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19.12.2016 - Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On 19 December the Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Turkey, Mr Andrey Karlov, was killed in the result of the terrorist attack. We utterly condemn this inhumane crime aimed at ruining the collective effort to the soonest possible political settlement in Syria as well as the recent normalization of the Russia-Turkey relations. We expect the Turkish authorities to cooperate closely with the Russian investigation to thoroughly inquest all details of this barbaric crime, find and punish the culprits and to take the most effective measures to ensure security of Russian citizens, foreign mission and diplomatic staff. The Russian side is ready to do our part in cooperation with the Turkish law-enforcement authorities to bring those guilty to justice. The Foreign Ministry expresses the deepest condolences to the relatives and friends of Mr Karlov. The memory of this outstanding Russian diplomat will remain in the hearts of all who knew him forever. This tragedy obliges us to put even more effort in a fight against terrorism in all its forms.

17.12.2016 - Ambassador Yakovenko meets FCO Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Grimes

On 16 December 2016 Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko met FCO Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Robin Grimes. They focused on development of scientific cooperation between Russia and the UK as well as plans for the forthcoming bilateral Russia-UK Year of Science and Education 2017.

16.12.2016 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on anti-Russian remarks by Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) Alex Younger

We took note of an anti-Russian remark Chief of the British MI6 service Alex Younger made at a news conference on December 8. He made the unsubstantiated claim that Britain is under threat from high-tech sabotage carried out by regimes like Moscow and that the Russians will try to undermine the upcoming elections in Germany and France.

16.12.2016 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the humanitarian situation in Aleppo

Russia continues to do its best to de-escalate tensions and resolve the acute humanitarian problems in Syria, especially in Aleppo.


On 15 December on the initiative of the British side Ambassador of Russia Alexander Yakovenko met Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. The Foreign Secretary stated the official reaction of London to the successful humanitarian operation now under way in Aleppo.

15.12.2016 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko meets with British MPs

On 15 December Ambassador of Russia Alexander Yakovenko held a meeting with a group of British MPs. An open and frank conversation on Syria took place. The British MPs were interested in first-hand information on Russia's position on the settlement in Syria. The Ambassador also presented his assessments of the current British policy on this issue. In particular, the attention was drawn to President Vladimir Putin’s appeal at the UN to create a united front to fight terrorism.

13.12.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, Belgrade, December 12, 2016

First of all, I would like to convey to you the warmest greetings from President of Russia Vladimir Putin. He fondly remembers the conversation you had in March. You discussed many issues, including events in the world and Europe.

12.12.2016 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s attendance at the 35th BSEC Ministerial Meeting

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will participate in the 35th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), which will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, on December 13.

12.12.2016 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veterans

On 10 December Attaché of the Embassy Oleg Shor presented the Ushakov medal to the Arctic Convoys veteran Mr Brynach Lewis, who was awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for his personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.

12.12.2016 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko visits Belfast

On 7-8 December His Excellency Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko visited Belfast on his working-visit. High-ranking officials and Alexandra Anastasia Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn, Russian Honorary Consul in Northern Ireland, descendant of the great poet Alexander Pushkin and member of one of the oldest and most respectable aristocratic families of Northern Ireland took part in official diner marking launching of the book titled “Nearness of Ice” by Kate Newmann.

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