Close
Date TimeDecember 22, 2017
VoiceBORIS Johnson left Russian diplomats speechless today when he batted aside concerns about increasing tensions between the two states and highlighted crisps sales.



Boris Johnson is currently in Moscow visiting Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Mr Lavrov admitted relations between the two states are “at a low”, with Mr Johnson agreeing “things are not easy between us”.
But Mr Johnson did follow this up by expressing his joy at the increase in exports of "kettle crisps to Russia” - a comment the bemused Russian interpreter decided not to translate.
Mr Johnson said: "I'm delighted to say that there are increasing exports of British kettle crisps to Russia and 300 Bentleys have been sold this year in Russia - not, I believe necessarily to employees of the Foreign Ministry but nonetheless a sign of progress."
Boris Johnson in Russia: UK-Russo relations at a low level Lavrov warns Britain
Theresa May sent her own warning and said she had a “very simple message” for Vladimir Putin.
Referencing cyber-warfare and European interference, the PM said: “We know what you are doing and you will not succeed.”
Mr Johnson's visit comes at a time when relations between London and Moscow are strained by differences over Ukraine and Syria as well as by allegations, which Russia flatly denies, of meddling in the politics of various European countries and of backing cyber attacks and disinformation campaigns.
Boris Johnson in Russia: UK-Russo relations at a low level Lavrov warns Britain
Boris Johnson in Russia: UK-Russo relations at a low level Lavrov warns Britain
Before the trip Mr Johnson said: “Our relations with Russia cannot be 'business as usual' whilst Russia continues to attempt to destabilise European states, including Ukraine.”
While travelling to Moscow on Thursday, Johnson told reporters that Britain disapproved of many things that Russia had done. He singled out its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea, what he called Moscow's destabilising of the western Balkans, and its cyber activities.
But Mr Johnson also stressed his desire for London and Moscow to cooperate where they have common interests, saying it was vital for international security that the two countries talk to each other because not doing so risked potentially dangerous misunderstandings.
He said he wants to discuss working with Moscow to preserve the Iran nuclear deal and the threat posed by North Korea, as well as security arrangements for next year's FIFA World Cup which will be held in Russia.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said yesterday the decision to scale back British-Russian dialogue had been London's and had been groundless and untimely.

Related Stories
Investigation Launched Into Awarding Of Grant To Boris Johnsons Close FriendInvestigation Launched Into Awarding Of Grant To Boris Johnson's 'Close Friend'
Labour NEC In Shock Move To Abolish Tom Watsons Deputy Leader PostLabour NEC In Shock Move To Abolish Tom Watson's Deputy Leader Post
John Oliver Explains Why Trump Might Finally Be Impeached Over Ukraine Whistleblower ScandalJohn Oliver Explains Why Trump Might Finally Be Impeached Over Ukraine Whistleblower Scandal
Bill Clinton and Jeb Bush seek refuge from Trump impeachment stormBill Clinton and Jeb Bush seek refuge from Trump impeachment storm
Philip Hammond Says He Will Not Back Election As Brexit Crisis LoomsPhilip Hammond Says He Will Not Back Election As Brexit Crisis Looms
Rugby World Cup: Wales survive Fiji scare as Scotland put nine past Russia - video highlightsRugby World Cup: Wales survive Fiji scare as Scotland put nine past Russia - video highlights
Mike Pence accused of humiliating hosts in IrelandMike Pence accused of humiliating hosts in Ireland
Mueller Was Seeking FBI Director Job When He Met with Trump in 2017: ReportMueller Was Seeking FBI Director Job When He Met with Trump in 2017: Report
Boris Johnson Confronted By Angry Parent In Hospital For Destroying NHSBoris Johnson Confronted By Angry Parent In Hospital For 'Destroying' NHS
Two State Department Officials to Testify: Impeachment UpdateTwo State Department Officials to Testify: Impeachment Update
Latest News
Meet the new directors who lit up the film festivalsMeet the new directors who lit up the film festivals
Jennifer Lawrence Marries Cooke Maroney In Private Ceremony Attended By A-List FriendsJennifer Lawrence Marries Cooke Maroney In Private Ceremony Attended By A-List Friends
After corruption allegations, Trump says G7 summit wont be at his resortAfter corruption allegations, Trump says G7 summit won't be at his resort
Trump calls Mexicos president to express solidarityTrump calls Mexico's president to express 'solidarity'
Schiff, a longtime prosecutor, angers GOP in impeachmentSchiff, a longtime prosecutor, angers GOP in impeachment
Wales v France: Rugby World Cup 2019, quarter-final – live!Wales v France: Rugby World Cup 2019, quarter-final – live!
