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Priorities of Russia's G20 Presidency in 2013

On December 1, 2012, Russia assumed the presidency of the G20, the group of the leading world economies that covers 90 % of the world GDP and 80 % of the global trade. It is a common knowledge that the Group of 20 was created as an important instrument to co-ordinate international efforts in order to foster economic growth and sustainability, manage and respond to crises. Russia is keen to work with our partners to develop new ideas and efficient mechanisms aimed at supporting economic growth and preventing crises in the future. The G20 Presidency also provides us with an opportunity to address Russia’s long-term national economic goals, consolidate international cutting edge advice and expertise and share it with other members of the Group and the broader international community.

Since the G20 establishment in the format of the leaders’ meetings in 2008, by the way, with an active support of the Russian and British leadership, the participating countries have managed to arrest the economic downfall and tighten supervision over national financial systems. Together we are advancing a systemic transformation of the international financial and economic architecture in order to provide us with maximum protection from risks, strengthen mutual trust, and give an impetus to a sustained and balanced global economic development.

As for the objectives of the Russian G20 Presidency, we have decided not to introduce any new, in essence, items to the agenda but rather concentrate on the traditional track in support of a sustainable, inclusive and balanced growth and job creation around the world. And we would like to ensure continuity of the dialogue on all the existing issues to facilitate further implementation of the previous commitments. To meet this strategic goal we are planning to concentrate our common efforts on the three following priorities aimed at starting the new global economic growth cycle, that include boosting growth through quality jobs and investment, through trust and transparency in the markets, through effective and efficient regulation. In addition to the traditional G20 agenda two new financial topics will be added – financing for investment and government borrowing and public debt sustainability. We are looking forward to co-ordinating policy measures that could be taken to stimulate the expansion and developing of long-term investment sources of growth, as well as discussing the future of sovereign borrowings within the context of the national commitments to a set of agreed international rules.

In order to ensure the continuity and implementation of the earlier commitments we will work with our partners to advance traditional vital issues on the G20 agenda, such as the state of the global economy, implementation of the Framework Agreement for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth, facilitation of job creation, reform of the currency and financial regulation and supervision systems, including the reform of the IMF formula and quotas, as well as maintaining stability in global energy markets, stepping up international development, strengthening multilateral trade and countering corruption.

We will start with updating our commitments under the Framework Agreement for Sustainable Growth. Overall, we are currently facing a very delicate situation when commitments and real policy actions do not always match each other. We intend to join efforts with our partners in order to encourage leading economies to fulfil their commitments, particularly, in terms of implementing the promises on budget deficits and debt coefficients, as it was agreed at the previous summits, including the leaders’ meeting in Toronto in 2010. We will also push for the implementation of the comprehensive financial regulation reform agenda where G20 has already achieved some impressive results, e.g. within the context of the institutionalization of the Financial Stability Board, Basel III agreement, OTC derivatives, etc.

Russia proposes a result-oriented and pragmatic approach, which implies streamlining the working formats and meetings along the two central tracks - Sherpas and Finance Ministries and the relevant working groups. The Presidency's innovation will be a joint meeting of Finance and Labour Ministers.

Practice shows that global measures are only effective when they are based on the widest possible range of views and take into account the interests of different groups. On the first day of the G20 Presidency Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, underlined, that Russia is open for dialogue and ready for the broadest possible constructive co-operation on reaching the G20's objectives. To ensure legitimacy, transparency and efficiency of the G20 the Russian Presidency plans to hold extensive consultations in the format of the outreach with all interested parties, including non-G20 countries, international organizations, private sector, trade unions, civil society, youth, think tanks and academic circles aiming at generation of a cross-sectoral synergy to enhance the public good of the G20 process.

Our common goal is to address and attempt to resolve the most serious problems facing the global economy, ensure its sustainable growth for the benefit of ordinary people worldwide. We do hope that Russia`s G20 Presidency would help to consolidate international efforts and improve our co-ordination in order to achieve this ambitious task. In this respect we strongly count on the active  support of all our partners, including Great Britain within the context of its G8 Presidency. 


