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17.03.2017 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the occasion of the three-year anniversary of Crimea’s unification with Russia

On these March days, we celebrate the third anniversary of a landmark event in the modern history of Russia, which received the poetic name of the Crimean Spring. The proclamation in March 2014 of the independence of the Republic of Crimea and its unification with the Russian Federation were a legitimate exercise of the right of the people of Crimea to self-determination following an armed coup in Ukraine and the mayhem wreaked by radical national forces that did not hesitate to use terror and intimidation on both political opponents and the population of entire regions of that country.


17.03.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, March 16, 2017

We note with satisfaction that the cessation of hostilities (CoH) in Syria, guaranteed by Russia, Iran and Turkey, has made it possible to significantly reduce the level of violence in that country. Ceasefire violations are limited. The CoH regime has made it possible to concentrate the Syrian Army’s efforts on fighting ISIS. As a result of the successful offensive operation by the Syrian Armed Forces, vast areas in the east of Aleppo Province extending as far as the Euphrates River were liberated. The al-Khafseh water treatment facility, recaptured from terrorists, has resumed fresh water supplies to the provincial capital and the area around it.


16.03.2017 - Why Are Fugitives From Justice Welcome in the UK?

The total number of Russian nationals the British authorities have refused to extradite to the Russian Federation over the period from 2002 to 2016 is 51 persons. Among those wanted and accused of committing various criminal offences in Russia are the following.


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


13.03.2017 - RUSSIAN EMBASSY COMMENT ON APPOINTMENT OF AN ANTI-SUBVERSION MINISTER IN BRITAIN AND GCHQ WARNING TO POLITICAL PARTIES

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.


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