Houston Astros walk off with pennant as José Altuves homer buries YankeesHouston Astros walk off with pennant as José Altuve's homer buries Yankees
Having A Favourite Child Is Natural. Heres How To Handle ItHaving A Favourite Child Is Natural. Here's How To Handle It
Man Held After Teenager Stabbed, March Goes On: Hong Kong UpdateMan Held After Teenager Stabbed, March Goes On: Hong Kong Update
The Latest: Service canceled for Texas woman shot by policeThe Latest: Service canceled for Texas woman shot by police
Leaders
Donald-TrumpDonald Trump
45th President of the United States of America
Mike-PenceMike Pence
Vice President of the United States
Boris-JohnsonBoris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Angela-MerkelAngela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Emmanuel-MacronEmmanuel Macron
President of France
Justin-TrudeauJustin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Nancy-PelosiNancy Pelosi
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Barack-ObamaBarack Obama
44th U.S. President
Theresa-MayTheresa May
Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
Vladimir-PutinVladimir Putin
Russian President
Shinzo-AbeShinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Related Stories
Investigation Launched Into Awarding Of Grant To Boris Johnsons Close FriendInvestigation Launched Into Awarding Of Grant To Boris Johnson's 'Close Friend'
Labour NEC In Shock Move To Abolish Tom Watsons Deputy Leader PostLabour NEC In Shock Move To Abolish Tom Watson's Deputy Leader Post
John Oliver Explains Why Trump Might Finally Be Impeached Over Ukraine Whistleblower ScandalJohn Oliver Explains Why Trump Might Finally Be Impeached Over Ukraine Whistleblower Scandal
Bill Clinton and Jeb Bush seek refuge from Trump impeachment stormBill Clinton and Jeb Bush seek refuge from Trump impeachment storm
Philip Hammond Says He Will Not Back Election As Brexit Crisis LoomsPhilip Hammond Says He Will Not Back Election As Brexit Crisis Looms
Rugby World Cup: Wales survive Fiji scare as Scotland put nine past Russia - video highlightsRugby World Cup: Wales survive Fiji scare as Scotland put nine past Russia - video highlights
Mike Pence accused of humiliating hosts in IrelandMike Pence accused of humiliating hosts in Ireland
Mueller Was Seeking FBI Director Job When He Met with Trump in 2017: ReportMueller Was Seeking FBI Director Job When He Met with Trump in 2017: Report
Boris Johnson Confronted By Angry Parent In Hospital For Destroying NHSBoris Johnson Confronted By Angry Parent In Hospital For 'Destroying' NHS
Two State Department Officials to Testify: Impeachment UpdateTwo State Department Officials to Testify: Impeachment Update
Latest News
Meet the new directors who lit up the film festivalsMeet the new directors who lit up the film festivals
Jennifer Lawrence Marries Cooke Maroney In Private Ceremony Attended By A-List FriendsJennifer Lawrence Marries Cooke Maroney In Private Ceremony Attended By A-List Friends
After corruption allegations, Trump says G7 summit wont be at his resortAfter corruption allegations, Trump says G7 summit won't be at his resort
Trump calls Mexicos president to express solidarityTrump calls Mexico's president to express 'solidarity'
Schiff, a longtime prosecutor, angers GOP in impeachmentSchiff, a longtime prosecutor, angers GOP in impeachment
Wales v France: Rugby World Cup 2019, quarter-final – live!Wales v France: Rugby World Cup 2019, quarter-final – live!
