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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

05.04.2019

Embassy’s comment on the 70th Anniversary of NATO

The UK Government and media have been providing their assessments of the role of NATO in the European affairs. They regard the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as “the most successful alliance in history”. But let us have a closer look at the facts.

After the Cold War (and 30 years have passed since) the Alliance was looking for its “raison d’etre”. NATO operations in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Libya have destabilised those countries for a long time, causing numerous civilian casualties and dealing a severe blow to the basic norms of the international law.

After a series of failures in other parts of the world, today the Alliance is eager again to resurrect a well-known “enemy from the East”. According to the statements by the UK officials and publications in the British media, these days key NATO goals do not differ much from the ones declared in 1949, that is closing its ranks under the banner of the “Russian threat” deterrence. The following worrying tendencies are particularly hard to ignore:

1. NATO members defence budgets keep rising, reaching around 1 trillion USD in 2018. This amounts to more than a half of the global military expenses. NATO military expenses are 20 times higher than the Russian ones.

2. A new arms race is stimulated by the US withdrawal from the majority of basic arms control agreements.

3. The Alliance keeps building up its potential and further developing a military infrastructure close to our borders in order to ensure rapid mobility of forces and equipment to the East. At the same time plans to deploy a large military base in Eastern Europe are being discussed.

4. Following the militarisation of North-Eastern Europe, which until recently used to be a peaceful area in a military sense, NATO has turned its attention to the Black Sea region, building up its military presence there. All the components – air, ground and naval – are being strengthened. NATO’s next target seems to be the Arctic.

5. Formally declaring its readiness for a dialogue with Russia, NATO does not take any concrete steps in that direction. The Alliance is not ready to enter a meaningful, result-oriented dialogue on key issues of the European security. There are no working military channels for communication.

Russia remains open for cooperation, with the primary aim to de-escalate tensions, restore confidence and lower the risks of dangerous incidents. It is regrettable that we still do not get any constructive reaction from NATO.

 

4 April 2019, 15:00




LATEST EVENTS

23.04.2019 - Embassy’s comment regarding UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt congratulations to Volodymyr Zelenskiy

We have taken note of the statement by the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, congratulating Volodymyr Zelenskiy on being elected President of Ukraine. In his statement Mr Hunt said the UK interest in supporting Ukraine was due to the country’s position “on the front-line of Russia’s challenge to the rules-based international system”. The Foreign Secretary also mentioned that Ukraine’s “stability is essential for Europe’s security”. “Cooperation on defence and security” was identified as the first among the areas of future cooperation between London and Kiev.


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.



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