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03.08.2015 - Russian Embassy comment on the "Financial Times" editorial on the Litvinenko case

Dear Sir, I find outrageous your editorial on the Litvinenko public inquiry (3 August). It proceeds from the assumption that the inquiry is up to the standards of due process and a competitive scrutiny of evidence it provides for. It is far from that. In the first place, there is nothing public in the inquiry, which will consider the British special services' evidence in secret. It was the main reason, why Russia's Investigative Committee, participating in the Coroner's inquest (now suspended), decided not to be party to the public inquiry. It is notable that one line of evidence in the public inquiry is totally absent. I mean the fact of finding traces of polonium in the restaurant Abracadabra in Jermyn Street two days before Alexander Litvinenko was presumably poisoned in the Millennium Hotel. The owner David West was killed later on and his restaurant closed. Then another crucial witness Boris Berezovsky died under the circumstances, not established by the Coroner's inquest, which ended in an open verdict. Not to mention that any evidence, including his intention to return to Russia, was pushed aside to ensure that suicide version had no credible alternative.


03.08.2015 - Answer to British media question about foreign air activities on Russian borders

Thank you for your request regarding the activities of foreign Air Forces on Russian borders. It is important to look at the Russian Air Force flights (which consists mostly of training sorties) in international airspace within the broader context of NATO countries and their partners’ activities on our borders. Feel free to use those numbers that illustrate the point – i.e. the drastic increase in the activity of foreign reconnaissance and combat planes near Russian borders.


31.07.2015 - Ambassador Yakovenko's message for the book of condolences of the Indian High Commission

I extend my sincere condolences to the people and the Government of India on the passing away of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India. He will be remembered in Russia and by the international community at large as a highly respected leader at some of the defining moments in modern history. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.


29.07.2015 - Ambassador Yakovenko writes to David Smith and comments on Chatham House report on Russia

Dear Mr Smith, I am sorry for delay in my response to your letter. I wholly share your concern over the state of the Russo-British relationship. In the first place, Russia's policy in the Ukraine crisis was always reactive. Our Western partners admit that when they accuse us of both improvisation and pursuing a 'grand strategy'. It was not us who started all this destabilising mess. Not many care to have a look at its origins. So, I'll try to set the record straight on some key points.


22.06.2015 - Remarks by Ambassador Yakovenko at the presentation of wartime correspondence between Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt

It is my pleasure to welcome you all at the Russian Embassy. This time for presentation of a research on the wartime correspondence between Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt, undertaken by two history professors of MGIMO, including Vladimir Olegovich Pechatnov, with the help of British and American colleagues, among them Professor David Reynolds.


17.06.2015 - WE WILL NOT GIVE UP ON OUR MORAL DUTY TO HONOUR ALL OF THE VETERANS OF THE ARCTIC CONVOYS (Article by the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh Andrey A. Pritsepov in ‘The Herald’, 13 June 2015)

Yesterday my country, the Russian Federation, celebrated its national day. It marks the anniversary of the Declaration of State Sovereignty which dates back to 1990, making our state one of the youngest in the world.


12.06.2015 - Address by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at Russia Day reception, 12 June 2015

I am glad to welcome you today to mark Russia’s National Day. We live in the world of new challenges and new opportunities. We live in new economic and political realities, new regional unions and new economic institutions. Russia is an active part of these new realities. Foreign policy of Russia is based on international law. And as permanent member of the UN Security Council we bear responsibility for the world order and development of international relations.


03.06.2015 - Points of Ambassador Yakovenko’s speech at the Business Forum Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (3 June 2015, London)

I am delighted to welcome you at the Annual Business Forum of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce in London. And welcome to new members of RBCC.


19.05.2015 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov answers media questions ata Working Breakfast organised by Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Moscow, May 19, 2015

Question: Everybody is interested in the Ukraine situation and how the Minsk-format dialogue is unfolding. Everyone has heard about the difficult negotiations with US Secretary of State John Kerry, but nobody knows what was discussed exactly. Could you give us some details? What can you say about the possibility of the United States’ involvement in the peace process in Ukraine?


14.05.2015 - RUSSIA-NATO: Facts and Myths (Report of Permanent Mission of Russian Federation to NATO)

Recently, NATO has been publicly promoting a simplified "black and white" picture of the history of complicated relations between the Alliance and Russia, accusing Russia of "myth-making" about NATO's "impeccable" actions.


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