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16.03.2017 - To participants and guests of the “Valentina Tereshkova: the First woman in space” exhibition (15 March 2017)

I am glad to welcome you at the opening of the exhibition dedicated to Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova. The name of Valentina Tereshkova, legendary “Chaika”, is known worldwide. She was the first woman to scale the heights of outer space. And the only one to have piloted a spaceship on her own. Her flight was one of the brightest and most significant events of the 20th century.

16.03.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the transport blockade of Donbass imposed by Kiev

Moscow is concerned about the decision of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDCU) to suspend all trade and transport links with Donbass, which it approved on March 15.

16.03.2017 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ statement on Syria

It is regrettable that the Yemen conflict, as well as the situation in a number of other countries requiring urgent attention, in particular around Mosul in Iraq, for some reason drop off the high commissioner’s radar or are commented on indirectly. How is that for his so-called “objectivity”?

13.03.2017 - Comment by the Embassy Press attaché

Statements by Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul J. Selva

13.03.2017 - Comment by the Embassy Press attaché

Statement from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on allegations of chemical weapons use in Mosul

13.03.2017 - Comment by the Embassy Press attaché

The situation in Syria


It is reported, that Prime Minister Theresa May appointed “an anti-subversion minister” charged with “protection of integrity of UK democratic life”. The media, including The Sunday Times, also report on the warning issued by GCHQ/National Cybersecurity Centre (its director C.Martin) to the British political parties on presumed “Russian threat” of meddling in the next elections due in 2020. In fact, Russia is accused of conducting subversive activity against Britain. We absolutely cannot accept that. In that regard highly relevant are the words of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson that Britain has no evidence of Russia’s interference in the UK domestic affairs. And this is true.

13.03.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, March 10, 2017

This would have been possible if the global media – the global information corporations that call the information tune around the world – were objective. But expecting objectivity from them is absolutely unrealistic in principle. You see what is going on in the United States. The media have turned from a mechanical instrument of political struggle into an active participant of the information war. These are two different things. The information such as you mentioned is unlikely to be used for an objective analysis of the situation. We have pointed to a very dangerous trend: the public is losing trust in the global media at a time when there are objective data that need to be carefully analysed. Unfortunately, these data are often hushed up and disregarded, while fake news about hackers and their influence on elections and internal political processes are published on front pages.

11.03.2017 - First Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Vladimir Titov holds consultations with FCO Minister for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan

On 10 March consultations between First Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Vladimir Titov with Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan MP were held in London. The sides exchanged opinions on the state of Russia-UK relations which have notably deteriorated over the past few years, emphasizing their determination to restart political dialogue and advance bilateral relations in the areas of common interest.

10.03.2017 - Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department Director Mikhail Ulyanov’s answer to a media question following Russia’s use of veto power on a UN Security Council resolution on Syria

Question: There has been a series of publications in the Western media criticising Russia over its recent veto on the UN Security Council’s resolution on Syria. Could you comment on this? Mikhail Ulyanov: It’s just another attempt to shift the blame to someone else. In fact, the whole idea of a UN Security Council vote was openly provocative. Suffice it to say that the draft resolution introducing sanctions against a number of Syrian individuals and legal entities was prepared in early December, but its Western co-authors refrained from putting it to a vote. They did so only in late February, that is, when talks on a peaceful settlement in Syria resumed in Geneva. We drew our Western colleagues’ attention to the fact that this step could have an extremely negative impact on the search for political solutions. They completely ignored our concerns. In other words, it was a deliberate step, the political implications of which did not worry the sponsors of the resolution in any way.

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