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17.12.2014 - TNI Interview: Dmitry Peskov (12.12.14)

TNI Editor Jacob Heilbrunn spoke with Dmitry Peskov, a deputy chief of staff and the press spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin.


17.12.2014 - RUSSIA AND BRITAIN: A RELATIONSHIP IN A CONTEXT (Full version of Alexander Yakovenko’s article for Daily Telegraph’s supplement RBTH of 16.12.2014)

The year of 2014 has not been particularly successful for our bilateral relations, to put it mildly. Indeed, it’s a challenge to profess optimism in the face of official ties almost frozen at all levels.


17.12.2014 - Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov’s interview with TV Channel France 24, Moscow, 16 December 2014

Q: Mr. Lavrov, let’s begin with the crisis in Ukraine. There were rumors that Moscow was ready to host maybe some negotiations. Can you tell us about the latest news? Sergey Lavrov: Well, there is reason for some cautious optimism, but the news which you just mentioned, about Moscow being ready to host some meeting, is new to me.


17.12.2014 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with UN World Food Programme Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

On 16 December, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and UN World Food Programme Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, in Moscow on a working visit, signed a strategic partnership agreement between the Russian Government and the UN WFP for 2014-2017. The document confirms Russia’s and the WFP’s common goals to eradicate hunger in the world, and defines long-term parameters for our cooperation in this area.


17.12.2014 - Press Release on Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

On 15 December, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with the Foreign Minister of the State of Israel, Avigdor Lieberman, on the initiative of the Israeli side.


17.12.2014 - Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov’s interview with the daily Kommersant, published 16 December 2014

Question: This year, two organisations effectively got a second wind due to the crisis in Ukraine: NATO and the OSCE. What is the OSCE’s role with regard to Russia today? Answer: I would separate these two organisations. The OSCE is sometimes called a “sleeping beauty”: When things are calm in Europe, it does not attract any particular attention, but when problems arise it becomes one of the most important mechanisms in resolving crises.


16.12.2014 - Ambassador Yakovenko visits Ming exhibition at the British Museum

On 16 December 2014 Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko together with the Chinese Ambassador took part in the private viewing of “Ming: 50 years that changed China” at the British Museum in London.


16.12.2014 - PHOTO: Ushakov Medals presented to three British veterans of the Arctic Convoys

On 12 and 13 December 2014 three Britons, Mr Kenneth BURKINSHAW, Mr Robert RYDER and Mr Kenneth MIDDLETON were presented the Ushakov Medals awarded to them by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 10 March 2014 for their personal courage and bravery displayed during their service in the Arctic Convoys in WWII.


16.12.2014 - British Defence Secretary: hypothesizing a bit too far

In his interview with The Telegraph over the weekend Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said, that he didn’t trust President Putin “at the moment and we have to prepare for the worst”.


15.12.2014 - PHOTO: Ushakov Medal presented to British veterans of the Arctic Convoys

On 13 December 2014 First Secretary of the Russian Embassy Sergey Gushchin presented the Ushakov Medal to Mr John Henry BERRILL and Mr Geoff George SKINNER, who were awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 10 March 2014 for their personal courage and bravery displayed during the service in the Arctic Convoys in WWII.



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