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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

06.06.2018

Speech of Ambassador Yakovenko at the RBCC Business Forum on 5 June 2018

Your Royal Highness,

Mr Chairman,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am glad to welcome all the participants of the annual Business Forum of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce.

It is an honor to address this important economic conference. Definitely, its significance is increasing as we experience political and economic turbulence at different levels.

Russia is a consistent advocate for the rules-based free trade, economic integration as well as constructive and pragmatic partner-to-partner dialogue. We call on our partners from Europe, America, Asia and other regions of the world to advance together towards the sustainable development goals based on a growth model that would provide the most adequate response to the modern challenges.

The recent Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum showed a huge international demand for cooperation with Russia. We continue to enhance the competitiveness of the Russian economy and improve the domestic business climate, in addition to supporting the macroeconomic stability. Significant attention is given to helping small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as reducing administrative load on the economy. In spite of external pressure and a period of low oil prices, Russia's economy has shown its resilience. Russia is number 35 in the Ease of Doing Business Index. This has been possible due to the implementation of a successful anti-crisis programme. Our vision of Russia's future is based on four key principles: human-centered policy, expanding the space of freedom, creating favourable conditions for technological breakthrough, integration into the global economy.

Turning to Russia-UK trade and economic relations I would like to quote President Putin, who confirmed, while speaking at the SPIEF, that the Russian government supported foreign business presence in Russia and it would continue assisting it in every way. Of course this is applied to British companies as well.

Despite current political difficulties, British business has shown its pragmatism and continued to work with Russian partners. Some major British companies were represented at SPIEF 2018 showing a constructive and wise approach. However, they were outnumbered by firms from other Western countries. That means that the UK might see reduction of its share at the Russian market, should the negative political context continue to prevail over business.

Obviously, a positive economic agenda could be a powerful engine of Russia-UK relations in general. According to official statistics, last year our trade and investment cooperation continued to demonstrate positive dynamics. Trade volume in 2017 increased by almost 23% reaching almost 13 billion dollars. In January-March this year it amounted to 3.4 billion dollars (22% growth on year-over-year basis). But it is worth to mention that some years ago our trade had exceeded 20 billion dollars. It means that we have a good potential to further intensify our economic cooperation for the benefit of both the "Global Russia" and the post-brexit "Global Britain".

I would like to conclude my speech by thanking the RBCC for its work. Throughout the year the Chamber, under the active and able patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, wisely chaired by Mr. Roger Munnings and efficiently managed by Mr Alf Torrents and his staff, has stayed actively engaged in supporting the bilateral trade and investment cooperation.

I am convinced that today's conference will make a significant contribution to the strengthening of the economic relations between Russia and Britain.

I wish every success to the Forum's participants and other RBCC members.




LATEST EVENTS

17.01.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a news conference on the results of Russian diplomacy

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a news conference on the results of Russian diplomacy in 2018 Moscow, January 16, 2019


08.01.2019 - Embassy Press Officer comments on the latest media publication on the Salisbury incident

Question: How would you comment on the Daily Telegraph publications alleging that British authorities have established full details of the assassination attempt of Sergei and Yulia Skripal and describing their current life in England? Answer: We are dealing with yet another media leak, unofficial and unverifiable. It provides no new facts on the Salisbury incident, let alone evidence. The circumstances of the incident remain as confusing as ever.


05.01.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question regarding recent statements on Russia by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Question: How would you comment on Jeremy Hunt’s speech in Singapore, in which he named Russia’s actions on the international arena as the prime example of a threat to the rules-based international system? Answer: Such rhetoric of British officials is not new. It again combines manipulation of international norms with distortion of facts. As stated repeatedly, Russia does not accept the concept of a “rules-based international system”. The international order is based on international law, i.e. legally binding norms that have been agreed on and accepted by all states. By substituting “international law” with obscure “rules”, the UK and other Western countries aim to shed the responsibility for their unlawful behaviour, while assuming the right to randomly blame other countries of breaking “rules” to which they had never signed up.


04.01.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question regarding recent statements by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Syria

Question: How could you comment on the statements by the UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in a “Sky News” interview on President Assad’s future and the role of Russia in the Syrian peace settlement? Answer: We have taken note of Mr Hunt saying that “regretfully” Bashar al-Assad “is going to be around for a while and that is because of the support that he’s had from Russia” and “Russia may think that it’s gained a sphere of influence [but] you’ve also gained a responsibility”.


31.12.2018 - Interview with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov for the show, Moscow. Kremlin. Putin, Moscow, December 30, 2018

Question: What is the main outcome of the year for you? Sergey Lavrov: It is difficult to highlight something specific. If we speak about foreign policy, I cannot make an evaluation myself. We have tried to do everything that is necessary in order to fulfill the instructions of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, to implement the foreign political course set by him. It is not for me to judge how successful we were. This should be left to the people to decide, of course, and to the leadership of the Russian Federation.


28.12.2018 - Embassy Press Officer replies to a media question regarding the situation with the staffing of the Russian and British diplomatic missions

Question: Could you comment on the statement by Ambassador Yakovenko regarding the forthcoming restoration of the number of Russian and British diplomats, which was subsequently denied by the UK Foreign Office? Answer: We saw the rebuttal by the British side. Here are the facts. In December Russia and the UK have, for the first time since March, issued a number of visas for future employees of the diplomatic missions of the two countries, on the basis of reciprocity.


25.12.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the Prime Minister’s 2018 Christmas Message to the Armed Forces

Question: How would you comment on Theresa May thanking the UK Armed Forces for “protecting our waters and our skies from Russian intrusion” in her Christmas Message? Answer: We were utterly surprised by the Prime Minister’s rhetoric. An uninitiated reader may fall under the impression that Russia has made attempts to violate the UK air space or territorial waters. This has never been happened.


24.12.2018 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Rossiya Segodnya

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the international news agency Rossiya Segodnya, December 24, 2018


24.12.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the calls to apply pressure against the Sputnik bureau

Question: Today’s publication by the “Times” contains personal information of 8 employees of the Sputnik bureau in Edinburgh, as well as calls to seize their assets in UK as belonging to the“Kremlin propaganda machine” by Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP. How can you comment on that? Answer: Despite being a member of an opposition party, Mr Cole-Hamilton seems to understand intimately the political strategy of the Conservative Government towards Russian media in the UK. Pressure from all sides, ranking from ungrounded accusations to visa and banking problems is the new reality. Few opportunities to hinder the work of our media in the UK have been missed, in defiance of the UK international obligations and the civilized rules of media freedom.


22.12.2018 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the UK support for the formation of so-called “army of Kosovo”

Question: How do you assess the UK Government position regarding the creation of so-called “national army” of Kosovo? Answer: The decision by Pristina to transform the Kosovo Security Force into full-fledged “armed forces” is a flagrant violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1244, which is the fundamental international legal act defining the modalities of the Kosovo settlement. Let me remind you that the resolution only allows the deployment of only international contingents in Kosovo.



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