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Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s remarks at the Defender of the Fatherland Day reception, 27 February 2018

Your Excellencies,

Military Attachés,

Ladies and Gentlemen,


Today it gives me a great pleasure to welcome you all at this reception.

We celebrate the Day of the Russian Armed Forces – probably the most cost-effective military organization on this planet. At least that's what I see from the figures published by the very respectful IISS institution – Russia spends 46 bln. US dollars on defence, whereas UK – 52 bln. dollars, USA – an amazing 600+ bln. and all NATO countries combined – more than 1 trillion dollars. And still even with this absolutely disproportional defence spending Russia manages to maintain an Army which effectively fights terrorism in Syria, protects our borders and sovereignty at home.

Our military contacts are so close that each time Russian ship with smoke pass close to the British territorial waters – or maybe not that close, but it does not really matter – or our plane flies somewhere high in the sky – they are always escorted by British counterparts. So British soldiers, sailors and officers get a good portion of additional military training absolutely free and what is even better – UK's Ministry of Defence can always ask for some extra money from the Exchequer (as the matter of fact General Carter did it during his speech at RUSI a month ago) to confront new surrealistic – or should I say extravagant threats – underwater cable cutting, remote activation of NATO nuclear devises by hackers with the use of the resources of Internet. The famous slogan “Russians did it” is quite appropriate in this case (Laughter).

Ladies and gentlemen, to put it in a bit more serious way – of course Russia, as any other nation, is interested in strategic stability in Europe and beyond. That is why we always follow the rules of international law, we realise the importance of the OpenSky Treaty and its obligations, as part of the 2011 Vienna Document we provide information and invite representatives from your countries to monitor our large scale military exercises like "Zapad-2017" or "Center-2016" (some of the invitees preferred not to go – but it was their decision). We try to find new and transparent ways of expressing our concerns of the current international and regional problems, especially when previously established discussion platforms – such as the Russia-NATO Council – are actually put on hold. That said I believe all your respectful Ministries of Defence have received invitations to the 7-th Moscow Conference on International Security which is scheduled for April this year. This event, organized by the Russian Ministry of Defence, will provide a good opportunity to discuss in a frank and open way most pressing challenges we are facing – starting from the situation in Syria and all the way to European Security and the use of so called "soft power" to pursue political or military objectives.

I would like to add that we remember the times of the Second World War and the glorious story of the Arctic Convoys. It is always an honour for us to meet brave veterans of the Royal Navy and award them with the Russian Ushakov Medals.

So to put it in a nutshell I feel very proud of the Russian Armed Forces, men and women in uniform who serve my country and indeed help other nations to fight for their freedom and independence and against terrorism in Syria.

Ladies and gentleman, I propose a toast to the Russian Armed Forces.




Ambassador Andrei Kelin laid flowers to the grave of Alexander Benckendorff, 10 February 2021

On 10 February, on the occasion of Diplomats’ Day in Russia, Ambassador Andrei Kelin laid flowers to the grave of Count Alexander Benckendorff, the last Russian Imperial Ambassador to the UK in 1902-1916, in Westminster Cathedral. A small service was read.


Monumet to Soviet pilots installed in Errol

On 11th November 2020 the memorial to the Soviet pilots, who fought during World War II and took part in the joint Soviet-British secret operation ‘Albemarle’, has been installed in Errol, Scotland. The event also commemorated the 75th Anniversary of Victory over Nazi Germany.


Remembrance Day at Soviet War Memorial

On 8 November Remembrance Day was marked at the Soviet War Memorial on the grounds of the Imperial War Museum in the London borough of Southwark.


On opening the memorial dedicated to Russian airmen in Errol

On Remembrance Day 11th November a memorial dedicated to Russian airmen will be unveiled in Britain, timed to the 75th Victory Anniversary year. At the height of WWII the British Government gave the Soviet Union, which had been suffering a severe shortage of transport aircraft, twin-engine bombers ‘Albemarle’. A long night flight across the North Sea and enemy-occupied territories could be managed by ace-pilots only. The top-secret mission of the State Defense Committee was entrusted to the hand-picked experienced crews of the Moscow Special Assignment Airgroup - an elite air division of the military transport aviation formed in June 1941 of the best civil airmen of the country to perform critical tasks for the High Command.


Ambassador Andrei Kelin visits Natural History Museum

On 22 October 2020, Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin visited the Natural History Museum in London to see the photo exhibition dedicated to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, which was won by the Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov and his capture of the rare and glorious Amur tigress "The Embrace".


Ambassador Andrei Kelin speaks at Harrow School

On 6 October, 2020 Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom Mr Andrei Kelin delivered a speech at Harrow School, one of the oldest and most prominent British private schools for boys.


Opening of the Memorial to the fallen soldiers in Manchester

On 3 September 2020 Ambassador Andrei Kelin participated in the unveiling ceremony of the Memorial in honoured memory of the Soviet soldiers who gave their lives liberating Europe, and in recognition of the brave people of the besieged Leningrad. Participants of the ceremony also included Lord Mayor of Manchester City Councillor Abid Latif Chohan, representatives of the Russian Embassy in London and the Russian community of Manchester.


Russian diplomats visit British potato processing enterprise in Norfolk

On 19 August 2020 diplomats of the Russian Embassy visited British enterprise “Albert Bartlett” in county Norfolk which specialises in potato processing and producing potato meals. Diplomats met the owners and managers of the company and then had a tour of the enterprise. Matters related to the development of cooperation in humanitarian and agricultural areas, as well as organising a visit to Russian agricultural enterprises were discussed.


Agricultural Attaché Derbenskiy visits British farm in county Cornwall

On 24-25 July 2020 the Agricultural Attaché of the Russian Embassy Vladimir Derbenskiy visited agricultural farm Trevear Farm and potato processing plant in Cornwall. Vladimir Derbenskiy met the owner and had a tour of fields and livestock farm. Matters related to the development of cooperation between Russian and British farmers and organizing a visit to Russian agricultural enterprises were discussed.


Candle Lighting Ceremony to commemorate the Day of Memory and Sorrow

On the Day of Memory and Sorrow Ambassador Andrei Kelin took part in a commemorative Candle Lighting Ceremony near the Soviet War Memorial in London. Together we pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives defending the Motherland against the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War.

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