Dmitry Novikov, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, in an interview with the RT television channel on Monday commented on the appointment of Deborah Bronnert to the post of British Ambassador to Russia.
From April 2017 to February 2019, Bronnert served as director of economic and global affairs at the British Foreign Office and oversaw the implementation of the Global Britain international program. Prior to that, from 2011 to 2014, she served as ambassador to Zimbabwe.
Novikov noted that in this case we are talking about the appointment of a personnel diplomat with a considerable school, work experience. In his opinion, the fact that the former sphere of activity of the new British ambassador was for a long time a sphere of economic interests, while relieving tensions between the two countries, can serve to strengthen relations.
The deputy believes that the potential for cooperation between Russia and European states is quite large.
“Unfortunately, the general trends of Western policy set from Washington affect somewhat differently. We will see how the new ambassador will be able to defend his interests, and not the falsely understood views of Euro-Atlantic solidarity, ”he concluded.
The new British ambassador to Russia, Deborah Bronnert, will take office in January 2020.