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20.12.2012 - Priorities of Russia's G20 Presidency in 2013

Article by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko published in the Russia Now supplement of The Daily Telegraph on 18 December 2012

19.12.2012 - Ambassador’s Notebook: The Continuing Arab Spring – Managing Sectarian Tensions

The mainstream opinion on the Arab Spring in Britain seems to be quite reasonable. First, we should not make the mistake of viewing the Arab Spring through a sectarian lens, second – we should not view sectarian politics as the defining issue affecting the region’s security, third – all countries in the region have a common interest in defusing sectarian tensions, and, finally, fourth – that sectarian tensions can only be defused and overcome by peaceful political means. What is missing, however, is the reality of outside interference.

12.12.2012 - Аmbassador’s Notebook: Moscow as an International Financial Center

On December 11, 2012, leading Russian and British financial experts and businesspeople will gather at The Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London, to share experience and discuss opportunities arising in the development of Moscow as an international financial center. This will be the fourth meeting of the Joint Liaison Group set up during the bilateral summit in Moscow last year. The meeting will be chaired by Alexander Voloshin, Head of the Russian MIFC Taskforce, and Alderman Roger Gifford, the Lord Mayor of the City of London.

04.12.2012 - Ambassador's Notebook: Scottish Impressions

I have always known that every visit to Scotland – one of the most beautiful regions of the UK – will invariably create a great many unforgettable impressions. So deep is the culture of this people, who live in a harsh climate, are to some extent ascetic, and in a way resemble us. My visit to Scotland from November 28 to December 1 was no exception. I had a chance to meet a range of interesting people, committed professionals.

30.11.2012 - Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko speaks at at the annual Russian Banking Forum (28 November 2012)

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, I am glad to welcome you in London at the Nineteenth Russian Banking Forum, hosted under the auspices of the Adam Smith Institute. I am pleased, as a year ago, to see in the audience today the familiar faces of the leading Russian bankers, financiers and economists of the City. This annual forum is established platform for discussion of the current trends and priorities of the national banking sector, with the participation of international experts, representatives of the international financial community.

29.11.2012 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko: History proves the need for collective leadership

Global development processes are going through a transition phase, and so are international relations. What we may be witnessing now is yet another change of epochs. This change also marks the completion of processes of various durations Р from the Cold War and its intellectual and geostrategic momentum to the 500-year long domination of the West in global politics, economics and finance.

29.11.2012 - Remarks by Ambassador Yakovenko at the meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s cross-party group on cooperation with Russia

Moving from the wider cooperation between Russia and the United Kingdom I'm glad to say that we always pay attention to promoting genuine and fruitful regional interaction. Given its cultural and economic resources and the long historical tradition of interchanges, Scotland is no doubt an important partner for us, and there is a massive potential for cooperation here.

26.11.2012 - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gives an interview to France Presse and Le Figaro

Dmitry Medvedev: Good afternoon. Question: Good afternoon. Mr Prime Minister, you plan to visit France soon, next week. We know that you had good relations with Nicolas Sarkozy. How would you assess your cooperation with the new President of France, Francois Hollande? Do you expect any changes?

26.11.2012 - Ambassador’s Notebook: Threat of Extremism - How Real in Europe?

Recently, I raised with the UK Foreign Office one of the most topical problems that modern societies face, namely the rise of ethnic hatred and racism. One could ask – why with the UK? But both in Europe and in other regions, we are witnessing the spread of various extremist groups and ideological movements, in particular neo-Nazis and “skinhead” groups, spreading xenophobia and turning it into a tool of populist politics, preaching simplistic cures to the complex problems of our time. In a number of countries public events are held to glorify the Nazis and neo-Nazism. Monuments and memorials in honor of former SS members are erected. Those who fought against the Allies, or who collaborated with the Nazis, are declared national liberation heroes.

12.11.2012 - Interview of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey V. Lavrov for the news agency «RIA Novosti», newspaper «Moscow News», magazine «Russia in Global Affairs», Moscow, November 8, 2012 (full version)

Question: What does Barack Obama's victory in presidential election in the United States mean for Russia? Sergey V. Lavrov: We refer to this as to the choice of American people and the will of the voters.

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