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25.01.2013 - Ambassador Yakovenko on situation in the Middle East and Northern Africa

22 January collegium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation outlined concrete steps for promoting Russian interests in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

24.01.2013 - Ambassador's Notebook: Visa Regimes: What Era Are We In?

A new era in the history of passports and visas began in the 14th century. Merchants and travelers went to foreign lands and, to make it easier to cross borders, they prepared special travel documents. These documents not only gave the holder’s name and surname, but also their hair and eye colour and even nose shape. These were the first foreign passports. Moreover, since the 15th century, countries like England issued passports not only for their nationals heading abroad but also for inbound foreigners, enabling them to travel freely about the country.

21.01.2013 - Russian Ambassador on Syria. Latest.

Russia, first of all, seeks to save human lives in Syria when calls for an urgent cessation of bloodshed and launch of a political dialogue. Our priority is not to demand for President Assad to leave, as sought by our Western partners.

21.01.2013 - Ambassador's Notebook: Do Traditional Values Have a Future?

On September 27, 2012 the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution submitted by the Russian Federation on “Promoting Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms through a Better Understanding of Traditional Values of Humankind: Best Practices.” More than 60 states sponsored this initiative, including, collectively, members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the League of Arab States. The resolution reiterates the idea that understanding of and respect for traditional values both encourage and facilitate the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

21.01.2013 - Is there a solution to the Syrian crisis?

The situation in Syria remains difficult. What’s more, the ongoing humanitarian crisis continues to deteriorate. The opposition still refuses to sit down at the negotiating table with Damascus. The death toll is rising. Is there a solution to the Syrian crisis, or are we about to witness a cruel civil war drag on into 2013?

10.01.2013 - Ambassador's Notebook: Bilateral Relations in 2012: Highlights

This past year has been very fruitful in terms of developing broad political dialogue between Russia and Great Britain. President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met Prime Minister David Cameron at the G8 and G20 summits and during the Olympic Games in London.

08.01.2013 - Ambassador's Notebook: G20: Russia Picks Up the Baton for 2013

On December 1, 2012, Russia assumed the presidency of the G20. One may wonder why the public, year after year, pays ever more attention to the Group’s activity. The answer is obvious.

28.12.2012 - World politics in 2012: Guided by civilisational identities

The year 2012 has confirmed the trends that we have been witnessing over recent years. The world is becoming more interconnected and more turbulent. It is changing fast. Those changes do not follow a certain scenario, but rather defy all plans and forecasts. Fundamental transformation and, probably, upheavals, lie ahead.

26.12.2012 - Ambassador's Notebook: On Human Rights

The Russian Embassy website recently published Russia's Foreign Ministry report on the human rights situation in the EU. One of the subscribers to our official twitter account commented that Russia does not have the right to be “lecturing EU on human rights.” The point made is the familiar position of some of our critics here in the UK and some other EU countries.

24.12.2012 - India and Russia: new prospects for strategic partnership in the 21st century

An article by Vladimir Putin published in The Hindu (24.12.2012) I am glad to have an opportunity to address the readers of one of the most influential Indian newspapers – The Hindu. As my visit to New Delhi is beginning, I would like to outline approaches to further development of strategic partnership between India and Russia. This year marked the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries. During the past decades we have acquired a vast experience of joint work and achieved progress in a range of fields. Political epochs were changing but the principles of bilateral ties, such as mutual confidence and equality, remained the same. I would like to stress that deepening of friendship and cooperation with India is among the top priorities of our foreign policy. And now we have every reason to say that they have really unique special and privileged character.

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