Yuriy Filatov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Ireland
Your editorial Mueller Report: Open Questions (March 26th), reflecting on the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, in itself raises, perhaps unwittingly, some valid questions.
The article rather flatly declares that “we do know that the Russian government interfered repeatedly” in the US elections. That might be an article of faith (as well as useful political tool) in some quarters in Washington, but otherwise looks like a hollow allegation, not supported by any fact.
What kind of evidence is there to support such a claim? We certainly know the answer – there is none, since it has never been a policy of the Russian government to meddle in the US president elections, nor, for that matter, in the elections in any other country of the world.
One should respect the right of The Irish Times to hold an opinion of the US president and his policies. But is it not an interference in the US elections to make an outright claim that a legitimate president of a foreign country – whether you like him or not – is “unfit for office and must be replaced”? – Yours, etc,
Yuriy Filatov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Ireland, to the editor of the Irish Times
After two years and 200 interviews, the Senate Intelligence Committee is approaching the end of its investigation into the 2016 election, having uncovered no direct evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to both Democrats and Republicans on the committee.
When Mueller probe ends,each cable news orgs should hire outside journalism investigator on themselves and see how did on all its Mueller reporting-did anchors report facts or make wild statements(for/against) that misled the American people? And that analysis should be released
The Russian Ambassador, Mr. Yury Filatov, leaving the Department of Foreign Affairs after being told by the Secretary General that a named diplomat had ten days to leave the coutry as a result of the Salisbury attack.
“In essence Taoiseach, you are asking us to trust Boris Johnson, and I dare say that this may not be the wisest course of action,” [Mary Lous McDonald told the dail]
Ms McDonald accused the Taoiseach of attempting to dismantle Ireland’s neutrality.
However Leo Varadkar said the decision was taken following an assessment carried out by Irish security services, including the defence forces and gardaí.
“This is very much an act of solidarity with the United Kingdom,” he said, but added that Ireland had no quarrel with the Russian people.
He said the decision on the individual person asked to leave was based on advice from gardaí and military intelligence….
Stand to be corrected but did the BBC know about the expulsion of one Russian diplomat an hour before the Dept of Foreign Affairs issued a statement. William Crawley (BBC Talkback, below) tweeted at 11.09am. https://t.co/qtLEcIRtYA
William Crawley of the BBC reporting that Ireland will expel one Russian diplomat. So, no prior consultation with the Opposition then!
And Coveney was obviously acting on decision made at European Council level, rather than on yesterday’s “security assessment”. https://t.co/qtLEcIRtYA
“A Russian Su-24 fighter has been shot down in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry said, adding the plane hadn’t violated Turkish airspace and was at an altitude of 6,000 meters. The pilots managed to eject from the downed jet, the ministry said, adding their fate is as yet unknown.”
“Habertürk TV reporter on the scene said that the aircraft “turned into a fireball.” Numerous witnesses wrote on social media, saying thick plumes of smoke have been rising from the jet crash site.”
“…A Turkish military official told Reuters the jet was warned before being targeted. The official added that the plane was shot down by Turkish F-16 fighter jets.”