23 Dec 2019 10:41

UK to cooperate with Russia in combating organized crime if Moscow wishes that seriously - ambassador to Russia

MOSCOW. Dec 23 (Interfax) - London is ready to cooperate with Moscow in fight against organized crime, if Russia wishes that seriously, Ambassador of the UK to Russia Laurie Bristow said in an interview with Interfax.

The UK had liaison officers who worked on serious and organized crime in Moscow 10 years ago, he said.

"They are no longer here, essentially because the Russian state wouldn't give our officers visas. If Russia wishes to cooperate seriously with us on organized crime, of course, we are ready to do so, but the emphasis is on the word seriously," Bristow said.

Speaking about bilateral interaction in the cybersphere, he said, "cyber is much, much harder because it's an area that immediately brings you into questions of what the state is doing, and we are not ready yet for a cooperative relationship with Russia, because too much of what we see directed against us essentially comes from the Russian state."

The full text of the interview will appear at www.interfax.com.