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31.07.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on developments on the Korean Peninsula

The latest developments on the Korean Peninsula have become a matter of grave concern against the backdrop of yet another launch of a ballistic missile by the DPRK on July 28 in stark violation of UN Security Council resolutions. At the same time, the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan have stepped up their military activity, as Washington carries on with its plans to deploy elements of its global missile defence system to the sub-region by installing them in South Korea.

31.07.2017 - The Main Naval Parade in St Petersburg

In accordance with the Presidential Executive Order of July 27, 2017, the Main Naval Parade was held for the first time in Russia’s modern history. The parade featured the passing of ships and a marine air force unit overflight. Sailors from the Baltic, Black Sea, Northern and Pacific fleets and the Caspian Flotilla participated in the parade.

30.07.2017 - Foreign Ministry’s statement

On July 27, the US Congress passed a new bill on tougher anti-Russia sanctions. This measure is further proof of the Unites States’ extremely hostile foreign policy. Hiding behind its own "exclusiveness", the United States arrogantly ignores the stances and interests of other countries.

30.07.2017 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s meeting with US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft

On July 28, the United States Ambassador to Russia John Tefft was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry, where he was handed the Foreign Ministry’s statement concerning Moscow’s decision with regard to the staff and facilities of US diplomatic missions.

30.07.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

On July 28, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

28.07.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on CNN videos about alleged Russian weapons deliveries to the Taliban

We have taken note of the CNN videos about alleged Russian weapons deliveries to the Taliban. It is impossible to take videos that show obsolete weapons of unidentifiable origin seriously. The weapons in question have no brand stamps or numbers. These are standard weapons that could be made anywhere. Everyone knows that these weapons were produced not only in Russia but also in other countries, including in Eastern Europe, from which the Americans transported large batches of these weapons to Afghanistan in the early 2000s.

27.07.2017 - The role of nuclear weapons in the Russian military strategy: setting the record straight (by Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)

We continue to see efforts to blame Russia for allegedly lowering the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons. Against the backdrop of current anti-Russian hysterics and groundless accusations of “aggression”, “destabilization”, “interference”, etc., this adds to the false picture. Let’s set the record straight.

27.07.2017 - Russia’s efforts in Syria: we invite all to join (by Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)

Russia continues its efforts in Syria aimed at normalizing the humanitarian situation and eliminating terrorism in the region. Along with fighting ISIS, al-Nusra Front in all its reincarnations, and other terrorist organizations, recognized as such by the UN Security Council, Russia also contributes to establishing conditions to secure the ceasefire between the Syrian government troops and the opposition. Starting from June, Russia has supported the signing of agreements on ceasefire with representatives of 508 towns and villages. Total number of reconciled inhabited areas has reached an unprecedented number of 2,043.

27.07.2017 - Russian State Duma urges the European Parliaments to condemn destruction of WW2 memorials

The Embassy has forwarded to the British Parliament a message of the Russian State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation whereby it urges the European parliaments and parliamentary institutions to condemn the recent incidents of destruction and desecration of monuments and memorials in honour of soldiers of the Anti-Hitler Coalition in some Eastern European countries.

26.07.2017 - Khan Sheikhoun: we must establish the truth (by Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)

The question of what really happened in Khan Shaykhun on April 4 still remains unanswered. Russia’s critical attitude to the methods of work and to the conclusions of the report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) in Syria on this matter is well known. For three months of work, the FFM could only prove the use of sarin, thus confirming the findings of the Syrians themselves, who managed to obtain samples onsite. We believe there are fundamental flaws in the work of the Mission, including the following: the inquiry was conducted remotely, without visiting the scene of the incident; the CWC’s basic chain-of-custody principle hasn’t been honoured; in fact, the main question remained unanswered – under what circumstances and how exactly the chemical agent was deployed.

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