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Ambassador's Notebook: Russia – China: A Fresh Start?

The Chinese head of state’s March 22-24 visit to Moscow was the newly elected leader’s first official overseas trip. We see this as an indication of the special relationship between our two countries and the importance both sides attach to it in their foreign policy. This is the third meeting between Xi and Putin, and the warm personal contacts that developed during their previous meetings were enhanced during the Moscow summit.

This summit confirmed the fundamental continuity in our bilateral dialog, once again demonstrating that the two countries will continue to move along a path of comprehensive mutual strategic partnership as a natural policy choice that best serves our mutual interests.

The two heads of state issued a joint communiqué envisaging further active development of ties in a broad range of areas. The two sides also adopted an action plan to implement the Treaty of Good Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation 2013 through 2016, which details concrete tasks to this end.

Today, we are moving towards the strategic goal of transforming this political mutual understanding and trust into concrete results from cooperation in practical fields. In order to achieve this goal we plan to step up efforts to diversify trade, enhance investment, and deepen cooperation in sectors such as energy, forestry, agriculture, and the environment.

Our attention is also focused on cooperation in high-tech areas such as the space industry, aeronautics, and developing innovative technologies. We plan to enhance the effectiveness of inter-regional ties, deepen cooperation in border areas and upgrade trans-border commercial infrastructure. Cultural cooperation through educational, tourist and youth exchanges will also be developed long-term.

The two leaders also agreed to step up efforts to promote investment, studying the list of investment projects in the program covering cooperation between regions in the Russian Far East and East Siberia and Northeast China, and developing a ‘roadmap’ for the Russian-Chinese Plan for investment cooperation.

Our cooperation is, notably, most dynamic in the energy sector. The groundwork has been laid for establishing a strategic energy alliance covering all energy sectors – nuclear, oil and gas, electricity, coal, energy efficiency and new sources of energy.

The Russia-China summit resulted in the signing of a number of inter-governmental agreements on cooperation in the crude oil trade, the construction and operation of the Tianjin oil refinery and petrochemical plant, oil exploration and extraction, agreements on geological surveys and up- and down- stream exploration of hydrocarbon resources, as well as cooperation in the electricity and coal sectors, and also on the production of heavy drilling rigs in Russia.

Russia’s Gazprom and the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) signed a memorandum on a natural gas pipeline from Russia to China via the eastern route.

Indeed, cooperation in the international arena was one of the most important issues that Putin and Xi discussed. Our countries hold similar views on a large number of issues relating to global and regional security.

Moscow and Beijing consistently stand for a peaceful solution of the Syrian crisis through national dialogue without outside interference. Russia and China adhere to the principles of the modern system of international relations based on the UN Charter. Attempts at regime change by outside forces are unacceptable.

We are in constant contact with the participants of the six-party talks on the Korean peninsula issue. Russia urges all parties to refrain from statements or actions that could further complicate the situation.

Russia and China have repeatedly stressed the futility of mechanisms such as unilateral sanctions or political pressure to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem.

A great measure of understanding and trust between us on current international issues helps to build up cooperation within key international fora, pursuing the goals of global stability, development, and the creation of a just and democratic world order.


21.04.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's talking points at the Press Conference, 20 April 2018

Since we met last time a lot of events took place: - Military strikes of the United States, UK and France against Syria in violation of the international law - Mission by OPCW inspectors to Douma - Speech of Prime Minister May in Parliament in support of the British aggression against Syria - Special meeting of the OPCW Executive Council (18 April 2018) - New developments in the classified case of Salisbury poisoning of Skripal family - No meaningful developments on the Glushkov case - and Cyber security threats I plan to comment all these issues. And I will be happy to answer all our questions, if you have any.

17.03.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's interview for "Mail on Sunday" (full text)

Q: Bearing in mind that the US, France and Germany have said they agree with Britain that all the evidence suggests the attacks in Salisbury were the responsibility of the Russian state, what credibility can be placed on the denials issued by the Russian Government? A:We don't know if UK presented any evidence to US, France and Germany - highly likely none - but if they did, why not present it through the channels outlined in the Chemical Weapons Convention? Universal legal principle is presumption of innocence, and the burden of proof lies with the British Government. Its record includes the Iraq WMD dossier - you will remember that at some point doubting US and UK claims was considered a wild conspiracy theory. It is not any more.

26.01.2018 - Main foreign policy outcomes of 2017

In 2017, Russian diplomacy addressed multidimensional tasks to ensure national security and create a favourable external environment for our country's progressive development. Russia maintained an independent foreign policy, promoted a unifying agenda, and proposed constructive solutions to international problems and conflicts. It developed mutually beneficial relations with all interested states, and played an active role in the work of the UN, multilateral organisations and forums, including the G20, BRICS, the SCO, the OSCE, and the CSTO. Among other things, Russian policy has sought to prevent the destabilisation of international relations, and this responsible policy has met with broad understanding in the international community.

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.

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