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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

18.11.2017

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

Question: UK Special Representative for Syria Martin Longden via Twitter accused Russia of “lack of commitment to protecting international peace and security in Syria” after Russia vetoed the UNSC draft resolution, put forward by the US, on renewal of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria. What is the Embassy’s comment on this matter?

Press-secretary: This is yet another example of the hypocrisy of the UK’s policy on Syria. Our Western partners knew perfectly well about the motives of Russia’s decision to veto the draft resolution, as they were aware of our concerns as regards professionalism and impartiality of the work of the JIM. Instead, the US and the UK were trying to cover up systemic problems in the JIM's work that have been ever clearly exposed by the recent investigation into the Khan Shaykhun incident on 4 April. They vehemently opposed Russia’s proposals aimed at adjusting the Mechanism’s work in order to bring it closer to its original goals that were proclaimed at its establishment and to ensure the proper quality of investigations, in full compliance with the high standards of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The OPCW and JIM behaved not just unprofessionally, but in a biased and politicized way and were clearly fulfilling an external order. Such an approach is unacceptable. We do not deny the importance of investigating any chemical incidents in Syria and in the neighbouring countries, but only provided that the Mechanism is not used as a tool for manipulating public opinion and the UN Member States.   

Interestingly, in the same comment Mr. Longden mentions Russia’s initiative to convene the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi, implying that Russia wants to “wrest control of political support” and “engineer outcome” in favour of President al-Assad. It’s funny to hear such things from an official of the country, whose Syrian policy has been, at best, contradictory. Meanwhile, our only goal in bringing together all political groups and ethnic and religious communities of Syria is to give significant additional impetus to the positive trends that have emerged there and to promote necessary steps towards achieving a peaceful settlement.




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

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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

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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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