British Ambassador to Russia

Dr Laurie Bristow CMG


Dr Laurie Bristow CMG has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation. He suceeded Sir Tim Barrow KCMG LVO MBE.


2012 – 2015 FCO, Director, National Security
2010 – 2012 FCO, Director, Eastern Europe and Central Asia
2007 – 2010 Moscow, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission
2004 – 2007 Baku, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2003 FCO, Deputy Director, Iraq Planning Unit/Iraq Policy Unit
2002 – 2003 NATO Defence College, Rome (Senior Officers’ course)
1999 – 2002 Ankara, Head of Political Section
1996 – 1998 FCO, Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Europe
1995 – 1996 FCO, Head of Trade Policy Section, Europe Union Department
1995 FCO, Gibraltar Desk, Southern European Department
1992 – 1995 Bucharest, Second Secretary
1990 – 1991 FCO, Taiwan Desk Officer, Far Eastern Department
1990 Joined FCO

Personal information

  • Married to: Fiona
  • Children: Two sons

British Ambassador to Russia

The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.


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  1. British Ambassador to Russia briefing on the Salisbury attack following the OPCW report: 13 April 2018

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  2. British Ambassador to Russia briefing on the Salisbury attack: 22 March 2018

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