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15.11.2013 - Is UNSC reform possible? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

The reform of the United Nations Security Council is a crucial issue on the current international agenda. Depending on the outcome, it will determine the effectiveness of the work of the whole UN system for the foreseeable future.


08.11.2013 - AMBASSADOR YAKOVENKO ON GLOBAL ISSUES

Euro-Atlantic facing a real global competition. Now, that the fifth year of the global financial and economic crisis is coming to an end, nobody doubts that the world has entered the period of radical transformation. The crisis of the Soviet society and of the socialist system, which has led to the end of the Cold War at the turn of 80s-90s, has now been supplemented by the crisis of the Western society, including liberal economy and broadly-based representative democracy.


30.10.2013 - Moving beyond ‘conflict of civilizations’ to multipolar equilibrium (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

It appears that the issues of ethnic and cultural identity play a growing role in international affairs, contrary to what was previously thought.


29.10.2013 - Briefing of Press Attache of Russian Embassy: "Russia’s G20 Presidency: Outcomes"

Russia’s G20 Presidency, now drawing to a close, was a success. One of the factors that secured this success was that Russia has been able to develop a unifying summit agenda reflecting major aspirations of both developed states and emerging economies. The interests of the least developed countries have found a proper representation as well.


22.10.2013 - Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s talking points at Diplomacy in the Middle East Round Table (Global Diplomatic Forum, 22 October 2013)

- The conflict in Syria has no precedents in modern history given its complexity and scope. The crisis has gone beyond Syria and is destabilizing the entire region. Killings, destruction and human rights abuses are escalating. Russia is seriously concerned over increasing reports of murders and acts of violence based on ethnic and religious grounds in Syria, attacks on civilians in the areas populated by certain ethno-confessional groups. Huge foreign presence on the opposition side is destabilizing and distorting the stakes in the civil war.


18.10.2013 - Ambassador’s Notebook: Why the East Asia Summit Matters to Russia? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for RIA Novosti)

Russia welcomes the results of the 8th East Asia Summit (EAS), which was held in Brunei on October 10. The member states share common policies and approaches to sustainable development, stable investment, job creation, promoting food security and joint disaster response. The documents approved at the Summit demonstrate the need to promote cooperation in the various international formats, including the EAS, G20 and APEC.


16.10.2013 - Syria’s chemical disarmament opens way to political settlement (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

The Russian-American agreement on placing Syria’s chemical weapons (CW) under international control with their subsequent elimination, achieved in Geneva


12.10.2013 - How Russia sees the Asia Pacific region (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

The role of the Asia Pacific region is rising as a factor that will most likely determine mainstream international development in the near future.


11.10.2013 - Interview of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”, published on 10 October 2013

Question: The discussion about the possibility of using force against Syria raises the issue of international lawagain acutely. Let’s talk about it. Do you agree that this is a strange right – there are obligations, but almost no sanctions for their violation. Am I right? Sergey Lavrov: International law has, in fact, no enforcement and punishment system, which are characteristic for the national law of countries. However, this principle is organically derived from the principle of the sovereign equality of states. States are equal in their rights, and therefore their consent is required to create any control or enforcement mechanism in respect of actions they carry out.


09.10.2013 - Interview with the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs S.V.Lavrov by TV Channel “Russia Today”, on 8 October 2013, Bali, Indonesia

Well, first, I believe the possible dates for the conference were announced by the Secretary General of the United Nations during the General Assembly opening week. He consulted with us, the Americans, other members of the Permanent Five and he suggested to target mid-November. We would be ready to announce any day because our information is that the government is going to send a delegation and the main thing now is to make sure that the opposition participates and that the opposition is representative — not just one group of people who live outside Syria.


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