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1626 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1618 days have passed since the death of Nikolay Glushkov on British soil - no credible information or response from the British authorities



Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s comment on Ukraine’s case in the International Criminal Court

An announcement made on April 25 to the effect that the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor’s Office will join the Joint Investigation Group (JIG) comprised of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine and created under the auspices of Eurojust has come to our attention.

Everyone is aware of how these kinds of entities operate. It is probably not accidental that the people behind this idea decided to recreate the name of the group that is “investigating” the MH-17 plane crash. It is safe to assume that the nature of the work of their brainchild will be similarly biased and one-sided. Keeping in mind that JIG members are the most rabid advocates of using international justice for unbridled and evidence-defying smear campaigns against our country, we cannot expect anything different.

The ICC Prosecutor’s Office’s move goes to show that it is not even trying to keep at least the appearance of impartiality or objectivity and has instead enthusiastically joined a process in which the perpetrators have been clearly designated in advance. If anyone doubts that the ICC is a body that is fulfilling political orders and has nothing to do with independent justice, this new “creative” format has made it perfectly clear.

We would like to ask the ICC Prosecutor’s Office and the countries that are now so concerned about justice in Ukraine why, for eight years, they ignored the suffering of the residents of Donbass who were victims of the crimes perpetrated by the Kiev regime?

Starting in April 2014, the Ukrainian forces never stopped their shelling of Donbass’ towns and villages using prohibited indiscriminate lethal weapons designed to most effectively destroy people and infrastructure. Many towns, primarily the ones near the contact line, were left without water, gas or electricity. Mobile communications systems were turned off, and food and medical supply routes were cut off as well.

Acting with particular cynicism, the Ukrainian war machine was targeting hospitals, morgues and schools that were used as bomb shelters. Cemeteries were also fired at, which is the reason for the spontaneous mass graves of civilians who fell victim to the military-political leadership of Ukraine and their Western curators. According to Russia’s Investigative Committee, 2,600 civilians who were not participating in the hostilities died, and over 5,000 civilians were injured.

Kiev imposed inhumane water, economic and transport blockades on Donbass, which put the region on the verge of a humanitarian disaster.

The Russian Investigative Committee initiated 776 cases on the facts of crimes committed by the Ukrainian forces against the civilians in Donbass and Russian service personnel during the special military operation. Work to locate evidence and identify the perpetrators continues.

According to the human rights NGOs in the DPR and LPR, they sent a massive amount of information – more than 3,000 pieces of material on crimes committed against the residents of Donbass – to the ICC. However, they have not received any clear response from The Hague justice.

Will the ICC Prosecutor’s Office ever take time out of its busy schedule to review these materials?

As a reminder, Russia does not participate in the Rome Statute of the ICC and is not obliged to cooperate with it. Nevertheless, we will continue to closely monitor this body’s activities.




08.08.2022 - Embassy comment on the current situation around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, 8 August, 2022

The Zaporozhye NPP was secured by Russian military servicemen at an early stage of the ongoing Special Military Operation with a clear objective – to prevent Ukrainian nationalist formations and foreign mercenaries from carrying out deliberately staged provocations and “false flag” attacks with predictably catastrophic consequences. The plant is run by the Ukrainian energy operator, but Russian military servicemen ensure the safety and security of the power plant.

08.08.2022 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on anniversary of the August events of 2008 in the South Caucasus, 8 August 2022

Today, on the 14th anniversary of the beginning of Georgia’s military aggression against the people of South Ossetia and the Russian peacekeepers of the Joint Peacekeeping Forces in the zone of the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict, we yet again pay the tribute to the memory of the victims of that treacherous attack and to the courage of those who sacrificed their lives to save the South Ossetian people from extirpation.

06.08.2022 - Statement by Mr. Igor Vishnevetskii, Deputy Head of the Russian Delegation, at the 8th Plenary Meeting of the 10th NPT Review Conference, 6 August 2022

Right during our meeting, alarming information is coming about the situation at the Zaporozhye NPP. Just two hours ago, the Ukrainian armed forces shelled the Zaporozhye NPP with large-caliber artillery. The shells hit the facility distributing electricity to the plant, which is fraught with the risk of its blackout.There is a fire in the area of the shelling as pipelines were damaged.

05.08.2022 - Statement by Mr. Andrey Belousov, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the Russian Federation at the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (Cluster I, Nuclear Disarmament) 5, August 2022

Nuclear disarmament is at the forefront of the international agenda. Despite visible progress in strategic arms reduction, the nuclear powers are accused of almost sabotaging their disarmament obligations. We cannot agree with this interpretation, at least with regard to the Russian Federation.

05.08.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions following ASEAN ministerial meetings, Phnom Penh, August 5, 2022

We held a Russia-ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meeting. This is an annual event. We reviewed the implementation of the agreements reached at the Russia-ASEAN summit in the autumn of 2021 held via videoconference. The summit adopted an important document – the Comprehensive Plan of Action (CPA) to implement the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Russian Federation strategic partnership (2021–2025).

03.08.2022 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions following talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Wunna Maung Lwin, Nay Pyi Taw, August 3, 2022

We held good talks with our colleagues from Myanmar. This year, we have intensively developed contacts in all areas. Our mechanisms for cooperation include the trade, economic, military, military-technical, humanitarian and education fields.

02.08.2022 - Statement by Mr. Igor Vishnevetskii, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the Russian Federation at the 10th NPT Review Conference (General Debate), New York , August 2, 2022

In over half a century of its existence, the Treaty has become a key element of the international system of security and strategic stability. The obligations stipulated by the Treaty in the areas of non-proliferation, disarmament, and the peaceful use of nuclear energy fully serve the interests of nuclear and non-nuclear-weapon states alike.

02.08.2022 - Foreign Ministry’s statement on personal sanctions on British politicians, journalists, and businesspeople, 1 August, 2022

In response to the British government’s expanding list of personal sanctions on the leading representatives of Russia’s social and political circles, business and the media, Russia has included the British politicians, journalists, and businesspeople, who promote London’s hostile policy aimed at demonising Russia and isolating it internationally, on the Russian “stop list.”

01.08.2022 - Embassy comment on Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK Vadym Prystaiko’s claims to Russian property, 1 August, 2022

Ambassador Prystaiko has claimed that Russia “should return at least a third” of its properties abroad, which date back to USSR times, including its properties in the UK. It is important to point out that such claims by Ukrainian officials have no basis in international law.

01.08.2022 - Press release on the results of the SCO Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting, Tashkent, 28-29 July, 2022

The agenda of the meeting focused on preparations for the meeting of the SCO Heads of States Council to be held in Samarkand in September. The summit is to consider the state of multilateral cooperation and prospects for its further development, and identify priorities and practical measures to step up SCO’s activities at the current stage. Particular attention will be paid to the enhancement of the organisation's role in world affairs in the light of the current geopolitical realities.

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