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16.04.2013

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.




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Dear friends and guests, I am delighted to welcome you at a Family Day celebrating Russia and the World Cup. Today, Russia is the place to be for the whole world. It is a great pleasure to hear fans from all continents appreciating Russia’s hospitality, friendliness and openness to everyone. Right now, people from virtually every country see the 11 host cities, from the Baltic Sea to the Urals on the border of Europe and Asia, and realize how diverse and beautiful our country is. We’d like to bring a bit of Russia and the excitement of the World Cup to Ealing, for those who couldn’t make it to the tournament. By the way, so far both our teams are doing very well, and let us hope they keep up this good work. We cheer for both Russia and England but I’m afraid this can change if both teams meet at the semi-finals.


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Mr Dynkin, Colleagues and friends, Ladies and gentlemen, I am grateful for a new opportunity to speak at the international forum named after Academician Evgeny Primakov, an outstanding Russian statesman, academic and public figure. It is indeed a great honour for me. I consider Mr Primakov, with whom I worked at the Foreign Ministry in the latter half of the 1990s, my senior comrade and teacher, as probably do the majority of those who crossed paths with him at one point. Holding this representative conference under the aegis of one of Russia’s leading academic institutes – National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) that also bears Primakov’s name – has become a good tradition. The Primakov Readings have earned a reputation as a venue for serious dialogue of authoritative specialists on the most pressing issues of international politics and the global economy. Today, there is no lack of buzzwords used by politicians, experts and scientists to capture the current moment in international relations. They talk about the crisis of the “liberal world order” and the advent of the post-Western era, “hot peace” and the “new cold war”. The abundance of terms itself shows that there is probably no common understanding of what is happening. It also points to the fairly dynamic and contradictory state of the system of international relations that is hard to characterise, at least at the present stage, with one resounding phrase. The authors of the overarching theme of the current Primakov Readings probably handled the challenge better than others. In its title “Risks of an unstable world order’ they provocatively, and unacademically, combine the words “unstable” and “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.


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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

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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.



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