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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




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