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593 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     585 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

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

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.


26.09.2019 - Embassy Press Officer comments on new data regarding the Salisbury investigation

On 25 September, the Metropolitan Police published new data on blood tests taken in March 2018 from individuals that might have been affected by a nerve agent in Salisbury. The samples did not reveal any traces of exposure. Leaving aside the question of why the tests have been carried out only now, let us point out that the absence of traces of “Novichok” does not help to support the official British version of the incident. But there is another aspect to the news.


25.09.2019 - Joint Statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey on Syria, New York, 24 September 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 a trilateral meeting on the margins of the 74th meeting of UN General Assembly. The Ministers: 1. Reaffirmed the strong commitment of the Astana guarantors to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and emphasized that these principles should be respected by all sides.


23.09.2019 - “World at a Crossroads and a System of International Relations for the Future” by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for “Russia in Global Affairs” magazine, September 20, 2019

These days, the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly opens up. So does a new international “political season”. The session begins at a highly symbolic historical moment. Next year we will celebrate two great and interconnected anniversaries – the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic and Second World Wars, and the establishment of the UN.


22.09.2019 - Embassy Press Officer replies to a media question regarding Charlie Rowley’s intention to sue the Russian Government

Question: How would you comment on the plans by Charlie Rowley, a victim of the Amesbury poisonings, to initiate judicial proceedings against the Russian authorities? Answer: As far as we understand, these plans are at a very preliminary stage. A lawsuit specifically against the Russian Government is but one of the options considered by Mr Rowley’s lawyers. For our part, we fully share Charlie’s desire to establish truth regarding his poisoning that also resulted in the death of his partner Dawn Sturgess. Mr Rowley is seeking clarity over the “unanswered questions”, which is, incidentally or not, the title of the Embassy’s own report with questions to the British authorities.


17.09.2019 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on attack against oil infrastructure facilities in Saudi Arabia

According to media reports, a large-scale drone attack was launched in the early hours of September 14 against oil refineries of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company Saudi Aramco near the cities of Abqaiq and Khurais in the eastern part of the Kingdom. The Houthi Ansar Allah movement, now fighting against forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Arabian Coalition supporting him in Yemen, has claimed responsibility for the attacks.


17.09.2019 - Joint Statement by the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Republic of Turkey

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran H.E. Hassan Rouhani, President of the Russian Federation H.E. Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gathered in Ankara on 16 September 2019 for a Tripartite Summit.


12.09.2019 - Press release by Russian MFA on the Palestinian-Israeli settlement

Moscow has taken note of the Arab countries’ highly negative reaction to the statement made by Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu regarding his intention to extend Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley. We share concerns over these Israeli plans, the implementation of which can lead to a dramatic escalation of tensions in the region and undermine hopes for a long awaited peace between Israel and its Arab neighbours.


12.09.2019 - Embassy comment on the state of the investigation into the death of Nikolay Glushkov

12 September 2019 marks exactly one year and half since Russian national Nikolay Glushkov was murdered in London under mysterious circumstances. We regret to state that the British side has failed to provide any meaningful reply to our numerous enquiries. Since April 2018 the Home Office has been ignoring the official request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation for legal assistance over Russia’s own criminal case into the death of Nikolay Glushkov. The British authorities have also been silent regarding the Embassy’s repeated proposals to arrange a meeting between the Russian Ambassador and the Met Police Commissioner or hold law-enforcement experts’ bilateral contacts.



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