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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.


26.05.2016 - Joint Statement of the Fourth Round of the Ministerial Strategic Dialogue between the Russian Federation and the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), Moscow, May 26, 2016

The fourth round of the Strategic Dialogue between Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the GCC member states and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation took place in Moscow on May 26, 2016.

25.05.2016 - Russian Ambassador to the UK met President of the National Farmers Union of the UK Mr Meurig Raymond

On 24 May Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko met President of the National Farmers Union of the UK (NFU) Mr Meurig Raymond. Mr M.Raymond briefed the Ambassador on situation in the UK agriculture. The issues related to the development of cooperation between Russian farmers and the NFU were discussed.

25.05.2016 - Russian Ambassador to the UK met Hermitage Foundation UK

On Wednesday 25 May 2016 Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko met the new Chairman of the Hermitage Foundation UK Mr James Dawnay, the Director of the Hermitage Foundation Mrs Geraldine Norman and the Deputy Chief Executive of the Foundation Mrs Janice Sacher.

25.05.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzet, published on May 25, 2016

Question: Mr Minister, Russia-Hungary relations could be described as exemplary in the past five years, as evidenced by regular bilateral contacts. What do you see as their basis: strategy, tactics or pragmatism? Sergey Lavrov: Hungary is an important and reliable partner of Russia in Europe. Our bilateral relations are based on good traditions and have a large potential. We highly value the Hungarian leaders’ sincere resolve to further develop our relations, which we believe is in line with the fundamental interests of our nations.

25.05.2016 - Director of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control Mikhail Ulyanov’s interview with the Rossiya Segodnya News Agency, May 24, 2016

Question: Mr Ulyanov, has there been any progress on the Russian initiative to draft a new convention at the Conference on Disarmament? Mikhail Ulyanov: Indeed, during the past two and a half months, our initiative has made headway. In late March, we decided to extend its reach to countering acts not only of chemical but also biological terrorism. This was a highly valuable suggestion from our Chinese and Italian colleagues.

24.05.2016 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi

On May 23, on the sidelines of the SCO Foreign Ministers’ Council meeting in Tashkent, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Li.

24.05.2016 - Press release on the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

On May 23-24, 2016, Tashkent hosted the Uzbekistan-chaired meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

23.05.2016 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the heavy terrorist attacks in the Syrian cities of Jabla and Tartus

Heavy terrorist attacks took place in the Syrian Mediterranean coast cities of Jabla and Tartus on the morning of May 23. Three explosions took place near a bus station in Jabla, and a fourth in the reception area of the local hospital Nur, where people had begun bringing in the wounded. Simultaneously, suicide bombers also carried out a terrorist attack against civilians in Tartus. The total killed to date is over 100, with dozens more wounded.

23.05.2016 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry

On May 23, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone with US Secretary of State John Kerry at the Secretary’s initiative.

21.05.2016 - Russian Ambassador to the UK participated in the celebration of the Day of Slavic culture and writing

On Saturday 21 May Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko attended Children’s Festive Performance at the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God to celebrate the Day of Slavic Culture and Writing.

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