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Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko summoned to the Foreign Office over the Litvinenko case

Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the UK Alexander Yakovenko was summoned to Foreign Office in connection with publication of the final report from the public inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko. At the meeting the British side was represented by Minister of State for Europe David Lidington.
We made the following declarations: 

1.          We consider the Litvinenko case and the way it was disposed  of a blatant provocation of the British authorities.

2.          We will never accept anything arrived at in secret and based on the evidence not tested in an open court of law.

3.          The length of time that it took to “close” this case in this way makes us to believe it to be a whitewash for British special services’ institutional incompetence.

4.          We also noted that the British government suspended the coroner’s inquest which was open for public and media and where the Investigative Committee of Russia took part as an interested person, in favor of the public enquiry, which in fact is secret, at the height of political tension with Russia over Ukraine in July 2014.

       We view it as an attempt to put additional pressure on Russia in connection with existing differences over a number of international issues.

5.          For us it is absolutely unacceptable that the report concludes that the Russian state was in any way involved in the death of Mr Litvinenko on British soil.

6.          This gross provocation of the British authorities cannot help hurting our bilateral relationship.


24.10.2016 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the train crash in Cameroon

Over 70 people were reported killed and over 600 injured after a train derailed near Eseka in central Cameroon on October 21.

24.10.2016 - Press release on the 25th special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the recent situation in Aleppo

On October 21, the UN Human Rights Council met for the 25th special session to discuss the recent situation in Aleppo at the initiative of a group of countries led by Great Britain.

21.10.2016 - Russian Embassy on "FT" editorial

In its editorial ("The price for Russian war crimes in Aleppo", 20 October) "FT" engages in a very loose language, assuming no need to support its allegations with strong evidence. As a matter of fact, we have requested this evidence from Foreign Office in connection with the same rhetoric of the Foreign Secretary, who refered to "satellite photographs in the public domain". In response we were refered to British official policy on Syria.

21.10.2016 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veteran

On 21 October Attaché of the Embassy Elena Gorshkova presented the Ushakov medal to the Arctic Convoys veteran Mr John Philip Chaffe, who was awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for his personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.

21.10.2016 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, October 20, 2016

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, October 20, 2016

20.10.2016 - Remarks by Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov at the opening ceremony of the exhibition Russia-Japan: 60th Anniversary of Re-establishing Diplomatic Relations, Moscow, October 19, 2016

Ambassador Kozuki, Colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured at this opportunity to open an exhibition titled Russia-Japan: 60th Anniversary of Re-establishing Diplomatic Relations in the Foreign Ministry building. It is devoted to a vital event in the modern period of Russian-Japanese relations.

20.10.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s speech at a meeting with participants of the conference “Middle East: Trends and Prospects,” October 20, 2016

Dear colleagues and friends, I am glad to welcome you to this event organised by the Yevgeny Primakov Center for Foreign Policy Cooperation and the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund. I believe such events help us maintain and deepen open professional dialogue on regional issues. They allow us to better understand the processes taking place in the Middle East and North Africa and make more precise forecasts of future prospects.

20.10.2016 - Russian Embassy comment

Foreign Secretary Johnson found it appropriate to raise at the Parliament the issue of Sentsov and Kolchenko, demanding their “immediate release”. As theirs is a closed criminal case involving proven terrorist intent, we call on British side to respect the decision of Russian judicial authority.

19.10.2016 - Press Release on the Twelfth Session of the Bilateral Consultative Commission under the New START Treaty

The Twelfth Session of the Bilateral Consultative Commission under the Russia-U.S. New START Treaty was held in Geneva on October 5-18.

19.10.2016 - Joint Statement by CSTO Member States on Countering the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Promoting Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540, New York, October 17, 2016

Member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) are convinced that it is extremely important to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery, as well as associated technologies and materials.

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