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28.12.2011 - Russia and Scotland: new opportunities for old friends

I guess I will not reveal a big secret by saying that we look with confidence into the future of the Russo-British relationship. Dramatic increase in contacts of all sorts as well as Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent visit to Moscow with a number of essential documents signed is just a clear proof of us being right in our optimistic feelings and our vision being shared by the British partners.


20.12.2011 - Article by Alexander Yakovenko published in the Russia Now supplement of The Daily Telegraph

Reappraising our values in international relations This year has been replete with important, and sometimes historic events, globally and regionally, notably the Arab Spring and the eurozone crisis. New and ever more convincing evidence has shown that a radical transformation of global governance is taking place. The co-ordinates of international relations have been shifting towards development issues central to world politics. At the same time, the kind of transformation that reflects the endgame of processes that began at the turn of the Seventies is gaining pace, whether we look at the Arab world or the crisis of liberal capitalism.


16.12.2011 - World trade will be rewarded for letting Russia join the club

Amid all the financial turmoil, Russia's accession to the World Trade Organisation, expected to be agreed in Geneva today, is a rare piece of good news for world trade. Finally, the last big economy is coming into the fold; the WTO can now be properly considered a global organisation.


12.12.2011 - Address of Ambassador Alexpander Yakovenko at the lunch at the House of Commons

Dear Colleagues, Mr Francis Maude, Mrs Eva Schloss, Members of Parliament, Our today’s meeting is the right occasion to remember the most terrible event of the past century, the WWII. It is symbolic, that today we gathered at the British Parliament, which was damaged by air raids of the German aviation in 1941. These walls are live witnesses of the terrors of that cruel war.


12.12.2011 - Letter to the Editor of The Daily Mail regarding the article about Veterans Minister Andrew Robathan statements on medals for Arctic Convoys veterans

Sir, I strongly disagree with Andrew Robathan who said of the Arctic Convoys veterans that there was “no intention to cover everybody in medals like authoritarian regimes and dictators do”. Russia has awarded the British veterans of the Arctic campaign not to “throw out a lot of medals” but as a sign of gratitude for their courage and sacrifice in our common struggle to save Europe and European civilization from Nazi barbarians. It is only proper for our two nations to remember that horror born out of the dysfunctional European society and politics of the time, as well as those who helped put an end to it.


09.12.2011 - Remarks by Ambassador Yakovenko at Visa-Free Barbecue: Europe without borders

Dear friends, I’m happy to welcome here everyone who has been able to make it through our “passport control”. As you can see, we have tried to bring our guests closer to the topic we are discussing – the present and future of visas.


09.12.2011 - Visa policy of the Russian Empire History essay for the Visa-Free Barbecue (8 December 2011)

We arranged today’s discussion so that we could critically and with the hindsight of historical experience look at how the present-day visa restrictions meet the realities of the modern world. In the age of public diplomacy, freedom of movement, support of tourism and abandonment of excessive visa and customs barriers, the unnecessary complication of visa rules sounds like an obvious relict, the echo of recent past barring the development of ties between people. I would presume that such barriers are a kind of reflection of the Iron Curtain in the minds of policy-makers who still look at Eastern Europe with a little bit of misgiving.


30.11.2011 - Article by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko published on 29 November 2011 in the Daily Telegraph (Russia Now supplement)

Nuclear power after Fukushima is a topic being discussed on many professional forums. Several governments, facing pressure from NGOs and the public, have had to declare that they will abandon nuclear energy. But for the time being, the situation is virtually unchanged: plants are still in operation and will remain so at least through the 2020s, including those in Germany and Switzerland. And nuclear plants that were being built at the time of Fukushima are still being built. Some countries (the UK, South Korea and Saudi Arabia) plan to generate a bigger proportion of their energy through nuclear power.


29.11.2011 - Welcoming remarks of Ambassador A.Yakovenko at the annual Russian Banking Forum

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am glad to welcome you in London at the 18th Russian Banking Forum held under the aegis of the Adam Smith Institute Conferences. Today I for the first time and with much pleasure participate in the work of your annual forum which has become a good tradition. For several decades it has been bringing together leading Russian bankers, their foreign counterparts from the City and international investors in the British capital, which allows to take the temperature of the domestic banking sector and outline plans for the next year. In this regard, I note with pleasure that the topic of the conference “Time for Growth: New Strategies – New Directions” reflects the positive processes, which, as far as I can judge, are taking place in the Russian banking industry and economy in general.


28.11.2011 - Opening address by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at the “Russia at International Markets” Conference at the London Stock Exchange

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear guests, I am glad to welcome you at the London Stock Exchange Conference focusing on Russia and its dynamic financial services market. As far as I am informed, today you also mark the 10th anniversary of the International Order Book and the 5th anniversary of Russian IOB Derivative Service – important tools for global investors and all bidders who deal with equity instruments of Russian companies.


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