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Newsline: Russian ambassador warns relations with UK are at an all-time low

Britain’s relationship with Russia is the worst it has ever been, Moscow’s top diplomat in the UK has warned. Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko last night attacked No 10 for ‘raising tensions in Europe’ by deploying 800 troops to Estonia – part of Nato’s eastern flank. The Kremlin’s man in London said ministers were guilty of hostility, and that ties between the two countries had plummeted to an all-time low. In an escalation of Moscow’s rhetoric, he said there was no longer any ‘bilateral relationship of substance’. He added that the UK’s actions recently had been ‘provocative’ and even ‘outright ridiculous’. Mr Yakovenko’s remarks, which strike a more pessimistic tone than he has before, will deeply concern British officials.



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