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30.10.2013 - Moving beyond ‘conflict of civilizations’ to multipolar equilibrium (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

It appears that the issues of ethnic and cultural identity play a growing role in international affairs, contrary to what was previously thought.

22.10.2013 - Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s talking points at Diplomacy in the Middle East Round Table (Global Diplomatic Forum, 22 October 2013)

- The conflict in Syria has no precedents in modern history given its complexity and scope. The crisis has gone beyond Syria and is destabilizing the entire region. Killings, destruction and human rights abuses are escalating. Russia is seriously concerned over increasing reports of murders and acts of violence based on ethnic and religious grounds in Syria, attacks on civilians in the areas populated by certain ethno-confessional groups. Huge foreign presence on the opposition side is destabilizing and distorting the stakes in the civil war.

18.10.2013 - Ambassador’s Notebook: Why the East Asia Summit Matters to Russia? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for RIA Novosti)

Russia welcomes the results of the 8th East Asia Summit (EAS), which was held in Brunei on October 10. The member states share common policies and approaches to sustainable development, stable investment, job creation, promoting food security and joint disaster response. The documents approved at the Summit demonstrate the need to promote cooperation in the various international formats, including the EAS, G20 and APEC.

16.10.2013 - Syria’s chemical disarmament opens way to political settlement (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

The Russian-American agreement on placing Syria’s chemical weapons (CW) under international control with their subsequent elimination, achieved in Geneva

12.10.2013 - How Russia sees the Asia Pacific region (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

The role of the Asia Pacific region is rising as a factor that will most likely determine mainstream international development in the near future.

05.10.2013 - Is nuclear disarmament possible? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

Russia is constantly advocating further limitations and reductions in nuclear weapon stockpiles along with strengthening international regimes of arms control and non-proliferation. At the heart of our approach is the need for responsible, pragmatic and gradual steps to be taken in this sphere aimed at finding effective ways to reduce the nuclear danger.

03.10.2013 - Russia seeks an early entry into force of CTBT (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for RIA Novosti)

Russia is a strong advocate of an early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which is to become an essential part of the international legal security system and important link to the other nonproliferation and disarmament instruments. We strongly believe that it would also become an important confidence building measure.

01.10.2013 - Ambassador Yakovenko speaks at the rededication of the monument in memory of Russian and Finnish Crimean War prisoners (Lewes, 28 October 2013)

Ladies and Gentlemen! On behalf of the Embassy of Russia I would like to thank you for joining us today. This is a special and a rather unusual occasion – the Russians and the Finns restoring a monument designed and built by the British, dedicated to prisoners who lead a free and a relatively comfortable life, enjoying hospitality while in captivity, captured thousands of miles away from the main battlefields of an unnecessary war which no one actually wanted to fight.

19.09.2013 - Syrian chemical weapons: key step towards Syrian settlement or another tussle in New York? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

Three weeks ago, the world was preparing for another «humanitarian intervention» - some with jubilation, others with concern. For Russia, it was clear that a «military option», however limited, against Syria, would amount to a grave violation of international law and thus would rock the world order which benefits us all. It was out of the understanding of all the disastrous consequences of such a scenario that Russia embarked upon intensive diplomatic effort to mobilise collective action on a clear threat to international community. Obviously, it helped to bring policy-making in a number of countries in line with the popular mood.

07.09.2013 - Push for peace and Road to Damascus (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for RIA Novosti)

The G-20 Summit in Saint-Petersburg became the scene of debate on the Syrian crisis by leaders of major nations of the world.

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