The Minister of foreign Affairs of great Britain, Boris Johnson said that the EU does not seek to outbreak of the cold war with Russia. He said this at a meeting of the foreign Ministers of EU countries, reports Reuters. His statement Johnson made on the eve of his visit to Moscow, which London announced on March 4.
“It is important to emphasize that we are not in a new cold war with Russia. Neither Britain nor our friends in the rest of the EU nor Washington is not seeking [to start] a new cold war,” said Johnson.
At the same time he noted that Russia is not always “plotting something good.” “They [the Russian authorities] have to change, they have to prove that they can again be trusted. I think it’s very important,” — said the head of the British foreign office.
That Johnson will visit Moscow at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in London announced on March 4. The exact date of Johnson’s visit to Moscow is still unknown. Meeting of the heads of the Russian and British foreign Ministers will be held for the first time in five years. The talks will focus on relations between London and Moscow, as well as international issues, including Syria and Ukraine, which celebrated the British foreign Ministry, the sides “are still significant differences.”
The Minister of foreign Affairs of great Britain takes a tough stance towards Moscow. Last week, he called for more pressure on Russia over the Crimea. In his opinion, the Peninsula was “occupied” in 2014.
He also voted against easing sanctions against Russia because of the escalation of the conflict in the Donbass. “The United Kingdom will insist that there is no reason to ease sanctions. In any case, we must continue to exert pressure on Russia”, — said Johnson.
Meanwhile, the international Committee of the house of Commons of the British Parliament called on London to establish contacts with Russia. According to a published report, Ministry of foreign Affairs should conduct “a meaningful and regular political dialogue with the Russian government in a spirit of sincerity and honesty, preserving the core values of the UK.”