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The Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation notes that on 14 July 2015 the “P5+1” international mediators (China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and the United States of America) together with the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and security policy and The Islamic Republic of Iran adopted the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Practical implementation of the agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme started on 16 January 2016.

The UN Security Council resolution 2231 of 20 July 2015, unanimously adopted in support of the JCPOA, confirmed that the Plan of Action marked a fundamental shift in the situation around the Iranian nuclear programme and its full implementation would contribute to building confidence of the international community in its exclusively peaceful nature. The UN Security Council called upon the UN member states and the international organisations to take such actions as may be appropriate to support the implementation of the JCPOA and refrain from any actions that undermine it. The JCPOA participants – China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain, the United States of America, the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran – were encouraged to resolve any issues arising with respect to implementation of JCPOA commitments though the procedures specified in it.

The members of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation believe that currently the JCPOA is one of the most important international agreements, concluded after almost fifteen years of meticulous work. Its signing demonstrated the possibility of reaching a peaceful and compromise deal on the most difficult international problems, the ability of the global powers, particularly the permanent members of the UN Security Council to agree for the sake of common goals’ achievement and to act in the interests of the entire international community, to correlate their own national interests respectively.

The Report on EU strategy towards Iran after the nuclear agreement (2015/2274 (INI) of 12 October 2016 defines Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as an achievement for multilateral diplomacy opening the possibility for cooperation in resolving the region’s security crisis.

The Iranian nuclear programme agreement contributes to strengthening of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime and could be used as a model for settlement of other international problems, for example, the situation around the nuclear programme of the DPRK. 

The Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation notes with anxiety that implementation of this international agreement is currently put in jeopardy as the President of the United States of America Donald Trump has announced a new strategy for Iran, which stipulates the possibility of commitment of unilateral actions by the USA, including the withdrawal from the JCPOA. It is obvious that such actions will trigger a response from Iran, thus putting the clock on the situation with the Iranian nuclear programme back for decades, undermine confidence in the leading global powers as responsible actors in the international relations, inflict irreparable damage to efforts aimed at strengthening of the non-proliferation regime, and negatively influence solution of similar problems concerning nuclear programmes of other countries.

Members of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation insistently urge members of the Congress of the United States of America to use all available recourses to prevent such a dangerous situation. There are no grounds to curtail collaboration with Iran on its nuclear programme. Assessments of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is authorised to monitor Iran in nuclear field, confirm that Iran complies with its obligations under the JCPOA.

While sharing the IAEA’s point of view, members of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation urge members of parliaments of China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the European Parliament to influence the political leaders of their countries in order maintain the historical agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme in force.    




The Council of the Federation

of the Federal Assembly

of the Russian Federation


Moscow, 25 October 2017


15.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the ties between “Bellingcat” and secret services

Question: Russian officials claim that “Bellingcat” is connected to intelligence agencies of the Western countries, but do not present any evidence of such ties. Doesn’t such approach contradict Russia’s position on the Salisbury incident, the MH-17 catastrophe and other notable cases, where the Russian government is continuously demanding to publish proofs of accusations? Answer: There is no contradiction. The fact that “Bellingcat” is affiliated to the intelligence services is obvious considering the whole range of relevant circumstances: date of its foundation (several days prior to the MH-17 catastrophe), nature of published information (which combines signs of intelligence data and highly professional fakes), its orientation (always anti-Russian), timeline of publications (each time at the best moment from the point of view of interests of NATO countries), biography of its leader (Elliot Higgins suddenly turned from a PC gamer into an “icon of independent journalism), non-transparency of its internal structure and financing. If “Bellingcat” can provide any other plausible explanation for such combination of facts, it should be presented to the public.

15.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the British government calls to step up anti-Russian sanctions

Question: How would you comment on the news that the British government has been lobbying a new EU sanctions regime against Russian nationals allegedly involved in use of chemical weapons and cyber-attacks in Europe? Answer: We have taken note of the respective statement by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt of 14 October and the relevant media reports. These suggest that, faced with an imminent Brexit, the British government makes every effort to step up the sanctions pressure on Russia and to complicate as much as possible Russia-EU relations after Brexit.