17.01.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the unveiling of memorial plaque in Sayes Court Park

Dear Mayor, Dear Councillors, Lady Joan, Ladies and gentlemen, It is now 320 years ago that a truly remarkable man set foot in Deptford. As you know, the Russian Tsar Peter, later named the Great, visited Western Europe in 1697—1698 under the nickname of Peter Mikhailov, with his Grand Embassy. He was eager to find out about the latest achievements in science and technology and create new diplomatic alliances. Of course, England couldn’t escape his attention. He mostly studied shipbuilding at the famous Deptford Dockyard, but he also met King William III, and, reportedly, Isaac Newton. Peter’s landlord, the famous John Evelyn, was also a respected scientist – a founder member of the Royal Society.

13.12.2017 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the Presentation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia by Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee.

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, I am pleased to welcome you to the Russian Embassy at the Presentation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia by Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee. It’s a common knowledge, that football is the most popular game in the world. It is an honour for us to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the first time in the history of our country. I believe that those who come to Russia to support their national teams will leave with unforgettable memories.

08.12.2017 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the Roscosmos "Sputnik" exhibition launch at Rossotrudnichestvo

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the Roscosmos "Sputnik" exhibition launch at Rossotrudnichestvo (7 December 2017)

25.11.2017 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the reception at the Embassy dedicated to Russian Film Week (24 November 2017)

Ladies and gentlemen, Dear friends First of all, I would like to pay tribute to the outstanding Russian opera singer Dmitri Hvorostovsky who passed away this week. In 2015 he gave a concert in this very hall. I am delighted to welcome you at our reception dedicated to the Russian Film Week and the environmental causes it champions. This year their charity partner is World Wide Fund for Nature, which runs many projects in Russia in coordination and with support of the Russian Government. Russia has a unique, fascinating wildlife. A number of this week’s films show the natural beauty of our land and are sure to raise awareness of how fragile this beauty is. We appreciate the WWF effort in Russia and worldwide and call on everybody to become a supporter, especially this year, marked as Year of Ecology in Russia.

20.11.2017 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the launch of the Russian Film Week (19 November 2017)

Ladies and gentlemen, It is a pleasure for me to be at the opening of the second edition of the Russian Film Week here in London – which this year also spans to Cambridge and Edinburgh.

16.10.2017 - Unpublished letter to the Editor of The Times (sent 12 October)

Sir, If British MPs are free to speak out, wherever they wish, on any issue, why try to block their freedom of speech (“Helping Putin”, 11 October)? If a TV channel wants (and is legally bound) to present different points of view, why slam those who express these views? If the mere act of giving an interview to foreign media amounts to high treason, why does The Times interview Russian politicians without fear? And finally - while MPs critical of Russia are welcome guests on the Russian TV channel RT, does your paper give the same treatment to those critical of the paper’s owner? Konstantin Shlykov Press Secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation

25.09.2017 - PRESENTATION by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk at the Christian Future of Europe Conference 22 September 2017, London

Your Eminences and Your Excellencies, dear Mr. Ambassador, conference organizers and participants, I cordially greet all of those gathered today at the Russian Embassy in London to partake in this conference dedicated to the question of the future of Christianity in Europe. This topic is not only not losing any of its relevance, but is resounding ever anew. Experts believe that today Christianity remains not only the most persecuted religious community on the planet, but is also encountering fresh challenges which touch upon the moral foundations of peoples' lives, their faith and their values. Recent decades have seen a transformation in the religious and ethnic landscape of Europe.

23.09.2017 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at presentation of the book "The Mystery of Repentance" held at the Russian Embassy

I’m glad to welcome you here to a discussion of two prominent hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Church of England, on Christian future of Europe.

12.09.2017 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the exhibition opening (“Scythians: Warriors of ancient Siberia” 12 September, British Museum)

Today the British Museum and the State Hermitage of Saint-Petersburg are once again proving their unique world class by bringing a whole new civilization to London. Ancient, and almost mythical, but creative, powerful and very different from what we have all known about antiquity – the Scythians.

14.07.2017 - Letter of Consul General Mr Andrey Pritsepov to the Herald newspaper, published 13.07.2017

I NOTE a rather questionable article by Mark McLaughlin (“Russians lurking near Faslane to eavesdrop on nuclear submarines", The Herald, July 11). Do you really believe that 145 million Russians would elect a leader who would command his nuclear submarines to chase someone's sole and lonely operative U-boat which is firing missiles in the opposite direction or Type 45 destroyers with faulty engines or an aircraft carrier without aircraft on it, all of them being located in Scottish waters?

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