«I don’t want confrontation»: may urged to improve relations with Russia

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy in photobacteria Minister Theresa may. Archival photo«I don’t want confrontation»: may urged to improve relations with Russia© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy the image Bank

London need others, productive relations with Moscow, not new cold war and eternal confrontation. This statement was made by British Prime Minister Theresa may.

In his annual speech on foreign policy, may literally at the very beginning of his speech, harshly criticized Russia, accusing the illegal annexation of Crimea, involvement in the conflict in the Donbass, and also in cyberwoman and interference in elections in several countries.

«We know what you are doing and you won’t succeed», she said.

Soon, however, the British Prime Minister added that London wants other relations.

«But it’s not where we want to be, and the relations with Russia, which we want. We do not want to return to the cold war or to be in a state of permanent confrontation. We should beware, but we also want to interact, that is why in the coming months, the British foreign Secretary will visit Moscow,» said may.

Mei also said that looking at Moscow with hope, and explained what Russia would be in the interests of the UK, Europe and around the world.

«Russia can and, I hope, will one day choose that other path, but it did not, we will act together to protect our interests and the international order from which they depend,» said the British politician.
In addition, Mei recalled that Moscow is responsible for international stability as a permanent member of the UN security Council.

Crimean issue

Crimea became a Russian region on the results carried out in the March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of the inhabitants Respubliki Crimea and 95.6% of Sevastopol voted for joining Russian Federation. Crimean authorities held a referendum after the coup in the Ukraine a month earlier. Ukraine continues to consider Crimea to be their territory, but he calls it «temporarily occupied».

Russian authorities have repeatedly reminded that Crimean residents voted for reunification with Russia in a democratic way and in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter.

In January 2015 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the statement which calls Russia «aggressor state», as Kiev claims that Moscow meddles in its Affairs is a party to the conflict in the Donbass. However, evidence to support these statements was provided. The Russian foreign Ministry called the allegations «unsubstantiated public insinuations». Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not involved in the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine and uninvolved in the events in Donbass. In addition, Russia is interested in overcoming political and economic crisis in Ukraine.

Dialogue is necessary

Earlier, the international Committee of the house of Commons published a report on the state of relations between Russia and the UK. One of the main recommendations was to establish relations with Moscow.

The report was prepared throughout the year, during which parliamentarians have visited, both in Russia and Ukraine, listened to dozens of politicians, experts, journalists and representatives of public organizations.

British parliamentarians urged London to clarify what he wants to achieve in the dialogue with Moscow to be able to identify common ground in matters of terrorism, cyber security or aviation security. Then, according to British MPs, the British foreign office needs to engage in meaningful and regular dialogue with Russia.

In addition, the British parliamentarians urged London to improve «cultural literacy», which has decreased since the cold war, to the foreign office had a better understanding of the issues related to Moscow.

Also, the international Committee recommended the appointment of a special Minister to Russia and CIS countries, as «portfolio Minister for Europe and Americas in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of great Britain, is too broad to be effectively run by one person».

In addition, MPs urged the foreign office to listen to any offers of Moscow on settlement of the situation in Ukraine, as well as to determine the exact obligations of Russia within the framework of the Minsk agreements.

However, the international Committee recommended that the UK government not to weaken pressure on Russia respecting the dialogue.