Houston Astros walk off with pennant as José Altuves homer buries YankeesHouston Astros walk off with pennant as José Altuve's homer buries Yankees
Having A Favourite Child Is Natural. Heres How To Handle ItHaving A Favourite Child Is Natural. Here's How To Handle It
Man Held After Teenager Stabbed, March Goes On: Hong Kong UpdateMan Held After Teenager Stabbed, March Goes On: Hong Kong Update
The Latest: Service canceled for Texas woman shot by policeThe Latest: Service canceled for Texas woman shot by police
Leaders
Donald-TrumpDonald Trump
45th President of the United States of America
Mike-PenceMike Pence
Vice President of the United States
Boris-JohnsonBoris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Angela-MerkelAngela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Emmanuel-MacronEmmanuel Macron
President of France
Justin-TrudeauJustin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Nancy-PelosiNancy Pelosi
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Barack-ObamaBarack Obama
44th U.S. President
Theresa-MayTheresa May
Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
Vladimir-PutinVladimir Putin
Russian President
Shinzo-AbeShinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
How Tesla and Elon Musk Are Designing a New Paradigm for Drivers
Catalan separatists win majority in election, in rebuke to Spain and EU
BREAKING: Stabbing near Kings Cross in London - road sealed off as man fights for life
Pence pays surprise visit to Kabul
Boris Johnson tells Russia: we will retaliate against cyber-attacks
Theresa May’s name 'noted' by the US as UK votes against Trump’s Jerusalem decision
Bitcoin slips below $14,000, down 30 percent from record peak
Ivanka Trump fumbles on 'Fox & Friends' tax interview
South Korea fire: 29 killed as flames rip through Jecheon building
Nikki Haley Threatens to Yank Funding from U.N. over Jerusalem Resolution: ‘This Vote Will Be Remembered’
US says Russia intentionally violating Syria military agreement
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe 'eligible for early release' in Iran
World War 3? US and Russia tensions SOAR as Putin vows ‘reciprocal measures’ on America
Tesla, Porsche top Consumer Reports car satisfaction survey
Apple: Yes, we slow down older iPhones
Catalan Election: Catalans go to the polls amid independence crisis
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle release engagement photos
Melbourne EXPLOSION: Frankston Shopping Centre on fire just hours after car crash terror
Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga's 'A Star Is Born' to Hit Theaters During 2018 Awards Season After All
REVEALED: Elon Musk releases photos of new space rocket set to launch in WEEKS
Shots fired along demilitarized zone as North Korean soldier defects
Khloe Kardashian shares a photo of her pregnant belly: 'We are having a baby!'
Car hits pedestrians in Flinders Street, Melbourne
Rebel Wilson, Jimmy Fallon Sing Holiday Tunes With Google Translate
Reggie ‘Combat Jack’ Ossé dead at 48
Larry King's Employer Denies 'False' Sexual Misconduct Allegation
Trump's first year in video review
Brexit Britain: UK named best country in world for BUSINESS
Meryl Streep posters claiming 'she knew' about Harvey Weinstein pop up in Los Angeles
Can Apple make us play Pokemon Go again?
South Korea opens fire on ships from China after they CHARGE at patrol boat
Oscars: 341 Feature Films Eligible to Compete
Cardinal Bernard Law, symbol of church sex abuse scandal, dead at 86
Senate approves most drastic changes to US tax code in 30 years
Microsoft removes Google's Chrome installer from the Windows Store
‘The Voice’ Crowns Season 13 Winner
Ridley Scott: Kevin Spacey Went ‘Underground’ After Misconduct Allegations
May and Trump hold first call since tweet row
Anna Kendrick, Darlene Love Play 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' With Classroom Instruments
McDonald's to start selling the McVegan burger
Is BOEING to unveil the world’s first military SPACE PLANE in NEXT HOUR?
Millions of Brits cancelling ‘out of date’ TV licence in favour of Netflix and Amazon
Golden Globe, SAG Award Noms Reveal Disruption of Trump Era in Oscar Race
Disney adds Trump robot to its Hall of Presidents
Sarah Palin's oldest son charged with beating up his father
UN Security Council slams U.S. recognition of Jerusalem
K-Pop Singer Jonghyun Died After Attempting Suicide, Police Confirm
Google Chrome update will bring one of the most requested features to your browser
Yemen rebels fire ballistic missile on Saudi capital, state TV reports
Japan buys US missile defence system to counter North Korean threat
The U.S. Blames North Korea for the ‘WannaCry’ Ransomware Attack
Trump and Putin, closer than ever
Trump doctrine: Economic security is national security
Donald Trump Begs for an Emmy in Showtime's 'Cartoon President' Teaser
Matthew Petersen's letter to Trump withdrawing his judicial nomination
Washington train crash: At least 3 dead as Amtrak train derails and plummets off bridge
