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22.03.2014

Libya impasse: urgent measures needed (by Ambassador Yakovenko, for Russia Today)

Critical situation unfolding in Libya remains a matter of serious concern. The level of violence has dramatically increased recently, especially in the east and south of the country; explosions, kidnappings, assassinations, sectarian and tribal clashes have become an ordinary thing. Militants are running the show across the country, taking advantage of the Government’s lack of effective security forces. All of these “revolutionaries” being well armed and not even planning to disarm any time soon. Political and ideological polarization of the society is under way approaching a critical point. Situation with human rights is in a sorry state. The political process has stalled: the work on a draft new constitution has not started yet.

Given all this, it seems that even the once bravura optimism of the Western community has vanished – everyone understands the severity and unpredictability of what is occurring in Libya. Interestingly, commentators in the West try not to mention the root causes of the current situation in Libya.

Although it is worth noting that we anticipated such a development in 2011, when we attempted to convince our partners to refrain from a military operation, and to use political and diplomatic means to settle the crisis through a nationwide dialogue in the interests of all in this country.

Back then it all started with a call to protect civilians from the “tyranny of Gaddafi”. Adepts of the concept of “responsibility to protect” through coercive methods have called the Libyan scenario almost the model example of effective crisis response. Time has shown that the crisis does not end where disliked governments are overthrown with outside help. The crisis just starts there and can turn the country into a failed state.

It is evident that in these conditions achievement of any sustainable normalization will be utterly difficult. Nevertheless, in order to normalise the situation, both robust efforts by the Libyan Government and large-scale assistance from the international community, oriented towards the achievement of practical results, will be required.

Organizing a nationwide dialogue with the participation of all strata of the society, political, regional and ethnic groups should be an imperative for the Libyan authorities. Its agenda should include all the main domestic issues.

The international community should focus its efforts on promoting political reforms, including development and adoption of a constitution, setting up a national dialogue and building security, including border protection. The United Nations Support Mission in Libya must play a coordinating role.

In parallel with the political process, it is important to promote programmes to disarm former rebel groups, to reintegrate “revolutionaries” into the Army and security forces. This is a hard yet manageable task that requires political will and collective action. Success of these efforts would hugely contribute to stabilising the MENA region, which is experiencing its times of trouble.




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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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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.


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