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Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview on Sky News, 14 July 2022

On 14 July 2022 Russian Ambassador Andrei Kelin gave an interview to Dermot Murnaghan on Sky News.

Key points:

A military operation is not something you would advertise beforehand. We should avoid such wording as «lies». There are a lot of lies on behalf of the UK government about the military operation because of total absence of knowledge about it and what is happening in Ukraine. There is only unilateral supply of information to the British public.

I can say that Boris Johnson is leaving the worst possible impression, in a sense that he stuck to the policy implying a defeat for Russia. This is a strategic miscalculation, because potential of Ukraine, in both military and economic terms, are incomparable. Russia is winning and winning pretty quickly. The longer UK will supply weapons to Ukraine, the more Ukraine will suffer.

We have a long record of Ukrainian war crimes committed over eight years, when they have been bombing Donbass, shelling innocent people, killing peaceful citizens. And they continue to do the same: in the Kharkov area, in the south of Ukraine, in Donbass specifically. It is clear by now that Ukraine is losing. I am curious what the UK government’s exit strategy is going to be if it continues to repeat that «Ukraine should prevail». It is simply unrealistic.

We have suggested negotiations, and Ukraine can end this [crisis] the next day. They know what we want. None of our leaders or the President have said that we want to overthrow Zelensky and his team. We have differences but they are negotiable.

The problem [with the grain] is extremely exaggerated. Ukraine wheat production on the global scale amounts to about 1%. Russian exports are around 16% of global wheat production. We are not against Ukraine exporting its own grain. There was a meeting in Turkey on this issue, next week there’s going to be another meeting to finalise the agreement. The issue is now to de-mine entry into the Odessa and Nikolaev ports. De-mining can only be done by the Ukrainians because they have put the mines there. We cannot allow NATO ships to escort those grain shipments in the Black Sea, and neither will Turkey. Merchant ships will be escorted and Turkey will take part in it. We are establishing a control centre in Turkey right now, which will manage this.

What is happening [with Nord Stream 1] is routine technical maintenance, which is normal for this time of the year. One should understand that it is not us, but the EU that said they will totally stop using Russian oil and gas by 2030. They are gradually reducing consumption of our energy sources. Of course, we would like to fulfil all our contracts in line with our reputation of a reliable supplier and will continue with this.

On the other hand, we should also take measures to find some alternative markets. One should also take into account that we haven’t introduced our counter-sanctions. We are sanctioned by the EU in different fields, our government is obviously preparing countermeasures. The trade volume between Russia and the EU this year amounts to about 280 billion USD. We are interrelated, but may resort to this [sanctions] policy. Sooner or later, we’ll have to take measures.

Regarding Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, to my knowledge, they have put forward a notice of appeal in the DPR court. It is under consideration and, depending on the intricacies, there will be a final ruling. So far, the UK government hasn’t addressed Russia requesting us to intervene. It would be awkward to think that, with to the adversarial position taken by the UK, we would deliberately advocate on their behalf.

UK’s attitude [towards Russia and the crisis in Ukraine] should be more realistic, because the conflict will not continue forever. The conflict may end pretty soon, but not if the UK continues to send weapons to Ukraine, which are used to shell Donbass and cities in other areas. The more weapons will be sent, the longer the conflict will last.

Russia’s military is striking targets and achieving goals only on the territory of Ukraine. If foreign mercenaries are trained on its territory, then they are a legitimate military target. We have a military doctrine and the answers [for the use of nuclear weapons] are all there. One option is if we are attacked by nuclear forces. The other - when a conventional attack is so heavy that it threatens our existence as a country.



Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to RT, 10.06.2022

On 10 June 2022, Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin gave an interview to RT channel on the Ukrainian crisis.


77 years of Victory, 9 May 2022

On 9 May 2022, Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin with Defence and Military Attaché Maxim Elovik laid wreaths to the Soviet War Memorial in London and the grave of the Soviet soldier Vasiliy Lukianov at the Aldershot Military Cemetery.


Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to Mark Urban on BBC Newsnignt, 10.02.2022

On 10 February 2022, Ambassador Andrei Kelin gave an interview to BBC Newsnignt, commenting on Russia-UK relations and tensions around Ukraine.


Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to RT, 09.02.2022

On 9 February 2022, Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin gave an interview to RT channel, stressing that admission of Ukraine into NATO is detrimental to European security and totally unacceptable for Russia. From this point, we should come to certain solutions. We do not insist on a dialogue without any goal, because it will lead us nowhere.


International Holocaust Remembrance Day, London, 27.01.2022

On 27.01.2022, we remember one of the darkest and most tragic chapters in human history – the Holocaust. A remembrance ceremony was held at the Soviet War Memorial, attended by local authorities, representatives of Embassies, WWII veterans and NGOs.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's annual press conference, 14 January 2022

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a news conference on Russia’s foreign policy performance in 2021, Moscow, January 14, 2022.


Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview on Channel One’s “The Great Game” political talk show

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview on Channel One’s “The Great Game” political talk show, Moscow, January 13, 2022


Ambassador Andrei Kelin's Interview to BBC News

Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin gave an interview to BBC.


Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to Sky News

Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin spoke on Russia's tensions with NATO in an interview to Dermot Murnaghan and Sky News.


Russian Embassy Christmas Concert, 2021

Sending you warmest wishes of joy, happiness, good health and prosperity with our #Christmas concert. Enjoy!

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