May To Putin: Stop 'destabilising' UK, Allies
Faizan Hashmi 2 years ago Fri 28th June 2019 | 06:53 PM
British Prime Minister Theresa May told Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday that normal relations will not be restored until Moscow ends its "irresponsible and destabilising" activity, a Downing Street spokesperson said
"She told the president that there cannot be a normalisation of our bilateral relationship until Russia stops the irresponsible and destabilising activity that threatens the UK and its allies -- including hostile interventions in other countries, disinformation and cyber attacks," the spokesperson said.
"The prime minister underlined that we remain open to a different relationship, but for that to happen the Russian government must choose a different path." London has made clear that May's meeting with Putin does not represent a thawing of ties with Russia, despite calls from Putin for the two countries to "turn the page".
They later discussed trade and economic ties with members of their delegations, he said.
Peskov said "there is an understanding" of the need to revive bilateral economic cooperation "in the interests of the two countries' business.
Russia has repeatedly denied any part in his killing.
Earlier this month, Putin said it was time to "turn the page" on the countries' difficult relationship after the poisoning.
"Global issues related to national interests in the economic and social spheres and global security are more important than games of security services," the Kremlin leader said at the time.
Skripal sold secrets to Britain and moved there after a 2010 spy swap.
London says the attempted assassination was "almost certainly" approved by the Russian state.
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Putin has voiced hope relations could improve under a new PM.