Asharq Al-awsat English Middle-east and International News and Opinion from Asharq Al-awsat Newspaper

Moscow Receives First British Minister in 5 Years

Moscow Receives First British Minister in 5 Years

Thursday, 21 December, 2017 - 11:45
Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson walks to the main hall on the final day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Britain October 4, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Russian Foreign Minister Boris Johnson will visit Moscow on Friday to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated.

The Interfax news agency quoted the ministry as saying that "the talks between Lavrov and Boris Johnson will take place on December 22," no further details were given.

This is the first visit by a British minister to Moscow in more than five years, especially since London was one of the strongest supporters of Western sanctions against Russia, accusing the latter of playing a role in the Ukrainian crisis.

London had canceled a previous visit to Johnson in April at the last moment because of "Russia's continued defense of Bashar Assad's regime" in Syria, especially after the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun by Damascus.

Ties between London and Moscow in recent years have been affected by the investigation into the death of former Russian intelligence agent Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. As well as the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

In November, British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the Russia's "aggressive" actions.

Editor Picks