Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, is to visit Moscow for talks with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Secretary. The two are expected to discuss Iran, North Korea, Syria and other matters of international security.
Johnson said in a statement:
“Russia is a fellow permanent member of the UN Security Council and there are global security issues we need to discuss from Iran to North Korea. Of course we will continue to challenge Russia’s approach where we disagree, whether that is Russia’s actions in Syria or its aggression towards Ukraine. My visit will provide an opportunity to talk about these issues and more, face-to-face.
Our relationship with Russia is not straightforward. That is all the more reason to be talking to Russia – to manage our differences and co-operate where possible for the security of both our nations and the international community.
I am looking forward to visiting Moscow, to engaging with the Russian government and a wider range of Russian people including civil society and the all important next generation”.