HC Deb 20 June 2000 vol 352 c157W
37. Helen Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the UK's bilateral relations with Russia. [125243]

Mr. Vaz

Our relations with Russia are in good shape. We want to do what we can to encourage a democratic and stable Russia. The key is critical engagement. We should not isolate Russia, nor should we shy away from issues on which we disagree, such as Chechnya.