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415 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     407 days have passed since the death of Nikolay Glushkov on British soil - no credible information or response from the British authorities

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

19.04.2019 - Presentation of the Novgorod Region, Moscow, April 18, 2019

Novgorod, is one of the oldest cities in Russia with population around 230 thousand people. The Sofia First Chronicle makes initial mention of the city in 859, when it was already a major Baltics-to-Byzantium station on the trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks. Novgorod is also traditionally considered to be the cradle of Russian statehood.


18.04.2019 - Embassy Press Officer comments on media reports regarding children hospitalised and ducks killed as a result of the Salisbury incident

Question: How would you comment on the New York Times report, reprinted by British media, alleging that CIA Director Gina Haspel persuaded President Trump to take strong measures against Russia following the Salisbury incident by showing him photos of children exposed to chemical poisoning and those of ducks killed by nerve agent? Answer: As everyone else, we learned of the existence of such photos from the New York Times piece. The information on hospitalised children and killed ducks is surprising. The British authorities and media have indeed reported that some members of the public, including children, underwent medical checks as a precautionary measure. However, none of them had any signs of poisoning. Similarly, it has never been reported that ducks or any other animals were killed (apart from Mr Skripal’s pets, incinerated in the Porton Down laboratory for unknown reasons).


17.04.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the Report of the House of Commons Defence Committee “Missile Misdemeanours: Russia and the INF Treaty”

Question: How could you comment on the Report of the House of Commons Defence Committee, which blames Russia for the collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty?


16.04.2019 - Message of President Putin to President of France Emmanuel Macron

President Putin sent a message to President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron personally expressing sympathy to the French leader and the entire French nation over the tragic aftermath of the fire at Notre Dame de Paris.


15.04.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning appointment of honorary consuls of Russia in the UK

Question: According to reports, Duchess of Abercorn, who served as Russia’s Honorary Consul in Northern Ireland, deceased in December 2018. Are there any plans to appoint a new honorary consul in that region? Answer: The issue of appointing a new Honorary Consul in Northern Ireland, where neither the Embassy in London nor the Consulate General in Edinburgh can effectively exercise consular functions due to objective geographical reasons, is under consideration.


13.04.2019 - Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding the statement by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

We noted a Twitter post of April 10 by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, stating that it’s been over a year since Russia used the lethal Novichok agent in Salisbury, yet London hears nothing but denials from Russia, which allegedly objected to Novichok being added to the list of substances controlled by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). It gets more cynical as you read on: “If they love Novichok so much, other countries will rightly worry about the next Salisbury.”


12.04.2019 - Embassy comment on the state of the investigation into the death of Nikolay Glushkov

More than a year has passed since former Deputy Director General of Aeroflot Nikolay Glushkov, a national of the Russian Federation, mysteriously died in London. One would argue that the investigators have had plenty of time to present their lines of inquiry. However, the crime continues to be passed over in silence by law enforcement officials, politicians and the media.


12.04.2019 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova regarding WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's detention

Just now, we watched online as the British police detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. We noted that the operation was conducted in the office of the Ecuadorian diplomatic mission with the embassy’s approval. Judging from the format of the operation, a blatant and brutal neglect of the detainee’s human dignity took place. We hope that all Julian Assange’s rights will be observed.


12.04.2019 - Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia at the UN Security Council Meeting on Venezuela

We are both surprised and not at the convening of an emergency meeting on Venezuela, all the more with participation of the Vice-President of the United States, whom you are always glad to welcome in this room. It is a pity he did not want to listen to other Members of the Council share their views on the situation in Venezuela. Today we watch just another act in a multi-act drama that attempts to change the regime in Venezuela. The situation in Venezuela does not pose a threat to international peace and security, whereas external actors pose a direct threat to peace and security inside Venezuela. This is what we have just heard.


11.04.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question on another anti-Russian statement by the UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Q: How would you comment on the UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s post on “Twitter” stating that “Russia has objected to Novichok being added to OPCW control lists”?



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