Moscow, Russia. The Kremlin reaction to Boris Johnson’s cancellation of a UK foreign ministry trip has taken an interesting turn as Moscow states the visit is of no value, since the UK “does not have it’s own position” in the rapidly escalating situation over Friday’s pre dawn attack upon Syria.
The Russian foreign ministry has dismissed the UK as having little real influence over world affairs after the Foreign Secretary cancelled a visit to Moscow. Mr Johnson had been due in the Russian capital on Monday but will stay away as G7 foreign ministers draw up their coordinated response.
The UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson decided not go to Russia amid growing pressure on President Vladimir Putin to cut his ties with Syria’s Bashar al Assad in the wake of a alleged chemical attack that killed at least 87 people, including children.
From America comes word US secretary of state Rex Tillerson is now expected to deliver a message that the Kremlin faces international isolation if it stands by the regime in Damascus. Meanwhile,Russia said Mr Johnson’s decision showed a lack of understanding of events in Syria and claimed there was little point in speaking to Britain anyway as it was “in the shadow” of its partners.
The cancellation “once again confirms doubts about the added value of dialogue with the British, who don’t have their own position on the majority of current issues”, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.