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27.10.2015 - Facing down Isis threat in Syria together (full text of article by Ambassador Yakovenko for RBTH)

Isis established a bridgehead in Syria and other countries of the Middle East. The terrorists do not conceal their far-reaching plans for further expansion, destabilization of more countries in the region and beyond, recruiting more people from all over the world, including Russia and our neighbors, to fight for their cause.


28.09.2015 - Minding Isis Threat Jointly (full text of article by Ambassador Yakovenko for London Evening Standard)

Now, that John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov, Ashton Carter and Sergey Shoigu have talked Syria, and Gideon Rachman, Martin Wolf and Con Coughlin have spoken in the pages of their papers, it is easy for me to make out Russia's case for a united front against Isis. I could also cite Niall Ferguson, who dwells on Henry Kissinger's foreign policy philosophy (in the Foreign Affairs), which says, inter alia, that choices are rarely between good and evil, but rather between shades of bad.


11.09.2015 - On recent Chatham House pieces: minding Ukraine's and one's own business

Sir Andrew Wood writes of the 'flawed' Minsk-2, though he knows, as a diplomat, that those agreements stopped fighting when the Ukrainian forces, including so called 'volunteer battalions' were losing. So, they meant peace. He also knows well enough, that there is no middle ground between peace and war. Leon Trotsky thought otherwise when he stormed out of the Brest-Litovsk peace talks, launching his famous "no peace, no war".


27.08.2015 - The Middle East: learning from history or repeating it? (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for the Daily Telegraph)

The successful conclusion of the talks with Iran on its nuclear program is a rare bright spot on the otherwise gloomy horizon of the Middle Eastern affairs. That is a fundamental breakthrough, including in terms of political psychology, upon which, in theory, a sustainable regional architecture could be built.


22.08.2015 - Threats to cyber security can only be deterred together (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are being increasingly used for unlawful and hostile purposes that are inconsistent with the basic principles of international law. Some members of the international community are openly strengthening their cyber offensive potentials, forgetting that it could undermine international stability and security. The examples of ICTs being used as a means of achieving political goals are growing by the day. This also includes the expansion of extremist ideology and criminal activity. Under the circumstances, ensuring of cyber security on an agreed and acceptable basis by the UN member-states is the only way to effectively respond to the evolving threat. Having that in mind, Russia welcomes the UN Group of Governmental Experts' (GGE) recent report on this issue. An idea of an international code of conduct for information security has been discussed and the necessity of its adoption has been underlined. This fully reflects Russia's position on the issue. In 2011 Russia together with some other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization put forward a draft paper "International code of conduct for Information Security" that has been circulated as a "food for thought" at the 66th UNGA session. Later the SCO's members tabled a new version of this paper as an official document of the UN with the view to put emphasis on human rights. Besides, Russian draft resolution "Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security" has been adopted by consensus at the 69th session of the UNGA.


20.08.2015 - 70th anniversary of the United Nations: as relevant as ever (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

In September, the UN General Assembly session will be opened by marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Organization. The principles that have been put into the UN Charter are as virtually important today as never before. Among them sovereign equality of states, respect for peoples’ right to self-determination as fundamental UN philosophy and the duty of each state to ensure the rights of its peoples in such a way as to exclude oppression. The Security Council has been designed to bear collective responsibility for maintaining international peace and security. Consensus of permanent members may be difficult to reach, but acting otherwise is counterproductive, as unilateral actions over the past 25 years have proved.


19.08.2015 - Ukraine: Road to peace runs through Minsk-II (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

More than 6 months have passed since the February 12 Minsk Agreements on the settlement in Ukraine were struck. However, the ongoing crisis in the South-East Ukraine and problems arising in the course of the implementation are still a matter of serious concern.


17.08.2015 - National System of Payment Cards: more independence (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

The today’s geopolitical environment made urgent the task of creating the national payment system in Russia. That issue leapt to the top of the national agenda last year when, shortly after U.S. sanctions forced Visa and MasterCard to stop servicing some Russian banks. Such cutoffs obviously present a national security threat.


13.08.2015 - The Middle East: time for a genuinely collective effort to fight terrorists (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

Tensions in the Middle East are increasing and the situation in many countries of this region is deteriorating dramatically. The region’s implosion does not meet anyone’s interests, except for extremist and terrorist groups. The humanitarian situation in Syria remains a major concern. Despite all the serious objective difficulties, humanitarian assistance to the population in need continues. International aid agencies report a fairly high level of cooperation with the Syrian authorities. Difficulties with humanitarian access relate primarily to the ongoing fighting in the country, as well as the destabilizing activity of terrorist organizations. In these circumstances, Russia’s initiative to create a united front of all forces fighting the terrorists on the ground and the countries capable of rendering support in this struggle is more relevant than ever. Only an inclusive political settlement and the eradication of terrorism can stop the bloodshed and give a chance to the restoration of normal life in Syria. That would help deal with situations in other countries, including Libya. The problem of illegal migration from Libya is a direct result of the “solution” imposed on this country from outside in 2011.


06.08.2015 - Eurasian Economic Union reaches out to South-East Asia (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

The development of regional economic integration is an objective process. In a globalizing and increasingly competitive international environment there is a strong trend towards creating and strengthening of regional cooperation. The state of crisis in global economic and financial system provides more incentives to cooperate so that collectively countries can efficiently respond to economic challenges and obtain real competitive advantages.


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