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11.09.2014

Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko meets Foreign Office Minister for Europe David Lidington

On 11 September, the Russian Ambassador in the UK Alexander Yakovenko met with Minister for Europe of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office David Lidington.

Referring to the crisis in Ukraine, they noted the positive value and the high potential of the Protocol signed on 5 September in Minsk on the basis of consultations by the Tripartite Contact Group. At the same time, Ambassador Yakovenko said he was perplexed with the continuation of anti-Russian rhetoric by HM Government representatives against the backdrop of the ceasefire and the gradual creation of conditions for the beginning of a genuine political process aimed at resolving the situation in the south-east of Ukraine. Mr Yakovenko said that the continuation of sanctions policy by the European Union amounts to encouraging the "war party" in Kiev, thus creating risks for the prospects of achieving peace on the basis of the initiatives of Presidents Putin and Poroshenko.
The Russian Ambassador also noted the unacceptability of new insinuations, including at the political level, about some kind of Russian responsibility for the disaster of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17 in the absence of any convincing evidence of the causes of the crash. The Russian side is concerned with the protraction and the non-transparent nature of the ongoing investigation. The British side was again called upon to refrain from official public assessments and conclusions before the relevant expert work is completed.
A number of other issues of mutual interest were also discussed, including the outcome of the NATO summit in Wales, the formation of European Union governing bodies, the prospects for holding the regular session of the Intergovernmental Russian-British Committee on Trade and Investment in 2014, and the implementation of the programme of the Russia-UK Year of Culture.
Alexander Yakovenko and David Lidington expressed satisfaction with the positive public reaction to ceremonies held by the Russian Embassy to award British veterans of Second World War Arctic Convoys with Ushakov Medals.




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