'Lady Bird' Named Best Film of 2017 by Vancouver Critics Circle
Twitter suspends Britain First account that Trump retweeted
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner sued over failures on financial disclosure forms
Uber driver with criminal past arrested after British woman diplomat, 30, murdered, left by side of road
The year feminism fought back. The ranks of women CEOs got even smaller this year
Doug Jones: Trump shouldn't resign over sexual misconduct allegations
Sarah Mullally appointed bishop of London
World War 3 threat: China fighter jets enter NO entry zone between North Korea and South
This Chinese startup's electric SUV is a lot cheaper than Tesla's
World War 3: US to shell out MILLIONS building air bases to counter 'Russian AGGRESSION'
Miss Iraq's family forced to flee after selfie with Miss Israel
Thomas Fire on course to become California's largest-ever wildfire
Power outage suspends flights at Atlanta airport
Putin phoned Trump to thank him for CIA tip on planned terror attack, Kremlin says
British diplomat Rebecca Dykes found dead in Lebanon
Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama for radio show
11 police killed in Taliban attack on Afghanistan checkpoints
Special Counsel Robert Mueller gets access to thousands of Trump transition emails - AP
The California wildfires by the numbers
WATCH: US nuclear tests show what END OF THE WORLD could look like if WW3 broke out
Birmingham crash: Six dead after horrific multi-vehicle accident – road remains closed
President Donald Trump calls Cindy McCain with 'best wishes' for Sen. John McCain's health
THERESA MAY: We WILL leave the European Union
Australia arrests 'agent of North Korea'
NY Times: Pentagon study of UFOs revealed
Washington Post attack on Trump about Russia briefings is deeply flawed fake news
'SNL' in the White House: 10 Most Memorable Trump Sketches of 2017
First bitcoin homes sell in the UK
Brexit: UK will retain EU rules during transition, says Hammond
Heinz Wolff Dead: Great Egg Race Presenter And Prominent Scientist Dies Aged 89
3 awkward pictures that tell you everything about how Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions feel about each other
Canadian pharmaceutical billionaire and wife found dead in Toronto in 'suspicious' circumstances
China installs high-frequency radars in secret plot to militarise islands over WW3 fears
Mattis: North Korea isn't capable of striking the US
Strong earthquake strikes Indonesia; 3 dead
SpaceX launches recycled rocket on delivery mission to International Space Station
Trump-Russia: Republicans trying to kill off investigation, says Adam Schiff
Uber accused of espionage, bribery and hacking by former employee
Watergate Series from George Clooney in the Works at Netflix
Women At Fox News Are Furious Over Rupert Murdoch Comments On Sexual Misconduct
The funniest wildlife photos of 2017 are just as wild and hilarious as you'd expect
Hillary Clinton Says GOP Tax Plan Will 'Hurt So Many People'
Tillerson: 'North Korea must earn its way back to the table'
Dustin Hoffman accused of sexual assault
Buying Bitcoin Means 'Buying Risk,' Bank Of Canada Governor Says
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry on 19 May
Merkel reveals 'MASTER PLAN’ for EU true union and integration
Mario Batali Fired From ABC's 'The Chew' Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims
EU leaders agree to second stage of Brexit talks
Trump judicial nominee struggles to answer basic legal questions at hearing
Kremlin: Putin and Trump agreed to exchange information on North Korea
Oscars: Academy Unveils Foreign-Language Film Shortlist
UN official who visited North Korea sees 'high risk' of miscalculation
Theresa May tells EU: I’m still in control despite Commons loss
World War 3: China start LIVE FIRE drills near North Korea in a warning to Donald Trump
Late-Night Hosts Poke Fun at FCC's Net Neutrality Vote
Biden says he owes Anita Hill an apology
Kentucky lawmaker killed himself after sexual assault allegations
NASA And Google's AI Discover First Solar System Other Than Our Own With Eight Planets
Russia could cut off internet to Nato countries, British military chief warns
Melania Trump shows off ENDLESS long legs in skinny jeans and leather boots
Who needs EU? London will remain in top five global cities for 25 YEARS while Paris SLIPS
FCC Repeals Net Neutrality Rules
Theresa May says she's still 'on course to deliver on Brexit' despite Commons defeat
The iMac Pro is a beast, but it's not for everybody
Trump can claim 'fairly serious achievements' in first year, Putin says
Disney is buying most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion
UN chief says Iran may be defying call to end ballistic missile development
6,700 Rohingya Muslims killed in attacks in Myanmar, MSF says
Israel closes Gaza border crossings
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' - HuffPost Verdict
