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968 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     960 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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30.03.2018 - Embassy Press Officer on unanswered questions regarding the Salisbury poisoning

Question: At yesterday's briefing, the Official Representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Embassy had asked quite a few questions that remain unanswered. What are those questions? Answer: Indeed, we are witnessing a blatant violation by the UK of its international obligations under the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and the 1968 bilateral Consular Convention. We have not received a response to our multiple questions and requests made through diplomatic notes. Failure by Britain to engage in normal diplomatic exchange with the Embassy on this matter is regrettable. The questions to which we are awaiting answers are as follows:

30.03.2018 - Press release on Russia’s response to unfriendly UK steps

On March 30, UK Ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, where he was handed a note of protest against the provocative and unfounded actions by the British side, which had orchestrated a groundless expulsion of Russian diplomats from a number of countries.

28.03.2018 - Foreign Ministry statement on the Salisbury incident

The British authorities have demonstrated their inability to ensure the safety of Russian citizens more than once. The glaring examples include the poisoning of former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko, the death of businessmen Badri Patarkatsishvili and Alexander Perepelichny under unclear circumstances, the mysterious “suicide” of Boris Berezovsky and the strangling of Berezovsky’s business partner Nikolai Glushkov, and lastly, the recent attempt on the lives and health of Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

27.03.2018 - Statement of the Russian Embassy

It has come to our knowledge that in the wake of the anti-Russian campaign unleashed by the British Government some British students planning trips to Russia have been warned of a “possibility of anti-British sentiment or harassment caused by their nationality”.

27.03.2018 - Embassy Press Officer answers questions on statements by Prime Minister Theresa May

Q: Could you comment on yesterday’s statement that the Prime Minister made in the House of Commons, namely that British authorities are “quite clear that Russia was responsible” for the Salisbury poisoning? Is this a hardening of the British position in comparison to her statement of 14 March, according to which it was “highly likely” that Russia was responsible?

27.03.2018 - Book of condolences opens at the Russian Embassy

Book of condolences will be open on 28 March from 11.00 to 17.00 at the Residence of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation at 13 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QX.

27.03.2018 - Ambassador Yakovenko holds a briefing on the “Skripal case”

On March 27, 2018 Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko held a briefing for the Ambassadors of foreign countries in the UK on the progress of the British authorities’ investigation into the attempted murder of two Russian citizens, Sergey and Yulia Skripal, on 4 March in Salisbury, as well as the violent death of another Russian national, Nikolay Glushkov, on 12 March in London.

26.03.2018 - Answer to media question on expulsions of Russian diplomats from a number of countries

Question: The British government is proud of having mobilized some Western partners to expel Russian diplomats in a show of support. How do you assess this coordinated Western policy? Answer: For us in London, such hostile step was not unexpected. The secrecy of the Salisbury investigation and the refusal to provide the international community with any information supporting the accusations against Russia have demonstrated not only the weakness of the British public position, but also the urgent need to give it a veneer of international legitimacy. The only way to achieve that was to seek “solidarity” within the Western bloc. Solidarity has been expressed, but no facts have been produced – otherwise they would have been made public in Brussels.

26.03.2018 - Embassy press officer comments on Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's statements

Question: How would you comment on Boris Johnson’s fresh comparisons between Russia and the Nazi Germany? Answer: Of course, we have noted Mr Johnson’s interview given to the Lincolnshire Life where he doesn’t only defend his comparison between the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 1936 Olympics, but also compares Crimea’s reunification with Russia to Germany’s annexation of the Sudetenland in 1938.

26.03.2018 - Embassy press officer answers question on Skripal case

Question: Has the Embassy received any further information on the investigation of the Salisbury poisoning from the British authorities? Answer: So far, we have received a number of notifications from the Foreign Office, but unfortunately they do not shed further light either on what happened on 4 March, or on the course of the investigation, or on the medical condition of the Russian nationals involved.

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