MOSCOW, July 10. /TASS/. Moscow hopes for “political enlightenment” London’s relations with Russia after the appointment of the new head of the British foreign office, told reporters, press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.
“Certainly, we can appreciate the Ministers of other countries only on the basis of criteria – what contribution they made to the development and expansion of bilateral relations with Russia. Unfortunately, this contribution of Boris Johnson [the former British foreign Secretary] in the development of British-Russian relations can be assessed as very modest, to say the least,” – said the representative of the Kremlin. He recalled the recent words of Russian President Vladimir Putin that, “clearly, this [the relations of Russia and great Britain] sooner or later need to flip over”.
“We expect the political enlightenment of the UK in this regard”, – said Peskov.
He also said: “of Course, we sooner or later expect any clear explanations or arguments on the recent situation in Salisbury and the situation that ensued”.
On Monday the Minister of foreign Affairs Boris Johnson resigned, the post of foreign Minister he was replaced by Jeremy hunt.
In March, the Salisbury, the former employee GRU, was convicted in Russia for spying for the UK, Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia, according to the British side, have been exposed to nerve agents. Later London made a statement that this substance was supposedly developed in Russia, and on this basis accused Moscow of involvement in the incident. The Russian side has categorically denied all the speculation on this score. 30 June in Amesbury was hospitalized two British citizens who, according to the British side, was exposed to the same substance that Skrypali. One of the victims – don Sturges died.