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03.07.2013 - Ambassador’s Notebook: Russia and the Asia-Pacific Region

Relations with the Asia Pacific states are among Russia’s foreign policy priorities. The shift in the global economy’s center of gravity towards the Asia Pacific region is accompanied by growing interaction in the area and a proliferation of multilateral structures and initiatives.

28.06.2013 - Is it possible to make a nuclear-free world? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

The recent speech by President Barack Obama in Berlin indicated his intention to take further steps towards a nuclear-free world

24.06.2013 - Interview of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Rossiya 24 TV Channel (St Petersburg, 20 June 2013)

Question: Sergey Viktorovich, we meet “on the fields” of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Therefore, my first question is: what meetings will you have here, whom will you talk to, what do you plan to discuss?Sergey Lavrov: Beside participation in the meetings of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, I have planned my own contacts with a whole range of participants (of the Forum), including Incumbent Prime Minister of Lebanon Najib Mikati, President of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Vuk Jeremić. I have just had a conversation with the Administrator of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark. We discussed prospects of our interaction in building up Russia’s contribution into international contribution to development. I will have a talk with President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani, some other meetings. Never a dull moment.

22.06.2013 - Ambassador’s Notebook: British Veterans Awarded Russian Medal

On June 16, President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister David Cameron presented to 20 veterans with each country’s state awards, the Ushakov Medal and the Arctic Star, at a joint ceremony.

21.06.2013 - Interview of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia S.Lavrov for «Bloomberg» and «Associated Press», Saint Petersburg, June 21, 2013

Interview of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia S.Lavrov for «Bloomberg» and «Associated Press».

20.06.2013 - Syria: Russia optimistic despite differences (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

In the run-up to the G8 Summit at Lough Erne, there was much speculation over the disagreements between Russia and the West on Syria: Claims of chemical weapons use, arms deliveries to the rebels and the prospects for a new Geneva conference.

16.06.2013 - Russia's 'Global Mind' banking on $50 bln 2020 Expo glory (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

World Expo is held every five years. Ekaterinburg is competing with Dubai (UAE), Izmir (Turkey), Ayutthaya (Thailand) and Sao Paulo (Brazil) for the 2020 vote, which will be held in November 2013. Who will win? A cool Russian summer or something else?

15.06.2013 - Аmbassador’s Notebook: Syria: Lifting the EU Arms Embargo

At their recent meeting, EU foreign ministers decided not to extend the embargo on arms shipments to Syria beyond June 1.

08.06.2013 - Future of the Arctic in focus as more countries start playing in the region (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

As interest in the Arctic region, its exploration and preservation, rapidly grows, the Arctic Council is getting more hands to help out with the new Permanent Arctic Council Secretariat starting its work in northern Norway.

07.06.2013 - Speech of Ambassador Yakovenko at the reception in the Russian Embassy in London on the occasion of the Day of Russia

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentleman, I am delighted to welcome you today at the Russian Embassy on the occasion of our national holiday. Dear guests, welcome to Russia!

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