(1) when his Department last reviewed the Britain-Russia Development Partnership; and if he will make a statement;
(2) what discussions he has had with the Foreign Secretary on the delivery of aid to Russia since November 2006; what the outcome was of these discussions; and if he will make a statement.
Following a review of our development partnership with Russia in 2004, DFID closed its bilateral programme in March 2007.
My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and I have not held specific discussions on Russia aid delivery since November 2006. We continue to channel UK support through multilateral organisations working in Russia, for example the European Union, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank.
As a large middle income country and G8 member, Russia has a growing potential to contribute to global and regional poverty reduction. This is an issue we have already begun to explore with Russia.