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Speech of the President of the Russian Paralympic Comittee Vladimir Lukin at the Solemn ceremony for proclamation of communiqué of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Russian Federation, Federative Republic of Brazil and Republic of Korea on 29th August 2012

Dear Colleagues!

First of all, I would like to thank the British side for the initiative to organise this meeting and to develop a Joint communiqué of the countries-hosts of the closest four Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This document will be as I believe, a new step in understanding and application of Universal Declaration of Human Rights through sport and Olympic ideals, in our countries and in the majority of others.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the Olympic Charter and Regulations of International Paralympic Committee proclaim such splendid panhuman ideals and principles as equality, humanism, justice, tolerance, social cohesion, mutual understanding and respect, healthy lifestyle.

In order to bring these principles to life one of the most effective instruments is sport. It gives people opportunity to communicate, cooperate, unite and compete on a healthy basis and on equal terms by following the principle of “fair play”.

I’d like to underline that today the very four countries are responsible for the real progress in this undertaking. Because as we all understand during the nearest four years the attention of the world sports public and indeed the whole world community will be drawn to preparation and holding of Olympic and Paralympic Games in our countries. London is already taking up the torch. We are on the starting blocks!

This idea on similarity of principles which lay the foundation of Olympic Charter, Regulations of International Paralympic Committee and Universal Declaration of Human Rights, on the important role of sport and sporting events in upbringing of youth, struggling with any kinds of discrimination and violence, preventing conflicts and so on, is not a new one.

However it is important today to fill this idea up, with a practical content and effective precise actions. One of these actions as I see is acceptance and proclaiming of our Joint communiqué.

For the first time in history we have a document which not only declares the necessity in  understanding and application of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through sport and Olympic ideals, but also commits the countries organising the largest sporting events to do it in practice.

Besides I would like to make a warning which I used to make before, in Geneva, and wish to repeat it today. Under this warning I mean a very fine line between increasing the role of Olympic and Paralympic Games in observing global rights and liberties proclaimed by the Universal Declaration, and aggravation of politicization of the Games. We already know such examples in the history of sport. I am convinced that Olympic and Paralympic Games should not be a vehicle for promoting any particular political agenda but rather a universal celebration of peace and human dignity.

Once again welcome!

Thank you!


26.11.2015 - Ambassador Yakovenko responds to Russian media question on Britain's renewed National Security Strategy

Question: The recent announcement by the British Government of the outcome of its 5-year Review of the National Security Strategy has attracted a lot of criticism. Russia features prominently in some key provisions of the document. What could you say on that? Answer: I'll start with Russia's place in it. Unfortunately, we witness what I would call inertia of the rhetoric, that is no longer reflective of the reality, which has been evolving fast. Still, it is now less categorical and diffuse, which may be a sign of changing attitude. Hope, it is going to be the case.

18.11.2015 - Syrian solution demands truly inclusive compromise (article by Ambassador Yakovenko for the Daily Telegraph supplement, 17 November 2015)

Upon Russia’s insistence, a truly inclusive multilateral process was launched in Vienna on Oct. 30 to help find a compromise solution to the Syrian crisis. Iran, a major player, took part for the first time, as well as China. All agreed to the U.S., Russia and the U.N. co-chairing the meeting. Heated exchanges took place on the issue of President Bashar al-Assad’s future. As was the case three years ago, this could derail the entire process. But ultimately it was agreed to disagree on that issue. Lack of agreement on this subject resulted in three more years of bloody impasse. We should know better than that this time. All the more so that those are the differences between the outside players. Why not leave it to the Syrians to decide?

17.11.2015 - Welcoming points at the Russian-British business forum, dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the establishment of the Russian Trade Mission in the UK (17 November, 9.00, Royal Garden Hotel)

Ladies and gentlemen! I am delighted to welcome you at the Russian-British Business Forum, dedicated to such a significant date – the 95th anniversary of the establishment of the Russian Trade Mission in the United Kingdom. It gives me special pleasure to congratulate our colleagues on this occasion, since this trade delegation established to promote trade links with the United Kingdom in 1920 and headed by People's Commissar of Foreign Trade Leonid Krasin became the first in history Soviet Russia's trade representation abroad. In fact, it set an example for a whole network of Russian trade missions abroad, which are still successfully operating. Ever since its establishment the Trade Mission has continued to work hard to promote business relations between Russia and Great Britain. It helps companies in both countries to find partners and enter each other’s markets.

29.10.2015 - Russian Embassy on the Times editorial

Your editorial, which accompanied Ambassador Yakovenko’s interview (26 October) is full of grossly misleading statements on Russia’s foreign policy. May I set the record straight before your readership?

23.10.2015 - Letter of Minister-Counsellor of the Russian Embassy A.Kramarenko to the “Financial Times”

Letter of Minister-Counsellor of the Russian Embassy A.Kramarenko to the “Financial Times”

21.10.2015 - Letter of Minister-Counsellor of the Russian Embassy A.Kramarenko to the “Guardian”

Letter of Minister-Counsellor of the Russian Embassy A.Kramarenko to the “Guardian”

19.10.2015 - Why Russia had to intervene in Syria (article by Ambassador Yakovenko published in The Independent)

Combating international terrorism has long been one of the top priorities of Russia's foreign policy. We have been consistently advocating genuinely global efforts in countering that evil. The fight against terrorism must be conducted on a universal legal basis, starting with the UN Charter. That is why Russia has been unable to join the US-led “global coalition” against Isis. The coalition was established in circumvention of the UN Security Council, and its operations in Syria violate the sovereignty of that country.

13.10.2015 - "Russian airstrikes won't solve the crisis" because they are Russian? (article by Andrey A. Pritsepov, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh, published in "The Scotsman")

Having read your leader comments "Russian airstrikes won't solve crisis" from 30th September and "Effort needed to rein in lone wolf" from 2nd October I cannot help but notice that they represent a U-turn compared to your previous instalments (for instance, from 17th July "Conservatives made to look very bad again" and from 21st July "PM needs to do more to beat IS").

12.10.2015 - Letter to the Editor of The Sunday Times

On 11 October 2015 The Sunday Times published the article “RAF ready to shoot down Russian aircraft over Syria” which referred to “three senior Cabinet ministers and senior Defence sources”. Given clarifications from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence, stating publicly that “reports about RAF rules of engagement in Iraq are inaccurate”, one may conclude that your newspaper was spreading rumours, which could have grave consequences for our bilateral relationship with Britain, and far beyond.

11.10.2015 - Answer by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko to Russian media question regarding Syria

- Can you comment on the British media reports that UK Government has given the green light to RAF pilots participating in the operation against ISIS in Iraq airspace, to shoot down Russian combat planes? - These media reports are worrying, as they refer to senior Cabinet members. We have urgently requested explanations from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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