Tag: russia

2nd March 2021 London, UK

Gill Bennett

by Gill Bennett

FCDO Historian

Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev: a view from the Foreign Office archives

Mikhail Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher

Marking the 90th birthday of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Gill Bennett recalls how the late Tony Bishop, FCO Russian specialist, recorded Gorbachev’s first talks with Margaret Thatcher, when he acted as interpreter. ‘For heaven’s sake, try and find me a young Russian!’ This, according to Tony Bishop, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) principal […]

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22nd November 2018 New York, USA

Karen Pierce

by Karen Pierce

British Ambassador to the USA

Holding Russia to account at the United Nations: Russia’s role in blocking progress in Syria and flouting the rules of international law

The Syrian conflict has dragged on for seven long awful years. Over 400,000 people have been killed and half Syria’s population displaced. A terrible price has been paid by the Syrian people for the failure to make the Geneva Agreement of 2012 stick. This agreement identified steps for an immediate cessation of hostilities and a […]

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12th April 2018 Vienna, Austria

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

“Russia and the West: a new Cold War? Who is responsible?”

If you have followed recent discussion over the case of the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury using a military grade nerve agent, you may find interesting the programme “Russia and the West: a new Cold War?  Who is responsible?” transmitted on Austrian broadcaster Puls 4 on 11 April.  In the programme […]

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15th March 2018 Stockholm, Sweden

Judith Gough

by Judith Gough

British Ambassador to Sweden

Update on UK response to the Salisbury Incident

On Monday the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, addressed Parliament on the latest information from the investigation of the poisoning of Mr Skripal and his daughter on 4th March. She said that they were poisoned with Novichok: a military grade nerve agent developed by Russia. And that based on Russia’s capability, combined with their record […]

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4th July 2016 Geneva, Switzerland

Bob Last

by Bob Last

Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team

Parting Thoughts

Late on Friday evening The Council came to a sweaty and cantankerous finish. Well, it sort of did. Not content with causing disruption and delay through 50 hostile amendments to a range of important resolutions, Russia then forced the Council into extra time by persistently objecting during the appointment of the Special Rapporteurs. Time eventually […]

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7th March 2016 Geneva, Switzerland

Bob Last

by Bob Last

Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team

More is Less

Aftershave. Make-up. Back hair. At some point during our adolescence we realise that less is usually more and adjust our personal grooming behaviour accordingly. Despite my awkward formative years, even I managed to understand that aftershave was not to be applied by the bottle (though I never worried much about my make-up). The Council turns […]

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9th December 2015

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

UK Ambassador to Serbia

Diplomatic Board Games

Years ago, studying in London, I was puzzled by the enthusiasm of international relations students for spending days at a time for running from room to room playing ‘Diplomacy’. Throughout my subsequent years as a diplomat the board game has seemed far removed from what I do – until now. Last week I attended my […]

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30th November 2015

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

UK Ambassador to Serbia

Belgrade Barometer

Admiral Fitzroy's Storm Barometer

This week the OSCE moves south with its 57 national delegations from Vienna to Belgrade, capital city of our 2015 Chair-in-Office Serbia, to await the arrival of our 57 government representatives for the annual Ministerial Council. The event may not make the headlines like NATO or EU Foreign Ministers. There will be no high profile […]

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4th November 2015

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

UK Ambassador to Serbia

Frozen? Avoiding Another Protracted Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space

That media headlines are focused elsewhere, particularly Syria, makes it all the more important not to lose sight of the conflict on our own threshold in eastern Ukraine. The reduction in violence and destruction in the Donbas is welcome, giving a chance to restore services and make the region safer for the people who live […]

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13th October 2015 Washington DC, USA

David Riley

by David Riley

First Secretary Europe and Eurasia

MH17 – the slow path towards truth and justice

There are moments, images in life that will stay with you forever. Some are good:  for me, the obvious ones – the first glimpse of my children and my wedding day. Too often, though, those moments, those memories are painful and tragic: smoke billowing from the Twin Towers, set against the bluest of New York […]

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