Putin and May talk to each other but remain cold

Fri, 28 Jun 2019 12:57:24 +0200

LONDON, JUNE 28 - Evidence of thaw without smiles between Vladimir Putin and Theresa May, returned to meet face-to-face in Japan, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, 15 months after the attempted nerve poisoning in Salisbury of the former double-agent spy Russian Serghiei Skripal: an episode that London attributes to Moscow military intelligence despite the Kremlin's denials. The meeting was sealed by a cold handshake of the Russian president with an outdated British premier outgoing. And, according to Downing Street, May "reiterated that there can be no normalization in bilateral relations until Russia stops its irresponsible and destabilizing activities". Earlier, Prime Minister Tory renewed the request that Russian citizens referred to as suspects in the Skripal case "respond to justice". While Putin had dismissed the British reconstruction as a "4-money clamor": once again denying responsibility in the Salisbury attack