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RESPONDING TO BRITISH MEDIA

24.11.2016

Letter to the Editor of the Daily Telegraph, published on 24 November 2016

Sir,

The media reaction (“Putin moves missiles within striking distance of Europe’s cities”) to the news of “Iskander” short-range missiles deployment in Kaliningrad is hugely overblown. For more than a decade Moscow offered Europe to build a common security system, with equal, guaranteed measure of safety for all countries involved. Yet long before the current crises in Ukraine or Syria the Western governments’ response was to secure their safety by endangering ours. New military personnel and equipment was amassed next to our borders. Anti-Russian rhetoric was heating up. Anti-missile installations in Eastern Europe were prepared for deployment – with the lame excuse of being aimed against Iran or North Korea.

For many years Russia warned against such a short-sighted politics. If our European neighbors choose the way of confrontation and Russia takes the long-declared countermeasures by repositioning her own weapons in her own territory – it may all be truly regrettable, but it is hardly surprising.

Alexander Yakovenko

Russian Ambassador to the UK




LATEST EVENTS

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30.11.2016 - Letter to the Editor, FT Magazine, sent on 24 November

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24.11.2016 - Letter to the Editor of Financial Times, sent on 18 November 2016

Sir, It was surreal to read (“Aleppo residents suffer ‘surrender or starve’ onslaught”, 18 November) concerns about the wellbeing of Aleppo children voiced precisely by Nour al-Din al-Zinki group, best known for beheading a 12 year old boy in July.


21.10.2016 - Letter to the Editor of Financial Times, published on 19 October 2016

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19.10.2016 - Russian Embassy on Philip Stephens' piece in “FT”

Philip Stephens (“How the West has lost the world”, 14 October) sows panic over the present state of the world. The world is not a thing to be lost or acquired. Everybody agrees that the world is undergoing a radical transformation. In fact, it is a living thing, so is in a state of constant change. Why panic? After all, the Western elites relied on automatic extension of their empire to the rest of the world after the Cold War. Why not allow laws of physics to continue doing the job? What is wrong with the Westphalian principles?


12.07.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions at a joint news conference following talks with Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov, Baku, July 12, 2016

During our discussion last evening and this morning we reviewed the spectrum of bilateral, regional and international issues. Let me highlight the long and frank conversation we had yesterday with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, which mostly focused on the objectives we all face regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. As my colleague and friend Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov has said, this discussion was quite helpful. It will help us move forward along the lines outlined by the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia during their June 20 meeting in St Petersburg.


06.06.2016 - Ambassador Yakovenko’s remarks at Joseph Brodsky monument unveil ceremony (Keele University, 6 June 2016)

Ambassador Yakovenko’s remarks at Joseph Brodsky monument unveil ceremony (Keele University, 6 June 2016)


06.04.2016 - "Russia’s strategy based on diplomacy backed by force" (Letter to the Editor, FT)

Sir, In his otherwise brilliant analysis “The self-induced twilight of the west” (April 4), Edward Luce has got some things wrong. Particularly, he is uncritical of the US military’s allegation of the Russian Air Force “weaponising refugees” with no evidence provided. It is well known that the exodus of refugees from Turkey to Europe started well before we intervened militarily on September 30 2015.


23.03.2016 - Letter sent to the Editor of the FT on March 17

In his article “Lev Gumilev. Passion, Putin and Power” (FT Weekend Magazine, 12/13 March) Charles Clover omits crucial points in Lev Gumilev’s theory of passionarnost. Any simplification to fit some predetermined conclusion leads to distortion. In this particular case, omitted is the idea (supported by diagrams, which, by the way, are surprisingly in line with those of Oswald Spengler in his culturological “Decline of Europe”) of each ethnos having a peak in the development of its civilisation. It is the peak of passionarnost, i.e. its ability to make/create history.


23.03.2016 - Letter to the Editor of The Times, sent on 22 March

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