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09.05.2015

Speech of Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at Soviet War Memorial, Victory Day 2015

Your Excellencies!

Dear Veterans!

Ladies and gentlemen, friends!

Дорогие ветераны!

С Днём Победы!

Спасибо большое, что вы приехали в Лондон и сегодня вместе с нами! (аплодисменты)

С вашего позволения далее буду говорить по-английски.

Every May we gather here, at the Soviet War Memorial, to commemorate all those who sacrificed their lives in the fight against fascism. This year is of special significance as it marks the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory.

Nobody doubts the decisive contribution of the peoples of the Soviet Union to the defeat of Nazi Germany. We shouldn’t forget what was at stake. Professor Geoffrey Roberts rightly wrote in the Financial Times that “the second world war was far more than a geopolitical contest. It was a struggle for the future of Europe, and European civilization was saved from Hitler and Nazi barbarism by the colossal sacrifices of the Soviet people and the Red Army”.

World War Two taught us lessons that are relevant today. 70 years after the Great Victory we observe attempts to rewrite history to suit some geopolitical conjuncture of today, to revive Nazi and nationalistic ideologies, racial intolerance, to sow the seeds of conflicts and international tensions.

One of the lessons is that the victory could only be achieved by joint efforts of all who participated in the struggle against Nazism. We will always remember our allies — Great Britain, the United States, France and other countries who fought in the anti-Hitlerite coalition, the German and Italian resistance. We remember and honour all Europeans who paid a high price to free the mankind from Nazism.

Today we pay tribute to veterans who went through all the hardships of war towards the long-awaited victory. Years will pass but the memory of your heroic feat will remain forever in the hearts of succeeding generations.

I cannot stress enough the significance of the Soviet War Memorial that has become a sacred place where British and former USSR citizens, especially veterans, can lay flowers to honour the memory of those who gave their lives for their countries during the Second World War. It has now been 16 years since the unveiling of the memorial. I am sure that the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory will become another milestone in the history of the memorial.

Establishment of the Memorial could only be possible with the support of the governments of Russian Federation and United Kingdom, local authorities of London and it bouroughs, public, and commercial organizations and ordinary people.

I would like to thank all the members of the Soviet Memorial Trust Fund, and especially its Chairman Phillip Matthews and its Secretary Ralph Gibson for their hard work dedicated to organisation of annual Victory Day ceremony and other events.

This year, a new feature has been added to this memorial. Next to the Russian birches a British oak tree, the Victory Tree, has been planted on behalf of Ambassadors of the CIS countries. It symbolizes the importance of our wartime alliance and our gratitude to the British veterans including those who went on the Arctic convoys, whose sacrifice helped bring closer the VE Day.

          Today on the instructions of President Vladimir Putin I have a great honour and pleasure to present Russian jubilee medals commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Second World War to a number of Russian and British veterans.




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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