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685 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     677 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

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.

18 months have now passed since Russia was subjected to high-level accusations, with major diplomatic repercussions. A year has passed since names and pictures of the suspects were made public. The UK authorities, claiming to have irrefutable evidence of their responsibility, have persuaded their allies to make unfriendly steps against Russia. Yet now the police is again asking members of the public whether they saw Mr Boshirov and Mr Petrov in the UK on 2 – 4 March 2018, or else whether they came across a Nina Ricci perfume box between 4 March and 27 June.

That these questions are being asked by the police may only be explained by a single fact: the investigation has never had any meaningful evidence of Russia, or individual Russian nationals, being involved in the poisonings of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, Nick Bailey, Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley.

Interests of British and Russian public, as well as those of a normalization of Russian-British relations, would be best served by an immediate publication of all data of the investigation that has led the British political leadership to mount accusations against Russia. Photos of the two individuals at an 8 minute walking distance from Mr Skripal’s place, or a sealed bottle found under unclear circumstances weeks after (if it ever existed), can no longer satisfy or impress anyone.

Russia continues to demand that the UK clarifies the situation of the two Russian nationals, Sergei and Yulia Skripal, allows them consular access, fulfills it obligations to provide legal assistance to the Russian investigation, and returns to normal diplomatic dialogue over the matter. We remain open to cooperation with British law enforcement bodies in investigating the Salisbury incident on the basis of the existing international mechanisms as well as principles of reciprocity and mutual respect.




LATEST EVENTS

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Ladies and gentlemen, Today, in addition to the launch ceremony for the TurkStream gas pipeline that you witnessed, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan held intensive bilateral talks. They adopted a joint statement following the talks. I would like to highlight several points of this document.


04.01.2020 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

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04.01.2020 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

On January 4, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif, at the latter’s initiative.


04.01.2020 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

On January 4, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu.


04.01.2020 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the death of IRGC Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani

We were concerned to learn of the death of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Commander Major General Qasem Soleimani in a US military strike on Baghdad airport.


03.01.2020 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

On January 3, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.


23.12.2019 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on US sanctions against gas pipelines

We are watching with interest how the US is crossing a landmark line in foreign policy by launching sanctions, which Russia has long become accustomed to, against their own allies. It is exactly what the provisions stipulate in the December 20 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 which contains a section entitled Protecting Europe’s Energy Security.


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.



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