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What Russia expects from the current session of the UN General Assembly

At the 68th session of the UNGA Russia will work to agree collective approaches to world politics, given the central coordinating role of the UN as a unique mechanism for ensuring global stability, peace and security. This is the only way to address effectively common threats and challenges.

We strongly believe that approaches to the Middle East problems, including the Syrian crisis, should be based on the universally recognized norms of the international law, with respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, without external interference, and through an inclusive dialogue.

The increased cooperation between the UN and regional organizations is essential for prevention and settlement of crisis situations and post-conflict reconstruction. We support the enhanced collaboration between the UN and the CSTO, CIS, and SCO. Russia is also an advocate of enhanced cooperation among the BRICS countries.

We are ready for constructive interaction with all partners in ensuring success of the UNGA High-Level Event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with a view to launching the intergovernmental consultations on the global development agenda beyond 2015. Sustainable Development Goals that form the core of this agenda shall provide a conclusive response to the current challenges in the social sphere. In the area of social development, we place special emphasis on poverty eradication, promotion of social integration and full employment and decent work for all, as well as on the implementation of social rights with a special focus on the problems of vulnerable social groups.

We support the creation of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Its activity will contribute to strengthening the ECOSOC as one of the key institutional mechanism aimed at contributing to implementation of “Rio+20” decisions as well as priorities in the global development agenda beyond 2015.

We intend to put forward our traditional initiative on transparency and confidence building measures in space aimed at preventing arms race in the outer space.

Russia will continue its work on issues of international information security. Intensified international efforts are needed to prevent the use of information and communication technologies for criminal, terrorist and politico-military purposes, as well as for interference in internal affairs of States.

Russia consistently opposes any attempts to distort history and revise the results of the Second World War. We will again put forward traditional UNGA draft resolution “Glorification of Nazism: inadmissibility of certain practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance”. Russia persistently urges its international partners to put aside ideological prejudices in approaching this set of issues.

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will provide a powerful impetus to the development of the Olympic movement. Our country, as host of the Olympics, will submit a traditional draft resolution "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal" (Olympic truce). We will continue our efforts to promote international sports cooperation and Olympic ideals as an effective means of enhancing mutual understanding among nations.

We will continue to play a crucial role in strengthening global road safety and take measures to promote international cooperation in this sphere. We are going put forward a UNGA draft resolution on this topic in April 2014.

We attach great importance to the UNGA work in the sphere of agricultural development and food security. Russia is keen to contribute to the development of long-term and comprehensive strategies that prevent crises and negative trends in global agricultural sector and food markets.

We strongly believe that international humanitarian cooperation should be based on the fundamental principles set forth by the UNGA resolution 46/182 and other consequent decisions. The strengthening of the UN role in emergency humanitarian operations guarantees impartiality and delivery of assistance to every category of affected population.

Russia attaches paramount importance to the protection of the environment, which should remain the key element of the current international agenda. It is highly important to continue efforts to design a post-Kyoto climate cooperation regime.


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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