The Minister of foreign Affairs of great Britain, Boris Johnson decided to cancel scheduled for 10 April visit to Moscow in connection with the recent events in Syria. This is stated in the statement published on the website of the British foreign Ministry.
“The developments in Syria would radically change the situation. My priority now is to continue contacts with the United States and other countries in the eve of a meeting “the Big seven” on April 10-11 to ensure coordinated international support for the ceasefire and to intensify the political process,” — said in a statement.
Johnson also stated that it had discussed its plans with U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson, whose visit to Moscow scheduled for April 12. “He will visit Moscow as planned, after a meeting of “seven” and be able to convey a clear and coordinated message to the Russians,” said the Minister.
“We regret the continued protection of Russia to the Assad regime, even after the use of chemical weapons against civilians. We call on Russia to do its utmost to reach a political settlement in Syria and to work with the international community to ensure that the shocking events of last week will never happen again”, said the British foreign Secretary.
Previously, the newspaper the Independent, citing two high-ranking diplomats reported that the UK authorities decided to go for rapprochement with Russia, expecting that the same step will be the US President Donald trump. According to them, this decision has come in early March, when the foreign Ministry announced the visit of the head of the Ministry Boris Johnson to Moscow. Meeting of the Russian and British Ministers had become the first in the last five years. However, in late March, Johnson has postponed his visit to Moscow, citing the change in the schedule of meetings of foreign Ministers of countries — members of NATO.
However, one senior European diplomat who is based in London, in an interview with the publication said that the British government are ready to reconsider relations with Moscow. The parties may discuss the Syrian crisis and the Ukraine, Libya and the fight against terrorism. Later London had agreed on a new date for the visit of Johnson to Moscow on April 10.