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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.

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.

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