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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

27.04.2021

Statement by the Head of the Delegation of the Russian Federation to the Vienna Negotiations on Military Security and Arms Control KONSTANTIN GAVRILOV at the 1st Plenary meeting of the 85th Session of the Open Skies Consultative Commission (OSCC), Vienna, April 26, 2021

Madam Chair,

Distinguished Colleagues,

In terms of discussion of the issue of current implementation of the Treaty on Open (OST) Skies, the Russian Delegation would like to announce the official position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia on the situation with regard to the Treaty on Open Skies.

First of all, we note that a group of states led by the United States keeps trying - no matter what - to shift the responsibility for the deplorable situation with the Open Skies Treaty (OST) to the Russian Federation. It looks like Washington had never withdrawn from it. Claims are still being made that “the Russian Federation must come into full compliance with the Treaty” before someone somewhere might begin to consider any chances for return to the Treaty.

We have repeatedly stated our position in response to such claims. Those who wish so may familiarize themselves with it, inter alia, on the MFA website.

Meanwhile, we draw attention to the fact that some time ago we introduced a set of ideas how to resolve the problem of observation flights over Georgia and over 10-km zones along the Russian border in the Caucasus. Nonetheless, these ideas were rejected by those who are indifferent to the future of the OST.

Moreover, last year we gave permission to conduct an observation flight over the Kaliningrad region at a distance that exceeded the 500-kilometer limit, and also created all necessary conditions for a successful flight over the area where the Kavkaz-2020 (Caucasus-2020) military exercise was held.

Both were strong political signals, but unfortunately, no adequate response followed.

In turn, we maintain several concerns regarding the implementation by the NATO allies of the US, and also by Ukraine and Georgia, of their obligations under the OST. These concerns were emphasized, inter alia, by our delegation at the fourth Review Conference of the Treaty on 7 October 2020 and in the Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia dated 22 November 2020.

We made very serious points on the US record of non-compliance prior to that country’s withdrawal from the Treaty. They were summarized in the Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia dated 22 November 2020. As is a usual way of our opponents nowadays, these points were disregarded and were not even responded to.

We expressed our readiness in principle to address all these issues, including the concerns of the Russian Federation and those of our partners, in a comprehensive way, at a “small group” on the margins of the Open Skies Consultative Commission. To turn this expression of readiness into practice will only be possible after the United States sends a clear and unambiguous message about its decision to return to the Treaty.

Meanwhile, the Treaty moves to a point where it will fall apart. One should not expect Russia to offer unilateral concessions. If the status quo is maintained, our internal procedures necessary prior to the notification of Russia’s decision to withdraw from the Treaty will be completed by the end of May.

The Government of the Russian Federation will present the draft law on the denunciation of the Treaty on Open Skies to the President; it will then be submitted to the Chambers of the Federal Assembly for review.

I thank you, Madam Chair, and request that this statement be attached to the journal of the day.

 

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LATEST EVENTS

05.05.2021 - Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s interview with the RT television channel, May 3, 2021

Question: What impact have the sanctions had on the state of relations between Russia and the West? Maria Zakharova: Unfortunately, the growing use of politically motivated, unilateral restrictive measures by a number of Western countries, primarily the United States, has become a reality of our time. We increasingly view the sanctions against Russia as a “gesture of despair” and a manifestation of the local elites’ inability to accept the new reality, abandon the stereotypes of their bloc-based thinking, and recognise Russia's right to independently determine its path of development and build relationships with its partners.


21.04.2021 - Press release on summoning US Deputy Head of Mission to Foreign Ministry

On April 21, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy Bart Gorman was summoned to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was handed a note saying that 10 US Embassy employees in Moscow had been declared persona non grata. These people have been ordered to leave the Russian Federation before the end of the day on May 21.


16.04.2021 - Embassy comment on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office statement concerning “Russia’s malign cyber activity”

We consider the FCDO statement of 15 April on “malign activity by Russian intelligence services in cyberspace” as nothing but an attempt to play along with the US, which as usually try to put a blame on Russia while obviously failing to ensure their own cyber security.


31.03.2021 - Embassy Press Officer replies to a media question regarding the inquest into the death of Dawn Sturgess

Question: Newly appointed to lead the inquest into the death of Dawn Sturgess, Baroness Hallet has announced her plans to examine the Russian state’s involvement in poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury as part of the inquest. Any comments? Answer: We see it as a confirmation of our earlier conclusion that the situation with regard to these tragic events would evolve according to the Litvinenko Case scenario. Regular investigation and regular use of existing international legal instruments (since there have been Russian nationals affected) is being substituted with a quasi-judicial procedure. It does not formally pertain to the incident in Salisbury as such, yet would undoubtedly be used to support again and again the groundless accusations against Russia made by the British authorities.


11.03.2021 - Embassy demarche on the UK anti-Russian activity in the information sphere

On 10 March 2021, the Embassy undertook a demarche to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office regarding the leaked FCDO-related documents that reveal a large-scale campaign being performed by the UK Government aimed at exercising systematic influence on the Russian-language media space.


04.03.2021 - Embassy comment on the third anniversary of the Salisbury incident

Three years have now passed since the highly publicized incident in Salisbury. So far we have learnt little on what really happened. The British authorities laid the blame on Russia for an alleged use of chemical weapons on the British soil. Such a serious accusation however was not backed by any facts, proof or other sort of relevant information. Being ungrounded, it cannot be considered credible.


17.02.2021 - Joint Statement by the Representatives of Iran, Russia and Turkey on the International Meeting on Syria in the Astana format, Sochi, 16-17 February 2021

The representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the Astana format: 1. Reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and highlighted that these principles should be universally respected and complied with;


13.02.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's interview with the Solovyov Live YouTube channel, February 12, 2021

Russia has its own views on global developments and we openly express them and take practical actions to uphold them, unlike a huge number of other countries who have their own views too but keep mum. The West doesn’t like this so it chose aggressive deterrence of Russian Federation. Sanctions are imposed by the West in order to feel satisfaction from the act of meting out “punishment”. But sanctions lead nowhere and cannot result in a change in our course on upholding Russia’s national interests.


22.01.2021 - On the situation around Alexei Navalny

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17.12.2020 - President Vladimir Putin's reply to a BBC question during his annual news conference Moscow, 17 December 2020

Steve Rosenberg, BBC News: Mr President, ‘a new Cold War’ is an expression that one can hear more and more often when it comes to Russia-West relations. And we hear Russia regularly blame external forces for these tensions. It may be America, or Britain, or Nato. But after having been at the helm of power for 20 years, don’t you believe that you are at least partly responsible for the deplorable state of those relations, especially if one recalls Russia’s actions over the recent years, from annexing Crimea to using a chemical weapon on British soil, in Salisbury? Or are you not? Are Russian authorities ‘white and fluffy’? And when it comes to chemical weapons – have you read the Bellingcat report that sets out in detail that the attack on Alexey Navalny was orchestrated by the Russian State? Thank you.



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