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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

09.11.2017

Response of the Embassy’s press-secretary to the media question on Syria

Question: On 7 November Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson said in the House of Commons that “We must continue to emphasise to the Kremlin that, instead of blindly supporting a murderous regime—even after UN investigators have found the regime’s forces guilty of using sarin nerve gas, most recently at Khan Sheikhoun in April—Russia should join the international community and support a negotiated settlement in Syria under the auspices of the UN”. What is your comment on that?

Response: This statement sounds at least incorrect as Russia has always been an advocate of a political solution in Syria. And our colleagues in the Foreign Office should know this very well as they worked closely with us and other members of the UN Security Council on the text of the Resolution 2254. We have always adhere to the obligations under this Resolution, and stated that the only way to settle the Syrian crisis is to bring together representatives of all Syrian ethnic and religious groups, as well as all ethnic and political forces at the negotiating table, according to this Resolution, which urges the opposition as well as the Syrian Government to work towards agreements based on universal consensus.

The political process in Syria is growing increasingly important, given that the fight against terrorism in Syria is nearing completion. We must not allow any pauses in the international efforts. Moreover, we must redouble our efforts to create conditions for an inclusive intra-Syrian dialogue. This is the goal of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, the date for which will be announced soon. We are confident that the Syrian National Dialogue Congress will help implement the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 2254 on a political settlement in Syria and help advance the negotiating process under the aegis of the UN in Geneva.

As to the so-called chemical dossier of Syria, we have repeatedly publicly stated that Russia insists on the impartial and professional international investigation of all chemical incidents in Syria. In case of Khan Sheikhoun in April it means an on-site, not a remote investigation by collecting samples on the ground on site of the incident and visiting the air base in Shairat.  So far, neither OPCW Fact Finding Mission, nor UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism has lived up to the expectations of an objective investigation.




LATEST EVENTS

24.05.2018 - The Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum 2018

Today in Saint Petersburg, the traditional International Economic Forum will start its work. SPIEF is one of the key international discussion platforms for the global and regional economic trends and challenges. Heads of states and governments, prominent public leaders, heads of international organizations and major companies, leading world experts and analysts as well as numerous media representatives attend the event. The last year’s SPIEF was a record high in terms of the number of participants – over 14 thousand people. 475 investment agreements totaling $30 bn were signed.


23.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer comments on Yulia Skripal’s video address

We are glad to have seen Yulia Skripal alive and well. The statement she read out contains new information. However, the video shown only strengthens our concerns as to the conditions in which she is being held. Obviously, Yulia was reading a pre-written text. More than that, judging by quite a few elements, the text was a translation from English and had been initially written by a native English-speaker.


21.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning a new report on Russia by the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee

Q: Today the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee published a report “Moscow’s Gold: Russian Corruption in the UK”. How would you comment on that? A: We are carefully studying this report and its recommendations. Meanwhile, one cannot help but notice at first sight that it is another anti-Russian undertaking by the parliamentary committee aimed at supporting the UK claims to play a leading role in the Western bloc to “deter Russia”. The 2015 National Security Strategy, Prime Minister’s Banquet Speech in November 2017, unsubstantiated accusations against Russia of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the “fusion doctrine” outlined on 1 May by National Security Adviser Sir Mark Sedwill are all integral parts of the reckless policy of UK political leadership against Russia.


21.05.2018 - Embassy’s press Secretary answers media question on the detention of the journalist Kirill Vyshinsky in Ukraine

Q: How did UK authorities react to the detention of “RIA Novosti Ukraine” journalist Kirill Vyshinsky in Kiev on 15 May? A: The reporter’s detention by the Ukrainian authorities caused worldwide outrage. It was condemned by a number of countries, international organizations and journalists’ professional bodies, including the UK National Union of Journalists. Regretfully, the UK Government, which so often calls on Russia and other countries to respect freedom of speech, has preferred to keep silent on this case.


18.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question about Sergei Skripal’s discharge from the hospital

Question: According to the recent reports, Sergei Skripal was discharged this morning from the hospital in Salisbury. How could you comment on that? Answer: We are satisfied that the treatment Sergei Skripal received was successful and he is well enough to leave the hospital. We wish him full recovery.


18.05.2018 - President of Syria Bashar al-Assad made a working visit to Russia

Vladimir Putin held talks with President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad in Sochi.


16.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question concerning Foreign Office Minister Alan Duncan’s statement on the opening of the Crimea Bridge

Q: Yesterday Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan made a statement, in which he criticized the opening of the Crimea Bridge, accused Russia of the “annexation of the Crimea” and expressed concerns over the alleged human rights violations on the peninsula. How can you comment on that? A: Unfortunately, we have to state that the British political establishment continues to deny current international realities.


15.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question concerning Sergei Skripal’s cooperation with Czech and Estonian intelligence services

Q: How would you comment on today’s British media reports on Sergei Skripal’s cooperation with Czech and Estonian intelligence services? A: Obviously, in the absence of any evidence of Russia’s involvement in Sergei and Yulia Skripal’s poisoning, UK special services are desperately trying to find a “motive” that could explain Moscow’s alleged guilt.


15.05.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko met with members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Russia

On May 14, Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko met with members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Russia. They discussed the preparation for the upcoming World Cup in Russia, including the modalities of Russia’s cooperation with the United Kingdom. The Ambassador informed MPs that Russia is ready for the World Cup. On the Salisbury incident, Alexander Yakovenko brought to the attentions of MPs Russia’s position on this case and called upon the British government to hold a transparent investigation.


14.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question concerning violations of rights of Sergei and Yulia Skripal by the British authorities

Q. Does Russia plan to use international legal mechanisms to hold the UK responsible for violations of rights of Sergei and Yulia Skripal? A. Currently it’s too early to speak of specific steps that Russia could take. It is clear though that the UK continues to blatantly violate the rights of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, who might be forcibly detained on its territory, in addition to violations of Russia’s right to communicate with them in accordance with Article 36 of the bilateral Consular convention. In particular, the actions of the British authorities raise serious questions as regards to observance of the following rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 1950:



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