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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


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.

13.03.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, March 10, 2017

This would have been possible if the global media – the global information corporations that call the information tune around the world – were objective. But expecting objectivity from them is absolutely unrealistic in principle. You see what is going on in the United States. The media have turned from a mechanical instrument of political struggle into an active participant of the information war. These are two different things. The information such as you mentioned is unlikely to be used for an objective analysis of the situation. We have pointed to a very dangerous trend: the public is losing trust in the global media at a time when there are objective data that need to be carefully analysed. Unfortunately, these data are often hushed up and disregarded, while fake news about hackers and their influence on elections and internal political processes are published on front pages.

13.03.2017 - PHOTO: Plant Diplomacy: Opening of Siberian Section of Royal Botanic Garden

On 10th March the Russian Consul General in Edinburgh Mr Andrey Pritsepov together with the Director of the Main Moscow Botanic Garden Mr Alexander Demidov and the Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh took part in the opening ceremony of the Siberian exhibition in Edinburgh.

12.03.2017 - Ambassador Yakovenko's interview for Sunday Express

Q: As a precursor to Boris Johnson's visit to Moscow in the coming weeks, what is your understanding of the nature of the visit and the purpose of the invitation - given that he will be the most senior UK Government official to visit the Kremlin in a good number of years? What message does Russia hope that the visit will send to the rest of the world? A: It is going to be the first working visit at Foreign Ministers' level in our bilateral relation over the past three years. We hope that it means that our British partners are interested in resumption of political dialogue.

11.03.2017 - First Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Vladimir Titov holds consultations with FCO Minister for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan

On 10 March consultations between First Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Vladimir Titov with Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan MP were held in London. The sides exchanged opinions on the state of Russia-UK relations which have notably deteriorated over the past few years, emphasizing their determination to restart political dialogue and advance bilateral relations in the areas of common interest.

10.03.2017 - PHOTO: Memorable gifts are presented to Scottish Veteran of Arctic Convoys

On 6th March 2017, the Russian Consul General in Edinburgh Mr Andrey A.Pritsepov had a meeting with Arctic Convoy Veteran Mr George Laidlaw, who had been awarded the Ushakov Medal. Memorable gifts created on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the first Arctic Convoy calling Archangelsk as well as a personalized officer wrist watch “VOSTOK” were presented to Mr Laidlaw.

10.03.2017 - Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department Director Mikhail Ulyanov’s answer to a media question following Russia’s use of veto power on a UN Security Council resolution on Syria

Question: There has been a series of publications in the Western media criticising Russia over its recent veto on the UN Security Council’s resolution on Syria. Could you comment on this? Mikhail Ulyanov: It’s just another attempt to shift the blame to someone else. In fact, the whole idea of a UN Security Council vote was openly provocative. Suffice it to say that the draft resolution introducing sanctions against a number of Syrian individuals and legal entities was prepared in early December, but its Western co-authors refrained from putting it to a vote. They did so only in late February, that is, when talks on a peaceful settlement in Syria resumed in Geneva. We drew our Western colleagues’ attention to the fact that this step could have an extremely negative impact on the search for political solutions. They completely ignored our concerns. In other words, it was a deliberate step, the political implications of which did not worry the sponsors of the resolution in any way.

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