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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

09.02.2019

Embassy Press Officer’s Reply to a media question regarding the UK position on Kosovo at the UN Security Council

Question: How would you comment on the UK position on Kosovo at the UN Security Council (UN SC)?

Answer: The developments in the province are still worrying. As we have stressed earlier, Pristina’s decision to transform the Kosovo Security Force into full-fledged “armed forces” is a flagrant violation of the UN SC Resolution 1244 that only allows for the deployment of internationally controlled multinational contingents in the province. What is more, it goes against Kosovo’s own “constitution”.

We regularly attract the attention of Western states’ representatives to this outrageous fact at different platforms. However, some of those countries supporting independence of Kosovo ignore our arguments under various pretexts. The UK, in particular, points out to its special “legal interpretation” of Resolution 1244 that seems to harmonically fit into the concept of the “international rules-based order”, also created in London.

Unfortunately, the statement by Mrs Karen Pierce, the UK Permanent Representative to the UN, at the SC meeting on the situation in Kosovo on
7 February was not an exception in that regard. Once again she was insisting on Pristina’s right to have its own army and, more than that, Mrs Pierce named the province being “no longer a country in conflict”, hinting that the situation must no longer be on the Security Council agenda.

We were astonished by such a statement and would like to reiterate that the prospect of creation of a “Kosovo army” poses a direct threat to the Serbs living in the province’s north, and therefore raises the potential for emergence of a new wave of tensions in the Balkans. It is surprising that Western representatives persistently ignore this obvious fact, which is noted, for example, in the latest half-year report by the head of the OSCE Mission in Pristina.

Meanwhile, as we know, the “Kosovo army” is planned to be deployed at Camp Bondsteel, built in accordance with the UN SC Resolution 1244 for the needs of peacekeepers, while the USA is preparing to supply Kosovans with “lethal weapons”. Such dynamics in fact confirm the failure of the mediating efforts by the EU that turns a blind eye to flagrant violations of international law in the region instead of fulfilling its commitment to normalise the situation.

We underline the need for comprehensive implementation of the mandates by both UNMIK and Kosovo Force (KFOR), including maintaining security in the province as well as disarmament and dissolution of any Kosovo Albanian military units. We also call on the UK and other Western sponsors of Pristina to put pressure on their clients in order to ensure that they revoke their provocative decisions.




LATEST EVENTS

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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