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Press release on the signing of the Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism

On July 27, in Strasbourg, a representative of the Russian Federation signed the Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism and made the following statement:

“The Russian Federation announces that in accordance with the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, the actions covered by Article Four of the Additional Protocol shall be regarded as preparations for committing a terrorist act or attempts at committing the said act and, as such, shall be established as a criminal offence.”

The said document was drafted by the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Terrorism dealing, in part, with foreign terrorist fighters, with the active participation of the Russian Federation. The Protocol is of universal character and was opened for signing by the Council of Europe member states and other countries in Riga on October 22, 2015.

The purpose of the Protocol is to supplement the provisions of the 2005 Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism so as to invigorate the efforts of the states in preventing terrorism and its negative effects on the full enjoyment of human rights, in particular the right to life, both by measures to be taken at the national level and through international co-operation.

The Protocol is designed to facilitate the implementation at the regional level of UN Security Council Resolution 2178 (2014) “Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts” adopted on the basis of Chapter VII of the UN Charter with the view to countering the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs).

The supplement to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism is aimed at disrupting the activities of the FTFs and persons that provide them financial or other support (“participating in an association or group for the purpose of terrorism,” “receiving training for terrorism,” and “travelling abroad for the purpose of terrorism”) and increasing exchange of information on them between the participating states.

The Protocol sets forth the commitments by member states on the criminalisation of acts such as participating in the activities of an association with a view to committing or contributing to the commission of a terrorist offence, receiving training for terrorism, travelling abroad for the purpose of terrorism or trying to travel abroad for this purpose, funding such travel by FTFs, organising it or assisting it otherwise.

Bona fide implementation of the Protocol will promote international anti-terrorist cooperation and enhance the efficiency of measures taken by states to counter FTFs.

The Russian Federation intends to ratify the Protocol as soon as possible.


17.12.2017 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veteran

On 14 December Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medal to the Arctic Convoys veteran Mr Charles Jesse Richard Cooper, who was awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for his personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.

16.12.2017 - Embassy press secretary answers media question on sea cables

Q: For a week already retired and serving British servicemen have been talking about the possibility of Russia severing UK’s underwater internet cables in case of war. How serious is that? A: Such sensationalist statements can cause but regret, as they are fanning the flames for the unwholesome sentiment created by PM Theresa May’s “banquet speech”. Instead of discussing European security, an important issue for all the European nations including UK, London keeps speculating on numerous mind-boggling scenarios of a hypothetical conflict. The reasons look obvious – but even if the UK military needs money so badly, why intimidate people this much?

15.12.2017 - Embassy press secretary comment on Chris Bryant’s “open letter to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson”

Q: Do you have any comments on the “open letter to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson” by Chris Bryant MP in The Times, alleging that the Russian hosts would “discombobulate” him on his forthcoming visit to Moscow? A: We deplore the attitudes shown by Mr Bryant – especially taking into account his current position as the chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on Russia, which is meant to contribute to dialogue between Britain and Russia, not undermine it. These are definitely not the best parting words for the Foreign Secretary heading to Russia soon. We expect a more constructive approach from the British side on this important visit, and, as the recent visit of Sir Alan Duncan to Moscow proved, a responsible dialogue is possible.

15.12.2017 - Embassy hosts charity concert

On 9 December 2017 the Russian Ambassador’s residence hosted a charity concert for the foundation Nadezda (Hope) which helps children from Russia's Tver region. The young opera singer Aigul Akhmetshina (Royal Opera House) performed works by Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Rossini, Rachmaninoff.

11.12.2017 - Сharity dinner in honor of the Arctic Convoys Veterans on the occasion of St Andrews Day

On 7 December Rotary Club of Motherwell and Wishaw host a charity dinner on the occasion of St Andrews Day with the participation of the Arctic Convoys veterans.

11.12.2017 - President Putin visited Khmeimim Air Base in Syria

December 11, 2017, 13:00, Syria At the air base, Vladimir Putin was met by President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad, Russian Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu and Commander of the Russian military group Sergei Surovikin. The Commander-in-Chief ordered the withdrawal of the Russian military group from Syria back to their permanent bases.

11.12.2017 - Russian President Vladimir Putin met President of Syria Bashar al-Assad

President Putin met with President of Syria Bashar al-Assad while on a tour of the Russian airbase at Khmeimim. The two leaders discussed the outcome of the counterterrorism operations in Syria.

09.12.2017 - Press release on First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov’s consultations with British Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan

On December 8, First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov had consultations in Moscow with British Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan.

08.12.2017 - Moscow Exchange Forum in London

On 6-7 December 2017 the Moscow Exchange held an Annual Business Forum in London, that marked its 25th anniversary and highlighted investment opportunities in Russia. The event gathered more than 400 top managers and high-ranking representatives of European, American and Asian banks, investment funds, service sector companies and professional associations.

05.12.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s message of greetings to organisers and participants in the 7th international forum The Arctic: Present and Future

Let me cordially welcome the organisers and participants to the 7th international forum The Arctic: Present and Future. Your Forum has confidently asserted itself as an authoritative venue for discussing the current issues on the Arctic agenda. The traditional representative composition of the participants makes it possible to consider every aspect of a broad range of issues related to ensuring the Arctic’s sustainable development and to providing detailed recommendations on how to enhance the effectiveness of measures for this purpose, including development of international cooperation.

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