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12.05.2012 - Message from HM The Queen for British and Russian WW2 veterans, 9 May 2012, read out by HRH The Duke of Gloucester on HMS Belfast

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10.05.2012 - Address of Alexander Kramarenko, Minister-Counsellor of the Russian Embassy, at the Victory Day wreath laying ceremony, Soviet War Memorial (London, 9 May 2012)

To say that the 9th of May is a very special day in Russia would be a gross understatement. It is about life and humanity’s true mission on Earth. For it is not as much about Victory, which was granted by God to the people that were on the right side of history, as about its price, the sacrifices that made it possible. As is said in the Bible, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John, 15:13).

26.04.2012 - Bureaucratic ordeal

Letter by Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for PM Vladimir Putin, published in The Guardian on 26 April 2012

24.04.2012 - Russia-UK: why culture vultures can soar above prickly political problems

Article by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko published in "Russia Now" supplement of The Daily Telegraph

24.03.2012 - Article by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, published in The Washington Times, March 23, 2012

Russia and the United States are the most advanced states in terms of nuclear energy use. We have put an end to the Cold War and the arms race, including the nuclear one. Today, our coun- tries have taken a common stand for the strengthening of the nuclear nonproliferation regime and have intensified their cooperation in combating nuclear terrorism. Russia expressed its full support for the proposal to hold a nuclear security summit (NSS) put forward by President Obama in 2009. The first summit took place in 2010 in Washington. We reaffirm our political commitments stated in its communique. Russia has signed and ratified the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and its amendment, as well as the Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, adopted by the international community at Russia's initiative. We call on other states that have not yet done so to expedite the completion of the necessary internal procedures for accession to these key international instruments.

14.03.2012 - The Russian position on Syria: myths and reality

Article by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko in Russia Now supplement of Daily Telegraph

14.03.2012 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s speech at the Presentation of the Ulyanovsk Region in London

I am glad to welcome you at the London presentation of the Ulyanovsk Region. We are continuing the series of meetings with heads of leading Russian regions under the aegis of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce initiated last autumn by the Russian Embassy. We have already covered the Republic of Sakha and the Saratov Region.

02.03.2012 - On latest Chatham House report on Russia

It seems that the latest Chatham House report on Russia cries out for comments by our Press Office. The authors, unfortunately, displayed an utterly biased attitude towards the subject and abysmal lack of intellectual honesty, leaving an impression that Russian politics is done in London. For the sake of comparison, the report “Engaging with Russia” to the Trilateral Commission in July 2006, represented a genuine attempt at honest analysis.

25.02.2012 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s foreword at Alexey Gromyko’s lecture “Culture and Russian foreign policy”

We have already entered the era of truly globalized world with porous and transparent national borders, encouraging more cultural, economic and social exchanges between people. That is further enhanced by Internet networks, encompassing nowadays the whole planet. All this creates a new type of space for unrestricted transnational intercourse.

25.02.2012 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s speech at the round table dedicated to the forthcoming publication in English of the USSR Ambassador Ivan Maisky’s diaries “Between Churchill and Stalin”

We have a very special occasion today. We are here to mark and discuss the forthcoming publication in English of the diaries of Ivan Mikhailovich Maisky, prominent Russian diplomat, who was representing the interests of the Soviet Union in the United Kingdom during the extremely challenging and difficult period of the World War Two.

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