Putin and May hold talks in Osaka
Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
The meeting is likely to be the last for Theresa May in her current position, as she will leave the post of the head of the British government in less than a month.
The last meeting of this kind between Putin and May took place on September 4, 2016 in Chinese Hangzhou, also as part of a G20 summit. However, following the poisoning incident of former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, something that London accused Moscow of, the relations between the two countries deteriorated dramatically, while contacts between the leaders ceased. Putin and May only briefly exchanged a few phrases on the go at the last G20 summit in Argentina in late 2018, TASS recalls.
Earlier, Putin said in an interview with The Financial Times that both Moscow and London are interested in comprehensive restoration of ties. "In any case, I am hoping that at least some first steps will be taken," Putin noted.