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725 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     717 days have passed since the death of Nikolay Glushkov on British soil - no credible information or response from the British authorities



Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning The Guardian article concerning the investigation of the Salisbury incident

Question: How would you comment on the article published by the online edition of The Guardian on 6 August, according to which the UK government is poised to submit an extradition request to Moscow for two Russians suspected of carrying out the Salisbury nerve agent attack?

Answer: We have taken note of that article too. The Embassy has not received any official requests to that effect. Moreover, we have to note once again that there have been at least a hundred media leaks citing unidentified sources since the Salisbury incident. With this in mind that information should not to be taken into consideration. We have no confidence in such unconfirmed media leaks.

As to the matter, the Russian side has been constantly pressing the British authorities to provide an answer to the key questions raised by us, including as to what really happened in Salisbury.

A criminal case on the attempted murder of Yulia Skripal has been opened in Russia. The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, which has already forwarded two requests for legal assistance in this case, has repeatedly confirmed its readiness to cooperate with the British law enforcement agencies. However, the British authorities have not yet responded.

In line with the best traditions of British journalism, the article makes a connection between the mentioned unconfirmed extradition request and UK’s similar requests relating to the “Litvinenko case”. However, important details are being left out. Taking advantage of the fact that under the Constitution of the Russian Federation Russian citizens may not be subject to extradition, the British authorities refused to ask their questions using the existing bilateral and multilateral legal assistance mechanisms and preferred to portray Russia as if it were harbouring criminals.

All this looks like political trickery. This is why The Guardian draws a parallel between the Salisbury incident and the “Litvinenko case”, which was classified out of national security concerns as Alexander Litvinenko had worked for the British intelligence.

In the case of the Salisbury incident we also have to deal with an absolutely non-transparent investigation. The Embassy has received no substantial answers to any of the questions it raised with regard to the Russian nationals Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

Until official information on the Salisbury incident is presented, we will consider the mentioned article as another leak aimed at filling the information pause and as an attempt to further obfuscate the situation and conceal UK’s non-compliance with its obligations under international law in the context of the Salisbury incident investigation.


20.02.2020 - Comment by the Embassy on the latest groundless British claims of Russia’s alleged involvement in cyberattacks

On 20 February, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Dominic Raab made an official statement, according to which “with the highest level of probability, the GRU carried out large-scale, disruptive cyber-attacks against a range of Georgian web hosting providers and resulted in websites being defaced, including sites belonging to the Georgian Government, courts, NGOs, media and businesses, and also interrupted the service of several national broadcasters”. It is emphasized that “the UK, Georgia and the international partners have exposed” this fact.

15.02.2020 - Embassy hosts conference on Russian language

On 15 February 2020 the Embassy hosted a conference on the situation with the Russian language in UK that brought together heads of Russian studies at British schools in London, Hampton, Oxford and Ware. The event was co-organised together with the Russian language teachers’ society UK.

14.02.2020 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to media question on allegations against Russia with regard to persecution of Christians

Question: How would you comment on the statement mentioning Russia’s “violations” made by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the FCO H.Wheeler on February 6 at the debate in the House of Commons on persecution of Christians? Answer: This statement is ill-advised and could not be further from the truth. Christians make up the majority of Russian believers. Hundreds of new churches are being built. The Russian Orthodox Church is actively engaging in public discussions on socially significant issues. Most favourable conditions have been created for exercising the freedom of belief for other Christian denominations as well as non-Christians.

10.02.2020 - Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom Andrei Kelin meets Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Christopher Pincher

On 10 February H.E. Ambassador Andrei Kelin met with The Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas at the FCO.

06.02.2020 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions following talks with Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico Marcelo Luis Ebrard Casaubón, Mexico City, February 6, 2020

Ladies and gentlemen, The visit of the Russian Foreign Minister and his delegation to Mexico is coming to an end. I believe the visit was very fruitful. We held highly constructive and useful talks with my Mexican counterpart, Mr Marcelo Luis Ebrard Casaubón. As you may know, the ties between our two nations have a long history. They were officially established 130 years ago: next December will see their anniversary and we have arranged with our Mexican colleagues today to celebrate this memorial date fittingly.

09.01.2020 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's statement for the media following talks between President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, January 8, 2020

Ladies and gentlemen, Today, in addition to the launch ceremony for the TurkStream gas pipeline that you witnessed, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan held intensive bilateral talks. They adopted a joint statement following the talks. I would like to highlight several points of this document.

04.01.2020 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

On January 4, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi.

04.01.2020 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

On January 4, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif, at the latter’s initiative.

04.01.2020 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

On January 4, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu.

04.01.2020 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the death of IRGC Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani

We were concerned to learn of the death of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Commander Major General Qasem Soleimani in a US military strike on Baghdad airport.

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