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11.04.2018

Embassy's comment on the claims that the UK has complied with its international obligation under Consular Conventions

Yesterday, the Embassy received a Note Verbale from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which states that “the United Kingdom has fully complied with its international obligations in relation to the requests of the Embassy of the Russian Federation for consular access to Ms Skripal and Mr Sergei Skripal”.

We are surprised by such a statement. Our numerous requests for consular access to Sergei and Yulia Skripal have been left without a substantial reaction on part of the British authorities. We would like to know what exactly the British side did to comply with its international obligation under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and the bilateral Consular Convention, and what were the reasons for such a unfounded conclusion?

We disagree with the British claim. According to Article 36, paragraph 1 of the bilateral Consular Convention, “a consular officer shall be entitled … to communicate with, interview and advise a national of the sending State and may render him every assistance including, where necessary, arranging for aid and advice in legal matters”. We have to repeat that the Embassy has been precluded from exercising these duties towards the two Russian nationals – Yulia and Sergei Skripal, what constitutes a non-compliance with the Conventions, not otherwise. References of the British side to the absence of the Skripals’ agreement to a consular visit are unsubstantiated as we cannot verify them.

We continue to insist on a meeting with Yulia and Sergei Skripal. The situation around them looks more and more like a forceful detention or imprisonment.




LATEST EVENTS

23.04.2018 - Embassy’s press officer reply a media question on the establishment of a new cross-party group on Russia

Q: А new “powerful” cross-party group of senior MPs on Russia was set up in the British Parliament. It will reportedly help “defend Britain from Russia”. Can you comment on that?


21.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question on air strikes against Syria

Q: A week has passed since the air strikes against Syria were launched. How do you assess political consequences of this step? A: We have already commented on international and legal aspects of this act of open aggression against Syria committed by the United States, together with the United Kingdom and France in gross violation of the UN Charter and fundamental principles of international law in general.


20.04.2018 - Victory Day Celebrations in the UK

Several memorial events will be held in UK 2018 to celebrate the Victory Day.


20.04.2018 - Embassy’s press secretary response to a media question on the statements by Vladimir Uglev

Q: Can you comment on the recent statements by Mr Vladimir Uglev claiming to be a “Novichok” inventor and saying he is sure that A-234 was used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal?


20.04.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question on Russia’s response to G7 statement on Skripals’ case

Q: How did Russia react to a recent statement of G7 foreign ministers accusing Russia of poisoning of Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury? A: We are disappointed by another groundless statement on Skripals’ case, this time made on behalf of all G7 members. It is regrettable that G7 members allow themselves to be drawn into an anti-Russian campaign built on hollow accusations.


18.04.2018 - Embassy press secretary answers media question on Ofcom investigations regarding RT

Q: Do you have a comment on the Ofcom statement regarding pressure on the channel RT? A: We have taken note of UK Government’s exercise of pressure on media, bordering on censorship, regarding the coverage of the Salisbury poisoning. In particular, the “Sunday Times” reported on 8 April that the National Security Council staff “had seized control” over the media response of the Salisbury incident. The media manipulation by the authorities is corroborated by multiple “leaks” of new versions of the incident which could not have appeared in any other way. Highly likely the apparent lack of interest from media outlets to gain access Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the doctors treating them and many other involved parties, in spite of evident public interest, testifies to the same.


18.04.2018 - Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s interview with TASS News Agency, April 15, 2018

Question: State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert claimed that Russia failed to live up to its 2013 commitments to assist in the elimination of chemical stockpiles in Syria. What is your comment? Sergey Ryabkov: The elimination process included close cooperation between the countries concerned, including the US, and went on under strict international control. At certain stages, Moscow and Washington were coordinating their moves in real time in the course of telephone conferences and continuous contact at various levels.


18.04.2018 - Statement by Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the OPCW A.Shulgin

Statement by Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) A.Shulgin at the 58th EC Meeting of the OPCW


18.04.2018 - Press release on the creation of the National Association of International Information Security

Faced with mounting threats in the information space, civil society continues to look for the most effective ways to counter these challenges, using various forms of consolidated efforts by professionals. The non-governmental sector is ready to contribute to international information security and make the information space a secure environment. In line with this trend, the National Association of International Information Security was set up in Russia on April 10, 2018.


17.04.2018 - Embassy press officer replies to a media question on a new version of poisoning in Salisbury

Q: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the UK has announced today that the nerve agent used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury was delivered in a liquid form. How can you comment on this?



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