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AMBASSADOR'S ARTICLES

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15.02.2016 - Syria: Sorting the Mess Out (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for Evening Standard)

The recent meeting of the IGSS in Munich came up with the plan to try to find ways to reach a cessation of hostilities between Syrian patriotic opposition groups and the Government, while not compromising the cause of fighting Isis, Jebhat an-Nusra and other terrorists. The urgency of this plan was brought about by the successes of the Syrian army offensive, which, in view of the experts, has gradually built up a critical mass for a potential endgame in the civil war.


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.


28.01.2016 - Russia's Approach To Humanitarian Problems In Syria

The Syrian conflict has unfolded into a horrific humanitarian disaster that should be dealt with through joint effort by all parties involved. On its part, Russia has been providing humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria ever since the conflict started. We have been doing this jointly with the Syrian Government as well as through the International Committee of the Red Cross, the UN Refugee Agency, the UN Development Program and other authorized international agencies. We are in contact with Damascus to facilitate activities of the UN agencies and NGOs in Syria. The Russian Air Forces in Syria started on 15 January, 2016 its own humanitarian mission. Humanitarian assistance is also sent to Syria by Russia's NGOs (for more details read at: http://www.rusemb.org.uk/fnapr/5402).


26.01.2016 - Kiev must understand there is no alternative to Minsk (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

Nearly a year has passed since the Minsk Agreements on the settlement in Ukraine were reached. However, the ongoing crisis in the South-East Ukraine and problems arising in the course of the implementation of Minsk-II are still a matter of serious concern. Kiev has been very selective with respect to its obligations, especially as regards implementation of their key political points. Here are just two examples of the Minsk agreements being grossly violated. First, on the day of the beginning of the withdrawal of artillery Kiev had to engage in a dialogue, starting consultations with Donetsk and Lugansk representatives on the modalities of the elections to be held in April on the basis of the Ukrainian law and under the OSCE oversight.


17.12.2015 - Libya: a hard road ahead (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

The situation in Libya has reached a critical point, when its very survival is in question. The situation has been significantly aggravated due to a growing presence of ISIS and activities of local extremist and terrorist groups seeking not only to implement the “jihadist project” in Libya, but also to spread its influence onto the neighboring states. The negative impact of the grave situation in Libya is felt in Europe, which faces the influx of illegal migrants from Africa. And what’s more, it has exacerbated the problems of cross-border crime, arms smuggling, drug trafficking. So the inter-Libyan conflict has long outgrown national and even regional boundaries, having become a worldwide problem. That is why there is an urgent task to help the Libyan people to put an end to civil conflict and achieve a comprehensive national reconciliation. Russia welcomes courage, civic responsibility and commitment shown by the Libyan parties to the compromise solution now on the table. The signing of a political agreement should be a starting point in the reconstruction of Libya, restoring peace and stability there.


09.12.2015 - Russia’s contribution to global efforts to contain climate change (full text of article by Ambassador Yakovenko for RBTH)

The world’s climate and weather patterns are changing. Global temperatures are rising, causing more extreme weather events, like flooding and heat waves. A potential threat of these global processes for the population and the economy of our countries remains a tangible one. Climate change is one of the gravest challenges humanity faces today. Over two weeks the world’s attention is focused on the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. We are experiencing a pivot where we should shift from words to constructive solutions genuinely recognizing that there is a trend to worsening effects of global climate change. The Paris event, started by a formidable gathering of national leaders, gives us a unique opportunity to address this challenge by achieving a new climate agreement based on the principles of the UN Framework Convention. Russia is taking active measures to address global warming. The wide range of steps in the format of national programmes, laws and regulations, administrative procedures aimed at increasing Russia’s contribution to solve the climate problem includes the Climate doctrine of the Russian Federation and a comprehensive action plan for its implementation, the Presidential Decree on measures to improve energy and ecological efficiency of the Russian economy, the Federal Law on Energy Conservation, the 2030 Energy Strategy of Russia, the Presidential Decree “On the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions” and the Order of the Government of the Russian Federation for its implementation.


27.11.2015 - Russia and Britain should beat Isil as we did the Nazis: together (by Ambassador Yakovenko for The Telegraph)

Sir Winston Churchill knew that faced with evil, Britain and Russia must stand united. As Britain debates its role in fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), Russia and others, including France, would welcome our British partners doing their bit to defeat this evil. As the atrocities in the Sinai, Paris, Ankara and other places show, we in Europe are in the line of fire, whether we are formally at war with Isil or not. Nobody is immune, nobody is safe. Did the half-hearted US-led bombing campaign save lives in Paris?


19.11.2015 - Vienna meeting on Syria: fighting terrorism should become a priority (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

With the world discussing ways to defeat the ISIS, we are witnessing positive momentum in agreeing a political process for Syria. A second round of constructive multilateral talks on the Syrian crisis was conducted a few days ago in Vienna, meaning that the International Syria Support Group has been established and is operational. One of its important outcomes is that specific steps have been outlined that need be taken with regard to the political process in Syria, notably the request for UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura to convene a meeting with the Syrian government and opposition by 1 January 2016.


14.11.2015 - What Russia does vs doping usage in sports (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

In 2009, the National strategy for sport and physical culture was accepted in Russia. One of the cornerstones of the program was heavily stressed anti-doping control system. More numerous and sophisticated tests were used, bio-passports introduced, those found even suspect of doping usage were mercilessly banned – sportsmen as well as their coaches. The system was tried and tested many times, including by WADA (last time for some 6 months ago) – and was never considered wanting in transparently or thoroughness. The question, what has changed over these six months that WADA so dramatically changes its opinion, is an intriguing one, and deserves a special – but a separate – story. But for today, three key points should be clear from what information is available.


04.11.2015 - There should be no place for weapons in outer space (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for RT)

On 23 October 2015, on the margins of the UN General Assembly, the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) adopted a Joint Statement in support of the draft Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, Treat or Use of Force against Outer Space Objects (PPWT). Russia and its partners share the concern over the risk of an arms race in outer space and believe that it can only be addressed by means of a legally-binding instrument based on the current draft PPWT.


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