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968 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     960 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.


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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