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03.08.2015 - Answer to British media question about foreign air activities on Russian borders

Thank you for your request regarding the activities of foreign Air Forces on Russian borders. It is important to look at the Russian Air Force flights (which consists mostly of training sorties) in international airspace within the broader context of NATO countries and their partners’ activities on our borders. Feel free to use those numbers that illustrate the point – i.e. the drastic increase in the activity of foreign reconnaissance and combat planes near Russian borders.


31.07.2015 - Deputy Head of the Information and Press Department Alexander Bikantov’s reply to a media question on on the open part of the “public inquiry” on the Litvinenko case

Question: Please comment on the open part of the “public inquiry” on the Litvinenko case to be concluded on 31 July in the UK and the refusal of Dmitry Kovtun to give evidence in a video call from Russia. Answer: As is known, in 2014 British judicial authorities suspended the Coroner’s inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, wherein the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has a status of an “interested person”. At the same time the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation provided active assistance to the British inquest until July 2014, when the start of the so called “public inquiry” was announced. In August 2014 the Investigative Committee was compelled to refuse to participate in the “public inquiry”. The only reason for this is that, despite what its name suggests, it offers no transparency both for the Russian side and for the general public. Thus, there were justified concerns over its possible politicization. Eventually, our apprehensions proved to be fully justified. The open sessions of the “public inquiry”, which were held from January till March 2015 and resumed last week, have been abound with references to “secrecy”, all kinds of insinuations and outright partiality, in particular, towards those witnesses, who offered evidence that failed to comply with the “general line” of the prosecution.


31.07.2015 - MH17: who hampers the investigation (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

After the failure of the hastily arranged Security Council vote on a resolution that hadn't been properly debated, Russia is once again being accused of creating obstacles for justice for the victims of the MH17 disaster. These official statements and media coverage come as no surprise to us. However, let's face the facts. Russia was the first state to demand a full and independent investigation of this abhorrent crime. We did everything to ensure an early adoption of Security Council Resolution 2166 that not only insisted on a proper investigation, but also, at Russia's initiative, provided for an immediate ceasefire at the crash area. The Russian Defence Ministry has been the only one among its counterparts to publish its satellite data relevant for establishing the truth. We have declassified certain technical documentation related to the Buk missiles and provided the Netherlands with a thorough analysis of possible Buk involvement in the downing of the aircraft, performed by experts of the Almaz-Antey Corporation, the missiles' manufacturer.


31.07.2015 - PHOTO: The Delegation of the Government of Moscow visits London

On 27-31 July the delegation of the Government of Moscow headed by the First deputy Head of Department of Transport and Development of Road and Transport Infrastructure of Moscow Gamid Bulatov visited London. Head of Moscow Metro Dmitry Pegov, deputy Head of Department for Foreign Economic Activity and International Relations of Moscow Ilya Kuzmin and Head of State Unitary Enterprise “MOSGORTRANSNIIPROJECT” Mikhail Solntsev participated as well.


31.07.2015 - Ambassador Yakovenko's message for the book of condolences of the Indian High Commission

I extend my sincere condolences to the people and the Government of India on the passing away of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India. He will be remembered in Russia and by the international community at large as a highly respected leader at some of the defining moments in modern history. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.


30.07.2015 - BRICS Joint Statement Regarding the Principles of Elaboration of International Instruments on Outer Spacе Activities, New York, July 27, 2015

The BRICS comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa,


30.07.2015 - The Foreign Ministry’s statement on the discussion of further steps related to the continuing investigation into the MH17 disaster at the UN Security Council

On July 29, one year after the crash of the Malaysian MH17 airliner in southeastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, the UN Security Council considered an initiative advanced by a number of countries to establish an international tribunal for the prosecution of those implicated in the tragedy.


30.07.2015 - Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.


30.07.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on a statement by the US Department of State

The US Department of State has made a clearly hypocritical statement about being “deeply troubled” over the fate of Russian civic society in connection with Russia’s formal designation of the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) as an undesirable organisation.


29.07.2015 - President Putin discusses MH17 with Dutch PM Rutte

At The Netherlands’ initiative, Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on 29 July. The two leaders continued discussing issues concerning the investigation into the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukrainian territory in July 2014. Mr Putin stressed the need to implement in full UN Security Council resolution 2166 of July 21, 2014, which was adopted on Russia’s initiative and calls for a comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation.



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