Tony Brenton

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Sir Tony Brenton
KCMG
Tony Brenton.jpg
British Ambassador to Russia
In office
2004–2008
PresidentDmitry Medvedev
Preceded byRoderic Lyne
Succeeded byAnne Pringle
Personal details
Born1 January 1950
NationalityUnited Kingdom
 
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Sir Tony Brenton
KCMG
Tony Brenton.jpg
British Ambassador to Russia
In office
2004–2008
PresidentDmitry Medvedev
Preceded byRoderic Lyne
Succeeded byAnne Pringle
Personal details
Born1 January 1950
NationalityUnited Kingdom

Sir Anthony Russell "Tony" Brenton, KCMG (born 1 January 1950) is a former British diplomat. He entered the British Foreign Office in 1975, where he began his career learning Arabic and spent three years in the British Embassy in Cairo working on Middle East disputes. He later worked in London and Brussels on the development of European Community Foreign and Energy Policy and, also in Brussels, he worked on European Environment Policy for the European Commission, dealing with energy issues, the Chernobyl crisis and the birth of European environment policy.

He took a sabbatical at Harvard University to write The Greening of Machiavelli – The History of International Environmental Politics after setting up and leading (1990–92) the Foreign Office unit that negotiated for the 1992 Rio “Earth Summit”, and in particular the first global agreement on climate change. In 1989-90, he headed a UN Department in the Foreign Office in London. Through 1994-98 he worked as a Counsellor in British Embassy in Moscow, responsible for the British aid programme to Russia, analysis of the Russian economy and UK policy towards Russia in the major international economic fields. In 1998 he was nominated to the position of the Director on Global Issues in FCO. Within the sphere of his responsibilities was the policy towards the UN, human rights, the environment and international economy and development.[citation needed]

Brenton served as British Ambassador to Russia from 2004-2008. In 2007 he was awarded a KCMG, the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George. In 2009 he became a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is an advisor to Lloyd's Insurance. On 27 June 2011 he took part on the Global Policy Forum in Brussels, commenting the NATO intervention in Libya against Muammar Gaddafi.[citation needed]

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