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05.09.2013 - Syrian impasse: a tragedy of errors (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

In the course of its walk to Congress the US Administration has to devise a strategy for using force against Syria. That appears to be leading inevitably to a regime change, quite an orthodox option that failed utterly in other countries of the Middle East, but still reffects traditional value-for-money calculation of the US strategic mentality. How else one ought to understand plans to degrade Syrian military and upgrade capabilities of the opposition? The goal of finding political solution to the crisis is still professed. But the military intervention outside the international law can only render the situation more intractable.

30.08.2013 - Responding to Syrian crisis: are there shades of international legitimacy? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for RIA Novosti)

Some western states are announcing that they have conclusive information and evidences to blame Syrian authorities for the alleged chemical attack in Ghouta. We are observing preparations for a military option, including massive build-up of armaments in the region. It is hard to understand the true motives of these states. After disastrous interventions in Iraq without consent of the UN Security Council, and then in Libya, with UNSC mandate abused, where they effectively failed to assist bringing stability and establishing interreligious and interethnic peace, they are now repeating the same scenario.

28.08.2013 - Military option in Syria: Between crime and blunder at the expense of a peaceful solution? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

Those who call for military action in Syria now are setting the world on a perilous path only to repeat the Iraqi and Libyan experience.

28.08.2013 - Russia’s G20 presidency: decision time in St. Petersburg (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

In the run-up to the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Alexander Yakovenko, Russia's Ambassador to the UK, discusses the agenda of the meeting as well challenges facing the global economy.

08.08.2013 - Independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia: Why it happened (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

In August 2008, the President of Georgia, in breach of the UN Charter and in violation of other international obligations and commitments, started a conflict which resulted in the loss of civilian lives and destruction.

28.06.2013 - Is it possible to make a nuclear-free world? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

The recent speech by President Barack Obama in Berlin indicated his intention to take further steps towards a nuclear-free world

20.06.2013 - Syria: Russia optimistic despite differences (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

In the run-up to the G8 Summit at Lough Erne, there was much speculation over the disagreements between Russia and the West on Syria: Claims of chemical weapons use, arms deliveries to the rebels and the prospects for a new Geneva conference.

16.06.2013 - Russia's 'Global Mind' banking on $50 bln 2020 Expo glory (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

World Expo is held every five years. Ekaterinburg is competing with Dubai (UAE), Izmir (Turkey), Ayutthaya (Thailand) and Sao Paulo (Brazil) for the 2020 vote, which will be held in November 2013. Who will win? A cool Russian summer or something else?

08.06.2013 - Future of the Arctic in focus as more countries start playing in the region (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

As interest in the Arctic region, its exploration and preservation, rapidly grows, the Arctic Council is getting more hands to help out with the new Permanent Arctic Council Secretariat starting its work in northern Norway.

07.06.2013 - Speech of Ambassador Yakovenko at the reception in the Russian Embassy in London on the occasion of the Day of Russia

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentleman, I am delighted to welcome you today at the Russian Embassy on the occasion of our national holiday. Dear guests, welcome to Russia!

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