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30.04.2013

Statement of Russian Ambassador to UK Alexander Yakovenko at the Opening of the First Russo-British Conference: “Challenges of the Global Governance: a sight from London and Moscow”, London, 29 April 2013

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

I am glad to welcome you at the Opening of the First Russo-British Conference “Challenges of Global Governance: a view from London and Moscow”.

At the first sight, the topic of the conference is not directly connected to our bilateral relations. At the same time it is evident that the state of our relations and especially the interaction in international affairs broadly depend on the degree of convergence between our visions of a new architecture of international relations. I won’t be wrong if I say that we concur on the most important thing – the fact that multipolar construction of these relations is emerging.

After aberration, which was the bipolar ideological confrontation of the Cold war this could seem to be a novation generating fears of the unknown. However, in a farther historic perspective, it is about improving the international relations in whole, returning them into the self-regulating mode within the already existing legal framework.

First of all, this is fundamental norms of international law enshrined in the UN Charter, including equality of independent states and non-interference in their domestic affairs. They were born in travail of religious wars in Europe and formed the basis of the Westphalian system. The United Nations is the same kind of system born in pains of European and global history. In effect, it was succeeded not only by the League of Nations but also the European concert that is the first European security system.

These rules of the game, – we all strive for a rules-based game – were not in demand enough during the Cold war, and therefore seemed to be the past of diplomacy. Moreover, after the fall of the Berlin wall, many believed that global governance would follow the principle of a global empire that is based on a strict hierarchy and subordination. This “unipolar moment” hasn’t lasted long but has preserved its inertia in the strategic thinking of some of our partners and prevents them from seeing the real picture and threatening with “revisionist powers” who allegedly seek to “upset the status quo”.

In reality we face a return to the origins in the sphere of international communication. There is no more need for bulky military and political alliances, which are replaced by multiform open alliances with changeable geometry, unions which are created for achieving common goals. These alliances are not AGAINST somebody, but FOR something. Network diplomacy becomes the key method of the foreign affairs. It seems that we agree in these views.

The main thing is that, as the experience of the last years shows in case of Iraq or Libya, any actions out of the legal framework of international law, including the use of military force and sanctions by-passing the UN Security Council, are absolutely counterproductive.

This philosophy underlies the Concept of the Foreign Policy of Russia, adopted by President Vladimir Putin in February 2013. Its rightness has been confirmed by the global crisis, which proves convincingly that development issues become top priorities for every country. They are not settled through military force or militarization of economic and technological development.

I would like to wish fruitful work. I hope that its results will contribute to strengthening mutual understanding between Russia and the UK, broadening the area of interaction between our countries in international affairs.




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