24 April 2019
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416 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     408 days have passed since the death of Nikolay Glushkov on British soil - no credible information or response from the British authorities




The BBC’s another low in outright post-truth propaganda in the defense of the unsustainable status quo in Britain, US and worldwide. Not a single shred of evidence on any issue raised. John Sweeney’s praise for Ch.Steele’s ‘kompromat’ report “even if it is a pack of lies”, explains it all. And that includes the sense of despair in the face of change to come. A propaganda paid for by TV licence-holders. By the Western elites who adore business as usual for themselves and wouldn’t change neither 25 years ago, nor in 2008, when the crisis struck, hoping to print their way out of it. The Obama Administration promised, but couldn’t deliver change for this very reason. Russia was lying down in its own transformation and cannot be blamed for that. Now “the wrong choice” of the electorate undermines faith in US democracy? And the elites’ impotence equals doom and gloom for the liberal world order, etc?

Nobody (but for Francis Fukuyama in the Foreign Affairs magazine and his book “Political Order and Political Decay”) raises the issue of the responsibility of the elite for the present state of Western societies and the world. Instead we get the notion of a post-truth world as a licence to lie… for a good cause, which turns out to be preservation of the status quo. Is it the same liberal tradition of political expediency we saw in every revolution and counter-revolution in Europe which justifies means if the end is deemed good? Why not quote Reinhold Niebuhr who wrote: “Every civilization claims immortality for its finite existence at the very moment when the decay which leads to death has already begun”.

Why piling lies upon lies on Russia, its President and policies, domestic and foreign? Why not say that all the efforts to undermine Russia, including sanctions and fall in the price of oil, ended up making us stronger, in particular more prepared for deglobalization (declared by Gordon Brown in 2008)?

As to Ukraine, why omit origins of the crisis, i.e. Nato/EU expansion on the cheap and the coup of 22 February 2014, which tore up its constitutional order? Why not mention the Minsk-2 accords arrived at by four leaders, including F.Holland and A.Merkel. Those are a recipe for political solution well in line with European values. But Kiev wouldn’t deliver on its political commitments for in that case there will be no justification for dragging feet on substantial reform.

In Syria, not a word on Russia’s intervention as providing conditions for a search for a political solution, where the West failed miserably. Why not quote John Kerry who admitted in his talks with the Syrian opposition that the US had betted on Isis as an instrument of regime change in Syria? We helped create the broad-based International Syria Support Group under the US and Russia as Co-Chairs. The US couldn’t deliver on its promise to get separation of bona fide Syrian opposition groups from Isis/“Nusra”. Now we are working with Turkey and Iran. A nationwide cessation of hostilities is in place. Intra-Syrian talks to start in Astana on 23 January with participation of real opposition figures representing armed groups on the ground.

Why not say that 110K people were liberated in Eastern Aleppo with 9K fighters laying down their arms. Under supervision of the Russian military 34K more, including 14K fighters, were evacuated with international media, International Red Cross and WHO present. Why not talk of Western and regional advisers/liaison officers imbedded with the opposition/terrorist groups in the city let go with our military’s help.

The detente between Washington and Moscow was good for all in the Cold War based on vital national interests. Why not now? Is it because a ‘new cold War’ provides reasons for resisting any change in the West? And what a twisted logic: if the White House and the Kremlin get along now and fall out later, it would be a worse confrontation than the Cold War. In fact, the BBC tells all of us to stay where we (and the world) are. What an enlightened attitude! We truly believe the British deserve better than that.

We cannot agree more with Jeremy Paxman (“FT”, 16 January) who asks, where is the evidence for the salacious allegations about Mr Trump, and call to respect the will of the American people. We do.


23.04.2019 - Embassy’s comment regarding UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt congratulations to Volodymyr Zelenskiy

We have taken note of the statement by the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, congratulating Volodymyr Zelenskiy on being elected President of Ukraine. In his statement Mr Hunt said the UK interest in supporting Ukraine was due to the country’s position “on the front-line of Russia’s challenge to the rules-based international system”. The Foreign Secretary also mentioned that Ukraine’s “stability is essential for Europe’s security”. “Cooperation on defence and security” was identified as the first among the areas of future cooperation between London and Kiev.

