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07.09.2012 - Ambassador A.Yakovenko: thinking on Syria

Over the past few months meeting British Government Ministers, politicians and people in academia and media I have been often asked questions onRussia’s position on the Syrian crisis and its conceptual reasoning. The Embassy has also been receiving letters from British citizens on those issues. I’d like to answer them, though Russia has always been clear on where we stand onSyria, including at the level of President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as well as in the course of our diplomatic contacts with Foreign Office.

06.09.2012 - Digital diplomacy makes the right connections

Article by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko published in the Russia Now supplememnt of The Daily Telegraph on 6 September 2012

05.09.2012 - Russian FM Sergey Lavrov speaks at the APEC Ministerial Meeting in Vladivostok (05 September 2012)

Ministers, meeting participants, ladies and gentlemen! First, let me and my colleague Andrey Belousov, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, welcome all of you here in Vladivostok, the industrial, cultural and scientific center of the Russian Far East. We hope that despite our very intensive work schedule, you have had a chance to appreciate the hospitality of the citizens of this beautiful city, which is Russia's gateway to the Asia-Pacific Region.

05.09.2012 - Lavrov: Russia’s 2012 APEC chairmanship detailed and effective

Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov, interviewed by RIA Novosti, discusses Russia's readiness to host the September 8-9 APEC Leaders' Meeting in Vladivostok and prospects for subsequent work at the forum.

29.08.2012 - Speech of the President of the Russian Paralympic Comittee Vladimir Lukin at the Solemn ceremony for proclamation of communiqué of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Russian Federation, Federative Republic of Brazil and Republic of Korea on 29th August 2012

First of all, I would like to thank the British side for the initiative to organise this meeting and to develop a Joint communiqué of the countries-hosts of the closest four Olympic and Paralympic Games.

25.08.2012 - Speech of the Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at the wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial in Portsmouth, 25 August 2012

We have come here to pay tribute to those fallen in the First and the Second World Wars, in which our nations were allies. Portsmouth obviously played a major role in the sea campaigns during both conflicts. I should say that in my country the memories of the last war are still present in every family. The sufferings and the victories of the war are not consigned to history books, they remain a part of our national identity. That is why we sincerely admire our British allies, in particular those people of the Royal Navy and Merchant Marine who served on the Arctic Convoys which delivered supplies to Northern Russian ports in 1941-1945. Their caravans, under constant threat from Nazi submarines and planes and inclement weather, were not just a supply line, but a visual symbol that we were not alone in our struggle against the enemies of humanity. In Russia today the Arctic Convoys heroes are feted as much as our veterans.

24.08.2012 - One more time about Pussy Riot rights

Many of those who read British press get a wrong impression that Pussy Riot band members were wrongfully detained and convicted for being against President Vladimir Putin. Regrettably, the majority of newspaper articles use wrong categories in reporting on this case. British media presents the topic under the banner of the freedom of speech and self-expression. In Russia, however, this matter is discussed as to whether there is a punishment for those who burst into the place of worship insulting the religious feelings of a considerable part of Russian citizens and debauch there.

16.08.2012 - Ambassador Yakovenko’s talking points at presentation of the book of Ambassadors’ letters

The Olympic Truce is based on an ancient Greek tradition, dating back to the ninth century B.C. Its adoption followed a prophecy of the oracle of Delphi as a way to put an end to the wars. The Olympic Truce was announced before and during the Olympic Games to ensure athletes and spectators could travel safely to the Games and peacefully return to their respective countries.

16.08.2012 - Trade dialogue between Russia and the UK

British business more and more frequently looks in the direction of Russia. London experts believe that it is small wonder because the Russian market is growing rapidly and promising good prospects. Russia’s trade representative in the UK Dmitry Lebedev has told in an interview to The Voice of Russia radio about British people’s attitude to Russian business and their interest in starting a business in Russia.

03.08.2012 - The Article of State Secretary - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Grigory Karasin "Mission possible," published in "Rossiyskaya Gazeta", July 23, 2012

The history of civil confrontation in several former Soviet republics in the 90s of last century, the consequences of nationalists’ entering the political arena, tragedies accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union keep exciting the society, and are still analyzed by political scientists and historians.

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