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06.06.2018 - Media Statement: Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs / International Relations, 4 June 2018, Pretoria, South Africa

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa, met on 4 June 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa.

06.06.2018 - Speech of Ambassador Yakovenko at the RBCC Business Forum on 5 June 2018

Your Royal Highness, Mr Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am glad to welcome all the participants of the annual Business Forum of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce. It is an honor to address this important economic conference. Definitely, its significance is increasing as we experience political and economic turbulence at different levels.

04.06.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a question concerning the current state of the investigation of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Q.:Today is exactly three months since Mr Sergei Skripal and Ms Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury. How would you assess the current state of cooperation with British authorities on this matter? A.: Unfortunately, it is impossible to assess cooperation with the UK on the Salisbury poisoning as it is simply non-existent.

01.06.2018 - Embassy press officer answers media question on briefing for MPs’ staff heading to Russia for the World Cup

Q: Today “PoliticsHome” reported a recent briefing for MPs’ staff heading to the FIFA World Cup in Russia in private capacity. Parliamentary staff were told to be on high alert and ordered to leave work mobile phones and laptops at home. They were also advised that their hotel rooms would likely be searched by Russian intelligence agents. Do you have a comment? A: We can only regret that authorities in Britain are still seeking to stoke tension around the forthcoming World Cup in Russia – despite British police praising cooperation with the Russian colleagues ahead of the tournament. The briefing at the Parliament resembles “commissions on trips abroad” which existed in the Soviet Union, even though it was rather based on the advice of a biased MP for Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson prior to his visit to Moscow last December.

01.06.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning UK chemical weapons initiative

Q: What is the position of Russia regarding the UK request to convene a Special Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention? A: We strongly oppose this initiative of a number of Western countries. This idea is untimely and harmful to the OPCW. The suggested agenda item – “Support for the Global Ban on the Use of Chemical Weapons” is absolutely misleading. The initiators of the Conference are doing little to conceal the fact that they aim to use it for stoking anti-Syrian and anti-Russian sentiment over the alleged use of toxic chemicals in Syrian Douma and in Salisbury. They are so anxious to press ahead with their narrative that they don’t even bother to wait for the results of the OPCW investigation of the incident in Douma and the UK police investigation of the Salisbury incident. Solid evidence is, sadly, not in demand.

31.05.2018 - Russian Embassy press officer replies to media question regarding the staged “Arkady Babchenko murder”

Q: How could you comment the staged “murder” of the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko in Kiev? A: As you know, the Russian MFA has already commented on this anti-Russian provocation, aimed to mislead the world community, which showed vivid concern over the alleged murder of a media personality in Ukraine. Unfortunately, we have seen quite a few staged incidents recently, proactively supported not only by the discredited West-backed Kiev regime. For example, the British authorities were quick to publicize the false allegations of chemical attacks by the Syrian Government in Khan Sheikhun and Douma.

31.05.2018 - Official reply of the Embassy to the question of the media with regard to the rescheduling of the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichny

Question: What is the reason for the delay of the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichny, previously scheduled for 29 May? Answer: The Embassy is closely following the twists and turns of the inquest into the death of a Russian businessman A.Perepelichny, which has been conducted since 2012. The current delay has been explained by the fact that the judge is waiting for the concluded Home Office review into the 14 deaths allegedly linked to the Russian state, including that of Mr Perepilichny. The second reason is the British side’s ongoing negotiations with the US Government about the disclosure of information relevant to the Coroner’s investigation, as well as consideration of public interest immunity applications lodged by the UK Government in regards to these matters. The politically motivated preparation of a clearly anti-Russian report, as well as negotiations with American secret services, all spanning beyond the court’s control, raise questions of inquest dependency on the political order. Clearly, the UK secret services are in control of the investigation and unbalanced judicial proceedings are in demand. In such a state of affairs, one cannot set hopes too high on an equitable and objective investigation into the death of a Russian citizen. We would like to remind that the initial post-mortem examinations, conducted by the experts from the police and the UK Home Office, concluded that the death was non-suspicious. Later, representatives of William Browder (the “Hermitage Capital” Fund) were included in the inquest as Interested Persons. Side note: William Browder was convicted in absentia in Russia for committing serious financial crimes, which explains his obvious motivation for any anti-Russian activity. Various theories were immediately thrown in, including: “poisoning of the Russian with the toxic Gelsemium plant”, “poisoning with sorrel soup”, “alleged involvement of Russian officials and/or organized criminal group”. In the meantime, attempts were made to discredit the initial results of the police investigation and the widow of A.Perepelichny. In 2016, the UK Government has already classified, in other words, covered-up relevant materials from the Interested Persons. The idea behind the gimmickry of tossing unsupported theories in court, together with the de-facto cover-up of the materials related to A.Perepelichny, possessed by the British secret services, is quite clear: transform the theory of non-suspicious death into another conspiracy theory of a state-sponsored murder. Familiar British secret services modus operandi, traces of which can be seen in similar high-profile cases involving Russian citizens in the UK.

30.05.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the statements of British medics on the treatment of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Question: How could you comment on the statements of the Salisbury District Hospital staff on BBC “Newsnight” concerning the clinical care provided for Sergei and Yulia Skripal? Answer: We have carefully studied the statements of the British medical staff who treated Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Unfortunately, they have still not provided any answers to our questions. We have to note yet again that the Embassy is learning the details of the treatment of the two Russian citizens from media reports and not from British authorities, despite having filed many official requests; not to mention that this is happening almost three months since the incident. Moreover, the question about the use of antidote in the treatment previously raised with British authorities remains unanswered – the medics carefully walked around it saying only that they had used “combinations of drugs” and received advice from the Porton Down secret chemical weapons laboratory.

30.05.2018 - PHOTO: Brentwood Imperial Youth Band visits Russian Embassy

On 30 May 2018 the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band gave a performance at the Russian Embassy to mark their upcoming participation in the Kremlin military tattoo "Spasskaya Tower". The musicians played a selection of British and Russian tunes and were greeted by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko. The event was organized with the help of the Rossotrudnichestvo mission.

29.05.2018 - PHOTO: Alexander Yakovenko visits Oxford University

On 29 May 2018 Russian Ambassador Dr. Alexander Yakovenko visited Oxford University. The Ambassador saw the collections of Russian art at the Ashmolean Museum and presented a sculpture of William Shakespeare by the Honoured Artist of Russia, member of the Russian Academy of Arts Leonty Usov to the museum.

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