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09.06.2016

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko remarks at the reception to mark Russia’s National Day (9 June 2016)

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen, friends,

 

God blessed us with good weather.

A year has passed since our previous National Day reception. It was full of many important political developments. All of them, in one way or another, contributed to shaping a multipolar world. As regards world politics, that is the movement in the right direction in Syria, with all the regional and international players on board in the ISSG under Russian and US co-chairs.

In the area of economy we saw the first full year of operation of the Eurasian Economic Union, establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, expansion of the IMF currency basket, “G-20” taking on world economy and finance’s woes under China’s presidency, the BRICS’ New Development Bank searching for its identity and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation developing ideas on how to sew the huge Eurasian space together by way of economic cooperation and infrastructure.

Our bilateral relationship with Britain was appropriately, as befits two great cultural nations, marked with sparkling events like the “Cosmonauts” exhibition in London’s Museum of Science. Hope, many of you visited it. It is still possible to see a stunning collection of Russian portraits at the National Portrait Gallery.

All of us are looking forward to the England against Russia football game in Marseille this Saturday. The present moment marks for us the start of preparations for the World Championship in 2018, which is going to be as important an event as the Sochi Olympics two years ago.

The Embassy established the Letter of Recognition for those Britons, who contributed to development of our cultural, educational, scientific and sports ties. I’d like to thank again those of them who are present here today.

We continued to present the Ushakov Medal to the British Arctic Convoy veterans in recognition of their unique service for the allied cause in WWII. This year marks the 75 years of the launch of this war-time operation with the convoy codenamed “Dervish”. Events are being planned in Russia and Britain to remind of our alliance in that war, as a major element of our common historical heritage.

Of course, we’ll see more world-shaping events this year. The world is at an end-game stage of its radical and comprehensive transformation. No return to business as usual. As to Russia, our key foreign policy goal is to create favorable external conditions for national development. With that in mind, we are willing to work with all the international partners on the basis of international law and sovereign equality.

Thank you.




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