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960 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     952 days have passed since the death of Nikolay Glushkov on British soil - no credible information or response from the British authorities


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30.07.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the situation in British independent schools

Q.: How would you comment on media reports claiming that the number of Russian pupils in British independent schools has decreased by almost a thousand over the last three years? A.: We have noted these report, quoting the Independent School Council, claiming that in January there were 2806 pupils from Russia studying in British independent schools, compared to 3611 three years ago. It is not surprising given the numerous reports on deteriorating quality of education and security in British private schools.

30.07.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the statement of Mr John Glen MP on the Salisbury incident

Question: On 28 July The Guardian published an interview with Mr John Glen MP where he claimed that Russia was responsible for the incident in Salisbury. How would you comment on that? Answer: The Embassy has taken note of Mr John Glen’s interview. His unsubstantiated statements are misleading. The secrecy around the investigation into the Salisbury and Amesbury incidents as well as the reluctance of the British authorities to provide the international community with any evidence testify to the irresponsible position of the UK government supported by nothing but the so-called "solidarity" of its EU and NATO allies.

27.07.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning continuing isolation of Yulia Skripal

Q.: How would you comment on the telephone conversation between Yulia Skripal and her cousin Viktoria that, according to the Russian media, has recently taken place? A.: The Embassy has no reliable information concerning contents of this conversation, and can neither deny nor confirm any information published in this regard, as the British authorities in violation of their international obligations continue to deny us access to Yulia Skripal. This is not the first public statement on behalf of Yulia Skripal, but even her TV appearance on 23 May did not dispel our doubts over her freedom to do and say what she wants. Back then we were under impression that Yulia did not use her own words and was reading a pre-written statement. We pointed out the facts supporting such conclusion.

27.07.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning a possible link between the incidents in Salisbury and Amesbury

Question: On 24 July ITV aired an interview with Charlie Rowley, one of the victims of the incident in Amesbury. Does that mean that he is no longer being kept in isolation? Answer: We have watched the interview with Mr Rowley carefully. We have to note that what we saw was a clipped rather than continuous video footage. It is unclear why the full version of the interview did not go on air, where and when the conversation took place, just as whether and to what extent it was controlled by the police. Together with daily conflicting media leaks that makes the whole picture of the incident increasingly obscure. Among other things, Charlie Rowley’s statement absolutely obfuscates the topic of the infamous “Novichok”, persistently assigned to Russia by the British authorities and the media despite the well-known fact that such substance could be produced by any professional chemical laboratory. We have noted that the British authorities have been carefully concealing all information regarding the “Novichok” and have offered no explanations for the numerous conflicting reports concerning its properties. I


I. PREAMBLE 1. We, the Heads of State and Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa, met from 25 - 27 July 2018 in Johannesburg, at the 10th BRICS Summit. The 10th BRICS Summit, as a milestone in the history of BRICS, was held under the theme "BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution".

26.07.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the FCO’s statement on Crimea

Question: How would comment on a new statement of a Foreign Office spokesperson condemning Russia’s “illegal annexation” of Crimea? Answer:The events in Crimea were preceded by a coup d’état in Kiev supported by the West. It was a blatant violation not only of the Constitution of Ukraine, but also of the agreement of 21 February 2014 between President Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition, mediated by Germany, France and Poland. In the FCO’s statement Russia was blamed for breaching international law. Let us remind that the coup in Kiev created a direct threat to human rights and physical safety of Russians and Russian-speakers in Crimea. Faced with this situation, in which the people of Crimea was effectively deprived of its right to self-determination within the Ukrainian state, the lawfully elected local authorities decided to hold a referendum where citizens were asked whether they preferred Crimea to join Russia or remain part of Ukraine. With a 83.5% turnout, 96.8% of the voters supported joining Russia.

25.07.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the investigation of the Salisbury and Amesbury incidents

Q: Charlie Rowley has been recently discharched from hospital and kept in police safe house since. Has the Embassy demanded access to the victim and the investigation of the Amesbury incident? A: What has happened with the British citizen in Amesbury is beyond the competence of the Embassy and its Consular department. However, the fact that police, politicians and the media repeatedly link the Amesbury incident to the Skripals case persuades the Russian side to continue insisting on access to this investigation which is being held behind the scenes.

24.07.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning General Prosecutor’s Office’s requests for legal assistance in the criminal case related to the murder of Mr Nikolay Glushkov

Question: The Embassy informed two weeks ago that it had forwarded another Note Verbale to the FCO requesting a response to the two requests of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation for legal assistance in the criminal case related to the murder of the Russian citizen Nikolay Glushkov. Have you received it? Answer: It has been more than four months since the Russian citizen Nikolay Glushkov died under unexplained circumstances on the British soil. Unfortunately, the Embassy has not received any substantial answer to the seven official requests sent to the FCO by diplomatic channels. The requests by the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation have also been ignored. The Metropolitan Police, to which the Embassy has been referred by the FCO, is yet to reply to our letter of 13 June, where we confirmed our proposal expressed as early as in April for a meeting to discuss the modalities of consultations between representatives of Russian and British law enforcement agencies.

24.07.2018 - Comment by the Information and Press Department, MFA, on developments in Syria

Recent comments by an official spokesperson of the US State Department following a telephone conversation between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have drawn attention in Moscow. In a peremptory manner typical of the United States, Russia was alleged to be failing to meet its obligations in southwestern Syria. The reality is exactly the opposite. It was Washington that for many months did nothing to separate the "moderate" opposition from ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the southwestern de-escalation zone. As a result of successful actions by the Syrian armed forces with our support, law and order are being restored in southwestern Syria and proper conditions are being created for the people to return to peaceful life.

23.07.2018 - Embassy’s Press Officer reply to a question on Russia’s contributions to the Council of Europe

Q: How will you comment on the statement made by Sir Alan Duncan, the FCO Minister for Europe and the Americas, at the House of Commons on 18 July, condemning Russia of distorting the work of the Council of Europe, in particular, by withholding its budget contributions to the CE? A: We have noticed a number of speculations regarding the situation within the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and Russia’s contributions to the Council of Europe budget. I would like to remind you that the Assembly has restricted the rights of Russian parliamentarians in an attempt to “punish” them for the free choice by people of Crimea to become part of Russia. For three years, the Russian Federation continued to honour its financial commitments to the Council of Europe in full, despite the fact that its representatives were not allowed to fully participate in the work of the Assembly. This could not go on indefinitely. In 2017, we took the decision to suspend the payment of contributions until the delegation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation to PACE is fully and unconditionally restored in its rights. A year has since passed, and this has not happened.

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