June 28, 2019 / 11:17 AM / 4 months ago

UK's May tells Putin that Russia must end 'irresponsible activity'

Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Theresa May shake hands during their meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan June 28, 2019. Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May told Vladimir Putin on Friday Russia must end its “irresponsible and destabilizing activity” if relations between the two countries, soured the poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil, were to improve.

May also told the Russian president during their meeting at the G20 summit in Japan that she wanted the two Russians Britain says is responsible for the attack on Sergei Skripal in Salisbury last year brought to justice, her office said in a statement.

“The prime minister said that the use of a deadly nerve agent on the streets of Salisbury formed part of a wider pattern of unacceptable behavior and was a truly despicable act that led to the death of a British citizen, Dawn Sturgess,” the statement said.

“(She) underlined that we remain open to a different relationship, but for that to happen the Russian government must choose a different path.”

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison

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