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30.04.2016 - Ambassador Yakovenko visited the Hermitage Foundation Gala dinner

28 April Mr Ambassador Yakovenko visited the Hermitage Foundation Gala dinner at Kensington Palace with participation of Professor Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum, this year's event celebrated the “Hermitage International Endowment Fund”.

30.04.2016 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry

On April 29, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke over the phone with US Secretary of State John Kerry. The call was initiated by the US side.

30.04.2016 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov on the anniversary of the setting on fire of the Odessa House of Trade Unions on May 2, 2014

May 2 marks the second anniversary of one of the most tragic events in the Ukraine conflict – the barbaric setting on fire by neo-Nazi Bandera followers of dozens of civilians who took refuge from them in the House of Trade Unions in Odessa. This grave crime, which has all the attributes of a crime against humanity, took the lives of 48 people, whose only fault was in openly expressing their civic stance against the anti-constitutional coup in Kiev in February 2014, and the unrest caused by the ultra-radicals in Ukraine.

29.04.2016 - Ambassador Yakovenko meets FCO Political Director Tim Barrow

On 29 April Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko met Foreign and Commonwealth Office Political Director Tim Barrow. A wide range of international and bilateral issues have been discussed.

29.04.2016 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks before talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Beijing, April 29, 2016

We are happy to be here in hospitable Beijing and hold events that have a direct impact on stepping up our cooperation both in bilateral relations and the global agenda issues. This is our key foreign policy priority. We are convinced that Russia’s comprehensive cooperation with the People’s Republic of China meets both the interests of our nations and the objectives of a more stable international policy.

29.04.2016 - VIDEO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi, Beijing, April 29, 2016

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi, Beijing, April 29, 2016

29.04.2016 - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on UK Foreign Office releases its Human Rights Report 2015

We have taken note of the UK’s Human Rights and Democracy: The 2015 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Report, which was released a few days ago. The fact that it puts Russia in the spotlight did not come as a surprise to us.

28.04.2016 - PHOTO: Embassy visit to Birmingham

On 28 April diplomats of the Russian Embassy visited Birmingham, presenting "Illuminated chronicles of Ivan the Terrible" to the University of Birmingham Library, which received books with gratitude. Counsellor of the Russian Embassy Konstantin Shlykov presented Ushakov Medals and "70th anniversary of the Victory" medals for the Arctic Convoys veterans of Birmingham and surrounding areas. Lord Mayor Raymond Hassall, host of the event, made a welcoming speech. The event was attended by representatives of local Russian community associations Elena Denezhkina and Nadezhda Loginova, awarded with special Letters of Recognition of Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko.

28.04.2016 - "Shakespeare and Tolstoy – the best rescue team for Russia-UK relations" (By Ambassador Yakovenko for RBTH)

“Two households, both alike in dignity, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny” – applying Shakespeare’s words to the current state of relations between London and Moscow wouldn’t be much of an exaggeration. Still, another poet, the Russian Sergei Yesenin, noted that “When face to face we cannot see the face, we should step back for better observation”. And while we have stepped back politically, we now have a clearer vision of the mutual cultural attraction. With diplomatic and economic contacts stalled, we realize the importance of the humanitarian dimension, people-to-people contacts which help get over whatever adverse geopolitical weather outdoors.

27.04.2016 - PHOTO: Ambassador Yakovenko visits “The Empress and the Gardener” exhibition at Hampton Court Palace

On 27 April 2016 Russian Ambassador Dr Alexander Yakovenko visited the grand opening of the new “The Empress and the Gardener” exhibition at Hampton Court Palace produced in partnership with the State Hermitage Museum.

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