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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

07.03.2019

Embassy press officer’s response to a media question concerning a new spin of the anti-Russian campaign in the British media

Question: In his interview to Sky News, British Ambassador to Russia Sir Laurie Bristow said that the UK would like “stabilise the relationship” between Moscow and London. Have you seen any real improvements to the Russia-UK relationship yet?

Answer: We have taken note of Ambassador’s statement. To our view, both Russian and British people expect the two governments to do more than just try to “stabilise” the relationship at the current low point. However, should London indeed seek an end to the continuous deterioration of our relationship, that would be a step in the right direction.

Judging from recent publications in the British press, such a stabilisation is not universally wanted in Britain. We are witnessing a new wave of irresponsible agitation against the Russian Embassy and the Ambassador personally, and yet another crack-down on Russian businesses in the UK. Clearly, the British authorities could do more to counter the slew of anti-Russian publications in the media that fuel hostile sentiments towards our nation.

Take for instance the topic of “dirty” Russian money allegedly swamping the United Kingdom. The Russian side has on numerous occasions suggested to work together to stamp out corruption and money laundering by building an effective cooperation between Russian and British law-enforcement agencies and financial intelligence units. However, those proposals were met with utter disinterest.

At the same time, the British government is harbouring over 50 Russian nationals charged with financial and other crimes and refuses to extradite them under false pretexts. While Russian businesspeople having had no issues with the British government previously are being constantly threatened with “unexplained wealth orders” would it not be better to use legal instruments against persons whose criminal activities have been documented in detail by Russian law-enforcement agencies?

We urge the British authorities to work together with the Russian government on all cases of money-laundering in Russia and the UK that have been forwarded to the British side. Some of these dossiers have seen no progress for years, while others have been returned without any substantial feedback.

The hype around money-laundering has artificially created a toxic aura around hundreds of entrepreneurs. However facts are stubborn things. Despite the political tensions, Russia-UK trade has grown by almost 40% in 2017-2018. Last November, a record-breaking 800 people participated in the Russian-British Business Forum. All large British companies continue to operate in Russia without any obstacles. We believe that this attests to a high interest of the British business to develop mutually beneficial economic ties with Russia and to the fact that businesspeople are immune to the political opportunism of the British government.

 

March 6th 2019, 17:27




LATEST EVENTS

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.


22.11.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions during a joint news conference with Foreign Minister of Malaysia Saifuddin Abdullah, Moscow, November 21, 2019

Ladies and gentlemen, I had talks with my Malaysian colleague Saifuddin Abdullah in a traditionally friendly atmosphere, as befits good and long-standing partners. Our relations are based on a long tradition of trust, mutual understanding and cooperation.


16.11.2019 - Press release on Russian-British consultations on Syria

On November 15, Special Presidential Representative for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin held consultations with David Quarrey, the Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser and Deputy National Security Adviser.


05.11.2019 - Andrei Kelin appointed as Russia’s Ambassador to the UK

By the Presidential decree № 545 dated 5 November 2019 Andrei Kelin has been appointed as Russia’s Ambassador to the UK


30.10.2019 - Joint Statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey on Syria, Geneva, 29 October 2019

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the Astana format held the trilateral meeting and consultations with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria Mr.Geir O. Pedersen in Geneva on 29 October 2019.


19.10.2019 - V Russian-British Business Forum in London will host an international conference of Russian compatriots

On 27 November 2019 the Russian Embassy in London and the Russian Community Council in the United Kingdom will hold the international conference “Compatriots-businessmen: prospects of cooperation” on the sidelines of the 5th Russian-British Business Forum. The conference will see over 80 businesspeople from the Russian community living in the United Kingdom as well as continental Europe. They will exchange experience and discuss business opportunities, development of culture and social projects related to Russia.


10.10.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at a meeting with President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Nur-Sultan, October 9, 2019

Esteemed Mr Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Thank you very much for receiving me during my visit to Nur-Sultan.


10.10.2019 - Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin’s interview with Izvestia, October 9, 2019

Question: Mr Vershinin, following the UN General Assembly session, it was stated that, in the wake of the visa scandal, several UN General Assembly committees could be transferred from New York to another country. Do you think it is possible? Sergey Vershinin: I think this is feasible, but the decision should be taken by the General Assembly. This is not the first time the United States has violated its obligations under the UN Charter and the agreement on the location of the organisation’s central bodies in the United States. As you may be aware, this is not just a question of this year or today. We have been raising this issue for many years, specifically, since 2004, in the special UN Committee on Relations with the Host Country, because there were similar incidents then, too.



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