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24.01.2018 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

On January 24, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the US side’s initiative. The ministers discussed a broad range of issues on the bilateral agenda. In particular, they expressed a common opinion that North Korea should strictly comply with the requirements of the UN Security Council, which repeatedly denounced North Korea’s nuclear test explosions and missile launches. At the same time, Sergey Lavrov cautioned against escalating tensions around the Korean Peninsula through aggressive rhetoric, anti-North Korean blocs and threats of a naval blockade. The Russian minister pointed out that Pyongyang had demonstrated readiness for dialogue and called for settling disputes exclusively by diplomatic means and with due regard for the related Russian-Chinese initiatives.


24.01.2018 - Article by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov: ”Russia and Australia: 75 Years of Cooperation” published in ”Australian Outlook”

Last year marked the seventy-fifth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Australia. The past decades were rich in events and gave us plenty of examples of joint efforts for the benefit of our countries. The history of Russia's contacts with the Australian continent is centuries-long. On June 16, 1807, the Russian sloop Neva called at Port Jackson (today Sydney) to replenish its stock of provisions and fresh water. The same year Lachlan Macquarie, a young officer who later became a prominent Australian politician and governor of New South Wales, visited Baku, Astrakhan, Moscow and St Petersburg on his way from Australia to London as a member of a diplomatic mission. Between 1807 and 1835, fifteen Russian vessels, including the ships on which famous Russian seafarers Faddey Bellinsgauzen and Mikhail Lazarev set sail to search for the Antarctic, called at Port Jackson and Hobart. In the middle of the 19th century, the number of Russian immigrants in Australia started to increase. In 1857, two consular missions were opened in Melbourne and Sydney to protect interests of Russian nationals. Australian tradesmen James Damyon and Edmund Paul were appointed Honorary Vice Consuls. Later, the Russian Empire appointed Honorary Vice Consuls in Adelaide, Brisbane, Port Elizabeth, Hobart and Perth. In 1894, the Russian Honorary Vice Consulate in Melbourne was raised to a Consulate. In London, on October 10, 1942, the USSR and Australia signed the Agreement on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations. On January 2, 1943, Australian diplomats came to Kuybyshev (today Samara) to set up an embassy, which was opened on January 26, on Australia Day. The Soviet diplomatic mission was established in Canberra in 1943.


23.01.2018 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veterans

On 19-21 January 2017 Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medals to the Arctic Convoys veterans.


23.01.2018 - Embassy Press Officer on the Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue in Sochi, Russia

Q: What is the purpose of the forthcoming Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue in Sochi, Russia, and was UK invited to participate?


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.


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