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14.02.2020

Embassy Press Officer’s reply to media question on allegations against Russia with regard to persecution of Christians

Question: How would you comment on the statement mentioning Russia’s “violations” made by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the FCO H.Wheeler on February 6 at the debate in the House of Commons on persecution of Christians?

Answer: This statement is ill-advised and could not be further from the truth. Christians make up the majority of Russian believers. Hundreds of new churches are being built. The Russian Orthodox Church is actively engaging in public discussions on socially significant issues. Most favourable conditions have been created for exercising the freedom of belief for other Christian denominations as well as non-Christians.

In 2016 the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill met with the head of the Roman Catholic Church Pope Francis and the Head of the Church of England the Queen Elizabeth II. Not one issue of any discrimination against Christians was brought up and the beneficial role of the Russian Orthodox Church for promoting Christian values in Russia and all over the world was widely acknowledged. No abuses against Christians in Russia are ever mentioned in the reports by representatives of the OSCE Chairman-in-office on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination. The same is true with regard to the issue of religious or racial intolerance towards people of other faiths and beliefs. At the same time, we need to point out that religious intolerance is not uncommon in the UK, including cases of antisemitism and islamophobia.

Having declared its determination to protect Christians, the UK is actually politicizing this issue by, for instance, ranking China, North Korea and Iran as main violators of the rights of Christians. We urge London to engage into a genuine cooperation in tackling the most serious problems Christians are facing, first and foremost in the Middle East. There is a lot to be done to protect them, and the results of this work will depend on the joint and well-coordinated efforts by the international community.

14 February 2020, 18:50




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24.03.2020 - Embassy comment on speculations around Russia’s aid to Italy

We have been dismayed by the article “Putin flexes soft power muscles with medical aid airlift to Italy” appearing in the Financial Times on 24 March. It contains perverted facts along with politicised statements from experts whose world view does not accept good deeds by Russia.


20.03.2020 - Embassy comment regarding British media accusations against Russia regarding disinformation on the coronavirus

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17.03.2020 - Entry into the Russian Federation is temporarily restricted for foreign citizens and stateless persons from 18 March 2020 to 1 May 2020

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16.03.2020 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the start of the MH17 trial at the District Court of The Hague

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06.03.2020 - Additional Protocol to the Memorandum on Stabilization of the Situation in the Idlib De-Escalation Area

The Republic of Turkey and the Russian Federation, as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic... Have agreed as follows, 1- Cease all military actions along the line of contact in the Idlib De-escalation area starting from 00:01 of March 6, 2020. 2- A security corridor will be established 6 km deep to the north and 6 km deep to the south from highway M4. Specific parameters of the functioning of the security corridor will be agreed between the Defense Ministries of the Turkish Republic and the Russian Federation within 7 days. 3- On March 15, 2020, joint Turkish-Russian patrolling will begin along highway M4 from the settlement of Trumba (2 km to the west from Saraqib) to the settlement of Ain-AI-Havr; This additional protocol enters into force from the moment of signing.


04.03.2020 - Embassy comment on the second anniversary of the Salisbury incident

Today marks two years since Russian nationals Sergei and Yulia Skripal were involved in an incident in Salisbury. Back in March 2018, the British government was quick in laying the blame on Russia. Huge damage was done to Russian-British political relations. However, both we and the public are yet to see convincing evidence to support the official version of what happened. Instead, the British narrative is full of discrepancies and raises a great deal of specific questions that remain unanswered.


04.03.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin met with members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Russia

On 3 March, Ambassador Andrei Kelin had a meeting with the members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Russia. Members of both the House of Lords and the House of Commons representing all major political parties in the country participated in the meeting.



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