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06.08.2015

Russian Embassy comments on Foreign Office spokeswoman’s misleading statement

The Foreign Office made two misleading statements to the Daily Telegraph. It says that "visas for diplomats posted to the Russian Embassy in London are issued in line with arrangements agreed with Russia". The fact is that the bilateral memorandum in force between the two countries on visa issues of 1989 provides for visas for staff members of diplomatic missions to be issued within thirty days. It is not observed by the British side, the average waiting time reaching 5 and a half months.

As to the FCO’s assertion that its «approach to extending visas for Russian Embassy staff in London reflects the arrangements for British Embassy staff in Moscow», there are no bilateral arrangements to that effect whatsoever. We have never heard of the British Embassy in Moscow having problems with extending visas for their staff, but we do encounter those. If the British staffing practice is meant, each sovereign nation is entitled to have its own. All the more so that the squeezing effect is achieved by a combination of discriminatory measures of the British side.   

Overall, we are surprised by the British authorities’ petty-mindedness on visa issues with Russia, and can only guess as to what they are seeking. Such attitude is not becoming Britain nor any great power. We do differ on Ukraine with many Western nations, but those differences do not lead to our relations sinking so low. For example, the problem of the «Mistral» contract is amicably resolved with France. Unlike Britain, Germany and France cooperate with us on finding a political solution to the Ukraine crisis. As regards the US, it is an entirely different relationship rooted in our global responsibilities, including maintenance of strategic stability.

There is enough political will in Moscow to maintain decent relations with London, of course, the British Government willing.

 




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