7 May 2018 17:27

Russia, UK maintaining 'fragmentary' cooperation on World Cup security - Russian diplomat

MOSCOW. May 7 (Interfax) - Russia and the United Kingdom are cooperating on ensuring security at the upcoming World Cup, but London is taking a selective approach toward this coordination, Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov told Interfax.

"The Brits still affirm their willingness [to cooperate in this field], but they have assumed quite a selective position on the matter. Cooperation continues, but it's fragmentary," Titov said when asked whether the UK has withdrawn its proposals on security cooperation ahead of the World Cup in the wake of the Salisbury incident.

Security cooperation is "among the fields they are still talking about positively, saying that it opens up opportunities for further cooperation," he said.

Asked in what areas Moscow and London are still working together, Titov admitted that "virtually everything has been frozen."

"Various exchange years in various fields, like literature and languages, are still alive. The rest has certainly been frozen, and we are not to blame for that," he said.