London wants to improve its relations with Moscow, but does not want to overcome large differences, said British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson after discussing with Moscow his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Friday.
At a joint press conference, Johnson, who has been the first British Foreign Minister to visit Moscow for more than half a decade, said Britain should not ignore the fact that Russia is intervening in the world, including Germany, France and the United States. There is plenty of evidence for that. He was aiming for a similar, unsuccessful attempt at Brexit. Johnson, among the objections, listed Russia’s Ukrainian and Syrian appearances as well as the persecution of Chechnya gays.
Lavrov described the status of Russian-British relations as “unsatisfactory”. He explained that Moscow and London wanted to find ways to overcome bilateral problems. He did not leave without saying the accusations made in a “pretty offensive way,” among other things, as he said, “we support a criminal system in Syria, aggressors and occupiers who attach a foreign territory.”
Lavrov has called on the British party to specifically examine the facts and the Russian position on these matters. He reminded him that Russia did not make an aggressive move against Britain and did not accuse London of anything.
He announced that Russia would like to achieve the swift reconstruction of the work of the bilateral intergovernmental trade and investment committee. According to her report, she agreed with her British guest that the two countries will work together as a permanent member of the UN Security Council to resolve the situation in the Korean Peninsula. According to Johnson, London and Moscow’s goals do not coincide with North Korea, but maintaining peace is a common goal.
Lavrov also pointed out that the terrorist cooperation of the two countries’ specialist services was still hindered by the fact that the Litvinenko case caused London to interrupt its relations with the Russian Federal Security Service (FSZB).
Alekszandr Livinyenko, the Russian secret service in Britain, was granted political asylum in London in 2006 with poisoned polonium by his former colleagues. The cause of the case was aggravated by the Russian intervention in Russia.
Along with the fairly cool official statements that had been made after the ministerial meeting, at least on a personal level, there was some relaxation among the parties on Friday.
“Let me tell you that I’m Russian, I’m a committed russofil,” Johnson said at the press conference.
He added that he has roots in Moscow and that he is the first British Foreign Minister to be called Boris.
“Please do not doubt that I will strive to improve our relationships!” he said.
Lavrov, he said, trusts his guest so much that he is ready to call Boris. The host of the talks, when pronouncing the name, placed the emphasis in English on the first speaker of the name, not the Russian, the second.
The British Foreign Minister, in response to the question of whether he had vouched home to not drink vodka in Moscow and not hold a phone, said: “As a sign of confidence in Lavrov at the trial venue, he entrusted his coat to his colleague with all the contents of his pockets .
“There was nothing in Boris’s coat,” Lavrov interrupted.
“Oh, have they searched for it?” Johnson wondered.
Johnson confirmed that he had visited the Russian embassy in Tehran to visit the historic meeting of Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin in 1943 and thanked the Russian ambassador there for the opportunity
Foreign ministers have agreed that in 2019 Russia and Britain will have a mutual music year.
Source: MTI / Image: mandiner.hu /