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01.10.2013 - Ambassador Yakovenko speaks at the rededication of the monument in memory of Russian and Finnish Crimean War prisoners (Lewes, 28 October 2013)

Ladies and Gentlemen! On behalf of the Embassy of Russia I would like to thank you for joining us today. This is a special and a rather unusual occasion – the Russians and the Finns restoring a monument designed and built by the British, dedicated to prisoners who lead a free and a relatively comfortable life, enjoying hospitality while in captivity, captured thousands of miles away from the main battlefields of an unnecessary war which no one actually wanted to fight.


01.10.2013 - Dmitry Medvedev’s interview with Rossiya 24 TV channel

Anna Schneider: Good afternoon, Mr Medvedev. Thank you for finding the time to come here. Dmitry Medvedev: Good afternoon. Anna Schneider: The forum is about to complete its work. What results have been achieved? What are your personal impressions? How is this year’s forum different from the previous ones in terms of participants, the issues raised or the volume of concluded agreements? Dmitry Medvedev: I have just met with the governors of several regions and I said to them that they travel a great deal and every trip should bring tangible benefits. A large number of forums are held in Russia every year.


01.10.2013 - Dmitry Medvedev's article: The time of simple solutions is past

Five years ago it became obvious that a global economic catastrophe was beginning.


26.09.2013 - Interview by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to The Washington Post, published September 25, 2013

Question: What was your reaction to President Obama’s speech this week at the United Nations?Sergey Lavrov: It addressed important issues, and we hope that the stated willingness to cooperate on resolving the problems in the Middle East would help us to find common approaches, which is the key for today’s functioning of the international community. Only common action can resolve issues. No one country can solve problems which are becoming transborder, transnational, common threat and challenges for all of us.


23.09.2013 - What Russia expects from the current session of the UN General Assembly

At the 68th session of the UNGA Russia will work to agree collective approaches to world politics, given the central coordinating role of the UN as a unique mechanism for ensuring global stability, peace and security. This is the only way to address effectively common threats and challenges.


19.09.2013 - Syrian chemical weapons: key step towards Syrian settlement or another tussle in New York? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

Three weeks ago, the world was preparing for another «humanitarian intervention» - some with jubilation, others with concern. For Russia, it was clear that a «military option», however limited, against Syria, would amount to a grave violation of international law and thus would rock the world order which benefits us all. It was out of the understanding of all the disastrous consequences of such a scenario that Russia embarked upon intensive diplomatic effort to mobilise collective action on a clear threat to international community. Obviously, it helped to bring policy-making in a number of countries in line with the popular mood.


12.09.2013 - Syrian Alternative (Article by Russian President Vladimir Putin published in the US newspaper New York Times)

Recent events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.


07.09.2013 - Push for peace and Road to Damascus (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for RIA Novosti)

The G-20 Summit in Saint-Petersburg became the scene of debate on the Syrian crisis by leaders of major nations of the world.


05.09.2013 - Syrian impasse: a tragedy of errors (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

In the course of its walk to Congress the US Administration has to devise a strategy for using force against Syria. That appears to be leading inevitably to a regime change, quite an orthodox option that failed utterly in other countries of the Middle East, but still reffects traditional value-for-money calculation of the US strategic mentality. How else one ought to understand plans to degrade Syrian military and upgrade capabilities of the opposition? The goal of finding political solution to the crisis is still professed. But the military intervention outside the international law can only render the situation more intractable.


04.09.2013 - One mistake after another. It is still possible to prevent the foreign aggression in Syria. (Igor Ivanov, President of the Russian International Affairs Council, Russian Foreign Minister (1998-2004), Published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta (Federal issue) No.6170 of 2 September 2013)

If we return to the situation in Syria, we may note that there are no grounds to expect that a military operation against the regime of Bashar al-Assad will be more effective and less destructive than the known operation in Yugoslavia and Iraq.


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