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Statement by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko, Head of the Delegation of the Russian Federation at the Somalia Conference, London, 7 May 2013

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honour for me to speak today at this high-level conference which is taking place in London already for the second successive year.

Measures implemented by the Federal Government of Somalia with the aim of achieving normalization of the situation in the country deserve a positive assessment. Today, the tasks that come to the fore are ensuring security and the rule of law in areas that have been freed from extremists; restoring the normal way of life; providing efficient governance; and creating conditions for economic development of the country. At the same time, it is of primary importance to maintain the positive dynamics of the peace process, without diminishing the efforts aimed at effectively countering terrorism and piracy.

Touching upon the issue of combatting piracy, I would like to mention that from our point of view, the search for ways of ensuring prosecution of pirates retains its key importance as a major factor of the effectiveness of combatting piracy. We intend to continue cooperation with partners on this track, including within the framework of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.

Russia actively participates in the consolidated international efforts aimed at providing support to Somalia, including those within the framework of the UN Security Council. We have supported the UN SC decision to prolong till 28 February 2014 the mandate of AMISOM, the Mission being the major stabilizing factor in the country.

We hope that the new UN political mission in Somalia will be established within the agreed time frame and will become a key structure in providing support to the Federal Government of Somalia in the areas of policy, peace-building, coordination of international aid, and including in implementing the reform of the security sector.

Russia has supported the suspension of the arms embargo with regard to the Federal Government of Somalia. However, we consider it important to demonstrate a responsible approach when it comes to military cooperation. Uncontrolled supply of armaments can only aggravate the risks of destabilizing the situation in the country which remains quite complicated.

Russia is taking practical measures aimed at supporting Somalia and Somalia refugees in the neighboring countries. In 2011-2012, our specially allocated contributions to the respective UN agencies amounted to more than 10 mln USD. This year, we are considering the possibility of providing further contribution to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), namely 1 mln USD for Somalia. Moreover, following the request of the Government of Somalia, the Russian Federation is ready to provide assistance in training police staff through specialized programmes of the Russian Ministry of the Interior.

We intend to continue cooperation with the Federal Government of Somalia and with the international community, including within the framework of the UN Security Council, with the aim of ensuring a sustainable settlement of the situation in Somalia.


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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