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Kremlin Sees ‘No Hope’ of Improving Ties With Britain After Sunak PM Nomination

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The Kremlin said Tuesday that Moscow sees “no hope” of improving diplomatic ties with London after the nomination of Rishi Sunak as British Prime Minister.

“At the moment, we do not see any preconditions, grounds, or hope that in the foreseeable future there will be any positive changes” in the relationship between the United Kingdom and Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during his daily briefing. 

“Russia maintains its openness and readiness to discuss the most difficult issues at the negotiating table. But not to the detriment of their own interests,” Peskov added.

Sunak is set to become the third British prime minister this year following the resignation of Boris Johnson in July and of Liz Truss earlier this month.

Relations between Russia and Britain, already strained due to a litany of issues, have deteriorated even further since Moscow launched its war against Ukraine on Feb. 24.

This summer, Sunak vowed to “redouble our efforts and reinforce our policy of total support for Ukraine that Boris has so ably led” if he were to become prime minister.

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street on Tuesday, Sunak called the conflict a “terrible war that must be seen successfully to its conclusion.”

Following Truss’s resignation, Moscow said that it was not expecting any “political wisdom” from the United Kingdom or any of its Western allies.

“We cannot expect any insights or political wisdom from anyone in the West now… especially from Great Britain, where the current head of the executive is not elected by the people,” Peskov said at the time.

AFP contributed reporting.

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