Russian president aiming to improve relations with Britain, Kremlin says

Vladimir Putin will gratify Theresa May at this week's G2 0 summit in Japan with a view to seeking improved relations between the countries, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

The outgoing UK prime minister's spokesman stressed that the meeting with the Russian president did not represent a normalisation of ties.

Bilateral relations plunged to post-cold war lows last year when London blamed Moscow for poisoning former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury.

Moscow denies involvement in the attack, which inspired the biggest wave of diplomatic expulsions between Moscow and thewest since thecoldwar .

” The leaders will talk over sensitive questions- as you know there are many of them ,” Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters at a briefing.” If any kind of opportunity can be found in our relations with Britain to establish new cooperation, then we will only welcomes the fact that .”

The G2 0 summit takes place in Osaka on Friday and Saturday.

May's spokesman said her position on Salisbury and” Russia's wider pattern of malign behaviour” was well known.” This meeting is an important opportunity to deliver this message leader-to-leader to ensure the UK's posture is fully understood ,” he said.

May last meet Putin at a G20 summit in Argentina in November, when the Russian leader approached her informally.

Putin said this month that the two countries should turn a page on the Skripal episode and that he hoped Britain's next prime minister would move on from it to improve ties.

British attorneys have charged two Russian military intelligence officers, known by the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov , with attempted assassination in their absence over the attack. They deny involvement.

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