London broke off almost all political contacts with Moscow, - Russian Ambassador to Great Britain

Political ties between London and Moscow have been severed at the initiative of the British side in the wake of the events in Syria and Ukraine.

As reported by Censor.NET citing TASS, this was announced by Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko in an interview with The Times.

"Practically all political contacts were abruptly broken off at Britain's initiative, political dialogue has gone at the top level, between the leaders. At the ministerial level there is also stagnation," he said.

The forums for discussions in the spheres of trade and economic cooperation, where the sides talked over the issues of mutual interest, have been frozen and scientific ties have been suspended, with culture remaining the only sphere of contacts, the ambassador stated.

The number of Russia's embassy workers in London has been reduced as the British authorities refuse to grant visas to Russian diplomats, the ambassador added.

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A new negative twist in the bilateral relations, according to Yakovenko, occurred during his recent meeting with Foreign & Commonwealth Office Director General, Political Simon Gass. Russia's ambassador then addressed the leadership of the Foreign Office with two requests. One of them concerned the cooperation between Moscow and London in defining targets for attacks on the positions of the international terrorist organization Islamic State, while another was aimed at establishing a contact with the Free Syrian Army for a more effective fight against ISIS. As a result, both requests were rejected by the British side.

The only positive moment was the preservation of cultural ties. Last year, the British Museum lent one of the Elgin Marbles - a part of the famous collection of ancient Greek sculptures - to Russia's Hermitage, and the Science Museum in London is currently holding a unique exhibition of Soviet cosmonauts' aircraft as well as many other artifacts from the space exploration era.

Alexander Yakovenko also said he maintained regular contacts with British parliamentarians and called the appearance of Jeremy Corbin, the new Labor Party leader, on Britain's political stage a "radical breakthrough."Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n357819