BREXIT BEGINS: May demands ‘deep & special partnership’ between Britain and EU after split
'Lady Bird' Named Best Picture by Chicago Film Critics
How black women saved Alabama -- and democracy
Japan's answer to Amazon plans to build its own cell-phone network
Salma Hayek on 'my monster' Harvey Weinstein: He said 'I will kill you'
Stephen Hawking confirms this 200,000mph cigar-object in space may be alien spacecraft
Trump Reportedly Fuming Over Nikki Haley’s Comments Supporting His Accusers
Facebook and Twitter must be held responsible for illegal content - U.K. panel
Doug Jones won because of black women
Former Apprentice contestant Omarosa resigns from Trump administration
Three Florida men charged in shark-dragging video
Muslim leaders attending Istanbul summit on Jerusalem
Chris Froome: Tour de France champion failed a drug test
Meghan Markle to join Royal family at Sandringham for Christmas
Bitcoin hits another record high in march toward $20,000
James Corden's Wife Has Baby 30 Minutes Before 'Late Late Show,' Harry Styles Steps In
Tom Hanks Jokes About Working With "High Maintenance" Meryl Streep
Trump Responds After Doug Jones Defeats Roy Moore In Alabama Senate Election
Tillerson says US won't set preconditions for North Korea talks
Hillary Clinton tweets on Doug Jones' projected win
Trump tweets sexually suggestive insult about female senator, saying she would beg, ‘do anything’ for money
'Feminism' is Merriam-Webster's word of the year, thanks in part to Kellyanne Conway
Nicole Kidman looks UNRECOGNISABLE on the set of new film Destroyer
When Trump tweets, Putin is briefed
PepsiCo orders 100 Tesla Semi trucks in largest preorder to date
New York bombing suspect on Facebook: 'Trump you failed'
Jimmy Kimmel and Baby Billy Return With Emotional Plea to Congress
At least one killed and 18 injured in explosion at Austrian gas plant
50 World Leaders Gather In Paris For Climate Summit. Trump Was Not Invited
Microsoft may soon be worth $1 trillion
Kayla Moore: 'One of our attorneys is a Jew'
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft may be dead, but it left behind new data about Saturn’s rings
Donald Trump visit to UK expected in new year, says US ambassador
China building network of refugee camps along border with North Korea
ISIS could be preparing to form new home in Afghanistan after losing war in Iraq and Syria
EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move
SpaceX is sending barley to space for Budweiser research
Chef Mario Batali Takes Leave After 4 Women Accuse Him Of Sexual Misconduct
Trump to direct NASA to send U.S. astronauts to the moon and Mars
Port Authority attack suspect: What we know about Akayed Ullah
Saudi Arabia to allow movie theatres for first time in more than 35 years
Vladimir Putin announces Russian withdrawal from Syria during visit to airbase
Golden Globes nominations: 'Shape of Water,' 'Big Little Lies' lead
New York explosion: Man in custody after 'attempted terrorist attack'
'I don't have to be very clever to do my job', says Brexit Secretary David Davis
California wildfire is ‘bigger than New York City’ and now fifth largest in state history
North Korea in ‘hot phase’: Russia will act with China and India in World War 3 warning
REVEALED: South Korea EXPLOITING nuclear war with North Korea to make billions of pounds
Elusive Tesla semi truck spotted taking a cruise
'The Florida Project' Named Best Film by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle
3 arrests after Swedish synagogue firebombed in anti-Semitic attack
Ambassador Haley says Trump accusers have right to be heard
Daughter: Why does Woody Allen get a pass?
Max Clifford dies in hospital aged 74
As Putin Announces ’18 Presidential Bid, ‘SUPERPUTIN’ Exhibition Opens In Moscow
Protesters and police clash outside US Embassy in Beirut
BITCOIN BOOM: Cryptocurrency will SMASH $100,000 mark by 2020, expert predicts
'SNL' Takes on Sexual Harassment, 'Liberal White Women' in James Franco-Hosted Episode
The Jerusalem Issue, Explained
'SNL' Tackles 'Naughty List Members' Matt Lauer, Roy Moore, Al Franken in Cold Open
Roy Moore, Jerusalem and LGBT rights: Why is religion so divisive?
'Time is of the essence,' UN official says after North Korea visit
Apple Watch update now allows ultimate way to track your sessions in the gym
Johnny Hallyday funeral sees more than 100,000 line Paris streets for incredible send off
'The Square' Wins 2017 European Film Awards
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Boris Johnson Tells Iranians Of 'Grave Concerns' Over Imprisoned British Woman
Iraq formally declares end to fight against Islamic State
Israeli airstrikes kill two in Gaza as fallout from Trump decision continues
Boris Johnson arrives in Iran to discuss release of Zaghari-Ratcliffe
Obama invokes Nazi Germany in speech
CNN Corrects Report About Trump Campaign and WikiLeaks Tip
Ex-Fox News anchor Juliet Huddy says Trump kissed her on the lips after a lunch
America ‘cannot afford’ Roy Moore loss in Alabama, Trump says
Close