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MH-17 tradedy: the way to justice (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for London Evening Standart, full version)

298 persons lost their lives in the sky over Eastern Ukraine a year ago. The least the international community should do is to ensure that justice is done and is seen being done in this horrible incident. This matter is too serious to be used for propaganda purposes and political point-scoring.

Security Council already passed its resolution 2166 on 21 July 2014 with Russia's active support. The key objective now is to make full use of its potential of  insuring that the two  investigations being conducted in the Netherlands are successfully concluded, and proceed in an impartial and transparent fashion.

This is the purpose of Russia's draft resolution which was discussed at the consultative meeting of the Security Council last Sunday. It saw a constructive discussion and we are satisfied with how it proceeded and its outcome. We have got the impression that our partners left the meeting room in the mood to try to find a common ground, and see how the two approaches could be reconciled so that the Council could make the next step and enhance its potential of assisting in the investigation. Particularly, we suggest appointment of a special representative of the UN Secretary-General.

Russia is strongly committed to finding the truth and bringing those culpable to justice. We agree with our British colleagues that there are various ways for that. But to create a criminal court, which does not fall within the UN Security Council mandate, and do it under Chapter VII dealing with "threats to international peace and security", unlike all previous incidents of this nature, is a sure way to politicization of this entire matter.

We already saw numerous attempts to muddy water and to arrive at a theoretical conclusion on the guilty party as a function of political assumptions as to who is responsible for the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. That is indictment first with facts to follow. This approach will not only fail the victims of the tragedy and their relatives, but the international community at large. It will do a disservice to all the parties concerned by further eroding trust between them. The truth and justice seen being done, on the contrary, will help build trust.

As to the conflict in Ukraine, Russia has always spoken in favour of a political solution. Our Western partners, however, in fact supported a military one in disguise of the grotesque ATO, ever since the Ukrainian authorities decided not to extend the original truce in June 2014. It was regarded as Kiev's sovereign decision, which means that sovereignty trumps everything else, including human and minority right and the cause of civil peace.

Let's not forget, that two investigations, technical and criminal, are not yet concluded a year after the tragedy. Attempts at politicization will only contribute to shifting the subject and the very topic. Unlike other parties, Russia promptly provided all the objective technical control data. The investigation gathered material evidence at the site, although not all the parts of the destroyed aircraft, and must be in possession of projectiles, be those shells of jet-fighter cannons or warhead munitions of various types of SAM and air-to-air missiles. These are key to establishing the weapons used in downing the airliner. It must not be difficult and wouldn't take that long.

Finally, based on the experience of the past year it is Russia, who is interested the most in an early establishment of the truth. If only for the fact that any delay will provide more time and space for the current propaganda campaign aimed at substituting due process with a kangaroo court of public opinion. This is precisely why Russia believes the idea of the Malaysia-sponsored draft UN  Security  Council  resolution premature  and counterproductive.


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”.

09.08.2018 - Letter from Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko to the Guardian’s editor

In response to the Ambassador Beruchashvili’s letter, offering not so much a recollection of the August 2008 events in the Caucasus, but rather a misleading reiteration of the Georgian claims against Russia I have to refer to some of the universally recognized facts and consequences resulting from those tragic events.

24.07.2018 - Eastern Economic Forum: the East is bright (by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko)

When talking about Russia’s Far East, you invariably remember its stunning natural beauty, abundance in natural resources and vast territories. But when one thinks of its investments prospects, you also invariably remember its harsh climate, low average population density and the lack of transport and other infrastructure. But now the situation is changing fundamentally. The region is undergoing a huge and qualitative revival. The development of the region has been declared one of the national priorities for Russia. In the last 5 years 18 advanced development zones and 5 free ports have been established in the Russian Far East. Long-term tax exemptions have been provided for large investment projects. Paperless e-visas for visitors of Vladivostok are available for citizens of 18 countries.

03.05.2018 - SALISBURY: A CLASSIFIED CASE (by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko)

On 4 March 2018 two Russian citizens Sergei and Yulia Skripal were reportedly poisoned in Salisbury, Wiltshire with the toxic chemical named A-234 under the British classification. On 12 March Foreign Secretary Johnson summoned me to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and said that Russia was “highly likely” responsible for the attack. He invited us to respond by the next day, whether this had been a direct act by the state or Russia had lost control over this nerve agent. The incident had international repercussions, including expulsion of 150 Russian diplomats from 28 countries, notwithstanding the fact that the charges were based on assumptions and unverifiable intelligence. The Western countries lost the same number of Moscow-based staff. Meanwhile, the British government provided no evidence either to the public, its allies or Russia. Subsequent events revealed that no proof of Russia’s involvement existed. On 1 May, National Security adviser Sir Mark Sedwill confirmed that (despite a number of previous leaks) no suspect had been identified, a statement that speaks for itself.

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