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Ambassador's Notebook: Towards the Implementation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

On January 31, 2013 the international conference on national and regional counterterrorism strategies took place in Columbia.

Despite the counter-terrorism measures taken, a serious terrorist threat remains. Terrorism is becoming increasingly intertwined with organized crime; it is penetrating the fabric of regional conflict and distorts genuine opposition movements.

The complexity of the factors that lie at the core of this process necessitates an equally nuanced response. It should combine military power with ‘soft power’ measures aimed at preventing and eliminating the causes of terrorism. This position was clearly demonstrated by the chairman of the UN Security Council’s statement on comprehensive approach to the fight against terrorism. Russia supported the adoption of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the follow-up resolutions necessary for it to be implemented, as well UN Security Council resolutions, including Resolution 1963.

The Columbia conference greatly contributes to the implementation of the general course taken by the UN. It is another effort by the international community to carry out the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

Russia believes that it is crucial to strengthen the legal basis of the fight against terrorism by increasing the number of participants in counter-terror conventions and consistently making good on the commitments taken.

It is also necessary to promote social and economic development projects as elements of the counter-terrorism efforts. This can not only be done by states but also by the counter-terrorism mechanisms of the UN, UN department on drug and organized crime, the UNDP (United Nations Development Program), UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation), the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation), in addition to regional mechanisms such as the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization), CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organisation), and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States).

The business community can make a valuable contribution to counter-terrorism efforts by helping to fight poverty, creating new jobs, helping ensure tourism safety, helping defend the rights of terrorism victims. Within the G8 framework, Russia has initiated discussions on establishing a public private partnership in the fight against terrorism.

Another issue we should work on is preventing the ideology of terrorism from spreading, by creating multicultural dialog and understanding among cultures and religions, keeping closely in touch with civil society and preventing terrorism from penetrating public protest movements.

We should seek cooperation between a state and civil society represented by business, NGOs, mass media. Our common goal is to protect society from the threat of terrorism and other aspects of criminality.

It is vital that all states refuse any help to terrorists, including financial and military and technical assistance. We must ensure that UNSC resolution 2017, aimed at preventing arms proliferation is being implemented.

At the same time, attention should be focused on enhancing the anti-terror capacities of all the states concerned. This will require the prompt analysis of ongoing trends, the effect of terrorism on the economy, business, and also on the investment climate.

It is necessary to jointly address new challenges in this area, such as terrorism in cyberspace. Practical actions should be accompanied by the development of a global legal framework to protect cyberspace from terrorists, and to promote cooperation and mutual confidence in this field.
Preventing and countering the threat of nuclear terrorism should incorporate action to ensure that a growing number of states take part in UN and IAEA regulations, in the global initiative on the fight with acts of nuclear terrorism, and carry out the decisions of the Global nuclear security summit in Seoul.

Russia has been a staunch supporter of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and it has been incorporated into Russian domestic legislation. The strategic-planning document on counter terror adopted by the president outlines measures to combat the threat and also preventive steps that are based both on this global strategy and on international law. Russia’s national anti-terrorism committee is responsible for implementing the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and coordinating the broad spectrum of counter-terror activities.

Russia has been working to help develop regional counter-terrorism strategies within the CIS, the CSTO and the SCO. We are currently working to implement the president’s initiative to build the SCO’s regional anti-terror structure up into a center to counter new threats and challenges. Russia has consistently supported plans to implement the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia. We will continue to play an active role in developing effective approaches to counter-terrorism cooperation in other regional organizations, such as the OSCE, European Council, the Organization for American States, the Russia-NATO council, APEC, and ASEAN Regional Forum.


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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