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18.04.2016 - Fighting corruption and related crimes (By Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)

Corruption, money laundering, tax evasion and related crimes are global problems that concern all nations. They destabilise economies, violate human rights, create social tensions, undermine the principle of justice and democracy. Unfortunately the profile of that issue has risen greatly over the past few decades.


12.04.2016 - Russia calls upon EU to engage with EAEU (By Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) became a new meaningful element of the global economic architecture. It is a huge economic market that comprises 182.7 million people, constitutes the 6th world’s trading organization per GDP (USD 2.2 trillion) and covers 14 % of the world’s land surface (over 20 million square kilometers).


06.04.2016 - Liberation of Palmyra as a sign of inevitable defeat of ISIS (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

On 27 March the Syrian Army backed by the Russian Air Force liberated Palmyra from ISIS terrorists. It is not only a symbolic victory. The liberation of Palmyra is a compelling proof that the Syrian Army has turned the tide in the war against terrorism. It has gained the strategic initiative. All of it helps create a safe haven the size of the entire Syrian territory. Palmyra, which is located in central Syria, is also an important strategic area providing linchpins for offensive against the terrorists in other directions.


31.03.2016 - Kiev continues to undermine the Minsk Agreements

The Minsk Agreements on the settlement in Ukraine were signed on 12 February, 2015. Unfortunately, there has been little progress in their implementation primarily due to Kiev’s unwillingness to fulfil its obligations and the inability of the Ukrainian authorities to deal with the country’s socioeconomic problems or to promote national accord and reconciliation. As long as shooting continues in Donbass, Kiev tries to divert public attention from the alleged “achievements” of the Maidan victors and request additional funds from their Western sponsors.


24.03.2016 - Russia helped create conditions for peaceful process in Syria (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

In full compliance with international law and at the request of the legitimate Government of Syria, Russia launched a military operation in this country on 30 September 2015. From the very start we were very clear about its goal: support for the Syrian army in its fight against terrorist groups. Plainly, the Syrian army was our “boots on the ground”. We also had to deal with terrorists, who came from Russia. There was no intention to get involved in an internal Syrian conflict. Russia also made it clear that once a peace process were launched, we would withdraw our forces.


16.03.2016 - Russian air strikes on Syria have driven out terrorists and helped start talks (by Alexander Yakovenko for The Independent)

Since the beginning of the military operation in Syria, Russia has carried out more than 9,000 flights, and for the first time, massive strikes with both air and sea-based cruise missiles. As a result, Russia has managed to significantly hinder and, in some places, completely stop support for terrorists by intercepting oil trade, and blocking the main routes of weapons and ammunition deliveries from Turkey. Terrorists have been driven out of Latakia, land routes have been restored with Aleppo, Palmyra is under siege and combat actions are being continued to liberate it from terrorists.


11.03.2016 - Russia and the West: between old geopolitics and collective action (article by Alexander Yakovenko for The Independent)

It is unfortunate that many nowadays engage quite lightly in the new Cold War rhetoric. It does not reflect the reality, only helps distort it for those who take comfort, or rather shelter, in prejudices of the past. And Russia for centuries served an ideal scapegoat for everything that went wrong in Europe and a wider world. The very notion of “Russian threat” is revived as a symbol of business as Cold War usual in Euro-Atlantic affairs.


27.02.2016 - Is the world ready for further reduction of nuclear weapons? (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

One of the most important tasks in the field of international security is to rid the world of the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction. Russia has been constantly advocating further limitations and reductions of nuclear weapons stockpiles along with strengthening international regimes of arms control and non-proliferation. However, further dialogue on nuclear disarmament, held both bilaterally and multilaterally, could only be successful if the core principle of international security is observed, i.e. that the security of one country should not be strengthened at the expense of the security of others. Unfortunately, what is happening now is a far cry from what the international community has been striving for. Among other things it is about global stability and deterrence, the trust between Russia and the West is diminishing. Some of the critical Russian concerns are left unaddressed.


15.02.2016 - Syria: Sorting the Mess Out (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for Evening Standard)

The recent meeting of the IGSS in Munich came up with the plan to try to find ways to reach a cessation of hostilities between Syrian patriotic opposition groups and the Government, while not compromising the cause of fighting Isis, Jebhat an-Nusra and other terrorists. The urgency of this plan was brought about by the successes of the Syrian army offensive, which, in view of the experts, has gradually built up a critical mass for a potential endgame in the civil war.


13.02.2016 - Russia is not a threat to the West (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

On 31 December, 2015 President Vladimir Putin signed the update National Security Strategy 2016. It is an updated key strategic planning document. In contrast to the recently published National Security Strategy of the United States, which defines military supremacy as a main tool of maintaining their 'global leadership', the Russian Strategy emphasizes the importance of strategic stability and mutually beneficial partnerships based on the principles of international law. It reflects the objective process of a new polycentric world order taking shape, global and regional instability on the rise. The strategy confirms the continuity of Russian foreign policy, based on the respect for independence and sovereignty, pragmatism, transparency, multi-vector policy and non-confrontational protection of national interests. The use of military force to protect national interests is only possible if all other means have been exhausted.


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