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02.03.2017 - RUSSIAN EMBASSY COMMENTS ON HOUSE OF COMMONS FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE’S REPORT “THE UNITED KINGDOM’S RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA”

We welcome the Committee’s interest towards the deplorable state of Russia-UK relationship. The Embassy made a contribution to its deliberations through a written submission. Overall, we appreciate this effort as an honest attempt to better understand the origins of the present situation and develop a coherent approach to managing our bilateral relationship in a constructive fashion. We especially value the personal effort of its Chair Crispin Blunt. Although we’ve got to admit that this inquiry was doomed to be constrained by the western narrative on the state of international affairs, including the West-Russia relationship. That is why a whole range of unsubstantiated allegations against Russia, though in some case it is stated that those are not supported by any evidence. These limitations reflect the inertia of the Cold-War politics. We do hope that the recent events in the West, including the outcome of the June referendum in Britain, are signs of a potential taking shape for a clean break with the past in the West in response to the requirements of their societies’ transformation.


02.03.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a joint news conference following talks with Foreign Minister of Niger Ibrahim Yacoubou, Moscow, March 1, 2017

We have held talks with my colleague Ibrahim Yacoubou, Niger’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, African Integration and Nigeriens Abroad. These talks are evidence of our trust-based and friendly relations.


02.03.2017 - Statement by Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov at the Plenary Meeting of the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva, 28 February 2017

I am pleased to have the opportunity to address such a representative audience. The fact that high ranking officials of Member States as well as of non-Members consider it to be an honor to speak at the Conference on Disarmament (CD) proves the authority, relevance and promising future of this forum when it comes to strengthening and improving the international legal framework that the system of global strategic stability and international security is built upon. There is no doubt that each State wishes to be heard. Each member of international community is seeking to ensure its national security interests are firmly secured and do not slide into dependency on instant political considerations. In our view it gives a special value to the CD, where all participants can hold an insightful dialogue on equal terms dealing with the most sensitive security issues and seek solutions to complex problems of arms control, disarmament and WMD non-proliferation.


01.03.2017 - Russian Embassy comments on British official statement regarding the ongoing investigation of the murder of Boris Nemtsov

On 27 February Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the FCO Sir Alan Duncan issued a statement regarding the second anniversary of Boris Nemtsov’s murder. The Embassy would like to point out the following moments.


01.03.2017 - Response by the Press Secretary of the Embassy to RIA Novosti on UK military presence in Ukraine

Question: What’s your assessment of the UK military presence in Ukraine? Press Secretary: Needless to say, current build-up of the UK military presence in Ukrainian territory, as well as its military activity in the region as a whole raises many questions. First and foremost – how all these steps correspond to London’s declared commitment to a political settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as to the "spirit and letter" of the Minsk agreements? We are not convinced that they contribute to the implementation of the "Package of measures" agreed in "Normandy format" and signed by the parties to the conflict, aimed at an early cessation of hostilities and the beginning of the negotiating process


01.03.2017 - Statement by Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov at the Plenary Meeting of the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva, 28 February 2017

Distinguished Mr. President, Distinguished colleagues, I am pleased to have the opportunity to address such a representative audience. The fact that high ranking officials of Member States as well as of non-Members consider it to be an honor to speak at the Conference on Disarmament (CD) proves the authority, relevance and promising future of this forum when it comes to strengthening and improving the international legal framework that the system of global strategic stability and international security is built upon. There is no doubt that each State wishes to be heard. Each member of international community is seeking to ensure its national security interests are firmly secured and do not slide into dependency on instant political considerations. In our view it gives a special value to the CD, where all participants can hold an insightful dialogue on equal terms dealing with the most sensitive security issues and seek solutions to complex problems of arms control, disarmament and WMD non-proliferation.


28.02.2017 - State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin’s answer to a media question

Question: A statement has been made by Tbilisi the other day that Russia may withdraw its recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the future. Can you comment on it? Grigory Karasin: Indeed, such speculations are not uncommon. It is difficult to see where they come from. This may be a clumsy attempt to encourage mistrust towards Russia among our neighbours. The Republic of Abkhazia and the Republic of South Ossetia are independent sovereign states with which the Russian Federation enjoys neighbourly, friendly and allied relations. This is our firm and unshakeable position. We would like everyone to remember this once and for all.


27.02.2017 - Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov at the farewell ceremony with Vitaly Churkin

We bid farewell to our friend, an outstanding diplomat of our times, who achieved the utmost everywhere he was posted by his Motherland. All of us, diplomats at the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, understand that this is a tribute to our profession.


22.02.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding media question on the internal Libyan crisis

We have taken note of the February 19 interview which Fayez al-Sarraj, Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord, gave to Reuters on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. He said he had a positive view on Russia’s role in resolving the Libyan crisis. In that interview, Libyan Prime Minister mentioned the possibility of Russia acting as an intermediary between the Tripoli government and political factions in eastern Libya.


22.02.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

On February 21, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the initiative of the US side.


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