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22.09.2011 - Russian DFM Gatilov on International counter-terrorism cooperation

Speaking at the International counter-terrorism cooperation on 21 September 2011 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said: “The Russian Federation calls for enhanced efforts toward a comprehensive implementation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. We note the contribution made through the Security Council, its Counter-Terrorism Committee, as well as committees 1267 and 1540, and we fully support the work of the Task Force and the further development of a keen and substantive dialogue within the working groups operating under its aegis. We expect that additional opportunities in this regard can be opened with the launching of the Task Force’s new project to establish a UN Anti-Terrorism Center.


22.09.2011 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's Speech at a dinner with British and international investors, 20 September, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am glad to welcome you in the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the United Kingdom. Our meeting today, the first one to be held in such a narrow and trusting composition, is held with the assistance of one of the leading Russian banks VTB Capital in the run-up to the yearly investment forum “Russia Calling” in Moscow on 5-7 October.


09.09.2011 - Introduction by Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, FIRST Magazine, Special Report - Russia

The forthcoming visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron to Moscow this autumn is a good opportunity to review the current state of our political dialogue and areas of practical cooperation. We value multidimensional interaction between Russia and Great Britain in the UN Security Council, G8, G20 and other multilateral fora. This interaction is indispensable for international stability, including Euro-Atlantic region where the need for an open cooperative architecture of indivisible security without dividing lines becomes more and more obvious.


05.09.2011 - Comment by Minister-Counsellor Alexander Kramarenko

May I join debate on Libya, started in “The Financial Times” and support the argument made by Anne-Marie Slaughter, my former counterpart in policy planning (Time to compromise to protect Libya’s people, 2 August), as well as by Michael Peel (All parties need to reveal their plans post-Gaddafi, 16 August) and Alistair Horne (What did we expect from the Arab Spring?, “Daily Telegraph”, 17 August). As an expert on international affairs, I believe the point they made is more relevant now that a certain phase of the Libyan crisis is over and international community is pondering what to do next.


30.08.2011 - Article by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko published on 30 August 2011 in the Daily Telegraph (Russia Now supplement)

WE ARE UNITED BY THE THREATS WE FACE
Globalisation in general and the current crisis in particular show with great clarity that in the 21st-century, Russia and the UK have no reason to stand apart but, of course, a healthy competition remains.


28.08.2011 - Letter to the Editor of The Sunday Times

Sir, Mark Franchetti states that Russia is facing an “alarming” brain drain of young people (“Youth exodus hits dead-hand, corrupt Russia”, 14 August). He reports that 40 per cent of Russian young people reportedly said they contemplated looking for a job abroad – but this figure compares very favourably to the 75 per cent of Britons considering moving abroad, according to a recent poll.


11.08.2011 - Ambassador A.Yakovenko’s comments on Gideon Rachman’s article “Beware the guns of August” (Financial Times, 2 August)

With all my respect to the author, his as-a-matter-of-fact treatment of the events of August 2008 doesn’t seem fair to me. It simply ignores the fact established by the EU-mandated H.Tagliavini International fact-finding Mission, that it was the Georgian Government that launched a military operation against South Ossetia in the dead of night on 7 August 2008. It means, that our troops moved into the region in response to that action. So, and that is important for the theme of that article, it was not us who chose August for that crisis, quite cynically timed to the opening of the Olympics in China. As a matter of fact, back then, unlike now in respect of events in Syria, that attempt by Georgian authorities to suppress their own people with crude military force didn’t provoke outrage among our Western partners.


23.06.2011 - Speech by the Russian Ambassador A.Yakovenko at RBCC Business Forum “Russia – a wealth of opportunities”

Your Royal Highness, Dear Mr Chairman, Ladies and gentleman, It is with great pleasure that I have accepted the invitation to come to the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce Annual Forum in London. As the new Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Court of Saint James’s, it is my first opportunity to address the members and guests of the Chamber.


22.06.2011 - Interview by Dmitry Medvedev to Financial Times

The interview was recorded on June 18, 2011 in St Petersburg


22.06.2011 - Address by the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry A.Medvedev to the participants of the Global Zero Summit

Dear participants, The aspiration for high principles has always been typical for the development of the human civilization at all times. Beyond all doubt the aim of denuclearization of the world, which your representative Forum has made its mission, is among these principles. Playing an active part in searching ways for further denuclearization, you not only make contribution to the promotion of the global security and stability, but also foster social progress.


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