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30.10.2012 - Lets look forward to some big new contracts (Article by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko published in the Russia Now supplement of The Daily Telegraph on 30 October 2012)

Relations between Russia and the United Kingdom are improving, albeit more slowly than one would have hoped. But we have been steadily moving towards what in diplomacy they call rapprochement. The Olympic Games in London this summer demonstrated this most vividly. We sincerely congratulate the British organisers on their splendid achievements and are looking forward to making use of this valuable experience and expertise in holding the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in 2014.

24.10.2012 - Interview of the Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko to the UNA-UK magazine “New World” on the occasion of the UN Day

What are your top UN priorities for the 67th General Assembly session? Russia believes that the session should reiterate the commitment of all States to multilateral approaches in global politics and to establishing a unifying agenda for collective engagement in addressing global challenges. Today, multilateralism, with the United Nations at the heart of the international system, has no alternative. We will stress the need to intensify efforts aimed at strengthening the legal framework of international relations and promoting the rule of international law, including universal interpretation and application of treaties and United Nations decisions, including those made by the Security Council. Russia will call upon strict compliance with the United Nations Charter, including the status and powers of the Security Council as the principal body responsible for maintaining international peace and security. The very first resolution adopted at the current session, namely the Declaration on the Rule of Law and the National and International Levels, has become a major achievement in this regard.

07.09.2012 - Ambassador A.Yakovenko: thinking on Syria

Over the past few months meeting British Government Ministers, politicians and people in academia and media I have been often asked questions onRussia’s position on the Syrian crisis and its conceptual reasoning. The Embassy has also been receiving letters from British citizens on those issues. I’d like to answer them, though Russia has always been clear on where we stand onSyria, including at the level of President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as well as in the course of our diplomatic contacts with Foreign Office.

25.08.2012 - Speech of the Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at the wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial in Portsmouth, 25 August 2012

We have come here to pay tribute to those fallen in the First and the Second World Wars, in which our nations were allies. Portsmouth obviously played a major role in the sea campaigns during both conflicts. I should say that in my country the memories of the last war are still present in every family. The sufferings and the victories of the war are not consigned to history books, they remain a part of our national identity. That is why we sincerely admire our British allies, in particular those people of the Royal Navy and Merchant Marine who served on the Arctic Convoys which delivered supplies to Northern Russian ports in 1941-1945. Their caravans, under constant threat from Nazi submarines and planes and inclement weather, were not just a supply line, but a visual symbol that we were not alone in our struggle against the enemies of humanity. In Russia today the Arctic Convoys heroes are feted as much as our veterans.

16.08.2012 - Ambassador Yakovenko’s talking points at presentation of the book of Ambassadors’ letters

The Olympic Truce is based on an ancient Greek tradition, dating back to the ninth century B.C. Its adoption followed a prophecy of the oracle of Delphi as a way to put an end to the wars. The Olympic Truce was announced before and during the Olympic Games to ensure athletes and spectators could travel safely to the Games and peacefully return to their respective countries.

18.07.2012 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s address at wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Revd. Iakov (James) Smirnov

Today, as we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Russia-UK peace treaty which sealed our alliance against Napoleon, we have gathered to pay tribute to an outstanding personality - Iakov (or James) Smirnov, who was posted to London in 1780 and spent almost 60 years here acting not only as a spiritual father for the Russian compatriots and all other Orthodox Christians in Britain, but also as a diplomat. Twice during the turbulent times of the Napoleonic wars he was left in charge of the Embassy, maintained link with Russia and cared about the Russian community.

14.03.2012 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s speech at the Presentation of the Ulyanovsk Region in London

I am glad to welcome you at the London presentation of the Ulyanovsk Region. We are continuing the series of meetings with heads of leading Russian regions under the aegis of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce initiated last autumn by the Russian Embassy. We have already covered the Republic of Sakha and the Saratov Region.

25.02.2012 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s foreword at Alexey Gromyko’s lecture “Culture and Russian foreign policy”

We have already entered the era of truly globalized world with porous and transparent national borders, encouraging more cultural, economic and social exchanges between people. That is further enhanced by Internet networks, encompassing nowadays the whole planet. All this creates a new type of space for unrestricted transnational intercourse.

25.02.2012 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s speech at the round table dedicated to the forthcoming publication in English of the USSR Ambassador Ivan Maisky’s diaries “Between Churchill and Stalin”

We have a very special occasion today. We are here to mark and discuss the forthcoming publication in English of the diaries of Ivan Mikhailovich Maisky, prominent Russian diplomat, who was representing the interests of the Soviet Union in the United Kingdom during the extremely challenging and difficult period of the World War Two.

15.02.2012 - Talking points of Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at the presentation of Skolkovo Foundation at the Institute of Directors

It is a pleasure to welcome you at the authoritative Institute of Directors in central London. This is, perhaps, the first such presentation with the participation of a representative delegation of the Skolkovo Foundation in the United Kingdom. I know that representatives of the Foundation and heads of clusters met yesterday with successful British companies, operators of scientific parks and scientists. All these events have been possible as a result of a joint work done by the participants of today’s meeting in the follow-up of arrangements and the memorandum signed in the course of top-level talks in September 2011 in Moscow.

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