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06.09.2018 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at Bolshaya Igra (Great Game) talk show on Channel One, Moscow, September 4, 2018

Question: Today we have a special guest in our studio, one of the main participants in the “great game”, someone the future of the world really depends on in many ways: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. We are happy to welcome you in the Great Game studio. Sergey Lavrov: Thanks for inviting me.


05.09.2018 - Embassy comment on new statements by the UK authorities on the Salisbury incident

Statements made today by the UK authorities on “identifying” the perpetrators of the poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal prompt the Embassy to state the following. Since the very beginning, the Russian side has offered the UK to cooperate in the investigation on the 4 March Salisbury incident. We suggested to launch a joint investigation, we submitted a request for legal assistance in the framework of the criminal case opened in Russia, and we expressed our willingness to cooperate under established OPCW procedures. These offers remain on the table.


04.09.2018 - Embassy Statement on the situation with the Russian citizens Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Today marks exactly six months since the Russian citizens Sergei and Yulia Skripal were taken to Salisbury District Hospital under obscure circumstances. Ever since, they have been kept in isolation and under full control of British authorities. They remain out of the public eye at an unknown location, unable to communicate freely with their relatives, friends, journalists or Russian officials, deprived of the freedom of movement. The British authorities have been continuously refusing the Embassy to establish direct contact with the Skripals in order to verify their actual health situation, the conditions in which they are held and, most importantly, to ascertain to which extent their isolation is voluntary.


31.08.2018 - Embassy’s Press Officer reply to a question on possible air strike on Syria

Question: How will you comment on the statements made by British representatives, including Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, threatening to “respond appropriately if the Assad regime repeats its illegal use of chemical weapons”? Answer: We consider these statements and the plans to carry out a military strike against Syria as extremely dangerous. Fresh air strikes would become another blatant violation of international law. They would also seriously complicate the situation in Syria. We have already seen this in April.


28.08.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the current state of the investigation of the Salisbury incident

Question: How would you comment on the information published by the British media stating that experts specializing in face recognition have allegedly joined the team investigating the Salisbury incident? Answer: The latest leak, claiming that some “face recognisers”, who allegedly participated in the investigation of the 2011 London riots, have been asked to help to identify the “Russian agents”, is yet another indication of the lack of serious evidence on this case. If one is to believe that the experts were called to check Salisbury CCTV recordings against photos of “known Russian agents”, this is another clear example of the efforts to make the investigation fit original political accusations against Russia voiced just days after the incident.


25.08.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the statement by the British Ministry of Defence on “interсеpting” a Russian maritime patrol aircraft over Black Sea

Question: How would you comment on the statement by the British Ministry of Defence that on 23 August Royal Air Force fighter jets stationed in Romania “interrupted” a "provocative" Russian aircraft over the Black Sea? Answer: Russian armed forces strictly comply with international law and pose no threat to Britain. One might understand why Royal Navy escorts Russian military ships in the English Channel, in the vicinity of the British coastline, even if this there is no need for the UK to publicise it. But what kind of threat to Britain or its allies does a Russian patrol aircraft hypothetically pose while conducting flights off Russia's own shore, some 1500 miles away from the UK?


24.08.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning reopening of Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury for the public

Question: How would you comment on the statement by Wiltshire Police that Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury, searched in the framework of the investigation of poisoning of Dawn Sturgess and Charles Rowley, is to be reopened for the public? Answer: First of all, we are happy for the people of Salisbury. Reopening of the park, which has also been cleaned from litter, gives them an opportunity to return to normal everyday life. However, we would like to stress that the British side still has not provided us with answers regarding the investigation which, as before, is being conducted in a non-transparent way.


23.08.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question on the so-called “interception” of the Russian frigate “Admiral Makarov” by a Royal Navy vessel

Question: How would you comment on the publications in the British media that a Royal Navy minehunter vessel HMS Hurworth “intercepted” the Russian frigate “Admiral Makarov” when the latter was passing through the English Channel? Answer: Russian Navy ships act in accordance with the international law and strictly follow the current English Channel passing regulations. They do not pose any threat to the United Kingdom. The British side is well aware of this.


23.08.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question on the US, UK and France joint statement regarding the fifth anniversary of the chemical attack in Ghouta, Syria

Question: How would you comment on the US, UK and France joint statement regarding the fifth anniversary of the chemical attack in Ghouta? Answer: Regretfully, the three states have issued another baseless statement. Five years have passed after the tragedy, and the international community still has not seen the proof of the Syrian government’s involvement in that incident. Moreover, it is put on a par with the events in Khan Sheikhun, Ltamena, Saraqeb and Douma, despite the fact that they took place after the successful completion of the international operation to remove precursors of chemical weapons from Syria in June 2014. “Assad regime” is blamed for the attack in a traditionally dogmatic manner, although even the US Department of State admitted that the terrorist groups operating in Syria had access to chemical weapons.


23.08.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the article by the Conservative Party MP Bob Seely in the “Daily Telegraph”

Question: How would you comment on the article by the Conservative Party MP Bob Seely in the “Daily Telegraph” claiming that Russia is “buying some European states and bullying others”, making it “difficult for the EU to unite against Russia”? Answer: Bob Seely’s article amounts to a manifesto of British russophobic circles. Such people tend to consider any social and economic phenomena in Europe through the lens of confrontation with the “aggressive Russia”.



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