Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov advised the British authorities to ensure the safety of Russian diplomatic institutions in accordance with the Vienna Convention. So he said to the foreign Minister of Britain, Boris Johnson ‘s call to organize the protest at Russian diplomatic missions.

“My colleague Zakharova (Zakharova, Maria – the official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation) answered the Minister for foreign Affairs of great Britain. I would just like to add that the Minister is well aware of the Vienna Convention and on the duties of great Britain to be responsible for the security of the Russian dipuchrezhdeny on its territory,” Peskov said (quoted by “Interfax”).

October 11, Boris Johnson, has said Russia risks becoming a pariah if it continues to bomb civilian targets in Syria, and called to hold a protest outside the Russian Embassy in London.

“Of course, I’d like to see a demonstration of those who opposed the war from the Russian Embassy. Where are the activists of the coalition “Stop the war”?” – said the British Minister. He also said that Russian troops responsible for bombing the UN convoy.

Later official representative of foreign Ministry of Russia Maria Zakharova said that Moscow ashamed of the foreign Minister of great Britain. The official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov, in turn, called Johnson’s statement about the alleged impact of the Russian aviation humanitarian convoy to Aleppo “Russophobic hysteria”.

The Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations of 18 April 1961 regulates including the work of foreign missions. In particular, the document States that “the premises of the mission shall be inviolable” and “in the receiving state the special duty lays to take all appropriate measures to protect premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the missions or insults his dignity.”

Earlier, on October 11, the current UK member of Parliament Andrew Mitchell compared the military Russia’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with the support of the Nazi regime in Germany the rebellion of General Franco in Spain in the 1930-ies, and the bombing of Aleppo with bombing of Guernica in 1937.

Commenting on Russia’s veto, the block on 8 October, the UN proposal to stop the airstrikes in Aleppo and a military aircraft fly over the city, Mitchell said, “They destroy the UN and its ability to act in the same way as the Germans and the Italians destroyed the League of Nations in 1930-e years”.

On 30 September the UN Secretary-General ban Ki-moon announced the establishment of a special Commission to investigate all circumstances of attack a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations in the Syrian province of Aleppo. His spokesman Stefan Dujarric said that the Commission “will establish the facts of the incident, and will report to the Secretary-General on the results of the carried out work.”

Earlier, the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov gave an interview to the BBC on the anniversary of the Russian military campaign in Syria. When BBC World presenter Stephen Sackur asked whether Russia is ready to apologize for this attack, as did the American leader Barack Obama after the impact of the coalition government forces in Deir-ez-Zor, head of the Russian foreign Ministry demanded proof of Russian involvement. “I’d like to see such evidence,” – said Lavrov.

A joint convoy from the Syrian Arab red Crescent (SARC) and UN humanitarian agencies on 19 September was shelled in the area of Urum al-Kubra, North-West of the city of Aleppo. The convoy consisted of 31 of the truck and drove by to 78 thousand people. According to the International Committee of the red cross, 18 trucks were destroyed, killing one officer, SARC, and at least 20 civilians. The convoy was marked with the logos of the UN and the SARC, in its passage to the Eastern districts of Aleppo were received from Damascus and the armed opposition.

In the American administration then stated that the convoy came under air strikes, and noted that the international coalition forces led by the US to attack is not involved. Deputy adviser to the President for national security Ben Rhodes said that the US impose on Russia responsible for the attack on the convoy.

In Moscow and Damascus, in turn, reported that Russian and Syrian air force did not inflict blows on a humanitarian convoy. The Russian defense Ministry denied involvement in the attack, Russian and Syrian aircraft. The Agency noted that the footage from the scene of the attack there is no sign of interference with the column of ammunition. “All demonstrated in the video frames is a direct consequence of the fire load, which is a strange way began simultaneously with the implementation of a large scale militant attack on Aleppo,” – said the official representative of the Ministry of defense Igor Konashenkov.



In the Kremlin reminded the UK of responsibility for the safety of the Embassy of the Russian Federation 12.10.2016

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