Tony Brenton

Former British Ambassador to Russia, UK Foreign Office

Tony Brenton was British Ambassador to Moscow from 2004 to 2008. Prior to that, he was Deputy Head of Mission and then Charge d’Affaires at the British Embassy in Washington DC. In 1998-01, he worked in London as the Foreign Office Director of Global Issues. He served in the British Embassy in Moscow 1993-97 as Economic Counsellor. Before that, Mr Brenton took a sabbatical at Harvard University to write “The Greening of Machiavelli – The History of International Environmental Politics” after setting up and leading in 1990-92 the Foreign Office unit that negotiated for the 1992 Rio “Earth Summit”, and in particular the first global agreement on climate change. And in 1989-90, he headed a UN Department in the Foreign Office in London.

Mr Brenton entered the British Foreign Office 1975, where in his early career he served in the British Embassy in Cairo dealing with the Middle East dispute. 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.