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08.09.2010 - Opening remarks at Ambassador Yury Fedotov’s meeting with UK media

The United Kingdom remains an important partner for Russia. This partnership goes back to the history of the two world wars. Today, it is based on the common goals of the two countries, both permanent members of the UNSC, as well as G8 and G20 member states. In this context, Moscow and London bear great responsibility for international security, sustainable development and protection of the Earth’s environment. We share common goals related to the consequences of the global financial crisis. We have moved closer to solving a number of pressing regional and trans-border problems, i.e. Afghanistan, the Middle East, non-proliferation of WMD, etc.


31.08.2010 - Ambassador Yury Fedotov’s Interview to Interfax news agency

1. Mr. Fedotov, your posting to London covered a period when Russian – British political relations fell almost to their freezing point. What are your feelings on leaving Britain, optimistic or pessimistic? The diplomatic profession teaches you to hold an optimistic view of things that is based on pragmatism and common sense. With all the numerous dimensions of Russian-British relations and their wave-like development it would be wrong to remain fixated on their negative aspects. The United Kingdom remains an important partner for Russia. And this partnership goes back to the history of the two world wars. Today, it is based on the common goals of the two countries, both permanent members of the UNSC, as well as G8 and G20 member states. In this context, Moscow and London bear great responsibility for international security, sustainable development and protection of the Earth’s environment. We share common goals related to the consequences of the global financial crisis. We have moved close to solving a number of pressing regional and trans-border problems, i.e. Afghanistan, the Middle East, non-proliferation of WMD, the fight against terrorism, drugs and organized crime.


23.08.2010 - Let's drop the visa barriers (Letter to The Independent, 23 August 2010)

UK citizens do need to apply for Russian visas and go through necessary paperwork (Mary Dejevsky, 17 August). However this “nuisance” is dwarfed by the procedures the Russians who wish to visit Britain have to follow. The UK visa application form is five times as lengthy, and has to be completed in English only.


20.08.2010 - Chargé d’Affaires Alexander Sternik’s letter to The Telegraph, as published on 20 August 2010

SIR – Your coverage (Leading article, August 16) of Russia’s unprecedented heatwave and subsequent wildfires, which have ravaged large areas of the country, blames the Russian government. Wildfires are unpredictable and difficult to control. In Russia, more than 27,700 fires have broken out since early summer, including 1,133 peat bog fires – which are notoriously difficult to extinguish. More than 166,000 personnel and 62 aircraft have been deployed. The Russian government worked around the clock to protect the welfare of its citizens through a fast and targeted response.


04.08.2010 - Ambassador Fedotov’s address to the participants of the videoconference “War in the Caucasus. 2 years on”

I would like to welcome the participants of this videolink, renowned experts from UK and Russia’s most important foreign policy think tanks. I wish them a useful and honest discussion of the conflict in South Ossetia now that the international atmosphere favours such a dialogue. As we remember the days of Saakashvili’s aggression we cannot help recalling also the Western hostility towards Russia, amounting to a full scale information war. As time went on, the accounts became more balanced, especially given the findings of the EU’s Tagliavini Commission on who started the war.


14.07.2010 - Speech of Alexander Sternik, Charge D’Affaires of the Russian Federation "RUSSIA AND AFGHANISTAN: LESSONS LEARNED" at the Royal United Services Institute on 13 July

My thoughts are with all the brave servicemen and civilians in and around Afghanistan who risk their lives to help Afghanistan people, to keep terror, drug threat and extremism away from our doorstep. All sacrifices made should never be forgotten.


12.07.2010 - Speech by Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation, at the Meeting with Russian Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives to International Organisations

In the two years that have passed since our last meeting, the world has changed significantly, although we always use that phrase – it’s a truism of sorts. Still, it is absolutely accurate when applied to the last two years.


06.07.2010 - Speech of H.E. Mr. Yury Fedotov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation, at the Round Table on the Future of the Arctic in Chatham House on 5 July

I am pleased to have the privilege to speak to this distinguished audience. The very fact that this event is taking place underscores a growing international and local interest in the Arctic. In 2010 the Arctic has been on the agenda of leading British think-tanks. Wilton Park had a conference on this topic last February while the Windsor Energy Group devoted to it its latest meeting in the Houses of Parliament in June.


24.06.2010 - Address by H.E. Mr. Yury Fedotov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Court of St.James’s at the RBCC Forum 2010 “Russia – New Opportunities for Business”

It has become a good tradition that the annual Russo-British Chamber of Commerce Forum in London follows in the footprints of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, the leading global investment venue for companies doing business in Russia. In his opening address in Saint Petesburg President Dmitry Medvedev confirmed last week that our country had been firmly set on an economic modernization course. Work is underway to build a modern, strong and prosperous Russia that will be one of the co-founders of the new global economic order and a full participant of the collective leadership in the post-crisis world. I am very pleased to note that the agenda of the RBCC Forum is very closely interlinked with the modernization priorities in Russia and new respective opportunities for joint business are the main focus of our discussions today.


22.06.2010 - Ambassador Fedotov meets journalists

On 22 June 2010 the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom Yury Fedotov briefed British and Russian journalists about Russia’s priorities at the forthcoming G8 and G20 summits in Canada.


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