Comment by the Information and Press Department on the cancellation of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s visit to Russia


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The UK Foreign Office said that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had decided not to visit Moscow as planned on April 10, 2017 under the pretext that “developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally.”

Judging by the statement issued by Boris Johnson, he currently has other priorities, specifically, to discuss with G7 partners the situation in Syria and “Russia’s support to Bashar al-Assad’s regime.”

This stance is indicative of a fundamental failure to grasp what is actually happening in Syria, Russia’s efforts to settle the crisis, and the very essence of diplomacy in general.

Boris Johnson’s visit to Moscow was expected to serve as an opportunity for meaningful and frank talks on a whole range of international matters, as well as the state of Russia-UK bilateral relations, stalemated by the UK. The decision to call off Boris Johnson’s visit to Moscow proves yet again the questionable added value of talking to the UK who lacks an independent position on most present-day issues or actual leverage on international affairs, remaining in the shadow of its strategic partners. Russia does not feel that it needs dialogue with London any more than London does.

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