Russia: Johnson seeks dialogue with Russia despite «difficulties»

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson expressed readiness to normalise UK-Russia relations despite «difficulties», at a press conference held alongside his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow, Friday. Johnson noted that «one the reasons for coming here is that there is no point in simply sitting on the sidelines and complaining about each other. We have to engage, we have to talk to each... Еще other.» In turn, Lavrov stressed the need to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries amid the UK's withdrawal from the EU, noting that he expects Brexit discussions to result «in agreements that will allow Russian companies and investors to continue working in the United Kingdom.» Lavrov also noted that the two diplomats had «agreed on the need for a speedy political and diplomatic settlement of the conflicts» in the Middle East, including Syria, Libya, Yemen and Iraq. Commenting on the North Korean crisis, the UK foreign secretary stated that despite different points of view on the matter, the UK and Russia «share the same objective which is to make sure that there is peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula.» Johnson's trip to the Russian capital is the first visit by a UK foreign minister to Moscow in five years.

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