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13.04.2018 - Embassy’s comment on the letter of Mark Sedwill to NATO on the incident in Salisbury

We have taken note of the letter by Prime Minister’s National Security Adviser Sir Mark Sedwill to NATO Secretary General Mr Jens Stoltenberg published on 13 April. This piece is a further demonstration of the lack of any evidence of Russia’s involvement in the Salisbury incident. The whole case against Russia is built on three elements: the identification of the chemical substance, artificial assumptions and conclusions regarding “track record” and “motive”, and unverifiable “intelligence information”. As to the substance, it is now common knowledge that any modern laboratory is able to produce it. The OPCW report adds nothing in this respect.


13.04.2018 - Ambassador Yakovenko’s talking points at the press conference

Ambassador Yakovenko’s talking points at the press conference 13 April 2018


13.04.2018 - Salisbury: a Classified Case

On 4 March 2018, Sergei and Yulia Skripal were reportedly poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury, Wiltshire. The UK government accused the Russian state of being responsible for the poisoning. Russia denied any involvement. The incident caused major international repercussions, bringing Russia-UK and Russia-West relations to a new low. Yet details of what happened remain unclear. This paper seeks to summarize the sequence of events as well as to present crucial elements of Britain’s and Russia’s position.


13.04.2018 - Embassy’s statement on the UK military preparations against Syria

We are concerned about the decision of the Cabinet to “take action” amid the reports on the possible UK participation in the military operation against Syria.


12.04.2018 - Statement of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation

Anti-Russia campaign launched by the British authorities over the alleged poisoning of former officer of the Main Intelligence Directorate Sergey Skripal and his daughter has been following the pattern that was already used to groundlessly accuse the Russian Federation in connection with the alleged attempted murder of Boris Berezovsky in London in summer 2003 and the death of Alexander Litvinenko in the UK in November 2006.


11.04.2018 - Embassy comment in relation to the “Statement issued on behalf of Yulia Skripal” published by the Metropolitan Police

The statement allegedly on behalf of Yulia Skripal published at Scotland Yard website is an interesting read. If everything mentioned there is true we cannot but congratulate our compatriot. However, with no possibility to verify it, the publication by the Metropolitan Police raises new questions rather than gives answers. As before, we would like to make sure that the statement really belongs to Yulia. So far, we doubt it much. The text has been composed in a special way so as to support official statements made by British authorities and at the same time to exclude every possibility of Yulia’s contacts with the outer world – consuls, journalists and even relatives.


11.04.2018 - Embassy comment in relation to the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichny

On 10 April 2018, the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichny, the Russian businessman who died in 2012 near London, have resumed after a long break. It is not a coincidence that this event is synchronized with a large-scale anti-Russian provocation by the British government, baselessly accusing Russia of the "attempt on lives" of two Russian nationals: Sergei and Yulia Skripal.


11.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question about the reports on Yulia Skripal’s whereabouts

Q: Can you comment on the recent media reports that Yulia Skripal has been moved to a military base?


11.04.2018 - Embassy's comment on the claims that the UK has complied with its international obligation under Consular Conventions

Yesterday, the Embassy received a Note Verbale from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which states that “the United Kingdom has fully complied with its international obligations in relation to the requests of the Embassy of the Russian Federation for consular access to Ms Skripal and Mr Sergei Skripal”. We are surprised by such a statement. Our numerous requests for consular access to Sergei and Yulia Skripal have been left without a substantial reaction on part of the British authorities. We would like to know what exactly the British side did to comply with its international obligation under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and the bilateral Consular Convention, and what were the reasons for such a unfounded conclusion?


10.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer's comment on interaction with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the investigation of the Salisbury incident

More than a month has passed since the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal and almost a month since the Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of this crime.


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