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Inter-Syrian contacts in Moscow: step in the right direction (by Ambassador Yakovenko)

The four-day inter-Syrian meeting in Moscow has come to an end. It was the first time since the talks were suspended in 2014 that representatives of the SAR Government engaged in direct contact with the Syrian opposition. The moderator of the meeting, the renowned Middle East expert Vitaly Naumkin, summed up the Moscow Principles, in which the firm positions of the parties aimed at preserving Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, ensuring security for all groups of the Syrian society. During the meeting, participants also drafted and adopted the Appeal to the International Community.
Of course, it would be naive to assume that after nearly four years of bitter confrontation the parties would immediately come to an agreement on the ways out of this deep crisis. What’s important is that the discussions held during the meeting, reflect the growing willingness of various groups of the Syrian society to engage in proactive and result-oriented efforts to restore peace in Syria. Russia supports such aspirations. In his remarks, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov highlighted Russia’s consistency in promoting a political settlement in Syria based on the Geneva Communique of June 30, 2012, as well as its commitment to and support for the Geneva process.
Transition from confrontation to dialogue and bringing about solutions to pressing issues on the national agenda require considerable efforts, including the mutual willingness to make inevitable concessions and reach compromises. This is the only way to save Syria and defeat the forces that want to degrade its people, split and undermine the unity of the country while ignoring the risks of the spread of extremism and international terrorism across the region.
We believe that understanding on the part of politicians and the leading representatives of civil society of the need to put up a collective rebuff to this common threat should be key to restoring national unity in Syria.
Undoubtedly, this will require further talks in order to find common ground regarding arrangements on practical measures to build trust between the Government of Syria, the political opposition and civil society, to expand and improve the practice of local ceasefires, to remove obstacles to humanitarian access, to settle the status of militants who have laid down their arms and to free the people under arrest who were not involved in terrorist crimes.
The positive feedback we receive regarding the Moscow meeting is encouraging. What’s more, it comes not only from the participants, but also from the members of the opposition who, for some reason, couldn’t come this time. Both the opposition and the Government expressed their desire for consultations in the Moscow format to continue. We stand ready to further facilitate inter-Syrian contacts. Concurrently we will hold consultations with our colleagues, including Syria’s neighbours. We plan to work closely with Egypt, since that country is also taking steps to help form a single opposition stance. Thus, we entertain modest hope that we can help facilitate full-fledged negotiations, at which the Syrians themselves will reach agreement on all aspects of life in their country. It is important to remember that the whole point of the Geneva communiqué is that the settlement process cannot and should not be a zero-sum game. All Syrians must benefit from it and be part of it.


30.06.2021 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin's letter to the Daily Telegraph, 30 June 2021

Sir, Numerous media reports following the Crimea incident (including the Daily Telegraph piece of 28 June by Theo Merz) exploit the idea of Russian military ships “regularly visiting British waters”. This narrative, actively promoted by the Ministry of Defence, creates an impression of frequent violations of British sovereignty by Russia – but is a prime example of British state-sponsored disinformation.

28.06.2021 - Article by Sergey Lavrov, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, “The Law, the Rights and the Rules”, Moscow, June 28, 2021

The frank and generally constructive conversation that took place at the June 16, 2021 summit meeting between presidents Vladimir Putin and Joseph Biden in Geneva resulted in an agreement to launch a substantive dialogue on strategic stability, reaffirming the crucial premise that nuclear war is unacceptable. The two sides also reached an understanding on the advisability of engaging in consultations on cybersecurity, the operation of diplomatic missions, the fate of imprisoned Russian and US citizens and a number of regional conflicts.

18.11.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s address on the occasion of the ceremony dedicated to the veterans of the Arctic Convoys

It is an honour for me to welcome you all at this very impressive ceremony dedicated to the veterans of the Arctic Convoys. Whatever the circumstances may be around us, like the coronavirus and the due lockdown today, we should never forget the much more severe conditions that our nations had experienced in World War II.

22.10.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s welcoming remarks on the opening of “The Arctic: culture and climate” exhibition in the British Museum

Dear ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to welcome you all at the opening of “The Arctic: culture and climate” exhibition, dedicated to the history of exploration of the Far North, traditions and culture of its native peoples, as well as the problem of global climate change.

05.08.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s interview to the Daily Mail, 4 August 2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin gave an interview to the Daily Mail newspaper, covering the Russia Report, bilateral relations with UK and a broad international agenda.

21.07.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview with Sky News, 21 July 2020

Q: Thank you Mr Ambassador for speaking to us today. My first question is have you seen the report today, have you read it, what do you think? A: Yes, of course, I’ve seen it and and I have read it this morning. My first impression is that the Shakespeare’s phrase is very much applicable to it: much ado about nothing. The report is called “Russia”. But if you put the name of any other country, it will be the same, because this report is not about Russia. It is about the relationship between different intelligence agencies inside the UK.

03.07.2020 - Open Skies Clouded by Sham and Ambiguity (by Ambassador Andrei Kelin)

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's article published on the website of Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on 2 July 2020.

02.12.2019 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to Sputnik News Agency

On 27 November, 2019 Ambassador Andrei Kelin gave an interview to Sputnik News Agency during the V Russian-British Business Forum.

15.08.2019 - The liberal "end of history": what's next?

Following an interview with President Vladimir Putin published by the Financial Times a month ago, the issue of the future “liberal world order” in its idealistic version has been part of London’s political discussion agenda, with the emphasis being put on moral and political leadership in the present-day world.

09.07.2019 - What has happened to Western liberal idea? (by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko)

In the recent interview with President Putin, the Financial Times seems to have launched a discussion on liberalism only at its own peril. Inadvertently, a real problem was touched upon, whose pressing nature is no longer denied by anyone in the West. The newspaper had to admit it in its Editorial of 29 June. Its authors claim that the threat to liberalism comes from within, including President Trump and his policies, Brexit and, certainly, the rise of “populist nationalism”. They refer to voters’ disillusionment with liberalism and loss of confidence in the economic system and trust in political elites. The latter are invited to redouble their efforts to take into consideration issues raised by voters and “to renew liberalism”.

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