But Where’s Natasha? Boris Goes to Russia, Cracks Jokes, Gets Told Off by Lavrov, Still Wants Trade with Russia

Bungling, bumbling British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is the first British FM to visit Russia in the last five years. Today he was in Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. Johnson described Russian-UK relations as “going through a bad patch”, but called for more progress on bilateral ties and coordination on issues “that matter to people of the world”, like Iran, North Korea, Syria’s future, and the fight against terrorism.

“One of the reasons for coming here is that there is no point in simply sitting on the sidelines and complaining about each other. We have to engage and we have to talk to each other. Be in no doubt that I want to see an improvement of relations between our peoples,” he said, adding that the two countries should “work hard” to address difficulties and “find a way forward” to cooperate where it is possible.

Johnson affirmed that despite poor relations, he remains “a committed Russophile” – making sure to point out his partly Russian ancestry.

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