asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they authorised the criticism of the President of the Russian Federation by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Mr Peter Hain, on the BBC's “Sunday AM” programme on 26 November; and what assessment they have made of the impact of those criticisms on diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation. [HL403]
My right honourable friend the Prime Minister and other Ministers have repeatedly underlined our concern about some aspects of human rights in Russia. The Russian authorities are aware of these views.