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09.12.2010 - Opening remarks by Alexander Sternik, Charge d’Affaires, during the meeting to look back on the year in Russia-UK relations

I would like to stick with tradition and say some words on what have been very positive 7 months for UK-Russia relations after what we can all agree has been a difficult period.


30.11.2010 - Dmitry Medvedev delivered his annual Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly

The President outlined his views on the main domestic and foreign policy issues. In his annual Presidential Address Dmitry Medvedev summed up the past year’s achievements, reviewed major research and technological projects, progress in the social sphere and technological modernisation, formulated future objectives and issued instructions to the Government and regional authorities.


30.09.2010 - Address of Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Russian Federation Mr. Alexander Sternik at the Presentation of the “Anbaa Moscow” Newspaper

Today we are witnessing an important and, in many ways, symbolic event – the launch of the updated edition of The Moscow News in the Arabic language. We view it as part of a wider tendency – the development of dialogue between Russia and the Arab world that goes back many centuries. It is well known that the Soviet Union engaged in large-scale co-operation with Middle Eastern and North African states. Thousands of industrial facilities were built with USSR’s help, and many engineers, doctors, scientists and politicians warmly remember their yearsof study in our country. With the end of the Cold War and the abandonment of the ideological approach to foreign policy a lot has changed but, with that, new opportunities for co-operation have appeared and today we feel a big demand for our country’s presence in the Arab world. Russia is an important and respected participant of the peaceful process in the Middle East; our economic co-operation is also gaining momentum, our universities are open for students from Arab countries, the “Rusiya Al-Yaum” channel is running in the region and starting from today we have resumed publishing the “Anbaa Moscow”. In this respect, I would like to note that both these media projects are offsprings of a leading Russian news agency RIA-Novosti that has in recent years occupies an important niche in the Russian and global information market.


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.


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