Russian diplomat seeks consistency from UK relations ahead of G8 summit

Russia expects its relations with the United Kingdom will continue to develop consistently in both political and economic areas, a high-ranking Russian diplomat said.

Russia expects its relations with the United Kingdom will continue to develop consistently in both political and economic areas, a high-ranking Russian diplomat said.

"The Northern Ireland will host a G8 meeting in a few days, and the G20 will gather in Russia several months later. Naturally, all of our British partners will be taking part in these events. This is just another opportunity for our leaders to discuss not only international affairs but also bilateral relations, which we hope will continue to develop consistently," Russian Ambassador to London Alexander Yakovenko said in a video address to the guests of a reception the British Embassy in Moscow arranged on the occasion of the Queen's Official Birthday.

"Relations between our countries are developing actively. This also concerns political dialogue. President Putin and Prime Minister Cameron had a very productive meeting in Sochi several weeks ago," he said.

"Economic cooperation is also developing actively, we are interacting in the field of high technology, and interaction is also under way on setting up an international financial center in Moscow," he said.

Yakovenko pointed out that 2014 will be the Year of Russian Culture in the United Kingdom and the Year of the United Kingdom's Culture in Russia.

In conclusion of the official part of the reception, British Ambassador to Russia Tim Barrow proposed a toast to Britain, to Russia, and to the Queen.

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