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17.07.2017 - “Russia has helped bring stability to Syria” Article of Consul General Mr Andrey Pritsepov in "the Herald" newspaper, published 14.07.2017

In October 2015, I argued against the leader comments in The Scotsman that “Russian airstrikes in Syria have heightened international tensions to new levels” and calls for “wide international pressure to stop these actions”. Since then quite a lot has transpired, yet the UK media seems unaware of the fact that the situation in Syria has seen a positive change following the launch of Russia’s military operation. That makes me write again.


17.07.2017 - Russian Embassy representative’s comment on a new Russian visa application form for British nationals

Question: Why does the new expanded Russian visa application form have to be introduced for British nationals?


17.07.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, July 14, 2017

The situation in Syria remains tense. We continue to monitor the positive trends that give hope for reversing the Syrian crisis and achieving a lasting political settlement and restoring peace and order throughout the country. Currently, work is underway to improve the mechanisms of functioning and controlling the de-escalation zones designed to reduce the level of violence in Syria, and to improve the humanitarian situation of the affected Syrian population.


14.07.2017 - Letter of Consul General Mr Andrey Pritsepov to the Herald newspaper, published 13.07.2017

I NOTE a rather questionable article by Mark McLaughlin (“Russians lurking near Faslane to eavesdrop on nuclear submarines", The Herald, July 11). Do you really believe that 145 million Russians would elect a leader who would command his nuclear submarines to chase someone's sole and lonely operative U-boat which is firing missiles in the opposite direction or Type 45 destroyers with faulty engines or an aircraft carrier without aircraft on it, all of them being located in Scottish waters?


14.07.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the closing ceremony for the bilateral Russian-German Year of Youth Exchanges, Berlin, July 13, 2017

As State Secretary Markus Ederer said, there is every reason to say that the bilateral year has been a success. Yet another bright page has been written in the new history of bilateral relations. Hundreds of activities were conducted; the Russian-German youth parliament was at work; scientific workshops, forums and numerous educational, cultural and sporting events took place. I hope the comprehensive programme has given all those present, as well as those who also took part in this year’s activities, the broadest possible opportunities for informal and creative communication, which makes it possible to frankly discuss any issues and state one’s viewpoint.


14.07.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at the Korber Foundation

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at the Korber Foundation, Berlin, July 13, 2017


14.07.2017 - Ambassador Yakovenko’s comment on the situation in Syria

We believe that the current round of Geneva talks has set off to a better start due to the participation of all the main opposition platforms – the Riyadh, Moscow and Cairo groups. The constitutional reform and the fight against terrorism are priorities, but not forgetting about two other issues (running the country prior to the adoption of a new constitution and holding elections). Eventually the constitution should reflect the concerns of all ethnic, religious and political groups of Syria without exception. This is the only way to ensure the stable functioning of the Syrian state and prevent the spread of terrorist threat. Meanwhile, the current constitution provides for a broad range of opportunities to expand the participation of opposition representatives in running the state. We actively support the efforts of UNSG’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to encourage the Syrian parties to engage in a productive conversation on constitutional reforms.


14.07.2017 - Ambassador Yakovenko on Russia-EU cooperation

Russia continues to view the European Union as a neighbour and our main trade and economic partner. We believe that development of bilateral ties based on the principles of equality and mutual respect meets the long-term interests of our peoples as well as has the potential to strengthen global and regional security and stability.


14.07.2017 - Ambassador Yakovenko on the state of a dialogue between Russia and the West on European security

Russia has long been an advocate of creating a community of equal and indivisible security in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasia. As a first step, we suggested an exchange of maps showing locations of the military forces in Europe as well as of military doctrines in order to build trust on the basis of transparency and openness.


13.07.2017 - PHOTO: Officer’s wrist watch "VOSTOK" and other commemorative gifts presented to the Scottish veteran of the Arctic Convoys Mr Edwin Leadbetter

On July 12 2017 Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh Andrey A. Pritsepov handed over to a WWII Veteran who took part in the Arctic Convoys Mr Edwin Leadbetter with a personalized officer’s wrist watch "VOSTOK" commissioned to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Victory in World War II as well as a set of the commemorative gifts commissioned last year to mark the 75th anniversary of the first Convoy codenamed Dervish.



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