August 28, Sherman, Connecticut - Representatives of Consulate General of Russia in New York took part in the festival dedicated to Leo Tolstoy's 190th anniversary. The festival was organized by Director of the Russian Center in New York Elena Branson and a family of local enthusiasts Robin and Elena Raybould who have recreated an exact copy of Leo Tolstoy's estate in Moscow district of Khamovniki.
It feels like local politicians have an unhealthy craving for demolishing the fundamental basis of bilateral relations
Washington issued another set of illegitimate one-sided sanctions against Russia. It feels like local politicians have an unhealthy craving for demolishing the fundamental basis of bilateral relations, on which rests the global security. Decisions are made with zero attempts to look into things, while ignoring our calls for dialogue, in absence of any real proof of “Russia’s guilt”. The U.S. mainstream media spreads absurd accusations against our country.
Accusations against our country and its senior leadership were brought by Great Britain without any evidence, in just a few days after the incident in Salisbury, before Scotland Yard’s proper national investigation (which is still underway). London grossly ignored paragraph 2 of the Article IX of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) that states that the “States Parties should, whenever possible, first make every effort to clarify and resolve, through exchange of information and consultations among themselves, any matter which may cause doubt about compliance with this Convention, or which gives rise to concerns about a related matter which may be considered ambiguous”.
Prison’s administration reinstated inhumane regular inspections during nighttime – once every 15 minutes. That is how inmates, who are likely to commit suicide, are treated. Maria never gave causes for such concern. She is still fully determined to prove her innocence. It is obvious that it is an attempt to break her will.
The Embassy continues to provide Maria Butina, who was arrested under a far-fetched pretext, with necessary consular assistance. Our fellow citizen holds up strong, determined to continue proving her innocence.
US sanctions assembly line increases its production output. On August 8, 2018 our Deputy Chief of Mission was informed in the State Department of new “draconian” sanctions against Russia for far-fetched accusations of using the “Novichok” nerve agent against a UK citizen S.Skripal and his daughter by the “Russian Government”. We grew accustomed to not hearing any facts or evidence.
We took note of the tweet made by the U.S. State Department’s Spokesperson H.Nauert that the Russian Chargé d’affaires a.i. in Washington was summoned by Assistant Secretary of State W.Mitchell. Quoting Ms. Nauert, our diplomat was convoked “to answer for Russia’s aggressive interference” in U.S. domestic affairs.
On August 2, 2018 Russian Embassy’s employees visited our citizen Maria Butina, who was arrested by the U.S. authorities. She has already spent 19 days in prison under farfetched accusations.
Maria resiliently withstands all hardships and tries to adapt to them. She is in good health, although her requests for dental aid are being ignored.
On the Incident in Salisbury
After four and a half months since the Salisbury incident the investigation has not been concluded, and the London police and special services do not even have a list of suspects. First, it was confirmed by the UK National Security Adviser Sir Mark Sedwill in the Defence Committee of the British Parliament on May 1, 2018, then - on June 5, 2018 by Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the London Police Mr. Dean Haydon, who announced that "the investigation still follows a number of lines of inquiry".
The State Department comes up with new statements and declarations on a quarterly basis. We have not learned anything new. It is yet another proof that our partners live in a different dimension. They try to use international legal acts, which contain provisions on the right of people to self-determination that laid the foundation for Crimea’s return to Russia in 2014.