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AMBASSADOR'S ARTICLES

25.08.2016

Syrian settlement: setting the record straight (by Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)

A grave humanitarian situation in Aleppo today is the most topical issue within the context of settlement in Syria. Over past two weeks, as the Syrian Government forces and Russian Air Force successfully resist the Jabhat al-Nusra”-led offensive, there have been increased efforts by some media to distort the real situation in Aleppo. The terrorists, who seek to seize the whole city, are obviously not interested in a ceasefire and establishing humanitarian corridors for civilians caught up in the fighting.

However, a large-scale humanitarian operation is under way, conducted by the Syrian Government with Russia’s assistance. The Russian Centre for reconciliation of the opposing sides delivered over 50 tonnes of food and medical supplies, as well as 93 tonnes of bottled water, to the people of Aleppo. All the seven recently established humanitarian corridors are open round o’clock. The road leading to the northern outskirts of Aleppo via the Castello shopping centre has been opened. It is now safely used for uninterrupted delivery of essential supplies to western and eastern Aleppo. Moreover, according to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Russia is discussing with the United States and the UN specialized agencies a weekly 48-hour ceasefire to deliver humanitarian aid to both parts of Aleppo, including the east, controlled by mixed opposition/terrorist groups.

Meanwhile, such fundamental factors as attempts of the terrorists to block, by way of intimidation and even public executions, a passage of civilians through humanitarian corridors are plainly ignored. It is not reported here. Before the start of the Russian Air Force mission in Syria on 30 September 2015, the United States had admitted the failure of its effort to train moderate Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State. 500 mln. USD were spent to produce 5 or 6 trainees on the ground.  Where have those moderate rebels come from since then? Or does the dirty secret lie in the fact that the imposition of a “Sunni alternative” on Syria could only be achieved with the help and leadership of terrorist groups?

We are convinced that appeasement of terrorists will not contribute to the solution of humanitarian problems in Syria. We expect our Western partners, primarily the US, to keep the promise they gave in February to ensure separation of moderate opposition forces from ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra. The latter has recently rebranded itself with the blessing of "Al-Qaeda". The proverbial separation of the chaff from the wheat is absolutely imperative. There can be no political settlement, while the terrorists, mostly foreigners, call the tune on the other side. Our proposals to coordinate joint efforts to combat terrorism in Syria remain on the table.




LATEST EVENTS

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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