25 April 2018
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Press release on Normandy Four deputy foreign ministers’ meeting

On May 30, Berlin hosted a meeting of Normandy Four deputy foreign ministers to further discuss a resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. State Secretary, Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin represented Russia. Coordinators from the Minsk Contact Group and its working subgroups were also invited to attend.

The parties reviewed the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements of February 12, 2015.

The Russian side stressed that there was no alternative to the Minsk Agreements and underscored the counter-productive nature of Kiev’s attempts to shy away from fulfilling them by changing the formats and by involving other organisations in the settlement process. Russia emphasised the leading role of the Contact Group and its working subgroups in advancing a settlement. It supported the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, which is playing an important stabilising role.

All parties noted the importance of unfailingly and comprehensively honouring the ceasefire and withdrawing the weapons systems banned by the Minsk Agreements. Meeting participants regretted another failure to disengage the warring parties’ forces and weapons systems in Stanitsa Luganskaya that was to be completed on May 28, 2017. At the same time, Russia stressed that Kiev’s attempts to link progress on political settlement issues with the situation on the security track were unacceptable. Kiev’s regular appeals to solve the problem by force seem all the more dangerous.

The meeting participants advocated more active efforts to release and exchange all hostages and illegally detained individuals on the basis of the all-for-all principle, as formalised by the Minsk Agreements.

They also discussed the Donbass socioeconomic and humanitarian situation. Russia expressed the need to immediately lift the Kiev-imposed blockade of the region that is leading to the humanitarian disaster. This is particularly critical for water supply issues and social payments to the local people.

The mostly constructive Berlin meeting should facilitate the Minsk Contact Group’s more dynamic work that remains crucial for implementing the February 2015 agreements on resolving the Ukrainian conflict by peaceful means.


24.04.2018 - Commment of the Embassy on the murder of Mr N.A.Glushkov and the concealment of related information by the UK Police

According to the information published by the Metropolitan Police, a Russian citizen Mr N.A.Glushkov was murdered in London on 12 March. Numerous attempts of the Embassy to obtain coherent answers from the Foreign Office, or Scotland Yard, in line with the international obligations of the UK, have failed.

24.04.2018 - Embassy’s Press Officer response to a media question on the investigation of the Skripals’ poisoning in Salisbury

Q: Do you have any updates on the investigation of the Skripals’ poisoning?

24.04.2018 - Embassy’s Press Officer reply to a question on the situation in Yemen

Q: How do you assess the current situation in Yemen and how does Russia help alleviate the horrific plight of its population?

24.04.2018 - Ambassador Yakovenko visits Natural & Organic Products Europe show at the London ExCel Exhibition Centre

On 23 April Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko visited Natural & Organic Products Europe, one of the world’s most important food industry shows, hosted at London’s ExCel.

23.04.2018 - Embassy’s press officer reply a media question on the establishment of a new cross-party group on Russia

Q: А new “powerful” cross-party group of senior MPs on Russia was set up in the British Parliament. It will reportedly help “defend Britain from Russia”. Can you comment on that?

21.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question on air strikes against Syria

Q: A week has passed since the air strikes against Syria were launched. How do you assess political consequences of this step? A: We have already commented on international and legal aspects of this act of open aggression against Syria committed by the United States, together with the United Kingdom and France in gross violation of the UN Charter and fundamental principles of international law in general.

20.04.2018 - Victory Day Celebrations in the UK

Several memorial events will be held in UK 2018 to celebrate the Victory Day.

20.04.2018 - Embassy’s press secretary response to a media question on the statements by Vladimir Uglev

Q: Can you comment on the recent statements by Mr Vladimir Uglev claiming to be a “Novichok” inventor and saying he is sure that A-234 was used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal?

20.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question on Russia’s response to G7 statement on Skripals’ case

Q: How did Russia react to a recent statement of G7 foreign ministers accusing Russia of poisoning of Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury? A: We are disappointed by another groundless statement on Skripals’ case, this time made on behalf of all G7 members. It is regrettable that G7 members allow themselves to be drawn into an anti-Russian campaign built on hollow accusations.

18.04.2018 - Embassy press secretary answers media question on Ofcom investigations regarding RT

Q: Do you have a comment on the Ofcom statement regarding pressure on the channel RT? A: We have taken note of UK Government’s exercise of pressure on media, bordering on censorship, regarding the coverage of the Salisbury poisoning. In particular, the “Sunday Times” reported on 8 April that the National Security Council staff “had seized control” over the media response of the Salisbury incident. The media manipulation by the authorities is corroborated by multiple “leaks” of new versions of the incident which could not have appeared in any other way. Highly likely the apparent lack of interest from media outlets to gain access Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the doctors treating them and many other involved parties, in spite of evident public interest, testifies to the same.

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