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469 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     461 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

13.04.2019

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

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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.”

Although Russia is no longer surprised by such insinuations, the Secretary should keep the following in mind.

Russia was in no way involved in the incidents with the notorious Novichok in Salisbury and Amesbury. Until the UK presents evidence and begins to cooperate with Russia within the bounds of the law, we will regard London’s fabrications as the provocations that they are, aimed at reinforcing a false narrative about the events in the public mind. One fact remains indisputable in this entire story – Russia remains in the dark about the fate of Russian citizens Sergey and Yulia Skripal who have not been heard from in the UK for a year. We call on London to begin a constructive dialogue on this matter.

In relation to Russia’s alleged “objections” to Novichok being listed by the CWC, Mr Hunt should not deceive himself or other people. Russia is not against control of chemical agents, such as the one Western countries insistently refer to as Novichok. Moreover, in May 2018, Russia submitted to the OPCW a proposal to include about 300 additional chemical compounds to CWC control lists, which it subsequently revised, submitting five groups of chemical substances for consideration, including “Novichok” identified in Salisbury and Amesbury.

Unfortunately, in February, this proposal was rejected by the Western group of countries during an ad hoc session of the OPCW Executive Council. This begs the question – is it not because these states conduct research with these agents under secret programmes? Interestingly, some of them admitted that they carry out such research, and the United States has not only synthesised but patented such agents.

It should be noted that in contrast to the well-developed Russian initiative, the “troika” comprised of the United States, Canada and the Netherlands submitted to the OPCW a different, clearly substandard from a scientific point of view, proposal. The issue is that one of the agents of the Novichok family proposed for inclusion on the CWC control lists is theoretical and does not exist in actuality. That is why Russia was forced on April 9 to oppose the inclusion of the agents proposed by the “troika” on the CWC control lists. However, bearing in mind that the Russian and Western initiatives complement each other, we suggested, after revision, considering them as a package during the next session of the supreme governing body of the OPCW, the Conference of the States Parties, as provided for by the Convention. We hope that a majority of the OPCW member states will support us.

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12.06.2019 - Embassy press officer’s reply to a media question concerning the inquiry into the death of Mr Nikolay Glushkov

Question: Does the Embassy have any new information regarding the circumstances of the mysterious murder of the Russian national Nikolay Glushkov in London that happened on 12 March 2018? Answer: The Embassy regrets to state that, as 15 months have passed since this crime, the British authorities continue to disregard our numerous enquiries concerning course and results of the investigation into the murder of former Deputy Director General of “Aeroflot” Mr Nikolay Glushkov in the UK.


10.06.2019 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova regarding INF Treaty, Moscow, June 5, 2019

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04.06.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question on Russia’s ongoing operation in Idlib

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04.06.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question regarding “The Times” publication on Molotov-Ribbentrop pact

Question: In today’s article “The Times” writes about “a Nazi-Soviet deal to carve up Eastern Europe” that Russia “denied for decades”. How can you comment on that? Answer: We have taken note of the article. Unfortunately, it looks like another example of the false sensationalism not uncommon in the media today. The pact itself was never a mystery to be discovered in 2019. Its existence was acknowledged, and its secret protocols were condemned by the Soviet Union as far back as 1989.


04.06.2019 - Embassy press officer replies to a media question regarding Prime Minister May’s statement on the UK-US “Special Relationship”

Question: At the press conference with US President Trump, Prime Minister May mentioned the “global response” to Russia’s “use of a deadly nerve agent on the streets of our country” as the prime example of the UK-US “Special Relationship” in action. What is your comment to that? Answer: It is deplorable that in her statement, started with paying tribute to WWII soldiers, Mrs May once again invoked the false accusations against Russia. As we have stated on numerous occasions, instead of repeating the mantra on Russia’s responsibility, the UK authorities urgently need to provide the public with credible investigation results and return to the path of respecting their international obligations.


04.06.2019 - Embassy comment on the situation concerning the Salisbury incident with Russian nationals Sergei and Yulia Skripal

15 months have passed since the mysterious incident in Salisbury. Unfortunately, despite our numerous appeals to the British side for transparency of the investigation, access to affected Russian nationals Sergei and Yulia Skripal, substantive cooperation to clear up the circumstances surrounding the incident, no clear answer has been received yet. More than 80 Notes Verbales sent to the Foreign Office and the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation for legal assistance over Russia’s own criminal case have so far been ignored.


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We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Member States of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, reaffirming our commitment to strengthening peace, global and regional security and stability based on the universally recognized norms and principles of international law and our readiness to contribute to broad international efforts to counter global challenges, including proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and international terrorism, determined that it is necessary to continue efforts aimed at shaping a new architecture of Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security based on ensuring equal and indivisible security for all states by enshrining this principle in international law, emphasizing the importance of reducing tensions and enhancing mutual trust, guided by the provisions of the OSCE Platform for Co-operative Security and being confident that the co-operation between international and regional organizations will strengthen international security and stability, call upon the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Member States of NATO to take the following initial joint measures:



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