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12.09.2013 - Syrian Alternative (Article by Russian President Vladimir Putin published in the US newspaper New York Times)

Recent events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.

07.09.2013 - Push for peace and Road to Damascus (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for RIA Novosti)

The G-20 Summit in Saint-Petersburg became the scene of debate on the Syrian crisis by leaders of major nations of the world.

05.09.2013 - Syrian impasse: a tragedy of errors (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

In the course of its walk to Congress the US Administration has to devise a strategy for using force against Syria. That appears to be leading inevitably to a regime change, quite an orthodox option that failed utterly in other countries of the Middle East, but still reffects traditional value-for-money calculation of the US strategic mentality. How else one ought to understand plans to degrade Syrian military and upgrade capabilities of the opposition? The goal of finding political solution to the crisis is still professed. But the military intervention outside the international law can only render the situation more intractable.

04.09.2013 - One mistake after another. It is still possible to prevent the foreign aggression in Syria. (Igor Ivanov, President of the Russian International Affairs Council, Russian Foreign Minister (1998-2004), Published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta (Federal issue) No.6170 of 2 September 2013)

If we return to the situation in Syria, we may note that there are no grounds to expect that a military operation against the regime of Bashar al-Assad will be more effective and less destructive than the known operation in Yugoslavia and Iraq.

03.09.2013 - Article of the Ambassador-at-large, coordinator of the G20 affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Vadim Lukov “BRICS as an important driver of G20 development”, published in the special international volume “G20 summit in St Petersburg under presidency of Russia”

There is a deep interconnection between the development of BRICS, on the one hand, and the development of G20, on the other hand. It is based on the process of formation of a multipolar global economy of the 21 century.

30.08.2013 - Responding to Syrian crisis: are there shades of international legitimacy? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for RIA Novosti)

Some western states are announcing that they have conclusive information and evidences to blame Syrian authorities for the alleged chemical attack in Ghouta. We are observing preparations for a military option, including massive build-up of armaments in the region. It is hard to understand the true motives of these states. After disastrous interventions in Iraq without consent of the UN Security Council, and then in Libya, with UNSC mandate abused, where they effectively failed to assist bringing stability and establishing interreligious and interethnic peace, they are now repeating the same scenario.

28.08.2013 - Military option in Syria: Between crime and blunder at the expense of a peaceful solution? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

Those who call for military action in Syria now are setting the world on a perilous path only to repeat the Iraqi and Libyan experience.

28.08.2013 - Russia’s G20 presidency: decision time in St. Petersburg (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

In the run-up to the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Alexander Yakovenko, Russia's Ambassador to the UK, discusses the agenda of the meeting as well challenges facing the global economy.

28.08.2013 - Interview of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov by the Abkhazian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, Moscow, 25 August 2013

Question:Abkhazia is on the eve of its anniversary. Five years ago the Russian Federation acknowledged the sovereignty of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in very complicated conditions. This allowed the removal of tensions in the region and the countries became entities under international law. What is your assessment of the situation today?

21.08.2013 - Ambassador’s Notebook: Crisis in Egypt

The political crisis in Egypt is not easing up. Mass protests by supporters and opponents of Mohammed Morsi continue in Cairo and some other major cities. There have been fierce clashes with security forces resulting in numerous casualties. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Egypt may be heading toward a civil war.

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