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07.03.2019 - Press Conference by First Deputy Permanent Representative Dmitry Polyanskiy on the event of anniversary of the Salisbury incident

One year ago there was a very busy day in the Security Council, as you might remember. The event was quite unexpected, but it got vivid media coverage and a lot of emotions. Today is exactly one year since the poisoning of former Russian Colonel of Intelligence Sergey Skripal and his daughter. We decided to speak to you today and to give our impression what we have right now as the bottom line. We can say that despite huge efforts of the UK police, it has not been able to support the political version of the incident with facts and proof. We have a lot of unconfirmed things, even mysterious facts, but no specifics and zero substance so far.

06.03.2019 - Embassy Press release on Ambassador Yakovenko receiving a letter from Ewan Hope, son of Dawn Sturgess

Today on March 6th, through the “Sunday Mirror” editorial office, the Embassy received a copy of the letter addressed to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin from Ewan Hope, son of the late Dawn Sturgess, regarding the circumstances of his mother’s death. Ambassador Yakovenko has sent Mr Hope a reply, in which he has expressed his condolences on the tragic death of Ms Sturgess and proposed a meeting to answer in person to any questions that Mr Hope might have.

06.03.2019 - Russian Ambassador to the UK met Executive Director of the International Sugar Organization Mr Jose Orive

On 6 March 2019 Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko met Executive Director of the International Sugar Organization (ISO) Mr Jose Orive.

04.03.2019 - Remarks by the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov at the Delphi IV Economic Forum

Russia’s View of the International Order I would suggest that we start from the beginning and try to contemplate what the international world order is per se. For centuries the world lived within the Westphalian sovereignty, then the First World War brought us the system of Versailles, and in 1945 in the Russian city of Yalta countries of the anti-Hitler coalition agreed on how they would coexist taking into account the results of the Second World War. However, those agreements were soon swept away by the waves of a new confrontation, namely the Cold War.

03.03.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the British MoD representatives laying flowers at Skripal family graves

Question: How would you comment on the publications about British MoD representatives laying flowers on the grave of Sergei Skripal’s wife? Answer: The Embassy has no credible information on whereabouts, health condition or degree of personal freedom of Sergei and Yulia Skripal and it is difficult for us to draw any conclusions. Nevertheless the statements that it was impossible to arrange a personal visit to the cemetery for the Skripals, and the expressions of sorrow in this regard sound utterly hypocritical.

03.03.2019 - Letter to the Editor of the Mail on Sunday

We have noted today’s Mail on Sunday piece on Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko. As was made clear to your correspondent yesterday, we would have been prepared to comment on statements regarding the Ambassador personally if we had an opportunity to look at the article in advance. We are doing this today, out of respect for the British public that you have misled

03.03.2019 - Embassy press officer replies to a media question over the letter by the son of Dawn Sturgess

Question: How would you comment on the letter by Ewan Hope, son of the late Dawn Sturgess, to President Putin, appearing in today’s Sunday Mirror? Answer: First of all, we feel deep sympathy towards Mr Hope. Just like him, we would like to see his mother’s death to be fully investigated. A year has now passed since the Salisbury incident, but everyone is still invited to take the official British version for granted. Instead of supporting it with evidence, the authorities prefer to feed the public with multiple leaks, while refusing to confirm or deny them. Now it turns out that even the closest relatives of those affected are kept in the dark over what actually happened, and they have to seek truth in Russia.

03.03.2019 - Embassy statement one year after the Salisbury incident

On 4 March, exactly one year will have passed since the Salisbury incident in which the Russian nationals, Sergei and Yulia Skripal, suffered. The British government has yet to provide an official explanation of what happened, supported by proof. In violation of international law, the UK has isolated the Skripals and is destroying evidence, in order to make it impossible to verify the British version in the future. Today, the Embassy has published a 50-page report, outlining information on the case available to Russia.

03.03.2019 - SALISBURY: UNANSWERED QUESTIONS (4 March 2019)

A year ago, on 4 March 2018, Sergei and Yulia Skripal were reportedly poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury, Wiltshire. The UK government has accused the Russian state of being responsible for the poisoning. Russia has denied any involvement. The incident has caused major international repercussions, bringing Russia-UK and Russia-West relations to a new low. Yet details of what happened remain unclear. The Russian Embassy pays tribute to all those who have helped and supported the two Russian nationals affected, first and foremost to first responders and medical staff. We also commend the efforts of journalists, bloggers and members of the public who have been working tirelessly to ensure that truth over what happened is established and disseminated, despite the extremely difficult media environment imposed by the British authorities. Finally, we reiterate our sincere condolences over the tragic death of Dawn Sturgess who has become an innocent victim of political games. We join her loved ones in aspiring for the full circumstances of what happened to her and others involved to be established.

02.03.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the coverage of the Salisbury incident in the Russian media

Question: Today the Financial Times, with reference to a report by King’s College, accused Russian media of misleading the public by publishing 138 “contradictory accounts” of the Salisbiry incident. How would you comment on this? Answer: Despite the fact that the Salisbury incident happened almost a year ago, the British authorities have not published the results of the police investigation, which, as we understand, is still ongoing. The British and Russian public have to settle for multiple leaks (the vast majority of which appear in the British rather than Russian media) that the government persistently refuses to confirm or deny. There is substantial interest in Russia for all British media reports on this matter. Considering their inconsistency, the Russian public becomes more and more convinced that the Salisbury incident has been in fact a major anti-Russian set-up. The atmosphere of secrecy created by the British authorities around the investigation yet fuels such belief.

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