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Embassy comment regarding Russian humanitarian aid to combat Covid-19

British media continue publications seeking to find discrepancies and hidden agenda of Russian humanitarian assistance rendered to the United States and Italy in order to help them combat the coronavirus pandemic.

In today’s piece, BBC has published results of an investigation aimed at verifying the sincerity of gratitude (an important task indeed) expressed by Americans and Italians towards Russia. The journalists have been able to establish that Russian media reports on Russian flags being flown and Russian anthem being sung in Italy are misleading – the respective reports have only shown one proven instance of demonstration of the flag, while the anthem was played rather than sung. On top of this, BBC is again referring to La Stampa’s speculations claiming that 80 per cent of the Russian aid has been useless.

We cannot but admit that BBC has performed an important and, one would suppose, necessary investigative work. There are, however, certain minor elements that the independent and impartial journalists have overlooked.

Russian aid to Italy is being rendered upon request by Prime Minister Conte expressed to President Putin when they spoke on 21 March. 15 planeloads of aid have been delivered to Italy by Russian Defence Ministry aircraft, each carrying about 60 tons of cargo. The Russian assistance team consists of 122 experts, including 66 servicemen of the radiological, chemical and biological defence troops, as well as 8 teams of doctors, each comprising a physician, an epidemiologist, an anesthesiologist, a nurse and an interpreter. We have provided Italy with one (out of the Russian army’s total of 15) cutting-edge laboratory, 13 disinfection machines and tons of equipment including lung ventilators, biological and patogent test machines, 100 thousand test kits, high-quality masks and gloves, 1000 individual protection kits, 700 kits for doctors working with infectious diseases, etc.

One example of specific Russian assistance to the epidemic-stricken Italy is the participation of Russian teams in the ongoing efforts to disinfect 65 nursing homes for the elderly. By 1 April, this work had already been finished at 17 sites. It is being done using Russian equipment and materials. Apart from that, Russian epidemiologists provide advice to local staff so as to ensure a sustained anti-epidemic regime at those facilities.

We would like to stress that this help is free of charge and humanitarian by nature. It is a sign of our solidarity with the Italian people, not linked to any political agenda.

The same is true for the United States. The arrangement for Russian humanitarian assistance was reached during the telephone conversation between the two Presidents on 30 March. A Defence Ministry plane was urgently dispatched to deliver aid to the US. Half of the cargo was paid for by the Russian Direct Investment Fund, while the other half was covered by the US government. This hardly makes it less humanitarian.

Russian assistance is an example of civilised humanitarian cooperation and mutual help, the best manifestation of the universal values that humaniy has been accumulating for centuries. One would hope that freedom of expression and the media, another important achievement of modern civilisation, should be used in order to disseminate true information in good faith. This is what the public needs in the current difficult environment. We wish BBC and other British journalists success in this work.

3 April 2020, 18:05


20.11.2020 - Normandy Summit on Ukraine: one year on

During the recent visit of Ukrainian President Zelensky to London the UK Government did not spare words to reiterate its full support for Ukrainian reforms and territorial integrity. New calls were made for the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, the premise being that it is Russia and “Russia-backed separatists” who hamper the political process. Yet the reality is quite the opposite. We believe it is important to set the record straight: the Minsk Agreements and political engagements based on them are being persistently and deliberately ignored by Ukraine itself (with the connivance and, often, encouragement of its Western backers).

10.11.2020 - Embassy reply to BBC Radio 4 regarding its podcast series “Intrigue. Mayday” on the White Helmets and James Le Mesurier

Referring to the subject of the BBC Series – White Helmets and James Le Mesurier – the Russian position is well-founded. Vast amounts of evidence on the ground as well as intelligence information which Russia has at its disposal unequivocally point to direct links between the White Helmets and terrorist organisations operating in Syria.

16.10.2020 - Embassy comment to The Times newspaper on disinformation allegations

The suggestion that the Russian State may conduct any kind of propaganda against the AstraZeneca vaccine is itself an example of disinformation. It is obviously aimed at discrediting Russia’s efforts in combating the pandemic, including the good cooperation we have established with the UK in this field.

06.10.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin holds online meeting with members of Russia APPG

On 5 October 2020 Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin held an online meeting with members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Russia. Members of both the House of Lords and the House of Commons, representing all major political parties of the country, took part in the conversation.

03.10.2020 - Joint Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh, Moscow, Paris, Washington, D.C., October 2, 2020

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stéphane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) released the following statement today: The Co-Chairs strongly condemn the continued violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone as well as against targets in the territory of Armenia and Azerbaijan away from the Line of Contact, and express our alarm at reports of increasing civilian casualties. Targeting or threatening civilians is never acceptable under any circumstances. The Co-Chairs call on the sides to observe fully their international obligations to protect civilian populations.

02.10.2020 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the EU’s restrictions on Belarus

We noted the EU’s October 2 decision to adopt new restrictive measures as regards Belarus. A comment declaring response measures has already been released by Belarusian officials. We see that instead of displaying restraint, which is so vital for stabilisation in Belarus, the European Union has once again resorted to the instrument of sanctions. This approach is unilateral and illegal. It undermines the prerogatives of the UN Security Council and leads to the further erosion of international law.

02.10.2020 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on statements by Permanent Representative of the United States to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva Robert Wood on Russia’s initiatives to prevent an arms race in space

There is growing concern regarding the professional credentials of Permanent Representative of the United States to the Conference on Disarmament Robert Wood. On October 1, 2020, during a briefing hosted by the Foreign Press Association at the United Nations Office in Geneva he said that he did not know what Russia’s initiatives to prevent an arms race in outer space were about. As a reminder, for 40 years Russia (and earlier the USSR) has consistently advocated the drafting of a multilateral legally binding instrument that would prohibit the deployment of weapons of any kind, as well as the use or threat of force in outer space.

29.09.2020 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veteran

On 26 September 2020 Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medal to the Arctic Convoys veteran Mr William Geoffrey ROBINSON who was awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for his personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.

26.09.2020 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on discrepancies and inconsistencies in the situation around Alexey Navalny

The Russian Federation has been acting in the most transparent manner in the situation around Mr. Alexey Navalny from the very beginning. At the request of relatives, he was promptly granted permission to travel to Germany for medical treatment, which he did without hindrance, once the doctors at the Omsk hospital managed to stabilize his condition. Moreover, Russian doctors passed on to their German colleagues the data they had collected on the patient's health condition and were ready to continue to work together for the sake of his speedy recovery.

26.09.2020 - Statement by H.E. Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, on a comprehensive program of measures for restoring the Russia – US cooperation in the filed of international information security

One of today’s major strategic challenges is the risk of a large-scale confrontation in the digital field. A special responsibility for its prevention lies on the key players in the field of ensuring international information security (IIS). In this regard, we would like to once again address the US with a suggestion to agree on a comprehensive program of practical measures to reboot our relations in the field of security in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

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