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VIDEOS

12.04.2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s address on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first human spaceflight

Dear friends!

60 years ago Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to fly into space. We are rightfully proud of the fact that this scientific and technological breakthrough has been accomplished by our country. Yuri Gagarin made an invaluable contribution to the development of space exploration as well as international humanitarian cooperation. The spaceflight turned him into a true hero not only at home but also around the world. This is why the UN announced 12 April to be the International Day of Human Spaceflight.

The first British astronaut Helen Sharman, who visited the Mir Space Station in 1991, recently said: “Wherever we go in space, and whatever we do there, we stand on the shoulders of Yuri Gagarin”.

Just as anywhere else in the world, memory of Gagarin lives on in Britain, where he came on a visit in July 1961. During his trip (by the way, he was invited by the Foundry Workers' Union in Manchester) Yuri Gagarin met Her Majesty The Queen and Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. There were numerous other invitations, both private and from local organisations, as well.

There are quite a few memorable places in the UK devoted to the heroic deed of Yuri Gagarin. We know about the Statue of Yuri Gagarin in front of the entrance to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, the memorable plaque in Manchester Airport, the bronze bust of Yuri Gagarin in London’s Science Museum. Several streets around the UK also bare the name of the cosmonaut.

To this day, Britain shows great interest in space exploration and cooperation with our country in this field: in 2011, we had a cross Russian-British Year of Space; in 2015, an exhibition on the Soviet space program “Cosmonauts: Birth of Space Age” was organised at the Science Museum; in 2017, an exposition on the life and achievements of the first woman in space – Valentina Tereshkova – was opened. This year, the Science Museum continues the good tradition and will hold a joint conference with the Russian Museum of Cosmonautics, dedicated to Yuri Gagarin’s visit to the UK. Other commemorative events marking the 60th anniversary of first human spaceflight will also take place.

Dear friends,

The development of Russia’s space potential is one of our country’s priorities. Russia advocates for the peaceful use of outer space, strengthening of mechanisms of fair and mutually beneficial international cooperation, as well as prevention of an arms race in space.

This year, by coincidence, Cosmonautics Day has coincided with another step in lifting of lockdown restrictions in the UK, which marks the long-awaited return to normal life.

On this occasion, I would like to wish everyone good health and success of cosmic proportions!

12 April 2021





LATEST EVENTS

15.09.2021

The update on rules for multiple-entry private visa to Russia

The update on rules for multiple-entry private visa to Russia explained by the Head of the Consular Section of the Russian Embassy in London, Kirill Sokolov-Sherbachev


10.09.2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's address at the sister-city Sochi-Cheltenham forum, 10 September 2021

Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin's address at the sister-city Sochi-Cheltenham forum dedicated to the launch of the sixth season of the Russian-British International Film Festival and Awards (SIFFA) in Cheltenham on 10 September 2021.


03.09.2021

76th Anniversary of the End of WWII

On 3 September 2021, representatives of the Russian Embassy in London took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial, commemorating the 76th anniversary of the end of WWII.


03.09.2021

76th anniversary of the end of World War II, 3 September 2021

76 years ago World War II ended. On 2 September 1945 (Tokyo time, 3 September in Russia), Japan signed the Instrument of Surrender, which meant that the horrific war was finally over. Today we remember those who made our common Victory possible. We must never let such events happen again.


30.08.2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's address on the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the first Arctic convoy "Dervish" arrival in the port of Arkhangelsk

Dear participants, Today we are commemorating a memorable anniversary of our shared history: 80 years ago, on this day the first Arctic convoy «Dervish» arrived in the port of Arkhangelsk with strategically important cargoes for the needs of the Red Army. The sailors of the Allied countries demonstrated true heroism, sending the aid by the shortest route in harsh Arctic conditions under enemy fire. Thus, in the first months of the war, which were the most difficult for the USSR, the Allies made a significant contribution to the fight of the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany. The courage, valor and strength of character of our peoples are a vivid example of «brotherhood in arms» and mutual assistance which united our countries against the German fascists. These glorious pages are forever inscribed in the history of our common victories.


26.08.2021

Russian Ambassador Andrei Kelin on BBC HARDtalk, 26.08.2021

Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin gave an interview to Stephen Sackur from BBC HARDtalk.


13.08.2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin took part in a commemorative ceremony in Liverpool marking the 80th anniversary of the first Arctic Convoy

On 12 August 2021, Ambassador Andrei Kelin took part in a commemorative ceremony in Liverpool marking the 80th anniversary of the first Arctic Convoy.


16.07.2021

Tchaikovsky: 180 Seasons Later - project by Victor Maslov

The Embassy hosted the concert Tchaikovsky: 180 Seasons Later - a project by Russian pianist Victor Maslov and his fellow graduates and young talents from the Royal College of Music.


29.06.2021

Update on travel rules for flights to Russia from the UK (29 June 2021)

Watch the update on rules for flights to Russia from the UK explained by the Head of the Consular Section of the Russian Embassy in London, Kirill Sokolov-Sherbachev.


25.06.2021

Russian Ambassador to the UK A.Kelin on the incident with HMS "Defender" in Russian territorial waters

Russian Ambassador to the UK A.Kelin on the incident with HMS "Defender" in Russian territorial waters.



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