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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.


03.08.2012 - Article of the First Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia A.I.Denisov «Foreign policy aspects about accession of Russia to WTO», published in magazine «International life» (№7, 2012)

Appreciable role of our country concerning solutions of many global questions and regional conflicts, continuous membership in the Security Council UN, participation in the G8 and the G20 - is not the whole list of criteria that reflect Russian geopolitical status. Completion of long-term negotiation process about participation of Russia in the World Trade Organization (WTO) confirms our consecutive course aimed to integrate our country into the global economy, strengthens the international Russian positions as one of the leading participants of the global economic architecture reforming process.


03.08.2012 - President Putin answers to journalists’ questions following visit to United Kingdom

QUESTION: Do you feel any kind of involvement in the Russian judokas’ victory? PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: I think the only time we ever had an Olympic gold medal in judo was in Moscow. We have never had any others.


30.07.2012 - Full text of the interview by PM Dmitry Medvedev to The Times newspaper

Question (via interpreter):Perhaps we can start with your impressions of yesterday's Olympics’ opening ceremony: What did you think of it? How did you like it?


18.07.2012 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s address at wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Revd. Iakov (James) Smirnov

Today, as we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Russia-UK peace treaty which sealed our alliance against Napoleon, we have gathered to pay tribute to an outstanding personality - Iakov (or James) Smirnov, who was posted to London in 1780 and spent almost 60 years here acting not only as a spiritual father for the Russian compatriots and all other Orthodox Christians in Britain, but also as a diplomat. Twice during the turbulent times of the Napoleonic wars he was left in charge of the Embassy, maintained link with Russia and cared about the Russian community.


09.07.2012 - President Putin's address at the meeting of Russian ambassadors and permanent representatives

As you know, today, Russia is observing a national day of mourning for those killed in the south of our country and in the road accident in Ukraine. This is a great tragedy, a great misfortune. I ask you to stand and honour the victims’ memory with a minute of silence.


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