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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





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Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to Guy Faulconbridge on Reuters, May 20, 2021

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Ambassador Andrei Kelin's message on the occasion of the 76th Anniversary of Victory Day

Dear compatriots! I wish to congratulate everyone on the 76th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War! The historical significance of this event cannot be overstated. The foundations of the modern world order are rooted in our Victory over Nazism. The legacy of the Great Victory remains relevant to this day: Europe and the world free from Nazism were made possible by the incredible act of heroism of the Soviet soldiers and the peoples of our country. Let us not forget how, in the face of ordeals, the Allies have joined forces for the sake of peace and humanity.


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Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to Andrew Marr on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC, April 18, 2021

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12.04.2021

Stephen Walker presents his new book 'Beyond', dedicated to first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin

The Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin welcomed British writer Stephen Walker who presented his new book 'Beyond', dedicated to the first human spaceflight by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on 12 April 1961.


12.04.2021

Video address by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight into space, Moscow, April 12, 2021

Video address by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight into space


26.03.2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview with RT, 26 March 2021

Ambassador Andrei Kelin gave an interview to RT, speaking on the current state of Russia-UK relations and their prospects.



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