Alexander Yakovenko
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Dr. Alexander Yakovenko arrived in London to assume his duties as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Court of St. James’s on 29th January 2011. Before his appointment, Dr. Yakovenko served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in charge of multilateral diplomacy (UN, UNESCO and other international organizations, economic and humanitarian co-operation, human rights, environmental co-operation, climate change, education, culture and sports).

Having graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Dr. Yakovenko began his diplomatic career in 1976 and has since then occupied various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, including the Department of International Organizations, the Permanent Mission of the USSR to the United Nations in New York, the Foreign Policy Planning Department, the Department of International Scientific and Technical Cooperation, the Department of Security and Disarmament, the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to International Organizations in Vienna, and the Information and Press Department.

Dr. Yakovenko has participated in numerous sessions of the UN Security Council and General Assembly, the UNESCO General Conference, various OSCE forums, negotiations on conventional armed forces in Europe and confidence building measures, the IAEA Board of Governors meetings, the Russian-American Joint Commission on Economic and Technological Cooperation, and the G8 expert meetings.

He was also the head of the Russian delegation at the International Space Station negotiations (1993-1998).

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Reinvigorating, Refreshing and Reviving Relations With the UK-Russia Year of Culture

(4) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Two weeks ago, an estimated three billion people around the world tuned in to watch the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics. Like Danny Boyle's acclaimed ceremony for London 2012, our event gave a whistle stop tour through our nation's proud history and culture, albeit with a little less British...

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Russia's Initiatives for the G20

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 6:47 AM

On 15-16 February Moscow hosted the first Meeting of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors under Russia's G20 presidency. The event was a major preparatory step towards the upcoming G20 Summit in Saint Petersburg on 5-6 September. Participants discussed a wide number of pressing issues, including "traditional" G20...

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Thinking on Syria

(17) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 4:10 AM

Over the past few months meeting British government ministers, politicians and people in academia and media I have been often asked questions on Russia'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...

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