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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

28.09.2018

Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning new media leaks concerning the Salisbury incident

Question: How would you comment on the new claims by the British media that the police and secret services have identified a third Russian national allegedly involved into the Salisbury incident?

Answer: Unfortunately, we witness yet another turn of a powerful media campaign launched by the Tory government in March aimed at discrediting and isolating Russia on the international arena. The whole situation around the Skripals’ case reminds of an endless soap opera as the media are repeatedly referring to anonymous sources in the British security and secret services and publishing multiple unverifiable versions and leaks on a daily basis.

At the same time, the British authorities have categorically refused to cooperate with Russia, refrained from providing or requesting information via official channels, thus violating at least five different international Conventions, while tirelessly classifying all circumstances of Sergei and Yulia Skripal poisoning. Nobody has seen the Skripals, who are Russian nationals, for a long time. Their condition and whereabouts are unknown. Toxicity of the poison used in Salisbury is also impossible to verify.

We struggle to understand why the British authorities continue to act in such a manner, and cannot find any plausible explanation except that that the whole situation with the Skripals’ case has been a staged provocation from the very beginning. The information that the government feeds through the media raises many questions. It is aimed at diverting public attention from the real problems in the UK caused by the uncertainty around Brexit. Such policy distracts the investigation away from the truth and ignites anti-Russian sentiments, pushed forward again and again at the highest political level. The most recent examples are the statements made in New York by the Prime Minister, and then by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt following his “meeting” with Sergei Lavrov, which in reality has never taken place. Moreover, the Tory government tries to impose on all its own vision of the incident through the media, while refusing to officially engage with Russia. Such approach is unacceptable; it contradicts the rules of international engagement.

As such behaviour of the British authorities, coupled with their infamous record of unleashing wars in Iraq and Libya, conducting air strikes in Syria in defiance of international law, continues, the public trust further erodes. Such situation could have been avoided, had Britain followed its international obligations.




LATEST EVENTS

13.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the investigation of the death of Nikolay Glushkov

Q.: 12 October marks seven months since the death of Nikolay Glushkov. Does the Embassy have any new information on this case? A.: Unfortunately, once again we have to state that the British side continues to evade any sort of cooperation with Russia with regard to the investigation of the death of former Deputy Director General of “Aeroflot” Mr Glushkov that occurred on British soil on 12 March. The British authorities continue to ignore numerous Russian requests, including the official request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation for legal assistance in the criminal case opened in Russia into the Nikolay Glushkov’s death. There are no answers to the Embassy’s proposals to arrange a meeting or consultations between the Investigative Committee, Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation experts and the Metropolitan Police representatives.


12.10.2018 - Ambassador Yakovenko’s introductory remarks at the press-conference on 12 October 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, In recent weeks we have received a number of media requests concerning the current state of bilateral affairs between Russia and the United Kingdom. I am also often asked how numerous anti-Russian statements by the British officials influence our approach towards the UK. Considering this, I have decided to invite you today to make respective short comments on these issues and answer your additional questions. Currently the relations between Russia and the UK are at a very low level. The reason for that lies in an aggressive anti-Ru ssian campaign launched by the current Tory government and supported by the British media.


09.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the new Bellingcat’s investigation

Question: How would you comment on Bellingcat’s claims that it has “tracked down Alexander Petrov’s real identity”? Answer: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has recently advised us to consider such publications and statements as a display of freedom of public debate into which the UK Government does not interfere. There have already been reports that the Home Office and Metropolitan Police would not comment on these “speculations”. This is exactly the case when we should follow the example of our British colleagues.


08.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the UK authorities’ reaction to Russia’s official requests following recent flagrant media publications

Question: The Embassy declared its intent to request clarifications from the British side following the recent accusations of cyberattacks, and the media reports on preparations for retaliatory cyberstrikes against targets in Russia. Has there been any response? Answer: Today we have received a reply from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which implies that, as before, the British side is not going to provide us with any details that may serve as the basis of the accusations. In this case, we are not in a position to make comments on the essence of those accusations.


05.10.2018 - Embassy comment on another groundless British accusation against Russia

On 4 October, UK Permanent Representative to OPCW Peter Wilson speaking on behalf of Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan claimed that the “GRU” allegedly “attempted to compromise UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office computer systems via a spear phishing attack” and “targeted computers of the UK Defence and Science Technology Laboratory”. The same day the UK National Cyber Security Centre stated that “multiple email accounts belonging to a small UK-based TV station were accessed and content stolen” and “the GRU was almost certainly responsible”.Today, the Embassy has forwarded a Note Verbale to the FCO demanding that the UK Government produces and immediately shares with the Russian side hard evidence and proofs supporting those claims, and informs about sources used to draw such conclusions. We have reminded, in particular, that Russia had repeatedly proposed expert consultations on cybersecurity in order to address UK’s concerns, if any.


04.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the BBC journalist Mark Urban’s book on Sergei Skripal

Q.: How would you comment on the Mark Urban’s book on Sergei Skripal published on 4 October? A.: We intend yet to study this book. At the same time, it is a well known fact that Mark Urban has close links with British secret services. This gives us grounds for considering this book as an attempt to compensate for Sergei Skripal’s public non-appearance as the key witness to the Salisbury incident. Instead of facts, the public is again offered speculation and guesses.


04.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the recent anti-Russian statement by the Foreign Office

Question: How would you comment on today’s statement by the Foreign Office accusing Russia of worldwide cyber-attacks on massive scale? Answer: This statement is reckless. It has become a tradition for such claims to lack any evidence. It is yet another element of the anti-Russian campaign by the UK Government.


03.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question on INF Treaty

Question: How would you comment on the latest statements by US officials on Russia’s alleged non-compliance with INF Treaty? Answer: Russia has repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment to the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty). The US allegations of Russian non-compliance relate to one particular missile type. While we have assured Washington on multiple occasions that the mentioned missile does not violate INF, the US has never explained the exact reasons of their preoccupation. These allegations divert attention from the American actions that are breaching a number of INF provisions.


01.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning new anti-Russian statements by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Question: How would you comment on the new anti-Russian statements made by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Sunday at the annual Conservative Party conference in Birmingham? Answer: We do not in the least wish to comment on another portion of the aggressive anti-Russian accusations made by Jeremy Hunt, which are a far cry from reality.


01.10.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question on a new UK Defence Arctic Strategy

Q: How do you assess the statement made by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson on UK intentions to develop a new Defence Arctic Strategy? A: We call on British authorities, who have recently been actively promoting the concept of Global Britain, to pursue their ambitions in other fields.



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