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26.03.2015

ANOTHER OUTBURST AGAINST RUSSIA IN LONDON

Mr Philip Hammond, while addressing the diplomatic corps last night at Lord Mayor’s reception, used unacceptable and undiplomatic language on Russia’s count. Throwing words around, which reflect an utterly biased view of the Ukrainian crisis, with no place left for interests of real people on the ground and their right to decide for themselves, the Foreign Secretary declared Russia as a menace and a British Foreign Policy number one challenge.
It’s worth noting that the British Government declared their affection for international law and rules-based international system only after the West’s scheming, supposed to be accomplished on the cheap, had gone terribly wrong with a coup d’etat and resulting violence. What about the illegal War in Iraq and intervention in Libya and their disastrous consequences for the region and Britain’s own security? As regards Syria, thanks God, the House of Commons didn’t support the Coalition Government’s another try at acting recklessly and illegally in world affairs.
It seems that standing tall means for Britain having a tall enemy, which Russia fits perfectly at all times, but also attachment to the prejudices of the imperial past, including the idea of containment of Russia. Ukraine is being turned into another Eastern Question as a pretext for this policy.
One cannot help explaining this rhetoric other than by the prospect of an absolutely unpredictable elections in May. But why blame Russia for that and not talk about the real issues? The British electorate’s concerns, quite obviously, lie somewhere else. And as to Ukraine, yes, people do fight for their language rights and beliefs, like the English did in the great northern rebellion under Henry VIII. Is it that suppressing people is still a matter of course in the XXI century?




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05.08.2015 - Comment by press-secretary of the Embassy on a Russian citizen detention in a London airport

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29.06.2015 - Book of condolences opened at the Embassy

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29.06.2015 - Funeral ceremony for Yevgeny Primakov

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29.06.2015 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s welcome address to the participants and guests of the 13th Conference of Russian and German Sister Cities

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29.06.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the results of the NATO defence ministers’ meeting

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29.06.2015 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the terrorist act in Tunisia

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29.06.2015 - Press release on the death of Yevgeny Primakov (June 26, 2015)

The Foreign Ministry’s leadership and personnel have learned with great sorrow about the death of an outstanding political, government and public figure of our time, former Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov, who served in 1996-1998.



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