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03.12.2013 - A celebration of cultural links with a long and proud tradition (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

The governments of Russia and Great Britain have designated the year 2014 as Russian-British Year of Culture. More than 250 cultural events are expected to take place in the first project on that scale in our bilateral relations. However, we are not starting from scratch. British culture has always been welcome in Russia (favourites include Shakespeare, The Beatles, the architect Charles Cameron, the artists James Whistler and George Dawe) but Russian culture has also been popular for centuries in Britain. There is plenty of evidence that our cultural relationship has always had strong elements of interaction and mutual influence.

22.11.2013 - Is a deal with Iran possible? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

Russia has always been an advocate of a peaceful settlement to the Iranian nuclear problem and respected Tehran's right to peaceful uses of atomic energy under strict international control.

15.11.2013 - Is UNSC reform possible? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

The reform of the United Nations Security Council is a crucial issue on the current international agenda. Depending on the outcome, it will determine the effectiveness of the work of the whole UN system for the foreseeable future.


Euro-Atlantic facing a real global competition. Now, that the fifth year of the global financial and economic crisis is coming to an end, nobody doubts that the world has entered the period of radical transformation. The crisis of the Soviet society and of the socialist system, which has led to the end of the Cold War at the turn of 80s-90s, has now been supplemented by the crisis of the Western society, including liberal economy and broadly-based representative democracy.

30.10.2013 - Moving beyond ‘conflict of civilizations’ to multipolar equilibrium (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

It appears that the issues of ethnic and cultural identity play a growing role in international affairs, contrary to what was previously thought.

29.10.2013 - Briefing of Press Attache of Russian Embassy: "Russia’s G20 Presidency: Outcomes"

Russia’s G20 Presidency, now drawing to a close, was a success. One of the factors that secured this success was that Russia has been able to develop a unifying summit agenda reflecting major aspirations of both developed states and emerging economies. The interests of the least developed countries have found a proper representation as well.

22.10.2013 - Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s talking points at Diplomacy in the Middle East Round Table (Global Diplomatic Forum, 22 October 2013)

- The conflict in Syria has no precedents in modern history given its complexity and scope. The crisis has gone beyond Syria and is destabilizing the entire region. Killings, destruction and human rights abuses are escalating. Russia is seriously concerned over increasing reports of murders and acts of violence based on ethnic and religious grounds in Syria, attacks on civilians in the areas populated by certain ethno-confessional groups. Huge foreign presence on the opposition side is destabilizing and distorting the stakes in the civil war.

18.10.2013 - Ambassador’s Notebook: Why the East Asia Summit Matters to Russia? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for RIA Novosti)

Russia welcomes the results of the 8th East Asia Summit (EAS), which was held in Brunei on October 10. The member states share common policies and approaches to sustainable development, stable investment, job creation, promoting food security and joint disaster response. The documents approved at the Summit demonstrate the need to promote cooperation in the various international formats, including the EAS, G20 and APEC.

16.10.2013 - Syria’s chemical disarmament opens way to political settlement (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

The Russian-American agreement on placing Syria’s chemical weapons (CW) under international control with their subsequent elimination, achieved in Geneva

12.10.2013 - How Russia sees the Asia Pacific region (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

The role of the Asia Pacific region is rising as a factor that will most likely determine mainstream international development in the near future.

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