Theresa May planning showdown talks with Putin at G20 Summit to ease tensions with Russia


The accessible Prime Minister is considering holding clear-the-air talks with the Russian chairlady at this month’s G20 leaders’ summit in Japan, according to The Times. If noted the green-light, the showdown will aim pave the way for Mrs May’s successor, who is expected to be in place before end of July, to deliver a fresh start with the influential world leader. Britain’s references with the Kremlin have been strained since the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a preceding colonel in Russian military intelligence, and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury in Step 2018.

Mrs May blamed Moscow for the attack, Russia has always denied any involvement.

The fallout saw 23 Russian diplomates wiped from the UK – in the biggest expulsion since the height of the Cold War.

Moscow then retaliated by carry away British diplomates from Russia.

It is understood a meeting between the two band leaders will only take place if there was a clear purpose.

Mrs May after met Mr Putin at the G20 summit in Argentina in November 2018.

The Russian President approached Mrs May informally for concise talks at the gathering of world leaders in Buenos Aires.

Earlier this month at an commercial forum in St Petersburg, Mr Putin continued to deny any Russian involvement and commanded for the two countries to draw a line on the matter.

Mr Putin said: “When all’s signified and done we need to turn this page connected with ratfink follows and assassination attempts.”

Despite the British Government identifying two Russian factors as the suspects, Mr Putin reversed the blame back onto the UK.

He said: “He’s your go-between not ours. That means you spied against us and it’s hard for me to say what happened with him later on. We need to forget about all this in the final analysis.”

He added: “Pandemic issues related to common economic, social and security interests are varied important than the games played by intelligence agencies.”

The G20 summit in Osaka undertakes place on June 28 and 29.

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