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AMBASSADOR'S ARTICLES

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27.07.2015 - MH-17 tradedy: the way to justice (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for London Evening Standart, full version)

298 persons lost their lives in the sky over Eastern Ukraine a year ago. The least the international community should do is to ensure that justice is done and is seen being done in this horrible incident. This matter is too serious to be used for propaganda purposes and political point-scoring. Security Council already passed its resolution 2166 on 21 July 2014 with Russia's active support. The key objective now is to make full use of its potential of insuring that the two investigations being conducted in the Netherlands are successfully concluded, and proceed in an impartial and transparent fashion.


18.07.2015 - Ambassador Yakovenko: Key points of the Russian position on MH-17 flight

We express our deepest condolences to the relatives of all 283 passengers and 15 crew members – victims of this dreadful tragedy.


15.07.2015 - Deal on Iranian nuclear programme: diplomacy at work (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

July 14 marks the end of the negotiating marathon in pursuit of a final settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue.


13.07.2015 - Why Russia launched New Technology Initiative (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

Rapid technological progress in the 21 century promotes global transformations and, among other things, shapes a new world order, where leadership belongs to countries that pursue an active scientific, technological and industrial policy. Russia is no exception here. President Vladimir Putin has set the task to elaborate an action plan to create radically new markets and set the stage for Russia’s global and technological leadership by 2035. It is key to solving such economic problems as stagnant productivity and demand.


11.07.2015 - Srebrenica: a tragedy against peace and reconciliation (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

On 8 July the UN Security Council discussed a draft resolution regarding the tragedy at Srebrenica, proposed by the UK. The Russian delegation voted against it while China, Angola, Nigeria and Venezuela abstained. As a result, the document was not adopted. We regret that the British delegation insisted on voting despite our repeated warnings, backed corroborated by concerns voiced by Balkan countries, about the possible consequences of adopting a document that could only provoke tensions. Rather than seeking national unity and reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the draft was politically motivated and unbalanced.


04.07.2015 - International community should concentrate on fighting our common threat – terrorism (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

An objective analysis of the current situation and contacts with countries of the MENA region reveal growing concern both in the region and beyond over the terrorist activities of the ISIS and other radical groups practicing violent extremism. ISIS is spilling into Afghanistan and looking at Central Asia. As available evidence shows, acts of terror in Europe are also directly linked with ISIS. Therefore, the common interest in the dace of this global danger should prevail over geopolitical schemes and national self-interest. Differences can always be settled by way of dialogue.


03.07.2015 - BRICS: New way of partnership (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

BRICS is a product of the dynamic development of globalization and new centres of economic growth and political influence. It aligns interests of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and consolidates their positions in building a fairer and more balanced international order that reflects a polycentric nature of today’s international political, economic and cultural affairs. Critics of BRICS prefer to underline the differences of its member-states in economic, historical, cultural and civilizational terms that allegedly prevent them from building a sustainable XX century entangling alliance. I would like to disappoint them.


03.07.2015 - Climate Change: Russian factsheet

Climate change is one of major global challenges in the 21st century, which goes beyond the scope of pure science and represents a complex interdisciplinary problem that covers environmental, economic, and social aspects of the sustainable development in the world. Russia takes part in developing collective measures of the world community for mitigating the human-made impact on climate. International cooperation in responding to the global and regional challenges of climate change is aimed at finding efficient solutions of the problem with due account of global factors and national interests.


25.06.2015 - Waterloo and Vienna: learning from history (by Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)

These days, as the celebrations of the Waterloo 200th anniversary have just concluded in Europe and Britain, it is time to reflect on the legacy of the turbulent era that ended in 1815.


24.06.2015 - Protecting the rights of refugees is one of the priorities of Russia’s foreign policy (by Ambassador Yakovenko)

This year we also mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the most brutal and destructive disaster in human history that caused tremendous global refugee migration. Unfortunately, wars and armed conflicts persist in the 21st century, leading to the exodus of millions of people who are trying to protect their right to life and a reasonable existence. We can see this in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria and now in Ukraine. The UN estimates the number of refugees and people in refugee-like situations at almost 60 million worldwide.


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