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684 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     676 days have passed since the death of Nikolay Glushkov on British soil - no credible information or response from the British authorities



Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the incident in Salisbury

Question: Do you still have questions after the interview that Petrov and Boshirov gave to Editor-in-Chief of RT TV Channel Margarita Simonyan?

Answer: This is a good question. At last, someone asked me this. In what context was I supposed to watch this interview? I watched an interview with two people whose names did not leave the television screens or the front pages of the newspapers for two weeks. If it were an interrogation, then different questions would have been asked, and the conversation itself would have been different. It was not an interrogation, but an interview with two people who found themselves in trouble on a global scale, in their words.

Question: Personally, did you find Petrov and Boshirov convincing?

They convinced me only of the fact that they actually exist, which they confirmed. This was the most important thing, since Britain tried to convince everyone otherwise.

I think we need to remember that the world created civilised forms of living based on law, so that we can operate on the basis of the presumption of innocence rather than follow primitive instincts, like someone is trying to whip up. I must be convinced that someone is guilty, not the other way round. Individuals who have not been formally charged with anything in a civilised manner shouldn’t have to justify themselves and prove their innocence. What London is doing is beyond this legal premise and common sense. This is a return to the most abject medieval practices.

There’s another important point. Almost every day, we ask Britain to provide at least some evidence or information about the circumstances of the incident, any evidence of us being involved in the Skripal poisoning or any suspicious actions committed by anyone, using either closed and open channels. What we get in response is nothing. Zero. Moreover, Russia’s investigative or law enforcement agencies have not received any inquiries from the British authorities.

Why should we trust or distrust Petrov and Boshirov when there’s zero evidence on the table that would in any way link their very existence to the Salisbury incident? Just because these people were there? Then, can Britain provide a list of all the foreigners who were in Salisbury on those days? On top of that, no one has seen Sergey Skripal since the incident. No one has even talked with Julia Skripal. The whole thing is absurd, because these two individuals came in, talked with Simonyan, provided answers to the counts that the UK publicly accused them of, and, for some reason, everyone is now saying, “We do not believe them.” However, when Yulia Skripal spoke before a camera, which was operated by no one knows who, and didn’t answer any question, but instead read a text apparently written for her by someone, and before that published a text similarly written for her by someone, everyone said, “Yes, of course, we trust her.”

Question: Well, we know Julia Skripal’s background. At least we know who her father is. However, these two men came from nowhere.

This is even worse; someone lived an ordinary life in Russia, then went to the UK and simply disappeared. What we have is just virtual communication with the world in the form of statements. We need to focus on the most important things. For six months now, we have been demanding, asking, and providing legal grounds in order to get consular access to Russian citizen Yulia Skripal. They have prevented us from doing so in various forms, using various clearly far-fetched rationales. This is how total mistrust is born. Even stranger, more suspicious and crazy is the fact that they don’t allow contact with Julia Skripal not only to the embassy’s consular department, but even to a relative who was denied a visa. Viktoria Skripal was not allowed to visit her cousin or even to enter the UK and talk with the people who are in contact with Julia Skripal. And the world swallowed it. I believe that talking about trust or mistrust is beyond my scope of responsibility. This is something to be tackled by law enforcement agencies in Russia and the UK, which must remain in contact, share information, conduct investigative actions, exchange evidence and use all of the above to arrive at certain conclusions. I believe that the British should return to a civilised legal course of action when addressing these issues. So far, it has been just an open manipulation of the public mind and international law on the part of London. What they are doing on the venues of international organisations leaves no doubt about it.


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.

03.01.2020 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

On January 3, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

23.12.2019 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on US sanctions against gas pipelines

We are watching with interest how the US is crossing a landmark line in foreign policy by launching sanctions, which Russia has long become accustomed to, against their own allies. It is exactly what the provisions stipulate in the December 20 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 which contains a section entitled Protecting Europe’s Energy Security.

01.12.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s answer to media question on Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s article in the Sunday Telegraph

Question: How would you comment on today's article by Dominic Raab entitled “We couldn’t confront Putin if Corbyn were PM”? Answer: In the heat of the election campaign we wouldn’t want to comment on ideas of what would happen if a certain politician came to lead the government. We would just like to mention that this is another example of short-term exploitation of the fictional “Russian threat”. We realise that this is done in the run-up to the elections as well as the NATO summit in London. Yet such publications are not helpful for Russian-British relations as a whole.

27.11.2019 - Press-Release on the V Russian-British Business Forum in London, 27 November 2019

The V Russian-British Business Forum is taking place in London on November 27, organized by the Russian Embassy and the Russian Trade Delegation to the United Kingdom with support by the Roscongress Foundation, the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce and a number of Russian and British companies. The event is traditionally held as part of the Eastern Seasons, a week of Russia-related business, cultural and sports events.

22.11.2019 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin arrives in UK

On 21 November 2019 the newly appointed Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the UK, Andrei Kelin, arrived in London. On 22 November, His Excellency has submitted the copy of his credentials to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and officially assumed his duties.

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