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22.02.2013 - Ambassador's Notebook: Towards the Implementation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

On January 31, 2013 the international conference on national and regional counterterrorism strategies took place in Columbia.

22.02.2013 - Russia's Initiatives for the G20 (by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko, The Huffington Post, 21 February 2013)

On 15-16 February Moscow hosted the first Meeting of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors under Russia's G20 presidency.

02.02.2013 - Remarks by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at the opening of Stalingrad battle 70-th anniversary event (Rossotrudnichestvo office, London, 2 February 2013)

Dear friends, Today, we have gathered here to commemorate the 70-th anniversary of the victory of the Red Army and the Russian people over Nazi Germany troops in the battle of Stalingrad – the battle that became the turning point of the Second World War.

02.02.2013 - Ambassador's Notebook: Mali: Echoes of the Libyan Conflict

Over the past two weeks the situation in Mali has changed dramatically. The government armed forces have succeeded in dislodging the militants from significant parts of the country. As the state of emergency is extended for three more months, there is hope that the government of Mali will be able to restore stability in the country.

01.02.2013 - Space investment: Russian program gets facelift

Russia occupies the leading position in space research and exploration. Now the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has taken another step forward and published a state program entitled "Space activities of Russia in 2013-2020."

25.01.2013 - Ambassador Yakovenko on situation in the Middle East and Northern Africa

22 January collegium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation outlined concrete steps for promoting Russian interests in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

24.01.2013 - Ambassador's Notebook: Visa Regimes: What Era Are We In?

A new era in the history of passports and visas began in the 14th century. Merchants and travelers went to foreign lands and, to make it easier to cross borders, they prepared special travel documents. These documents not only gave the holder’s name and surname, but also their hair and eye colour and even nose shape. These were the first foreign passports. Moreover, since the 15th century, countries like England issued passports not only for their nationals heading abroad but also for inbound foreigners, enabling them to travel freely about the country.

21.01.2013 - Russian Ambassador on Syria. Latest.

Russia, first of all, seeks to save human lives in Syria when calls for an urgent cessation of bloodshed and launch of a political dialogue. Our priority is not to demand for President Assad to leave, as sought by our Western partners.

21.01.2013 - Ambassador's Notebook: Do Traditional Values Have a Future?

On September 27, 2012 the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution submitted by the Russian Federation on “Promoting Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms through a Better Understanding of Traditional Values of Humankind: Best Practices.” More than 60 states sponsored this initiative, including, collectively, members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the League of Arab States. The resolution reiterates the idea that understanding of and respect for traditional values both encourage and facilitate the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

21.01.2013 - Is there a solution to the Syrian crisis?

The situation in Syria remains difficult. What’s more, the ongoing humanitarian crisis continues to deteriorate. The opposition still refuses to sit down at the negotiating table with Damascus. The death toll is rising. Is there a solution to the Syrian crisis, or are we about to witness a cruel civil war drag on into 2013?

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