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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visits London
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov paid an official visit to London as a guest of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on 14-15 February 2011.
He was received by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
David Cameron to whom he conveyed a personal message of the President
of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev regarding the issues
of Russian-British relations. In particular, the message confirmed
the invitation to the head of the British Government to visit
During the talks with Foreign Secretary William Hague the sides
discussed the state and prospects of the Russian-British co-operation
on a wide range of bilateral issues and topical matters of international
The Ministers noted with satisfaction positive trends in the
development of the bilateral relationship, regular character
of political dialogue, revitalization of interdepartmental contacts,
constructive interaction on a range of international issues.
They considered the prospects of securing favourable dynamics
in the Russian-British relations, further steps of establishing
positive bilateral agenda that could serve as a basis for searching
for a solution of the remaining problem issues in a spirit of
mutual respect and good will.
Attention was also paid to the remaining “problem topics” of the bilateral relationship. Both sides emphasized their determination to seek ways of rectifying the situation on the basis of pragmatic solutions in different areas, including visa facilitation for specific groups of applicants and strengthening co-operation between law enforcement bodies.
Economic and investment co-operation, which has seen spectacular
growth in the recent years, remains a priority for the whole
agenda of bilateral relations. The sides agreed to make a more
active use of the UK-Russian Intergovernmental Steering Committee
on Trade and Investment to enhance co-operation in the area of
innovation and high technologies. The Ministers also discussed
the prospects of adopting a program of specific steps for the
implementation of the initiative of knowledge-based partnership
between Russia and Britain.
The Ministers spoke out in favour of widening Russia-UK interaction
in seeking answers to the contemporary global challenges, considered
Europe issues, including the Russian initiative to conclude a
European security treaty, disarmament agenda, strengthening of
multilateral regimes of WMD non-proliferation, the situation
in Egypt, Afghanistan, Middle East peace process and other topical
international and regional issues.
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