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28.10.2017

Russian Embassy press-secretary response to media question

Question: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson once again blamed Russia for covering up the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian authorities. What is the Russia’s position on that?

Response: We absolutely disagree with such a statement.

Firstly, on October 26, a report of the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism was published. We will carefully study this document. It is already evident that assessments of the Russian specialists requested by the JIM have been ignored. At the same time, the report contains conclusions by anonymous research centers and so-called independent experts, which are not supported by any convincing proofs.

Secondly, Russia has repeatedly called for an impartial and throughout investigation of the chemical incident in Khan Sheikhoun. Instead of objective investigation, we become witnesses of selective implementation of mandates, failure or inability to use the entire array of investigative methods envisioned by the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, de-facto refusal to conduct an on-site investigation and even, as it turned out recently, an attempt – in the case of the OPCW Fact Finding Mission – to mislead the international community regarding the possibility of safe access to Khan Sheikhoun.

Thirdly, Russia was persistently trying to ensure that international inspectors be immediately sent to Khan Sheikhoun and Shayrat air base, where the sarin used in Khan Sheikhoun had been allegedly stored. Back in April the UK and other countries blocked the relevant draft decisions that we had put forward at the UN Security Council and the OPCW Executive Council.

Fourthly, the British side has refused to share the conclusions of its national investigation of the samples allegedly collected in Khan-Sheikhoun. The international community still does not know, how the British authorities received those samples, where and from whom, and was the chain of custody – basic principle of investigation – observed.

Finally, clearly, if we really want to establish those responsible for using chemical weapons, then these fundamental flaws must be rectified as soon as possible. However, it seems that the situation prevailing now suits Western countries, including the UK, perfectly. What’s more, they are desperately working to ensure that everything remains as it is. And that is because their aim is not to establish the truth but to use international agencies for stepping up pressure on Damascus for political purposes.




LATEST EVENTS

18.12.2017 - Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the United States Donald Trump

Vladimir Putin thanked Donald Trump for the information passed on by the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that helped detain the terrorists who plotted to set off explosions at Kazan Cathedral in St Petersburg and other public places in the city. The information received from the CIA was enough to locate and detain the criminals. The Russian President asked the US President to convey his appreciation to the Central Intelligence Agency director and the operatives of US intelligence services who received this information. Vladimir Putin assured Donald Trump that in the event that Russian intelligence services receive information that concerns terrorist threats to the US and its citizens, they will promptly pass it on to their US colleagues via partner channels.


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.



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