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Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s remarks at the Russia Day Reception, 13 June 2018


Ladies and gentlemen, friends,

I am delighted to welcome all of you today on the occasion of Russia’s National Day.

This year has been very important for us. We have had Presidential elections in Russia. A new Government has been formed.

We have identified our new goals – to effectively use the global economy growth factors, to achieve breakthroughs in the economy, social welfare, research and education, to significantly improve the quality of life.

President Putin has plans to speed up Russian economy higher than average world growth and to make it the fifth largest economy in the world.

These are our national priorities.

Some have already been deployed into specific action programmes, national projects and legislative initiatives, others will follow shortly.

Russia enjoys active, independent and global foreign policy based on international law.

My country is an integral element of the global economy. We are taking an active part in integration processes, especially within the Eurasian Union, and have a significant share in the energy, food and other markets worldwide. The guarantee of success is in the ability to deal with differences and in fair competition rather than its restriction.

Russia favours trade freedom, economic integration, and constructive partner-to-partner dialogue and calls on our partners from the United Kingdom and other countries to advance together towards the sustainable development goals and a growth model that would provide the most fitting response to modern challenges.

Russia is a unique country spanning over 11 time zones. But we are proud not only of our size and nature.

Russia has the cheapest broadband internet among developed nations and is actively testing 5G networks across the country.

Since 2011 Russia has been the only country to launch manned space flights.

All the new superheavy chemical elements of the Periodic table for the last 20 years have been synthesized in Russia.

Russia is the world leader in wheat exports.

We have the lowest level of external debt among the G20 countries.

And of course tomorrow is the big day, as the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia.

We will receive 600 thousand guests from all over the world. There will be 10 thousand British citizens among them. We are confident it will be a great experience for the players, the fans and the Russian hosts as well.

We are looking into the future with optimism and we want to be friends with all those who want to be our friends.

A few days ago we celebrated Queen’s official birthday and I transmitted the message from my President to the Head of state with his best wishes.

Yesterday President Putin received a warm message of congratulations from the Queen on our national day. Let me propose a toast to the Queen and well-being of the British people.

Ladies and gentlemen,

On this very special day I would like to present a Russian state award, the  Pushkin Medal to a very special person – Princess Catherine Galitzine, whom everybody knows as Katya. She is not just a descendant of one of the most famous Russian noble families and an artist. She established the Prince George Galitzine Memorial Library, which is the only Anglo-Russian Library in St Petersburg, and has run it since 1994. It is a unique collection of books about Russia published abroad and publications by Russian emigrants. The goal of the Library is "to educate, enlighten and inspire", and Katya does that both in Russia and here in Britain. Now Princess Galitzine is planning to donate this priceless collection to the city of Saint Petersburg.

By decree of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin I have the honour to present Catherine Galitzine with silver Pushkin Medal.

Ladies and gentlemen,

2018 has been declared Year of the Volunteer Russia, it gives me a great pleasure to present letters of recognition to volunteers who are making a distinctive contribution to their local communities:

Mihhail Frolov from Derby, member of the Russian Community Council;

Elena Kosminina – Russian Volunteers’ Bureau, London;

Valdas Adomavicius – Russian Volunteers’ Bureau, London.

One of the main events for the Russian community here, in which these volunteers took an active part, was the Victory Day, that we celebrate together with our British friends – veterans of the Arctic Convoys, representatives of the local councils and the Royal British Legion, as well as family members and those for whom our shared history matters. Russia and Britain did many right things together in the past, and I believe we can do more in the future.

Thank you.



Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veteran

On 10 November 2018 Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medal to the Arctic Convoys veteran Mr Gerald HENRY who was awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for his personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.


Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veterans

On 13-14 October 2018 Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medals to the Arctic Convoys veterans Mr Geoffrey CONNOR and Mr Frederick PRICE who were awarded this military honour by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for their personal courage and bravery displayed in World War II.


Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko speaks at Harrow School

On 4 October, 2018 Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom Dr Alexander Yakovenko delivered a speech at Harrow School, one of the oldest and most prominent British private schools for boys.


Russian art expert receives Presidential award at the Russian Embassy

On 25 September 2018 Ms Lobanov-Rostovsky, one of the world leading experts in Russian art, was awarded with an official letter of gratitude from the President of the Russian Federation.


Reception at the Russian Embassy in honour of the «The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution» exhibition opening

On 19 September 2018 the Russian Embassy in London hosted a reception on the occasion of the «The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution» exhibition, which opens at the Science Museum on the 21 September.


Agricultural Attache Derbenskiy visits the Royal Welsh Show 2018.

On 23 Jule 2018 the Agricultural Attaché of the Russian Embassy Vladimir Derbenskiy visited the Royal Welsh Show 2018, one of the most important exhibitions in the Welsh agricultural industry.


Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko hosts Young Diplomats Forum

On 4th July the Russian Embassy hosted a meeting with the participants of the 10th edition of Young Diplomats Forum. The Ambassador of the Russian Federation Dr. Alexander Yakovenko gave a speech on the importance of diplomacy in the world, the role of Russia on the international stage, Russia-UK relations and answered numerous questions.


Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko visits Anton Chekhov Garden at Hampton Court Flower Show

On 2 July Russia’s Ambassador to UK Dr Alexander Yakovenko attended the opening of the Anton Chekhov Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.


Agricultural Attaché Derbenskiy visits the Royal Highland Show 2018

On 21 June 2018 the Agricultural Attaché of the Russian Embassy Vladimir Derbenskiy visited the Royal Highland Show 2018, one of the most important exhibitions in the Scottish agricultural industry.


Russian Order of Friendship presented to Declan Donnellan

On 19 June 2018 Ambassador Dr Alexander Yakovenko awarded the British theatre director Declan Donnellan with the Russian Order of Friendship for his contribution to bilateral cultural relations.

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