13.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the investigation of the death of Nikolay Glushkov

Q.: 12 October marks seven months since the death of Nikolay Glushkov. Does the Embassy have any new information on this case? A.: Unfortunately, once again we have to state that the British side continues to evade any sort of cooperation with Russia with regard to the investigation of the death of former Deputy Director General of “Aeroflot” Mr Glushkov that occurred on British soil on 12 March. The British authorities continue to ignore numerous Russian requests, including the official request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation for legal assistance in the criminal case opened in Russia into the Nikolay Glushkov’s death. There are no answers to the Embassy’s proposals to arrange a meeting or consultations between the Investigative Committee, Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation experts and the Metropolitan Police representatives.

12.10.2018 - Ambassador Yakovenko’s introductory remarks at the press-conference on 12 October 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, In recent weeks we have received a number of media requests concerning the current state of bilateral affairs between Russia and the United Kingdom. I am also often asked how numerous anti-Russian statements by the British officials influence our approach towards the UK. Considering this, I have decided to invite you today to make respective short comments on these issues and answer your additional questions. Currently the relations between Russia and the UK are at a very low level. The reason for that lies in an aggressive anti-Ru ssian campaign launched by the current Tory government and supported by the British media.

09.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the new Bellingcat’s investigation

Question: How would you comment on Bellingcat’s claims that it has “tracked down Alexander Petrov’s real identity”? Answer: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has recently advised us to consider such publications and statements as a display of freedom of public debate into which the UK Government does not interfere. There have already been reports that the Home Office and Metropolitan Police would not comment on these “speculations”. This is exactly the case when we should follow the example of our British colleagues.

08.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the UK authorities’ reaction to Russia’s official requests following recent flagrant media publications

Question: The Embassy declared its intent to request clarifications from the British side following the recent accusations of cyberattacks, and the media reports on preparations for retaliatory cyberstrikes against targets in Russia. Has there been any response? Answer: Today we have received a reply from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which implies that, as before, the British side is not going to provide us with any details that may serve as the basis of the accusations. In this case, we are not in a position to make comments on the essence of those accusations.

05.10.2018 - Embassy comment on another groundless British accusation against Russia

On 4 October, UK Permanent Representative to OPCW Peter Wilson speaking on behalf of Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan claimed that the “GRU” allegedly “attempted to compromise UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office computer systems via a spear phishing attack” and “targeted computers of the UK Defence and Science Technology Laboratory”. The same day the UK National Cyber Security Centre stated that “multiple email accounts belonging to a small UK-based TV station were accessed and content stolen” and “the GRU was almost certainly responsible”.Today, the Embassy has forwarded a Note Verbale to the FCO demanding that the UK Government produces and immediately shares with the Russian side hard evidence and proofs supporting those claims, and informs about sources used to draw such conclusions. We have reminded, in particular, that Russia had repeatedly proposed expert consultations on cybersecurity in order to address UK’s concerns, if any.

04.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the BBC journalist Mark Urban’s book on Sergei Skripal

Q.: How would you comment on the Mark Urban’s book on Sergei Skripal published on 4 October? A.: We intend yet to study this book. At the same time, it is a well known fact that Mark Urban has close links with British secret services. This gives us grounds for considering this book as an attempt to compensate for Sergei Skripal’s public non-appearance as the key witness to the Salisbury incident. Instead of facts, the public is again offered speculation and guesses.

04.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the recent anti-Russian statement by the Foreign Office

Question: How would you comment on today’s statement by the Foreign Office accusing Russia of worldwide cyber-attacks on massive scale? Answer: This statement is reckless. It has become a tradition for such claims to lack any evidence. It is yet another element of the anti-Russian campaign by the UK Government.

03.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question on INF Treaty

Question: How would you comment on the latest statements by US officials on Russia’s alleged non-compliance with INF Treaty? Answer: Russia has repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment to the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty). The US allegations of Russian non-compliance relate to one particular missile type. While we have assured Washington on multiple occasions that the mentioned missile does not violate INF, the US has never explained the exact reasons of their preoccupation. These allegations divert attention from the American actions that are breaching a number of INF provisions.

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