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Restored Sayes Court memorial marks 320 anniversary of Peter the Great's visit to London

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22.01.2018 - Travelling on Russian Railways during 2018 World Cup

Click here for the Russian Railways guide to free rail travel for fans during the FIFA World Cup

22.01.2018 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Kommersant newspaper, January 21, 2018

Question: Everyone is looking forward to reading two US administration reports: the so-called Kremlin report on high-ranking Russian officials and business leaders who are allegedly close to the government, and a report on the expediency of new harsh economic sanctions against Russia. What will Moscow do if these reports lead to the adoption of harsher sanctions? Sergey Lavrov: This is a hypothetical question. We have said repeatedly that we do not want confrontation. We believe that the sanctions are unreasonable in that there are no grounds for them. As for their goals, they are futile because, as their authors can see, several years of these sanctions have been unable to change Russia’s honest, open and constructive policy. Our independent and non-partisan position on the international stage is based on our national interests and cannot be changed by external pressure. Our position is determined by the President of Russia based on the interests of the Russian people. I believe that broad public support for our foreign policy is the best proof of the futility of any attempts to put pressure on our elite and individual companies in order to force the authorities to change our foreign policy.

21.01.2018 - Embassy Press Officer on FCO comments regarding the arrest of Oyub Titiev

Q: On 18 January Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan raised doubts over the arrest of Oyub Titiev, the director of Russian NGO Memorial’s office in Chechnya, questioning its legitimacy. Can you comment on it? A: First of all, we are surprised by such distrust demonstrated by the British authorities towards the Russian legal system. It is worth noting that Mr Titiev was detained on 9 January 2018 after a police patrol during a routine check found a bag in his car containing approximately 180 gram of plant substance, allegedly marijuana. On 11 January he was charged with illegal acquisition and storage of narcotic substances in accordance with Paragraph 2 of Article 228 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. On the same day the Shali Town Court decided to detain pending trial him for 2 months. If the court determines that Mr Titiev is not guilty, he will be released immediately. Otherwise, he will be prosecuted in full accordance with the Russian criminal legislation. Public appeals by foreign officials on this case, including those made by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on 11 January and by Minister Sir Alan Duncan are no less than unlawful political pressure on the court aimed at influencing its final decision. Given all that, we consider FCO reaction an unacceptable interference in Russia’s internal affairs.

19.01.2018 - Special screening of the Russian film "Attraction" in Edinburgh

Russian science-fiction film "Attraction" directed by Fedor Bondarchuk has been released in the UK. On the day of the premiere on January 18 a special screening of the film and an expert discussion took place with the participation of representatives of the Universities of Edinburgh and St. Andrews at the "Cineworld IMAX". It was organized by the Consulate General of Russia in Edinburgh together with the Princes Dashkova Russian Centre with the financial support of the Embassy of Russia to the UK. A welcoming address of the Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko was read out.

18.01.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko meets British parliamentarians

On 17 January 2018 Alexander Yakovenko had a meeting with members of both Houses of British Parliament, initiated by the British side under preparations for a short debate on the UK government strategy towards relations with Russia (scheduled for 29 January in the House of Lords).

18.01.2018 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Vancouver meeting on North Korea

The results of the Vancouver meeting on the DPRK held on January 16, which are included in the statement of its co-chairs - the United States and Canada - reinforced our doubts about the usefulness of this event. We were perplexed to see Russia and China mentioned in the document, especially given the fact that the foreign ministers of the two countries were not invited to the meeting that was supposed to focus on the Korean issue. We were particularly impressed by a passage on the importance and special responsibility of Russia and China in finding long-term solutions to Korean Peninsula issues. I would like to note that our countries have been offering such a solution and urging others to join it for a year now.

17.01.2018 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions at a news conference on Russian diplomacy in 2017

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions at a news conference on Russian diplomacy in 2017, Moscow, January 15, 2018

17.01.2018 - Response of the Embassy’s press-secretary to the media question on North Korea nuclear issue

Q: Speaking to the Guardian ahead of an international conference on North Korea in Vancouver, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that North Korea is “a threat of the kind the world has not known since the dawn of the atomic age”. What is Russia's position on the Korean Peninsula’s nuclear problem in general and on Vancouver’s conference in particular?

17.01.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the unveiling of memorial plaque in Sayes Court Park

Dear Mayor, Dear Councillors, Lady Joan, Ladies and gentlemen, It is now 320 years ago that a truly remarkable man set foot in Deptford. As you know, the Russian Tsar Peter, later named the Great, visited Western Europe in 1697—1698 under the nickname of Peter Mikhailov, with his Grand Embassy. He was eager to find out about the latest achievements in science and technology and create new diplomatic alliances. Of course, England couldn’t escape his attention. He mostly studied shipbuilding at the famous Deptford Dockyard, but he also met King William III, and, reportedly, Isaac Newton. Peter’s landlord, the famous John Evelyn, was also a respected scientist – a founder member of the Royal Society.

17.01.2018 - Russian Embassy’s press secretary responds to Reuters question

Q: Do you have any comment on the Ministry of Defence statements on interception of Russian planes near UK airspace, prominently featuring in the media in the recent days?

16.01.2018 - PHOTO: Restored Sayes Court memorial marks 320 anniversary of Peter the Great's visit to London

On 16 January 2018 Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko and Mayor of the London borough of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock unveiled a memorial plaque at Sayes Court Park, Deptford. The memorial, which replaces a previous lost one, marks the ancient mulberry tree which, according to the popular legend, was planted by the Tsar Peter the Great himself during his stay at Deptford Dockyard, when he visited England in January-April 1698 with his Grand Embassy to Western Europe. The mulberry still bears fruit and was shortlisted for the 2017 England Tree of the Year award, where it received a runner-up prize. The memorial was created by the Russian sculptor Alexander Kirilin, who also attended. The costs were crowdfunded by the “Russian Heritage” committee and the Russian Community Council, and a number of Russian-speaking communities in and outside London also contributed, as well as Russian cultural centre "Rossotrudnichestvo" and Russian Embassy employees.

15.01.2018 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, January 12, 2018

12.01.2018 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

On January 12, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif.

12.01.2018 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veteran

On 11 January 2018 Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medal to the Arctic Convoys veteran Mr Bernard David DAVIES who was awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for his personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.

11.01.2018 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif, Moscow, January 10, 2018

Mr Minister, friends, I am happy to welcome you to the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation. We met several times last year and this was important considering the high level of communication between the presidents of Russia and Iran. We were happy to welcome President of Iran Hassan Rouhani when he arrived on an official visit to Moscow last March. Later, Mr Rouhani met with President of Russia Vladimir Putin in Tehran and in Sochi. Our foreign ministries, security councils and other ministries maintain close cooperation. A regular meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation is being prepared. We suggested holding it at the beginning of this year.


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