British Foreign Minister To Visit Russia

London, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is to travel to Russia in the coming weeks for high-level political talks, his office said Saturday.

It will be the first time a British minister has been to Moscow for an official visit in more than five years and could signal a potential thaw in Anglo-Russian relations.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman stressed Johnson was invited by his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, and more detailed timings will be announced later.

“Our policy towards Russia is to ‘engage but beware’ and the visit is entirely consistent with this approach,” the spokeswoman said.

“Discussions will focus on the UK-Russia relationship and current international issues including Syria and Ukraine,” she added.

“This is not a return to business as usual and the foreign secretary will continue to be robust on those issues where we differ,” she went on saying.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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