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    London will work with Moscow on countering terrorism and bringing stability to the Middle East, Britain's ambassador to Russia said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Untied Kingdom will continue cooperating with Russia on fighting terrorism in Syria, UK Ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow said.

    "In the current phase of our relationship with Russia our approach is to work with Russia where we can, for example on counterterrorism and trying to bring peace and stability to Syria and to the Middle East," Bristow told RIA Novosti.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting numerous opposition factions and Islamic extremist groups.

    The United Kingdom has no plans of changing the visa regime with Russia after leaving the European Union, Bristow said.

    "There are no plans to change the visa regime. We have visa regimes with many countries, Russia is one of them."

    "Our visa regime aims to do two things: attract visitors and protect our border. We want Russians to come to the UK for tourism, for business, for studies. I hope Russians feel welcome in the UK. Perhaps, the cheaper pound will encourage more to come," he added.

    The Brexit referendum was held on June 23, 2016. Roughly 52 percent of the British citizens voted to leave the European Union.

    The relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union will not be affected by Brexit negotiations between London and the European Union, Bristow said.

    "The most important thing for us here is, we intend to remain open to trade and investment with all of our major trade and investment partners. For example in financial and legal services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, education, creative industries," he told RIA Novosti.

    "We have a negotiation that we have to do with the European Union about our future relations with the European Union, but that's not about Russia," he added.

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