Pushkov: British MPs take steps to establish contacts with colleagues in Russia

Pushkov: British MPs take steps to establish contacts with colleagues in Russia

MOSCOW, December 3. British MPs have taken steps to establish contacts with Russian colleagues, the parliamentarians in Russia ready for dialogue. This was stated to journalists by the Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov.

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“Now I get signals that Britain is at the parliamentary level is ready to establish contacts,” he said.

“Me out the representatives of the British Parliament with a proposal to consider the possibility of a visit to London to establish relations with the new members of the Committee, including by necessity the fastest overcoming of the Ukrainian crisis and the challenges of stabilizing the Middle East,” said Pushkov.

He stressed that Russia was not the initiator of a breakup and are ready to cooperate with British colleagues. “If in England there is a shift in the approach to relations with the state Duma, we are ready to this contact,” added Pushkov.

“While it signals to the personal level, as soon as we receive official confirmation, for example, in the form of an invitation to London for negotiations, we will consider it,” he said.

He noticed that on the background of common threat posed by ISIL (the former name of the terrorist organization “Islamic state”, banned in Russia – ed.), require “expansion of parliamentary dialogue”.


“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).

The freezing of relations with London

In October, Russian Ambassador in London Alexander Yakovenko said on the actual freezing of relations with Britain. “Almost all political contacts were suddenly interrupted by the British initiative, the political dialogue at the highest level, between the leaders has ceased. At the Ministerial level has become one of stagnation”, – he said in an interview with the times. Later the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, answering journalists ‘ questions, said that the Kremlin regrets the failure of London to conduct any dialogue and argues that the resumption of contacts “the ball on the side of British colleagues”.

On 16 November, commenting on the results of the bilateral meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of great Britain David Cameron, Sands drew attention that “the statement continued disagreements and different visions of a number of issues on the international agenda, nevertheless the parties show interest to resume a normal and mutually beneficial relations, where circumstances permit”.

About the relations with Turkey

Russia has a lot of steps in the reserve to provide additional impact on Turkey, Pushkov commented on the words of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statement made during address to the Federal Assembly.

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“Between Russia and Turkey was a sufficiently high volume of interactions – it was a country that had in Russia most favored nation status in several areas – energy, economic, tourist, commercial and political. So, I think that in the reserve there are many possible steps,” Pushkov said.

In his opinion, partly the latitude taken by Russia steps against Ankara will depend on the behavior of Turkey. “If she will try to minimize the damage that was caused and who are already irreparable, then perhaps the degradation relationship will not be as significant, what it could be,” said Pushkov.

“But this does not mean that Russia will reconsider its approach to Turkey in the foreseeable future, because what Turkey did, is an act of war,” Pushkov said.

Earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin in his annual address to the Federal Assembly, stated that Russia will not rattle the saber, but Turkey tomatoes don’t cut it.

The attack on the Russian su-24M and its consequences

November 24, fighter from the Turkish air force F-16 shot down Russian bomber su-24M, which, according to Ankara, had violated the country’s airspace near the border with Syria.

In response, the defense Ministry said the su-24M was in the skies over Syria and crossed the border by the Turkish aircraft. The crew of the downed bomber managed to eject, however, commander Oleg Peshkov was killed by ground fire. Navigator Konstantin Muratina saved the Russian military and taken to a Russian base. During the operation to evacuate the pilots of the su-24M was lost helicopter Mi-8. In the death of a marine-contract employee Alexander Pozynich.

Putin called the attack a Turkish air force aircraft of the Russian Federation, who participated in anti-terrorist operations in Syria and did not pose a threat to Turkey, “the stab in the back” of Russia.

The Russian head of state on 28 November signed a decree on the temporary ban from 1 January 2016 to hire workers from among the citizens of Turkey. With the new year also suspends the agreement with Turkey on visa-free regime. A ban or restriction on the import into Russia of certain goods from Turkey (the list will be determined by the government). In addition, it is not recommended to tour operators to sell trips to Turkey. The government was instructed to strengthen control over the activities of the Turkish road carriers on the territory of Russia in order to ensure security.