In the relations between great Britain and Russia is more than a year after the poison attack on the Ex-double agent Sergei Skripal, with no improvement in sight. At a Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May demanded on Friday an end to its “destabilising actions”. Mays of possible successor Boris Johnson was pessimistic about an improvement in the relationship between the two countries.

May is called the behavior of Russia “irresponsible”

May the behavior of Russia towards the United Kingdom “and his allies have referred to” as “irresponsible,” said their spokesman. May and Putin were, for the first time since the attack on Skripal and his daughter Julia in March of 2018 met. Finally, the two heads of government in 2016 were on the edge of the G20-came to summit in China, official talks.


Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin

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May have stressed to Putin that their country has “indisputable evidence” that Russia was for the attack on Skripal responsible. There could be “no normalization of bilateral relations” until Russia ends its destabilization measures. To do this, the enemy were “blessed interventions in other countries, disinformation and cyber attacks”.

case Skripal: great Britain, Russia responsible

The Russian head of state had recently declared 15 months after the assassination of Skripal, it was time to “finally a new Chapter” in the tense relations between Moscow and London. Skripal and his daughter Julia had been suspended in March 2018 in the southern English town of Salisbury in the Soviet Union developed nerve toxin Nowitschok. Both barely escaped death.

The British government makes two agents of the Russian military intelligence service GRU responsible for the attack. In response to the stroke of Salisbury, many of the EU countries had Russian diplomats, the relations between Moscow and London have reached a low point.

Putin has said May “the answers” given to

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov after the Meeting in Osaka, the two had talked about the “Skripal affair,” and May have to get “the answers from the Russian President”. There is a consensus that the bilateral economic cooperation “should be revived in the interest of the companies in both countries” again. In addition, Putin and May have discussed the crises in Ukraine, Syria and Iran.

The trip to the G20 summit is May be one of the last as Prime Minister. She retires at the end of July from the office. Ex-Minister of foreign Affairs Johnson is considered the favorite in the race for her successor. At a campaign event on Friday, Johnson made the audience a little hope for an improvement in relations with Russia as long as Putin will remain in Power.

There is a “young Generation of Russians, listening to a new message and want to engage in a different way,” said Johnson. “Putin is not Russia,” he reiterated. The attack on Skripal he called the biggest “disappointment” during his time as foreign Minister.

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