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12.02.2016 - Alexander Yakovenko for RT

Russia and the United Kingdom - these two powers, for centuries, have been tied into the most complicated relations: enemies at one time, and yet allies and cooperators at another. But now the temperature between the two is steadily going down, with Britain leading the anti-Russian sanctions and, just recently, coming out with allegations of Moscow’s involvement with a death of former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko. What’s pushing London to make such statements? Does the Cold War-like vector of Cameron’s policy resonate with public opinion? How much is this public opinion is shaped by the voice of mainstream media? And, finally, is there a hope for a thaw? We ask the Russian Ambassador to the UK. Alexander Yakovenko is on Sophie&Co today.


12.02.2016 - Opinion: credibility of British Litvinenko Judgment Doubtful (Eurasia Review, By William Dunkerley, February 10, 2016)

A dark cloud of suspicion still hangs over a 2006 British murder mystery. The Litvinenko affair started as a London spy mystery. It made top headlines back in the day. Riveting allegations claimed Alexander Litvinenko died of polonium poisoning ordered by Russian president Vladimir Putin. Now almost ten years later, the mystery has evolved into a government political scandal. After years of false starts and inaction, an official inquiry was finally called in 2015. Getting to the bottom of things was its ostensible purpose.


11.02.2016 - Opinion: Litvinenko and the Demise of British Justice (by James O'Neill, Dissident voice)

The publication on 21 January 2016 of the report by British Judge Sir Robert Owen on the death of Alexander Litvinenko was predictably seized upon by anti-Russian elements as confirmation of their conviction that Russia in general and President Putin in particular were the personification of modern day evil.


05.02.2016 - Opinion: six reasons you can't take the Litvinenko report seriously (by William Dunkerley, the Guardian)

Inquiry points the finger at Vladimir Putin and the Russian state, but its findings are biased, flawed and inconsistent. An inquiry into the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko in the heart of London in 2006 has concluded that he was “probably” murdered on the personal orders of Vladimir Putin. This is a troubling accusation.


29.01.2016 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's opening remarks at the presentation of the of joint forecast “Global System on the Brink: Pathways toward a New Normal”

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's opening remarks at the presentation of the of joint forecast “Global System on the Brink: Pathways toward a New Normal”


27.01.2016 - Speech by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at wreath laying ceremony on Holocaust Memorial Day

Today we are here, at the Soviet War Memorial, to remember one of the darkest, most tragic and shameful chapters in the history of mankind – the Holocaust. It is a powerful reminder of the perils of discrimination and intolerance, of just how catastrophic and barbaric the incitement to racial hatred can be.


19.01.2016 - Implementation of the nuclear deal with Iran will strengthen regional security

On January 16, the IAEA Director General released a report confirming that Iran has completed the necessary preparatory steps to start the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was agreed upon in Vienna on July 14, 2015 between the group of six nations (P-5 plus Germany) and Iran with a contribution from Federica Mogherini of the European Union. Under the JCPOA, approved by the UN Security Council, the release of this report signifies the start of the Plan’s implementation.


23.12.2015 - Message by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko to the British astronaut Major Timothy Peake

Dear Mr Peake, May I wish you and your family a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I wish you every success in your mission abroad the International Space Station, which, besides its scientific value, already contributes to development of friendship between the peoples of Russia and Britain. Here in London we witnessed enthusiasm comparable to the Russian emotions in 1961, the year of Yuri Gagarin’s space flight. I strongly believe this enthusiasm will translate into larger contribution of UK agencies and institutions to space research, and Russia is ready to be partner in this ambitious endeavor. I hope that in the coming year Russians and Britons will be able to work together on common tasks just as you did during your training in Russia and are doing now, aboard the ISS.


10.12.2015 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at Digital BBQ-2015

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, Today is the fifth time we are holding our digital BBQ, which gives me reasons to consider it an established tradition and share some reflections of what changes we have seen since 2011. First, at that time most people were already connected, and the use of social networks was heavy – but today it has become a truly inalienable part of life, and even websites as such have largely been overtaken by social networks.


28.11.2015 - Bonds forged by the great game of football can help defeat terrorism (by Consul General Andrey Prisepov for Herald Scotland)

Two weeks ago, we all followed a rather special football game at Wembley: England playing France just days after the attacks in Paris. The innocent victims of these inhuman assaults were remembered with dignity and poignant tribute was paid by players and supporters. Thousands of people shared their passion for the great game and, equally, showed their compassion in a manifestation of unity and solidarity. Once again football embodied human spirit and an affirmation of life. History has numerous examples of what seems to be the inherent qualities of the game. Herald readers may have watched the 1980s film Escape to Victory starring Michael Caine. In the movie, allied prisoners of war play football against their Nazi guards, knowing they will be shot should they win.


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