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10.02.2016 - VIDEO: Valdai Club report launched in London

Channel 1 Russia video (in Russian) on the launch of the Valdai Club report "War and Peace in 21 Century" at the Russian Embassy in London.


10.02.2016 - PHOTO: Russian diplomats in London paid tribute to their predecessors on Diplomats’ Day

On 10 February, Diplomats’ Day, following a Russian diplomatic tradition, Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko laid a wreath to the grave of the last Ambassador of the Russian Empire Count Alexander Benckendorff (d.1917) in the Westminster Cathedral. Members of Embassy staff also laid flowers to the graves of Russian Chargés d’Affaires buried in London – Fr. Iakov (James) Smirnove and Evgeny Sablin. A prayer for the souls of past Russian Ambassadors to London was read at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral at Ennismore Gardens.


10.02.2016 - PHOTO: Presentation of Valdai discussion Club report "War and Peace in the 21th century. International stability and balance of the new type" by Andrey Bystritskiy and Fyodor Lukyanov

On 9 February 2016 at the residence of the Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko was hosted a reception and Presentation of annual report "War and Peace in the 21st century. International stability and balance of the new type" by Andrey Bystritskiy and Fyodor Lukyanov. The research was conducted following the results of the discussion at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Club, which had been attended by political and public leaders, prominent experts from over 30 countries.


10.02.2016 - VIDEO: Interview by Ambassador Yakovenko on Syria for Channel 4 News

The Russian Ambassador to the UK, Dr Alexander Yakovenko, talks to Cathy Newman about who exactly the Russians are bombing in Syria.


09.02.2016 - Reply by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova to a media question regarding unfair evaluation of Russia’s role in the Syrian crisis resolution

Question: How would you comment on the recent statements by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in which he basically accused Russia of dragging out the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva and degrading the humanitarian situation in the country? Maria Zakharova: A number of foreign media outlets intend to mislead the public about Russia’s role in the Syrian settlement, including when it comes to the Russian Aerospace Forces’ operation and alleged victims among civilians. We have noted that, voluntarily or not, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was involved in this campaign. In his speech at the London conference on the humanitarian crisis in Syria and his recent interview with the Financial Times, he basically held Russia responsible for slowing down the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva and degrading the humanitarian situation in the country.


08.02.2016 - 2016 declared Russia-UK Year of Language and Literature

On 16th December 2015, the year 2016 was officially declared the Russia-UK Year of Language and Literature. The implementation of such a large-scale project will enable our nations to know and understand each other better. Moreover, stronger humanitarian links between Russia and Great Britain, which may be rightfully called cultural superpowers, will benefit the global dialogue of cultures.


06.02.2016 - Meeting of V.Putin with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko

Vladimir Putin had an informal meeting with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.


06.02.2016 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the 5th anniversary of enacting the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) between the Russian Federation and the United States

Five years ago, on February 5, 2011, the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) between the Russian Federation and the United States entered into force. According to its provisions, total strategic offensive arms stockpiles shall not exceed the following ceilings by February 2018: 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and heavy bombers (HBs); 1,550 warheads attributed to them; 800 deployed and non-deployed ICBM, SLBM launchers and HBs. This is much lower than the maximum limits stipulated by the previous Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (6,000 warheads and 1,600 strategic delivery vehicles). Therefore, the number of Russian and US warheads and delivery vehicles will be at their lowest level since the late 1950s and early 1960s.


06.02.2016 - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s answer to a question from the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) about the refugee problem

Question: The Russian media, especially television, are creating the wrong impression that Russia is against the refugees coming to Europe from North Africa and the Middle East. What is Russia’s position on the refugee issue, and how can it be resolved? Maria Zakharova: I don’t see any bias in the coverage of this issue by the Russia media. On the contrary, our journalists are trying to tell the public about all aspects of this problem, which refugees from all over the world face. Sometimes they are risking their health and life in the process.


05.02.2016 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, February 4, 2016

On February 10, 2016, we will mark Diplomats' Day for the fourteenth time. Different events will be held with the participation of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and high-ranking ministry officials. I’d like to say a few words about the history of this date. You know everything about it, but it is always worth repeating. As you know, this day was endorsed as our professional holiday by a presidential executive order in 2002.



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