UK Ambassador to Russia: Brexit will not change Russia-UK relations

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June 28, 2016 – 

PolitRussia – 

Translated by J. Arnoldski

During a round table at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences on Monday, the British ambassador to Moscow, Laurie Bristow, commented on Brexit and what consequences this development will have for Russia.

According to the ambassador, the United Kingdom is above all an important investor and trade partner of the Russian Federation “and this will not change.”

“Great Britain as before is open for business. Both we and Russia need strong and stable economic partners,” Bristow said. 

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Bristow also called peace and security in Europe a key priority. “In our opinion, Russia’s actions against Ukraine are a serious threat to security on our continent. The EU and other countries have reacted to this in a thoughtful and appropriate way, which have included the imposition of sanctions,” the British ambassador said.

In his assessment, the British referendum will not change London’s opinion that “Russia’s actions in Ukraine seriously undermine common security.”

“However, we will continue to work with Russia on the issues which represent a common interest for us, and we will continue to discuss ways to maintain security on the continent,” the diplomat remarked.

Western countries and Ukraine have repeatedly accused Russia of intervening in support of the un-recognized republics of Donbass, but to this day no such evidence has been presented. For its part, Moscow has stated more than once that it is not a party to the inter-Ukrainian conflict and is interested in its prompt, peaceful settlement.

On Thursday, June 23rd, Great Britain held a referendum on remaining in the EU. The supporters of Brexit won with 51.9% of votes and the turnout exceeded 72%. More than 33.5 million people overall took part in the vote. 

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