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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.The results are visible. During the last 3 years over $60 bln of investments have been attracted to 1300 projects in the Far East. The investment growth rate reached 17% in 2017 while the average for Russia was 4,4%. Asian and Pacific countries’ share in Russia’s foreign trade has increased from one fifth in 2013 to one third in 2017. The inflow of foreign direct investment in the Far East has leapfrogged by 15 times and now constitute 30% of all FDIs in Russia.

But how do you join in? There is one comfortable way. The 4th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) will take place on the 11-13th of September 2018 in the city of Vladivostok, with the motto «The Russian Far East: Expanding the Range of Opportunities».

The Forum, launched in 2015, at once became one of the key platforms for Russia, its eastern and western partners for open discussions on the challenges facing the Far East and the world, promotion of edge-cutting technologies and profitable deal-making by attracting investments. The EEF gives the floor to all players — from students, academics and scientists through owners of small and medium enterprises to the CEOs of huge corporations and political leaders. In 2015 the volume of deals concluded amounted to “barely” $20 bln. Last year EEF hosted over 6000 people from over 60 countries. 217 commercial contracts totaling $44bln were signed. That has led to the creation of 70000 jobs at the existing and 35 new enterprises in 2017-2018.

This year we expect up to 7000 participants, expected to sign investment deals for over $60 bln. They will represent countries from all over the world, including China (represented by President Xi Jinping), Japan (represented by PM Shinzo Abe), India, France, UK, Switzerland, US, Canada, South Africa.This year’s Forum will focus on four key areas: economic development through advanced special economic zones and the Free Port of Vladivostok, supporting the priority industries of the region (timber, agriculture, fisheries and mariculture, oil and gas extracting and refining, tourism, port infrastructure, mining and refining of solid minerals), economic cooperation between Russia’s Far East and the neighboring countries, and improving living conditions in the Russian Far East.Russia’s focus on the Far East corresponds to the global trend of the eastwards shifting of the centre of development. A timely entry will ensure a maximum of profits in the future. Russia is ready to open this window of opportunities to all the actors interested in mutually beneficial partnership. And we will be glad to welcome all the like-minded partners at the forth Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok!


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”.

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.

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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