Fionna Gibb

Fionna Gibb

British Ambassador to Belarus

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1st July 2016 Minsk, Belarus

Fionna Gibb

by Fionna Gibb

British Ambassador to Belarus

Exploring southern Belarus

I’d like to talk today about my visit to Belovezhskaya Puscha and Brest Fortress a couple of weeks ago. I went down on Friday by car arriving at the park in the early evening to be greeted by two women in traditional dress with salted bread and flowers, which is really nice. And then on […]

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8th June 2016 Minsk, Belarus

Fionna Gibb

by Fionna Gibb

British Ambassador to Belarus

Celebrating children

I wanted to talk to you today about a great event that we had yesterday which was Queen Birthday Party for children. It’s an idea that I had in March when I was finishing my Russian lesson. And at the school where I learned Russian at the weekend they mostly teach English to children here, […]

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24th March 2016 Minsk, Belarus

Fionna Gibb

by Fionna Gibb

British Ambassador to Belarus

6 weeks later

It has been just over eight weeks since my arrival and about six weeks since my last blog – perhaps that’s a sign of how busy a time it has been.  I’ve met Ministers, opposition leaders, civil society representatives, journalists, been to Vilnius for a conference, talked to students, listened to businesspeople, and of course, […]

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5th February 2016 Minsk, Belarus

Fionna Gibb

by Fionna Gibb

British Ambassador to Belarus

First two weeks in Belarus

Fionna Gibb meeting Vladimir Makey

Twenty years ago, on a posting to Ukraine, Belarus was this distant mysterious country lying to the north. My chief knowledge about Belarus was that it was badly affected by Chernobyl as the winds were blowing north at the time of the disaster. As I prepared to come here, I talked to people about Belarus […]

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About Fionna Gibb

Fionna Gibb joined the FCO in 1990 and has held a number of positions in London and overseas. She has worked in Berlin, Kyiv, Mogadishu, Basra - where she was…

Fionna Gibb joined the FCO in 1990 and has held a number of positions in London and overseas. She has worked in Berlin, Kyiv, Mogadishu, Basra - where she was Deputy Consul-General from 2008-2009 - and Sana’a, where she was Deputy Head of Mission from 2010-2012. Her most recent appointment was in London as Deputy Head of the Projects Task Force, covering a range of political, security and cultural issues.

At the moment, Ms. Gibb is Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Belarus. She is vegetarian, likes art, horse riding and open-air fitness and it’s her first experience writing a blog.

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