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Ambassador Andrei Kelin's address at the online conference «Centenary of the Russian-British trade relations», 16 March 2021

The 100th anniversary of the first Soviet-British trade agreement is a memorable date. Its conclusion marked a milestone in the rich history of the Russian-British bilateral relations. This centenary is also a good reason for all of us to take a positive look at the prospects of our bilateral ties, based on the existing experience.

Back in 1921, the agreement had great importance for both sides. For the new authorities in Moscow, it meant the first official recognition by a Western state and marked the end of the foreign trade blockade. In their turn, many British manufacturers, exporters and importers were saved from a downfall during the post-war economic crisis thanks to the development of the UK-Russia trade relations.

The agreement reflects mutual respect and signifies the victory of common sense over political stereotypes. In its text we can find renunciation of any "hostile actions or activities", removal of barriers to trade and financial transactions as well as exchange of full-fledged trade missions. The good will allowed to look beyond ideological attitudes and to significantly ease tensions in the both nations’ interests.

This example is particularly instructive now that, unfortunately, difficulties have risen again in the Russia-UK relations. And this is despite the fact that our countries share basic values of humanism, democracy, market economy, rule of law, human rights and sustainable development.

The real life as well as the interests of our both countries dictate a mutually constructive approach to the bilateral relations. Amid the crises of recent years, the need to coordinate and join efforts, expand trade and investment ties, exchange knowledge and technology has become more evident than ever. This represents a certain similarity with 1920s.

These very considerations are guiding the business community. Russian and British companies continue active cooperation. The UK-Russia trade has been growing steadily along with the mutual cumulative investments.

It is particularly pleasant to see that, despite the coronavirus pandemic and other difficulties, major Russo-British projects have been launched in the recent two years. These include the cooperation between the «Roscosmos» space agency and «OneWeb» communications company, «AstraZeneca» and «GlaxoSmithKline» pharmaceutical production lines in Russia, recycling equipment supplies by «Rosatom» to the British enterprise «Riverside».

Russia has a lot to offer to British and other partners for the mutually beneficial exchange. There are not only natural resources but also most advanced technologies, high-value-added products, unique knowledge in various fields. The examples include nuclear and hydrogen energy, metallurgy and chemistry, satellite navigation, space, aircraft and shipbuilding, healthcare innovations, fundamental and academic science.

The UK is interesting to us as one of the leading medications developer, engine producer, electronics and robotics manufacturer, a global center of fintech and tech startups, host of many science centers. Low-carbon energy and green finance could be other promising fields for cooperation. This is particularly important as we approach the landmark COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.

The success of our two countries in developing coronavirus vaccines has taken on particular significance. The Russian "Sputnik V" has proved its utmost efficiency. The enormous global demand for such medical products opens up a way to broader cooperation. One could think about vaccine co-production and combination as well as joint actions to help developing countries in the fight against the pandemic.

Against the backdrop of the Brexit, COVID-19 and other international challenges, Russia and the UK’s objective national interests create a solid basis for cooperation.

Naturally, Russia will start rapprochement only on the basis of equality and mutual respect. We are ready to discuss with the UK any issues in an honest and open dialogue, both bilaterally and multilaterally, including the UN and the WTO. No matter how our political dialogue develops, the expansion of mutually beneficial economic, cultural and humanitarian exchanges must continue.

We hope that this joint online conference helps to strengthen the spirit of healthy pragmatism in our bilateral relations – a good example once shown with the first Soviet-British trade agreement.

16 March 2021, 12:50


25.10.2021 - President Putin's telephone conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

On October 25, 2021 President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson.

22.10.2021 - Vladimir Putin took part in a plenary session of the 18th annual meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club, Sochi, October 21, 2021

Vladimir Putin took part in a plenary session of the 18th annual meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club.

21.10.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's remarks at the third meeting of the Moscow format consultations on Afghanistan, Moscow, October 20, 2021

The Moscow format’s main and indisputable advantage is that it unites Afghanistan with all neighbouring countries and other influential states of the region without exception. We regret the fact that our US colleagues are not participating in this meeting. We noted the fact that this is the second time in a row that the Americans have avoided an expanded troika meeting (Russia-United States-China-Pakistan).

20.10.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to media questions following the 18th annual session of the Valdai International Discussion Club, Sochi, October 19, 2021

Question: The day before yesterday, Moscow announced measures in response to NATO’s aggressive moves. Are these measures prompted by Russia’s belief that NATO has to take the first step towards improving relations with Moscow? Sergey Lavrov: Yes, this is our approach. We have never been the first to start aggravating our relations with NATO, or the European Union, or any other country in the West or elsewhere. Everyone knows the following story: when in August 2008, Mikheil Saakashvili issued the criminal order to bomb the city of Tskhinval and the peacekeeper’s positions, including Russian peacekeepers, Russia insisted that the Russia-NATO Council meet to consider the situation. US Secretary of State at the time, Condoleezza Rice, refused flatly, although, according to the Founding Act, which was signed by Russia and NATO when they established the Council, it must be effective in any “weather,” particularly in the case of a crisis. This was one example [in a series of events] that led to the status quo of today in relations between our country and NATO.

27.09.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s news conference to sum up the high-level meetings week at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, New York, September 25, 2021

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s news conference to sum up the high-level meetings week at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, New York.

27.09.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s address at the General Debate of the 76th session of the General Assembly, New York, September 25, 2021

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s address at the 76th session of the General Assembly in New York.

16.09.2021 - Presiden Putin's address to citizens of Russia ahead of State Duma elections

President Vladimir Putin addressed the citizens of Russia ahead of the State Duma election.

04.08.2021 - Russia`s position at the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly

1. The goal of the 76-th session of the UN General Assembly (GA) is to reaffirm the central and coordinating role of the Organization in international affairs. Owing to its representativeness and universality, the UN is rightfully viewed as a unique platform for an equitable dialogue aimed at reaching compromise solutions with due regard to different opinions. Attempts to undermine the authority and legitimacy of the UN are, in our view, extremely dangerous, as they can lead to the dismantlement of the multipolar system of international relations.

04.08.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, Moscow, August 4, 2021

Question: Russia was not only the first country to register a vaccine – Sputnik V – but has also extended a helping hand to many countries that urgently needed it. Some of them accepted Russia’s assistance with gratitude. Tiny San Marino overcame the pandemic within just a matter of seven days. Thanks to Sputnik V, the number of new cases in Argentina is now down to less than one percent. Do other countries really appreciate our support, and should we continue helping them? Sergey Lavrov: Indeed, we were not only the first to register a vaccine, but we also declared our readiness to supply it on a transparent and non-discriminating basis. I am quite sure that our partners appreciate what we are doing.

23.07.2021 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on recent statements by MI5 Director General Ken McCallum

We have noted statements by MI5 Director General Ken McCallum, which have been taken up by the British media, referring to security threats facing the United Kingdom, allegedly emanating from the actions of hostile states, namely, cyber-attacks, misinformation, etc. Director General Ken McCallum also lists Russia among such hostile states. At the same time, all of his assertions are in the well-known “highly likely” style. He provides no evidence or specific facts and merely speaks about certain hybrid threats. There is no specific example to confirm all this; however, this creates a narrative that is detrimental for and has a destructive effect on interstate dialogue and the normal development of bilateral ties.

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