documents on the US nuclear bombing of Hiroshima.

On the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima nuclear bombing the Russian Historical Society has published a report by Soviet Embassy on the consequences of the A-bomb.

05.08.2015 - Comment by press-secretary of the Embassy on a Russian citizen detention in a London airport

The Embassy has received information from a Russian citizen who, having read our travel advice of 3 August, 2015, has told us about her recent experience in a London airport, previously unknown to the Embassy. The Russian national was detained by the immigration authorities before crossing the border controls. The Home Office Border Force took interest in additional information regarding the purpose of visit of the Russian citizen, knowledge of Arabic and whether or not she visited Arab countries.

13.07.2015 - On the closure of “Rossiya Segodnya” bank account

Concerned over the closure of the bank account of “Rossiya Segodnya” news agency office in London at “Barclays” bank.

29.06.2015 - Book of condolences opened at the Embassy

Following the passing away of former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov a formal book of condolences has been opened at the Embassy. The book of condolences will be open on the 29th June 2015 from 14:00 to 17:00 and on the 30th June from 09:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00 at the Embassy of the Russian Federation at 6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 4QP.

29.06.2015 - Funeral ceremony for Yevgeny Primakov

Vladimir Putin visited the Hall of Columns at the House of Unions, where a funeral ceremony is taking place for Yevgeny Primakov.

29.06.2015 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s welcome address to the participants and guests of the 13th Conference of Russian and German Sister Cities

I welcome the participants and guests of the 13th Conference of Russian and German Sister Cities, which marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

29.06.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the results of the NATO defence ministers’ meeting

The results of the June 24-25 meeting of the NATO defence ministers in Brussels have, unfortunately, confirmed that the alliance still seeks to achieve military-political domination in Europe, as indicated by the decisions of the September 2014 NATO Wales summit.

29.06.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the terrorist act in Tunisia

The media reports that, on June 26, armed terrorists opened fire at tourists on the beach of the Riu Imperial Marhaba and Soviva hotels at the Port El Kantaoui tourist resort near the city of Sousse.

29.06.2015 - Press release on the death of Yevgeny Primakov (June 26, 2015)

The Foreign Ministry’s leadership and personnel have learned with great sorrow about the death of an outstanding political, government and public figure of our time, former Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov, who served in 1996-1998.

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