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24.11.2014

Brisbane shows we need a new geopolitics in a time of crisis (Ambassador Yakovenko, for RBTH)

President Vladimir Putin stressed at the final press-conference at this month’s G20 summit in Brisbane that “the work took place in a very constructive atmosphere and was productive”. Important agreements were reached, in particular on increasing by 2pc the average rate of growth of the G20 economies by 2018, which should boost the world economy by $2trillion; decisions were also made on fighting unemployment, improving financial and tax regulations, reforming international energy institutions and improving co-ordination on infrastructure projects
The Australian chairmanship focused on promoting private-public partnership. Such partnership is increasingly common in Russia. The decision to create a global infrastructure hub was significant: it is assumed such a structure will make it possible to share best practice and experiences. Russia, which is already implementing a number of large-scale infrastructural projects, is willing to participate directly in this work.
Unfortunately there was a lack of progress on reform of the global financial system, in particular the International Monetary Fund. It is no secret that the chief reason for delays in bringing about the reforms approved in 2010 was and still is the position of the United States. Such an attitude to agreed commitments as well as any attempts to politicise the work of this forum undermines confidence in it.
The meeting of Brics leaders just before the G20 summit is now a tradition. In our view, this is a very good and useful practice. Such meetings make it possible to better co-ordinate the Brics states’ approaches to issues related to world trade and the financial system as well as to determine how to react best to contemporary challenges in these areas. The G7 also engages in such co-ordination.
President Putin held a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts in Brisbane, in which the subject of Ukraine dominated the discussions. The president outlined the well-known Russian approaches towards the settlement of Ukraine’s internal crisis and his partners expressed their own assessments. In general, as the Russian President noted, the conversations were both frank and constructive. The topic of Ukraine was not discussed during the course of the official business of
the summit, which, however, served as a platform for the much-needed dialogue.
We are convinced that the G20 must continue being a mechanism for global crisis response and co-ordination of collective decisions of financial and economic nature and that it must not become a place for political squabbles. This is especially so since the crisis remains a reality, – how ever one may call it – the “new normal” or “new mediocre”. The leaders of various countries, including Prime Minster David Cameron, correctly point to the threat of a new wave of global crises.
The so-called geopolitical risks, which can be created artificially, as in Ukraine, are exacerbating the situation. As John Mearsheimer, professor of political science at the University of Chicago, wrote in the last issue of Foreign Affairs, the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, “far from being routine, sounds like a backdoor to Nato membership”.
And the American diplomat Richard Haass likewise notes that “Russia could have been asked to join Nato, which would have little military difference.” As a result, the immense potential for co-operation between Russia and the European Union does not materialise. Interdependence means that we either win together or we lose together.
This is why the recent summit leads to the conclusion that the old geopolitics is especially costly in the crisis conditions. It is necessary to choose between it and the interests of development, which have rightly moved to the top of international agenda of the today.

 




LATEST EVENTS

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?


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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