On 15th February the Ambassador of Russian Federation in London Mr. A. Yakovenko gave an informal talk titled “Priorities of the Russian Foreign Policy and its Vision of the Global Policy Issues” at the invitation of Professor Ngaire Woods, the Dean of Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford.
Throughout the meeting the participants were discussing such burning issues as the stance of Russia and Russian businesses towards Brexit; current priorities in the Russian foreign policy; the reaction of Russia to sanctions and their consequences for Russia and EU; Russia’s vision of the situation in Ukraine and the Middle East.
The conversation took place in a constructive atmosphere of dialogue. It was impossible not to notice the competence and friendliness of a very well-informed Professor Ngaire Woods, who steered the discussion in a calm and constructive manner, even despite the fact that the burning issues discussed sometimes provoke very emotional reactions in the media.
Russian Ambassador also related how the press-office of the Russian Embassy in London launched new social media pages and became popular among the readers, stealing the limelight from similar pages of Israeli and US embassies in London. The press department of the Russian Embassy also offers on social media its comments following publications in such authoritative British media as The Guardian, The Times, The Evening Standard etc., thus, elucidating the official position of Russia on a number of issues.
After the speech, HE the Ambassador informally conversed with the students and answered their questions in the lobby. He then went on a tour of the building, famous for its innovative design and architectural construction in the form of irregular stack of cylindrical and horseshoe-shaped blocks suggested by the leading architectural bureau Herzog & de Meuron, a rival of Zaha Hadid architectural bureau.