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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 - 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.

10.03.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the deployment of a US missile defence system in South Korea

According to recent reports, deployment of the US THAAD missile defence system in South Korea has begun. This means that Washington’s plans to expand the geography of deployed elements of the US global missile defence system, including in the Asia Pacific Region, are now being executed.

07.03.2017 - Children's poetry reciting competition

On 5th March at the Edinburgh University Dashkova Centre First Children's poetry reciting competition took place, arranged by our compatriots living in Scotland Vitaly Artamonov and Anna Radutskaya, with the support of the Consulate General of Russia in Edinburgh. Opening remarks were made at the contest by Russian Consul General in Edinburgh Andrey A.Pritsepov, who marked the core role of the Russian language and culture in maintaining close ties between the compatriots living abroad.

06.03.2017 - Missing Russian citizen alert!

Russian citizen Mr Victor Ivanelo, student of the University of Surrey, has been reported missing in England. Investigation and search are being conducted by Surrey Police. Updated information about the incident and search activities, including CCTV images, has been released by the police at https://www.surrey.police.uk/news/have-you-seen-missing-man-viktor-ivanelo/ In this regard should you have any additional information which can help locate Victor Ivanelo please contact police at 101 and quote Operation Decibel reference 45170020251.

06.03.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with the head of the US Center for the National Interest Dimitri Simes

On March 3, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with prominent American political analyst Dimitri Simes who heads the Center for the National Interest in Washington, D.C.

05.03.2017 - Read Russia with Love at the London Book Fair

The 46th International London Book Fair (LBF-2017), which will take place at London’s oldest exhibition centre, Olympia, from 14 to 16 March, is one the most important events in the global book industry calendar and attracts thousands of professionals: publishers, literary agents, librarians, booksellers and translators. This year, Poland is Market Focus country at the LBF. In 2011, Russia was first the guest of honour at the London Book Fair, and this is when Читай Россию/Read Russia was first presented to the world community. Читай Россию/Read Russia is a global initiative established to celebrate Russian literature and Russian book culture. In 2014, Russia became the guest of honour in the context of the UK-Russia Year of Culture: Russia’s capital, Moscow, was the city-guest of honour. The Russian programme at the London Book Fair 2016 was one event in a series which was part of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature.

03.03.2017 - On Consultations of Igor Neverov in London

On 3 March, Director of the Second European Department of the Russia MFA Igor Neverov held consultations in London with Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Michael Tatham.

03.03.2017 - Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff Colonel General Alexander Zhuravlyov had a meeting with Vice-Chief of the British Defence Staff General Gordon Messenger

The parties discussed condition and prospects of renewal of military interaction, situation in crisis regions as well as possible steps to prevent incidents during the military activities.

02.03.2017 - Response by the Press Secretary of the Embassy to a media question on EU sanctions on Syria

Question: How do the EU sanctions impact the situation in Syria? Press Secretary: Russia strongly opposes sanctions imposed by the EU on Syria, which have already significantly damaged its economy and had a negative impact upon the well-being of ordinary Syrians. In addition to economic losses, the restrictions have created serious obstacles to the reconstruction of the destroyed country and restoration of the ability of the government to provide services to the civilian population.

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