4th March 2019

Sir Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in what (a) multi-lateral and (b) bi-lateral fora he holds discussions with his Russian counterpart.

Mark Field, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office: Current planned contact between the Foreign Secretary and his Russian counterpart has been suspended since March 2018, although they have simultaneously attended the UN Security Council. On 16 February the Minister for Europe and the Americas met Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Titov at the Munich Security Conference. As he outlined to Mr Titov in that meeting, we have no quarrel with the Russian people but Russia needs to choose a different path before there can be any meaningful change in our relationship.