Minister for Europe and the Americas, Sir Alan Duncan, today held talks in London with Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov.
The Ministers had a frank and open discussion of the UK-Russia relationship and current international issues ahead of the Foreign Secretary’s visit to Moscow in the coming weeks. They discussed shared priorities in the relationship between our two countries, including the Year of Science and Education; and cultural exchanges. They also discussed areas of difference including Ukraine, and recent human rights developments in Russia. Sir Alan Duncan noted the importance of a political settlement to bring an end to the war in Syria, on which Russia must play a role.
It is important we engage on these issues, push for change, and seek to find a way forward. Sir Alan Duncan’s meeting with Mr Titov reflects the UK’s policy of guarded engagement with Russia.