19.04.2019 - Presentation of the Novgorod Region, Moscow, April 18, 2019

Novgorod, is one of the oldest cities in Russia with population around 230 thousand people. The Sofia First Chronicle makes initial mention of the city in 859, when it was already a major Baltics-to-Byzantium station on the trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks. Novgorod is also traditionally considered to be the cradle of Russian statehood.

18.04.2019 - Embassy Press Officer comments on media reports regarding children hospitalised and ducks killed as a result of the Salisbury incident

Question: How would you comment on the New York Times report, reprinted by British media, alleging that CIA Director Gina Haspel persuaded President Trump to take strong measures against Russia following the Salisbury incident by showing him photos of children exposed to chemical poisoning and those of ducks killed by nerve agent? Answer: As everyone else, we learned of the existence of such photos from the New York Times piece. The information on hospitalised children and killed ducks is surprising. The British authorities and media have indeed reported that some members of the public, including children, underwent medical checks as a precautionary measure. However, none of them had any signs of poisoning. Similarly, it has never been reported that ducks or any other animals were killed (apart from Mr Skripal’s pets, incinerated in the Porton Down laboratory for unknown reasons).

17.04.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the Report of the House of Commons Defence Committee “Missile Misdemeanours: Russia and the INF Treaty”

Question: How could you comment on the Report of the House of Commons Defence Committee, which blames Russia for the collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty?

16.04.2019 - Message of President Putin to President of France Emmanuel Macron

President Putin sent a message to President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron personally expressing sympathy to the French leader and the entire French nation over the tragic aftermath of the fire at Notre Dame de Paris.

15.04.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning appointment of honorary consuls of Russia in the UK

Question: According to reports, Duchess of Abercorn, who served as Russia’s Honorary Consul in Northern Ireland, deceased in December 2018. Are there any plans to appoint a new honorary consul in that region? Answer: The issue of appointing a new Honorary Consul in Northern Ireland, where neither the Embassy in London nor the Consulate General in Edinburgh can effectively exercise consular functions due to objective geographical reasons, is under consideration.

13.04.2019 - Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding the statement by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

We noted a Twitter post of April 10 by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, stating that it’s been over a year since Russia used the lethal Novichok agent in Salisbury, yet London hears nothing but denials from Russia, which allegedly objected to Novichok being added to the list of substances controlled by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). It gets more cynical as you read on: “If they love Novichok so much, other countries will rightly worry about the next Salisbury.”

12.04.2019 - Embassy comment on the state of the investigation into the death of Nikolay Glushkov

More than a year has passed since former Deputy Director General of Aeroflot Nikolay Glushkov, a national of the Russian Federation, mysteriously died in London. One would argue that the investigators have had plenty of time to present their lines of inquiry. However, the crime continues to be passed over in silence by law enforcement officials, politicians and the media.

12.04.2019 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova regarding WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's detention

Just now, we watched online as the British police detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. We noted that the operation was conducted in the office of the Ecuadorian diplomatic mission with the embassy’s approval. Judging from the format of the operation, a blatant and brutal neglect of the detainee’s human dignity took place. We hope that all Julian Assange’s rights will be observed.

12.04.2019 - Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia at the UN Security Council Meeting on Venezuela

We are both surprised and not at the convening of an emergency meeting on Venezuela, all the more with participation of the Vice-President of the United States, whom you are always glad to welcome in this room. It is a pity he did not want to listen to other Members of the Council share their views on the situation in Venezuela. Today we watch just another act in a multi-act drama that attempts to change the regime in Venezuela. The situation in Venezuela does not pose a threat to international peace and security, whereas external actors pose a direct threat to peace and security inside Venezuela. This is what we have just heard.

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