June 28, 2019 / 10:52 AM / 4 months ago

May tells Putin to stop destabilising activities - spokeswoman

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) - Prime Minister Theresa May told President Vladimir Putin on Friday that their countries can only have a different relationship if Russia stops the behaviour that threatens to undermine international security, her spokeswoman said.

May also Putin to hand over the Russia suspects Britain blames for poisoning a former double agent and his daughter with a nerve agent in Salisbury, southern England last year.

“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,” the spokeswoman said.

“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 behaviour and was a truly despicable act.”

Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; editing by Stephen Addison

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