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Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question on the situation in Syria

Q: US, UK and French officials claim that the strikes on Syria were a success. What is Russia’s assessment?

A: The Russian Defence Ministry has carried out an extensive analysis of the missile strikes on Syria by the US-led international coalition on 14 April.

Apart from strikes on airfields, almost totally repelled by Syrian air defenses, the aggressors tried to hit three sites allegedly linked to the Syrian chemical weapons programme. These are:

1) Barzah Scientific and Research Centre located near Damascus (Up to 2013 it conducted research into protection against chemical weapons. Various chemical agents were used there in amounts allowed by the Chemical Weapons Convention. An OPCW inspection of 2017 confirmed that no activities related to development and production of poisoning agents were carried out here);

2) Him Shinshar underground storage in Homs province (Chemical weapons have never been developed or stored there);

3) Him Shinshar above ground storage in Homs province (Chemical weapons have never been developed or stored there either).

Immediately after the attacks all three sites were attended by search and rescue teams without any means of protection. None of them was injured by chemical agents.

Russian Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection experts took various kinds of samples at the Barzah facility. According to their analysis, no toxic chemicals and poisonous substances were discovered.

The attackers must have known that. Otherwise their strikes would bear the risk of high contamination, threatening tens of thousands of civilians.

Examination of missile fragments, shell craters and the nature of damage has shown that out of 105 reported missiles only 22 hit their targets, including 13 hits in Barzah, 7 at Him Shinshar and 2 at Him Shinshar underground storage facility.

Russian specialists remain committed to further training Syrian military personnel in mastering new air defence systems. The relevant supplies are to be carried out in the nearest future.

In the meantime the Russian-led Reconciliation Centre jointly with the Syrian government has ensured a voluntary withdrawal of illegal armed groups from the area of Eastern Qalamoun. Over the past four days, 5,495 insurgents and their family members left the area for the north of Syria. In total, 28 tanks, 23 Scud tactical missiles, 35 anti-tank grenade launchers and a large number of small arms were handed over. These include Western-made weapons (including TOW anti-tank guided missiles and others), the origin and delivery routes of which are of particular interest.

Meanwhile, more than 62,000 people have returned to their homes in Eastern Ghouta. 9,508 people have returned to the Aleppo province from the Idlib de-escalation zone via a humanitarian corridor.

Russia is making all the efforts to return peace to Syria as soon as possible.


16.10.2020 - Embassy comment to The Times newspaper on disinformation allegations

The suggestion that the Russian State may conduct any kind of propaganda against the AstraZeneca vaccine is itself an example of disinformation. It is obviously aimed at discrediting Russia’s efforts in combating the pandemic, including the good cooperation we have established with the UK in this field.

06.10.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin holds online meeting with members of Russia APPG

On 5 October 2020 Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin held an online meeting with members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Russia. Members of both the House of Lords and the House of Commons, representing all major political parties of the country, took part in the conversation.

03.10.2020 - Joint Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh, Moscow, Paris, Washington, D.C., October 2, 2020

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stéphane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) released the following statement today: The Co-Chairs strongly condemn the continued violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone as well as against targets in the territory of Armenia and Azerbaijan away from the Line of Contact, and express our alarm at reports of increasing civilian casualties. Targeting or threatening civilians is never acceptable under any circumstances. The Co-Chairs call on the sides to observe fully their international obligations to protect civilian populations.

02.10.2020 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the EU’s restrictions on Belarus

We noted the EU’s October 2 decision to adopt new restrictive measures as regards Belarus. A comment declaring response measures has already been released by Belarusian officials. We see that instead of displaying restraint, which is so vital for stabilisation in Belarus, the European Union has once again resorted to the instrument of sanctions. This approach is unilateral and illegal. It undermines the prerogatives of the UN Security Council and leads to the further erosion of international law.

02.10.2020 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on statements by Permanent Representative of the United States to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva Robert Wood on Russia’s initiatives to prevent an arms race in space

There is growing concern regarding the professional credentials of Permanent Representative of the United States to the Conference on Disarmament Robert Wood. On October 1, 2020, during a briefing hosted by the Foreign Press Association at the United Nations Office in Geneva he said that he did not know what Russia’s initiatives to prevent an arms race in outer space were about. As a reminder, for 40 years Russia (and earlier the USSR) has consistently advocated the drafting of a multilateral legally binding instrument that would prohibit the deployment of weapons of any kind, as well as the use or threat of force in outer space.

29.09.2020 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veteran

On 26 September 2020 Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medal to the Arctic Convoys veteran Mr William Geoffrey ROBINSON who was awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for his personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.

26.09.2020 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on discrepancies and inconsistencies in the situation around Alexey Navalny

The Russian Federation has been acting in the most transparent manner in the situation around Mr. Alexey Navalny from the very beginning. At the request of relatives, he was promptly granted permission to travel to Germany for medical treatment, which he did without hindrance, once the doctors at the Omsk hospital managed to stabilize his condition. Moreover, Russian doctors passed on to their German colleagues the data they had collected on the patient's health condition and were ready to continue to work together for the sake of his speedy recovery.

26.09.2020 - Statement by H.E. Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, on a comprehensive program of measures for restoring the Russia – US cooperation in the filed of international information security

One of today’s major strategic challenges is the risk of a large-scale confrontation in the digital field. A special responsibility for its prevention lies on the key players in the field of ensuring international information security (IIS). In this regard, we would like to once again address the US with a suggestion to agree on a comprehensive program of practical measures to reboot our relations in the field of security in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

11.09.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin presents former President of WorldSkills International Mr Simon Bartley with a Certificate of Commendation from the Government of the Russian Federation

On 10 September 2020, Russian Ambassador Andrei Kelin hosted the former President of WorldSkills International Mr Simon Bartley at his residence to present him with a Certificate of Commendation from the Government of the Russian Federation awarded for his outstanding work in promoting the WorldSkills Russia movement.

07.09.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin meets with Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Director General Thomas Drew

On 7 September 2020, Russian Ambassador Andrei Kelin and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Director General Thomas Drew discussed the situation regarding the hospitalisation of Alexei Navalny. The British side has called for an investigation of the case. The Ambassador stressed that voicing unsubstantiated accusations and politicising an essentially medical and legal matter was unacceptable.

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