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13.02.2016 - Russia is not a threat to the West (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

On 31 December, 2015 President Vladimir Putin signed the update National Security Strategy 2016. It is an updated key strategic planning document. In contrast to the recently published National Security Strategy of the United States, which defines military supremacy as a main tool of maintaining their 'global leadership', the Russian Strategy emphasizes the importance of strategic stability and mutually beneficial partnerships based on the principles of international law. It reflects the objective process of a new polycentric world order taking shape, global and regional instability on the rise. The strategy confirms the continuity of Russian foreign policy, based on the respect for independence and sovereignty, pragmatism, transparency, multi-vector policy and non-confrontational protection of national interests. The use of military force to protect national interests is only possible if all other means have been exhausted.


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 - PHOTO: Ambassador Yakovenko takes part in the IP WEEK 2016

On 11 February 2016 Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko participated in the International Petroleum Week (IP WEEK) annual energy conference held in London. He made a detailed presentation on the Russian Energy Policy, and an overview of global oil market trends as well as highlighted the current stance and prospects of domestic energy sector.


12.02.2016 - Statement of the International Syria Support Group

Meeting in Munich on February 11 & 12, 2016, as the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), the Arab League, China, Egypt, the EU, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the United States decided that humanitarian access will commence this week to besieged areas, and an ISSG task force will within one week elaborate modalities for a nationwide cessation of hostilities.


12.02.2016 - VIDEO: Press conference of Sergey Lavrov, John Kerry and Staffan de Mistura following talks in Munich, 11 February 2016

Remarks and replies to media questions by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura following the International Syria Support Group meeting, Munich, February 11, 2016


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.


12.02.2016 - Russian Ministry of Defence reporting on latest developments in Syria

Russian Air Force continues to fulfil its mission in Syria. From the 4th of February 510 sorties performed, 1888 ISIS and other terrorist groups targets engaged. For example, at Al-Qaryatayn–Homs, after 3 hardware columns were detected, an airstrike resulted in elimination of 9 heavy trucks with munitions and more than 40 militants killed. Near al-Ghariyah al-Gharbiyah the ISIS fortification destroyed by a direct hit by a guided bomb. ISIS and their allies suffer high casualties in men and materiel. Only recently, 2 influential field commanders liquidated in Aleppo province, one “Abu Anas Al-Sham” from Jaysh al-Sham terrorist group and “Abu Maher” (“Farid Al-Misri”), the latter – together with his warband. Due to high losses and recent defeats, desertion is rampart among ISIS troops.


12.02.2016 - VIDEO: British foreign policy always a reflection of US stance – Russia’s ambassador to UK

British foreign policy always a reflection of US stance – Russia’s ambassador to UK


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.


11.02.2016 - PHOTO: Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veterans

On 11 February Attaché of the Embassy Oleg Shor presented the Ushakov medals to the Arctic Convoys veterans Mr George William Charles CUTHBERT, Mr Albert Harry CUNDELL, Mr Geoffrey William Frederick SOUTHERN, Mr Edwin Arthur DREW and Mr Francis LEE, who were awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for their personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.



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