The Inter-Governmental Steering Committee on Trade and Investment was postponed in 2014, following Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. Given Russia's continued destabilising activities in Ukraine, we have no plans to revive the talks.
The Foreign Secretary will be discussing a range of issues during his visit later this month, in particular international security issues including Ukraine, Syria, Iran and North Korea.
We have no current plans to appoint a trade envoy to Russia. The Department for International Trade (DIT) regularly assess markets' suitability for a Trade Envoy, based on a number of criteria, including the current political situation. DIT continues to support UK companies with targeted events and trade missions through our staff in the British Embassy in Moscow and the Consulates in St Petersburg and Ekaterinburg, provided they are compliant with EU sanctions legislation.