Ambassador Andrei Kelin welcomed the participants of the Westminster Russia Forum

This year the event was held online due to coronavirus restrictions. His Excellency noted that for many years the forum has been an independent platform uniting everyone, no matter what their political views are, who would like to build up Russia-UK ties.

Ambassador Kelin stressed that the current state of bilateral relations is pitiful. Nevertheless Russia is ready to normalise them, should the UK side also be willing to do so, on a fair basis and taking into consideration interests of one another. Working political contacts remain, and it is also welcoming that British business is ready to expand relations with Russian partners.

One sphere that keeps going despite all is cultural and humanitarian ties. A series of events, including festivals and exhibitions, are a great example of this. Historical ties and Soviet-British allied cooperation during World War II are of great importance, especially given that this year we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory.

The Ambassador expressed belief that Russia and the UK can find mutual understanding and that a fruitful bilateral cooperation would not only benefit the two countries, but the whole international community. The Westminster Russia Forum is a great way to work on this