The Ambassador of the Russian Federation: the British government block the upgrade of the Russian Embassy in London

MOSCOW, August 4. /TASS/. British authorities block the renewal of the diplomatic mission of the Russian Federation, tightening the issuance of visas to Russian diplomats, the average date of receipt is a year and a half, said on Saturday Russian Ambassador in London Alexander Yakovenko, the TV channel “Russia 24”.

“Diplomats can’t get a British visa, the average waiting period for a year and a half. This is not normal, this is not in any country in the world. The British government just blocks the update of part of a diplomatic mission,” he said.

Yakovenko added that “we are talking about what, in essence, the mission of asphyxiating, because people are sent – some people just naturally complete its mission”. “Here they can’t run forever, and these people couldn’t be replaced. Now, for example, did the employee who was in charge of the press group, he left without replacement. This is a deliberate policy, which are the current British government,” the diplomat said.

He also added that he plans to soon hold a meeting with the new British foreign Secretary Jeremy hunt.

“I received a letter from the foreign office (British foreign office – approx. TASS) that he [Jeremy hunt] would like to meet, I think that in the near future such a meeting will be arranged. I believe that such a meeting is timely because, first, it is necessary to discuss the level of bilateral relations between our countries and I would like to ask all the questions that had not been answered in the correspondence, in the contacts that we have,” said he.

Yakovenko, in particular, has noted, answering a question about the investigation of an incident of poisoning in Salisbury, ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia, “cannot be indifferent”, which “destroyed almost all the evidence”. “In case you need to check something, this would not be possible. Therefore, when we speak generally about the whole veil of secrecy around the investigation, we also have in mind that had virtually no physical evidence,” said the diplomat.

March 4, ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, sentenced in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain, his daughter Julia has been in the English city of Salisbury, according to the British side, fighting the effects of nerve agent family “Rookie”. Then London blamed on Moscow. Russia has repeatedly denied allegations of his involvement in the incident.

The incident in Salisbury led to the fact that the British authorities deported 23 of a Russian diplomat and expressed other anti-Russian measures, after which Moscow has taken retaliatory steps in returning from Russia, a similar number of staff of the British Embassy and giving instructions to close the Consulate General of Bulgaria in Saint-Petersburg and to stop the activities of the British Council in Russia.