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Russia - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:45 pm on 31st January 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State 2:45 pm, 31st January 2017

My Lords, we of course work towards the principle that it is for the people of the country to decide the status of any Government in free and fair elections, which should include votes for every single person qualifying and involve no duress. I would not say that I would ban one particular type of democratic government, if properly chosen. With regard to the unity of the strongest powers in the world—as the P5 at the UN may be defined—it is essential that we find common ground to resolve conflicts. I am delighted that Russia, Turkey and Iran all recognise, at the Astana talks on Syria, the primacy of the UN in resolving those issues.