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31.12.2011 - NEW YEAR GREETINGS FROM AMBASSADOR ALEXANDER YAKOVENKO

Dear friends! I am happy to welcome the visitors of our website and would like to use this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We will remember 2011, which is almost over, as a period of changes in the world happening at an increasing speed, coinciding with more turbulence in international relations. The world economy was being negatively influenced by crisis symptoms which affected almost everyone. At the same time I would like to note that bilateral relations, political and cultural ties, trade and economic cooperation between our countries are becoming more sustainable. The remarkable pace of the development of political contacts that has been achieved in 2011, their high level is proof of it. Still, there is a lot to be done. I am sure that the Russian-British relations have a bright future.I hope that the New Year will fulfill your expectations and bring you success and prosperity. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


20.12.2011 - Article by Alexander Yakovenko published in the Russia Now supplement of The Daily Telegraph

Reappraising our values in international relations This year has been replete with important, and sometimes historic events, globally and regionally, notably the Arab Spring and the eurozone crisis. New and ever more convincing evidence has shown that a radical transformation of global governance is taking place. The co-ordinates of international relations have been shifting towards development issues central to world politics. At the same time, the kind of transformation that reflects the endgame of processes that began at the turn of the Seventies is gaining pace, whether we look at the Arab world or the crisis of liberal capitalism.


12.12.2011 - Address of Ambassador Alexpander Yakovenko at the lunch at the House of Commons

Dear Colleagues, Mr Francis Maude, Mrs Eva Schloss, Members of Parliament, Our today’s meeting is the right occasion to remember the most terrible event of the past century, the WWII. It is symbolic, that today we gathered at the British Parliament, which was damaged by air raids of the German aviation in 1941. These walls are live witnesses of the terrors of that cruel war.


09.12.2011 - Remarks by Ambassador Yakovenko at Visa-Free Barbecue: Europe without borders

Dear friends, I’m happy to welcome here everyone who has been able to make it through our “passport control”. As you can see, we have tried to bring our guests closer to the topic we are discussing – the present and future of visas.


30.11.2011 - Article by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko published on 29 November 2011 in the Daily Telegraph (Russia Now supplement)

Nuclear power after Fukushima is a topic being discussed on many professional forums. Several governments, facing pressure from NGOs and the public, have had to declare that they will abandon nuclear energy. But for the time being, the situation is virtually unchanged: plants are still in operation and will remain so at least through the 2020s, including those in Germany and Switzerland. And nuclear plants that were being built at the time of Fukushima are still being built. Some countries (the UK, South Korea and Saudi Arabia) plan to generate a bigger proportion of their energy through nuclear power.


29.11.2011 - Welcoming remarks of Ambassador A.Yakovenko at the annual Russian Banking Forum

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am glad to welcome you in London at the 18th Russian Banking Forum held under the aegis of the Adam Smith Institute Conferences. Today I for the first time and with much pleasure participate in the work of your annual forum which has become a good tradition. For several decades it has been bringing together leading Russian bankers, their foreign counterparts from the City and international investors in the British capital, which allows to take the temperature of the domestic banking sector and outline plans for the next year. In this regard, I note with pleasure that the topic of the conference “Time for Growth: New Strategies – New Directions” reflects the positive processes, which, as far as I can judge, are taking place in the Russian banking industry and economy in general.


28.11.2011 - Opening address by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at the “Russia at International Markets” Conference at the London Stock Exchange

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear guests, I am glad to welcome you at the London Stock Exchange Conference focusing on Russia and its dynamic financial services market. As far as I am informed, today you also mark the 10th anniversary of the International Order Book and the 5th anniversary of Russian IOB Derivative Service – important tools for global investors and all bidders who deal with equity instruments of Russian companies.


21.11.2011 - Interview by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko to Menu Magazine

The residence of the Russian ambassador in Great Britain is located in the prestigious Kensington Palace Gardens, the street of embassies and billionaires. Private vehicles are prohibited to enter for security reasons. Although the armed security guards let London taxis past the barriers – evidently it is believed that real terrorists don’t drive in taxis to commit acts of terrorism.


14.11.2011 - Address by Alexander Yakovenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the UK, to the participants of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce investment forum in Moscow.

Dear friends, I am happy to welcome all guests and participants of the Russia TALK investment forum. It gives me pleasure to extend greetings to the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce on the occasion of its 95th anniversary and wish great success, exciting new projects, brilliant ideas and many more years of work to the still energetic, regardless of its respectable age, organization.


13.11.2011 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s remarks at Remembrance Day ceremony at the Soviet War memorial in London, 13 November 2011

Today, we are laying wreaths to the Monument to 27 million of Soviet citizens who lost their lives in World War II, and by doing so we are paying our tribute to all those who fell in war battlefields.


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