UK to encourage Russia to change, win back international trust

Source : 112 Ukraine

"Let's be very clear, Russia is up to all sorts of no good," Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday
12:58, 6 March 2017

Associated Press

Britain's foreign secretary says he will encourage Russia to change its ways and win back international trust in talks soon with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. This was reported by the Associated Press

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Monday that "Russia has to be engaged on a twin-track basis."

Citing Russian cyberattacks and interference in the Balkans and Ukraine, Johnson said: "Let's be very clear, Russia is up to all sorts of no good."

"They've got to change. They've got to show that they can be trusted again," he said.

Related: Great Britain accused Russia of stepping up cyber attacks

“It’s also important to stress that we are not in a new cold war with Russia. Neither the UK, nor our friends in the rest of the EU nor in Washington is there any appetite for a new cold war. So it's vitally important that we try to engage with the Russians ... and we try to shape their policies and help them onto a better path, ”he added.

The timing of Johnson's visit has yet to be confirmed.

Earlier it was reported that Britain and France urged NATO to respond quickly to Russian threats. In turn, Turkey has accused NATO of not fulfilling its obligations.

Related: Britain to insist on anti-Russian sanctions extension

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