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30.11.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the Libero, Italy

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the Libero, Italy, published on November 30, 2017


29.11.2017 - Trade between Russia and the United Kingdom could double in the next five years

London, 29 November 2017 - The Third Russian-British Business Forum was held in London on 28-29 November, organised by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Trade Delegation and Embassy of the Russian Federation in the UK with the support of Russian and international partners to discuss the development of trade and investment relations between the two countries. Forum participants included His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, State Secretary-Deputy Minister for Economic Development of the Russian Federation Oleg Fomichev, President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs' Rights Boris Titov, representatives of the House of Lords and the House of Commons, representatives of specialized authorities and business associations and leaders of Russian and British companies.


29.11.2017 - Afghan opium production jumps to record level (by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko for RT)

According to the latest Afghanistan Opium Survey released by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in 2017 opium production in Afghanistan increased by 87 per cent to a record level of 9,000 metric tons. The area under opium poppy cultivation also grew by 63 per cent to its highest level of 328,000 hectares. Afghanistan is the world's top cultivator of the poppy from which opium and heroin are produced. The 2017 record levels of opium production and poppy cultivation create multiple challenges for the country, its neighbours and many other countries that serve as a transit for or a destination of Afghan opiates. The significant levels of opium poppy cultivation and illicit trafficking of opiates fuel instability, insurgency and increase funding to terrorist groups in Afghanistan.


28.11.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the Russian International Affairs Council’s general meeting, Moscow, November 28, 2017

Mr Ivanov, colleagues, friends, I’m pleased to participate in the Russian International Affairs Council’s general meeting devoted to its performance in 2017. Although the year is not out yet, it is already clear that it was, to put it mildly, by far not the easiest. Conflicts continue to increase. Constructive interstate cooperation is on the decline, unfortunately. Unipolarity throwbacks raise concerns as one centre of international influence wants to act like a hegemon resorting to fast-track decisions, military blackmail, and brute force in order to promote its goals. The situation surrounding the Korean Peninsula remains complex. Turbulence in the Middle East persists. Even though a major blow has been dealt to the terrorists who holed up there, we have so far failed to transform the mixed but generally useful experience gained by various stakeholders in forming a global anti-terrorist coalition under the auspices of the UN, the idea of which, as you are well aware, was advanced by President Putin about two years ago.


27.11.2017 - Officer’s wrist watch "VOSTOK"and other memorable gifts presented to the relatives of the Scottish veteran of the Arctic Convoys

On November 27, 2017 Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh Andrey A. Pritsepov received the relatives of a WWII Veteran who took part in the Arctic Convoys Mr William McNeish and presented them 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.


27.11.2017 - "Do not politicise peaceful mission" Article by Consul General Mr Andrey Pritsepov in "The Herald" newspaper, published 23.11.2017

YOUR article ("Navy warship shadows Russian destroyer as it crosses UK waters", The Herald, November 21) fails to mention that the Russian naval vessel the Vice Admiral Kulakov and her supporting tanker transit in UK waters had been duly cleared and co-ordinated with the British side


27.11.2017 - FIFA World Cup host cities' tourist and investment potential presented

On 24 November the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism organized the road-show presentation of a number of Russian cities’ tourist and investment potential ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia in 2018. The event took place in London and attracted attention of a broad cross-section of the British business interested in developing of mutually beneficial economic cooperation, tourist and football fans communities, facilitated the establishment of direct contacts and ties.


27.11.2017 - PHOTO: Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veterans

On 24-26 November Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medals to the Arctic Convoys veterans Mr James JACQUES, Mr Cristobal CAMPOS, Mr Raymond WILSON and Mr Albert DICKSON, who were awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for their personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.


27.11.2017 - Response by the Press Secretary of the Embassy to a media question

Question: Could you comment on the “novelties” in the language policy in Ukraine and the position of the British authorities on this issue? Press Secretary: Kiev is extending its discriminatory policies against ethnic minorities and large groups of the population, among them millions of Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine. In recent years laws on cinematography, language quotas on the television as well as guest performances in Ukraine were passed. This September the law “On education” was adopted, imposing harsh restrictions on the use of minority languages with a view to their full erosion from the educational system by 2020.


26.11.2017 - Three Nations St.Andrew Dinner

On 26 November 2017 in Stirling a friendly dinner of the three nations - Greece, Russia and Scotland took place on the occasion of the day of their shared patron saint St. Andrew.



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