The British side is initiated in practice, the full suspension of the exchange of political views with Russia on the background of active position of Russia on the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic and Ukraine, said the Russian Ambassador to Britain Alexander Yakovenko.
"in practice, all political contacts were very quickly interrupted on the initiative of the British side, the political dialogue at the highest level, between the leaders was nullified ", – RIA "Novosti" message Yakovenko made in interview to the newspaper Times.
The Russian Ambassador in the UK, added that culture was the only area where bilateral cooperation has remained at the same level. The diplomat said that a new round of deterioration of relations occurred after his meeting with the political head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom Simon Gass over the past week. Yakovenko said that a week ago in the foreign office he said no to the request for providing intelligence for air strikes on targets "Islamic country" in the Syrian Arab Republic. On the 2nd request Yakovenko, concerning the establishment of relations with the "Free Syrian army" to more effectively fight against militants of the terrorist organization " Islamic state ", the Ambassador also received a negative response." at the Ministerial level is also stagnant. It started in conjunction with the Syrian conflict, but after the beginning of the Ukrainian fall, we felt It ", - has explained the Ambassador. He also said a forced reduction in the number of employees of the Russian Embassy in London, which was due to the failure of British authorities to extradite Russian diplomats visa. The deterioration of bilateral relations Yakovenko was subjected to charges of the Conservative party ( "tories" ), noting that the party Manifesto has been written that the Russian Federation poses an enormous danger to the UK is the same threat as ISIS. Yakovenko drew attention that he was in constant contact with members of the British Parliament, and has hopes to meet with the leader of the labour party Jeremy Corbin, whose recent victory in the internal party elections, according to Russian politics, became a " radical breakthrough ". Yesterday former Prime Minister Tony Blair recognized the responsibility of the US and Britain for the emergence of ISIS. On 21 October the Ambassador of Russia in London Alexander Yakovenko said that Britain did not want to cooperate with Russia on goals, to beat for the destruction of the IG in the Syrian Arab Republic.