The British Council has suspended operations in line with the 17 March instruction from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We remain profoundly disappointed at this development. It is our view that when political or diplomatic relations become difficult, cultural relations and educational opportunities are vital to maintain on-going dialogue between people and institutions.
Michael Bird, our Country Director in Russia, continues in his role as Cultural Counsellor at the British Embassy in Moscow, and we are working with the Embassy to ensure that cultural relations between the UK and Russia continue. We remain committed to the development of long-term people-to-people links with Russia as we are in over 100 other countries.