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25th March 2015 London, UK

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by Jonathan Allen

Former Ambassador to Bulgaria

Remember Crimea

by Sarah Riley Jonathan Allen has moved on as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Bulgaria in January 2015 and Sarah Riley has stepped in as Chargé d’Affaires at British Embassy Sofia. This blog is written by guest blogger Sarah Riley. A year ago, the Kremlin helped stage an illegal and illegitimate “referendum” in Crimea that culminated […]

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18th March 2014 Dublin, Ireland

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by Robin Barnett

Former Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin

Crimea: a sham referendum

President Putin has now signed a decree recognising Crimea as a sovereign state. The United Kingdom, in common with Poland, the rest of the European Union and the majority of the international community, does not recognise the 16th March Crimea referendum or its outcome as legal or legitimate. Both the British and Polish governments have […]

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27th November 2013

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by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

The Holy See as a global (soft) power

From time to time, I continue to receive queries from well-meaning people asking why we have an embassy to the Holy See. It’s not a nation state, they suggest. So what can our interests be? I would hope that regular readers of this blog or our twitter feed have a pretty good idea by now […]

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