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1332 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1324 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

29.09.2021

Foreign Ministry statement on the permanent deletion by YouTube of RT’s German-language projects

YouTube, a video hosting service, has committed an act of unprecedented information aggression against RT media holding’s German-language projects with the obvious tacit consent of Germany, if not at its insistence.

Two RT-operated channels, RT DE and Der Fehlende Part, were permanently deleted. In an attempt to justify what amounts to an obvious act of censorship and suppression of the freedom of expression, the online giant tried to link these outrageous actions to some abstract violations of “community guidelines.” These explanations cannot and will not be accepted.

There is no doubt that YouTube undertook these illegal actions against the fourth most popular German-language media project in the News and Politics category with the support, both public and tacit, of the German authorities and the local media. For many years they have openly and unscrupulously stigmatised and persecuted correspondents of Russian broadcasters, including by blocking their bank accounts, slandering them in public, etc.

The objective behind this act of aggression against the Russian media holding’s projects is clear: to silence information sources that do not fit into what the German officials view as a comfortable media landscape.

Momentary interests have therefore prevailed over the “norms and values” proclaimed by the liberals. Through their actions, the American online platform and the German authorities have in an instant deprived 700,000 German-speaking subscribers to these channels of the ability to use the source of information they chose.

The date chosen for carrying out this plan, hopefully not code-named “Operation Info-Barbarossa,” is especially cynical, since it is on September 28 that the International Day for Universal Access to Information is observed.

These developments perfectly fit into the logic of the information war unleashed against Russia. Accordingly, taking retaliatory tit-for-tat measures against the German media in Russia would not only be appropriate, but imperative, even more so considering that these media outlets have been caught interfering in Russia’s domestic affairs on numerous occasions. Taking into consideration that Germany has repeatedly ignored calls to return to compliance with its international commitments to protect media rights and the freedom of speech, we believe measures of this kind to be the only means to spark an interest among our partners in discussing this unacceptable situation in a constructive and meaningful dialogue.

Having reviewed RT’s appeal for protection against discrimination, the Foreign Ministry has decided to ask the competent agencies of the Russian Federation to draft and adopt retaliatory measures regarding YouTube video hosting service and the German media.




LATEST EVENTS

21.10.2021 - Embassy comment on reports of planned supplies of British weapons to Ukraine

We took notice of «The Times» publication regarding negotiations between the British and Ukrainian defence agencies on supplies of British weapons for the needs of the Ukrainian armed forces. We would like to remind that a civil war continues in Ukraine, which became a consequence of a coup carried out with the active support of a number of Western countries.


20.10.2021 - Joint Statement of the Participants in the Moscow Format Consultations on Afghanistan, Moscow, 20 October 2021

Joint Statement of the Participants in the Moscow Format Consultations on Afghanistan.


19.10.2021 - Foreign Ministry statement on response measures to NATO decisions regarding the Russian Permanent Mission to NATO in Brussels, October 18, 2021

On October 6, 2021, the NATO Secretariat officially announced NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s decision to withdraw the accreditation of eight members of the Russian Permanent Mission to NATO on November 1, 2021, as well as to reduce the overall number of mission personnel to 10. No reason for this decision has been provided.


10.10.2021 - Embassy comment on the article in ‘The Sun’ newspaper

We express our utter indignation at the article in ‘The Sun’ claiming that a ‘Russian spy’ was present at the recent Conservative Party Conference. This low-grade scoop is of no surprise though, as we got used to this kind of disinformation being produced by the British media.


03.10.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 29th Assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy (CFDP), Moscow, October 2, 2021

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 29th Assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy, Moscow.


01.10.2021 - Joint Statement on the Outcomes of the U.S. – Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue in Geneva on September 30

Today in Geneva, interagency delegations from the United States and the Russian Federation convened for the second meeting of the bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue since President Biden and President Putin committed to an integrated, deliberate, and robust process in June. The United States delegation was led by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman, and the Russian delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. The discussion was intensive and substantive.


21.09.2021 - Embassy comment on the new ‘development’ in the investigation of the Salisbury incident

It is worth noting that immediately after the incident in Salisbury Russia suggested that a comprehensive and transparent cooperation by law enforcement agencies of the two countries would allow to establish the facts of what had happened. Instead, the UK chose to conduct investigation unilaterally and behind closed doors. Now, we hear once again that yet another Russian national was, as a ‘member of the GRU’, allegedly involved in the attempted murder. Just as was the case with earlier claims made during this investigation, neither the public nor Russia have been provided with concrete evidence. To present the fact of a certain individual entering or leaving the UK on particular dates in March 2018 as a newly obtained information is nothing but laughable.


21.09.2021 - Embassy comment on the British reaction to the Russian State Duma elections

It is symptomatic that our British counterparts plainly ignore the many positive developments in our electoral system. These include online voting used for the first time at the national level, as well as new steps taken to strengthen the system of civic control over elections, including observers at polling stations, live video streaming, speedy publication of results by polling station. Rather than recognising these achievements of the civil society, the UK continues with hollow claims of ‘undermining political plurality’ and ‘holding of elections on Ukraine’s sovereign territory’.


24.08.2021 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the meeting of the so-called Crimea Platform in Kiev

We have taken note of an event that was held in Kiev on August 23 and was entitled a “Crimea Platform Summit.” The stated aim of this political project, developed with active involvement of government experts from the United States, the UK and the European Union and funded by the United States Agency for International Development, is “the de-occupation of Crimea and its reintegration with Ukraine.” The participants involved are just right for this goal – mainly being NATO countries and some international organisations sharing a common delusion that the Crimean Peninsula should be part of the current Ukrainian state and that it can be torn away from the Russian Federation by increasing political and economic pressure on Russia.


21.08.2021 - Embassy comment on new sanctions imposed by UK

We took notice of the new personal sanctions imposed by the UK on the Russian nationals for what is claimed to be ‘their direct responsibility for the poisoning of Alexey Navalny’. It is indicative indeed that sanctions are being rubber-stamped in a process which is completely detached from actual facts and looks like a formality, a way to ‘mark anniversaries’.



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