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05.10.2013 - Is nuclear disarmament possible? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for Russia Today)

Russia is constantly advocating further limitations and reductions in nuclear weapon stockpiles along with strengthening international regimes of arms control and non-proliferation. At the heart of our approach is the need for responsible, pragmatic and gradual steps to be taken in this sphere aimed at finding effective ways to reduce the nuclear danger.


05.10.2013 - Towards Peace, Stability And Sustainable Economic Development in the Asia Pacific Region Article by Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia

Recent years have witnessed deep geopolitical shifts that fundamentally changed the global landscape. Against the backdrop of global transformation processes, the role of Asia Pacific region is rising as a significant factor that is determining now and will most likely determine the mainstream of international developments in the nearest future, becoming an influential player of emerging polycentric world order architecture.


03.10.2013 - Russia seeks an early entry into force of CTBT (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK, for RIA Novosti)

Russia is a strong advocate of an early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which is to become an essential part of the international legal security system and important link to the other nonproliferation and disarmament instruments. We strongly believe that it would also become an important confidence building measure.


01.10.2013 - Ambassador Yakovenko speaks at the rededication of the monument in memory of Russian and Finnish Crimean War prisoners (Lewes, 28 October 2013)

Ladies and Gentlemen! On behalf of the Embassy of Russia I would like to thank you for joining us today. This is a special and a rather unusual occasion – the Russians and the Finns restoring a monument designed and built by the British, dedicated to prisoners who lead a free and a relatively comfortable life, enjoying hospitality while in captivity, captured thousands of miles away from the main battlefields of an unnecessary war which no one actually wanted to fight.


01.10.2013 - Dmitry Medvedev’s interview with Rossiya 24 TV channel

Anna Schneider: Good afternoon, Mr Medvedev. Thank you for finding the time to come here. Dmitry Medvedev: Good afternoon. Anna Schneider: The forum is about to complete its work. What results have been achieved? What are your personal impressions? How is this year’s forum different from the previous ones in terms of participants, the issues raised or the volume of concluded agreements? Dmitry Medvedev: I have just met with the governors of several regions and I said to them that they travel a great deal and every trip should bring tangible benefits. A large number of forums are held in Russia every year.


01.10.2013 - Dmitry Medvedev's article: The time of simple solutions is past

Five years ago it became obvious that a global economic catastrophe was beginning.


26.09.2013 - Interview by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to The Washington Post, published September 25, 2013

Question: What was your reaction to President Obama’s speech this week at the United Nations?Sergey Lavrov: It addressed important issues, and we hope that the stated willingness to cooperate on resolving the problems in the Middle East would help us to find common approaches, which is the key for today’s functioning of the international community. Only common action can resolve issues. No one country can solve problems which are becoming transborder, transnational, common threat and challenges for all of us.


23.09.2013 - What Russia expects from the current session of the UN General Assembly

At the 68th session of the UNGA Russia will work to agree collective approaches to world politics, given the central coordinating role of the UN as a unique mechanism for ensuring global stability, peace and security. This is the only way to address effectively common threats and challenges.


19.09.2013 - Syrian chemical weapons: key step towards Syrian settlement or another tussle in New York? (by Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to UK)

Three weeks ago, the world was preparing for another «humanitarian intervention» - some with jubilation, others with concern. For Russia, it was clear that a «military option», however limited, against Syria, would amount to a grave violation of international law and thus would rock the world order which benefits us all. It was out of the understanding of all the disastrous consequences of such a scenario that Russia embarked upon intensive diplomatic effort to mobilise collective action on a clear threat to international community. Obviously, it helped to bring policy-making in a number of countries in line with the popular mood.


12.09.2013 - Syrian Alternative (Article by Russian President Vladimir Putin published in the US newspaper New York Times)

Recent events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.


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