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07.09.2012 - Ambassador A.Yakovenko: thinking on Syria

Over the past few months meeting British Government Ministers, politicians and people in academia and media I have been often asked questions onRussia’s position on the Syrian crisis and its conceptual reasoning. The Embassy has also been receiving letters from British citizens on those issues. I’d like to answer them, though Russia has always been clear on where we stand onSyria, including at the level of President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as well as in the course of our diplomatic contacts with Foreign Office.

25.08.2012 - Speech of the Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at the wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial in Portsmouth, 25 August 2012

We have come here to pay tribute to those fallen in the First and the Second World Wars, in which our nations were allies. Portsmouth obviously played a major role in the sea campaigns during both conflicts. I should say that in my country the memories of the last war are still present in every family. The sufferings and the victories of the war are not consigned to history books, they remain a part of our national identity. That is why we sincerely admire our British allies, in particular those people of the Royal Navy and Merchant Marine who served on the Arctic Convoys which delivered supplies to Northern Russian ports in 1941-1945. Their caravans, under constant threat from Nazi submarines and planes and inclement weather, were not just a supply line, but a visual symbol that we were not alone in our struggle against the enemies of humanity. In Russia today the Arctic Convoys heroes are feted as much as our veterans.

16.08.2012 - Ambassador Yakovenko’s talking points at presentation of the book of Ambassadors’ letters

The Olympic Truce is based on an ancient Greek tradition, dating back to the ninth century B.C. Its adoption followed a prophecy of the oracle of Delphi as a way to put an end to the wars. The Olympic Truce was announced before and during the Olympic Games to ensure athletes and spectators could travel safely to the Games and peacefully return to their respective countries.

18.07.2012 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s address at wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Revd. Iakov (James) Smirnov

Today, as we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Russia-UK peace treaty which sealed our alliance against Napoleon, we have gathered to pay tribute to an outstanding personality - Iakov (or James) Smirnov, who was posted to London in 1780 and spent almost 60 years here acting not only as a spiritual father for the Russian compatriots and all other Orthodox Christians in Britain, but also as a diplomat. Twice during the turbulent times of the Napoleonic wars he was left in charge of the Embassy, maintained link with Russia and cared about the Russian community.

14.03.2012 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s speech at the Presentation of the Ulyanovsk Region in London

I am glad to welcome you at the London presentation of the Ulyanovsk Region. We are continuing the series of meetings with heads of leading Russian regions under the aegis of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce initiated last autumn by the Russian Embassy. We have already covered the Republic of Sakha and the Saratov Region.

25.02.2012 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s foreword at Alexey Gromyko’s lecture “Culture and Russian foreign policy”

We have already entered the era of truly globalized world with porous and transparent national borders, encouraging more cultural, economic and social exchanges between people. That is further enhanced by Internet networks, encompassing nowadays the whole planet. All this creates a new type of space for unrestricted transnational intercourse.

25.02.2012 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s speech at the round table dedicated to the forthcoming publication in English of the USSR Ambassador Ivan Maisky’s diaries “Between Churchill and Stalin”

We have a very special occasion today. We are here to mark and discuss the forthcoming publication in English of the diaries of Ivan Mikhailovich Maisky, prominent Russian diplomat, who was representing the interests of the Soviet Union in the United Kingdom during the extremely challenging and difficult period of the World War Two.

15.02.2012 - Talking points of Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at the presentation of Skolkovo Foundation at the Institute of Directors

It is a pleasure to welcome you at the authoritative Institute of Directors in central London. This is, perhaps, the first such presentation with the participation of a representative delegation of the Skolkovo Foundation in the United Kingdom. I know that representatives of the Foundation and heads of clusters met yesterday with successful British companies, operators of scientific parks and scientists. All these events have been possible as a result of a joint work done by the participants of today’s meeting in the follow-up of arrangements and the memorandum signed in the course of top-level talks in September 2011 in Moscow.

27.01.2012 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s speech on Holocaust Memorial Day, Soviet War Memorial, London, 27 January 2012

Every year we come here, to the Soviet War Memorial, to honor the memory of the victims of Holocaust – one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the 20th century. And today we have only one feeling in our hearts – this should never happen again!

16.01.2012 - Welcoming remarks by Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom HE Alexander Yakovenko at the Presentation of Economic Potential of Scotland at the Embassy of Russia in London

It is a pleasure to greet you at the meeting devoted to Scotland. We all remember since our childhood an image of beautiful Northern region created by poets and writers. But I would like to remind you that ties between our country and Scotland are of a long tradition. There is a long historic list of names and events which reflects friendship between the two nations but it is the trade, or investment as we call it now, which have brought the Russians and Scots together for centuries.

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