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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.


05.10.2013 - Is nuclear disarmament possible? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

Russia is constantly advocating further limitations and reductions in nuclear weapon stockpiles along with strengthening international regimes of arms control and non-proliferation. At the heart of our approach is the need for responsible, pragmatic and gradual steps to be taken in this sphere aimed at finding effective ways to reduce the nuclear danger.


05.10.2013 - Towards Peace, Stability And Sustainable Economic Development in the Asia Pacific Region Article by Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia

Recent years have witnessed deep geopolitical shifts that fundamentally changed the global landscape. Against the backdrop of global transformation processes, the role of Asia Pacific region is rising as a significant factor that is determining now and will most likely determine the mainstream of international developments in the nearest future, becoming an influential player of emerging polycentric world order architecture.


03.10.2013 - Russia seeks an early entry into force of CTBT (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for RIA Novosti)

Russia is a strong advocate of an early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which is to become an essential part of the international legal security system and important link to the other nonproliferation and disarmament instruments. We strongly believe that it would also become an important confidence building measure.


01.10.2013 - Ambassador Yakovenko speaks at the rededication of the monument in memory of Russian and Finnish Crimean War prisoners (Lewes, 28 October 2013)

Ladies and Gentlemen! On behalf of the Embassy of Russia I would like to thank you for joining us today. This is a special and a rather unusual occasion – the Russians and the Finns restoring a monument designed and built by the British, dedicated to prisoners who lead a free and a relatively comfortable life, enjoying hospitality while in captivity, captured thousands of miles away from the main battlefields of an unnecessary war which no one actually wanted to fight.


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