Putin says that Great Britain Novichok & # 39; trivia & # 39; must forget and restore Russian relations
Vladimir Putin said today that it was time to & # 39; turn the page & # 39; about the & # 39; trivia & # 39; of the difficult Russian relationship with Britain – but Theresa May's spokeswoman said that this would depend on Russia changing its behavior.
Relations between Russia and Great Britain fell into disrepair during the attack of 4 March 2018 on nerve agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the city of Salisbury. They spent weeks in critical condition, but recovered.
Britain has accused Russia of poisoning them with the nerve agent Novichok, allegations that Moscow has denied.
The Prime Minister's spokeswoman described the poisoning today as a & # 39; contemptible deed & # 39 ;.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (President) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov are attending the 23rd International Economic Forum of St Petersburg today
& # 39; We can only have a different relationship if Russia changes its behavior & # 39 ;, she said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously said that a page should put pressure on relations between Moscow and London.
On Thursday, during a meeting with top managers of international news agencies in St. Petersburg, Putin said that "economic and social interests and global security are more important than espionage competitions."
Moscow and London should abandon & # 39; all those trivia and do business & # 39 ;, he added.
Meanwhile, Putin said he was not offended because Britain did not invite him to ceremonies that marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, saying: he has & # 39; enough other things to do & # 39 ;.
Regarding the tense relations between Russia and Britain since the Salisbury poisoning, Vladimir Putin (fourth right) said that the two countries should leave aside all those trivia and do business & # 39;
The Russian president organized the Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Wednesday, as well as many other world leaders on the south coast of England to celebrate the anniversary.
Putin attended the commemorations of the 70th anniversary in France five years ago. Russia was not involved in D-Day, but the Soviet deployment was crucial in defeating the Nazis on the Eastern Front.
He emphasized the Soviet role in World War II and said that D-Day was the opening of a & # 39; second front & # 39; while & # 39; we had the first & # 39 ;.
At the same meeting, Putin said that Moscow did not interfere with the 2016 US presidential election, and will never do so.
& # 39; We did not interfere, we do not interfere and we will not interfere in elections, & # 39; he said.
The attempted murder of Sergei Skripal (right) in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on March 4, 2018 left the former Russian double agent and his daughter Yulia (left) seriously ill
Putin and other Russian officials have strongly denied any interference in the US vote, even though US Special Counsel Robert Mueller has revealed evidence of an operation in the Kremlin to disrupt the 2016 vote.
He accused 12 Russian intelligence officers of entering Democratic Party emails and accused other Russians using fake social media accounts to spread divisive rhetoric and undermine the American political system.
Putin said the government cannot forbid Russian citizens from giving their opinion online.
He had previously criticized the United States for ignoring talks about the extension of the New START pact – an important nuclear weapons reduction pact due to expire in 2021 – to sow new threats to global security.
The pact signed in 2010 by US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers.
Putin also said at the meeting that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 US elections, and it will never do so in future elections
Putin also criticized the US's withdrawal from another major arms pact, the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and rejected Washington's allegations of Russian violations of the agreement.
On the subject of Venezuela, Putin said it was up to the Venezuelan people to decide whether President Nicolas Maduro should remain in power.
& # 39; The Venezuelan crisis must be resolved by the Venezuelan people … through dialogue, consultation and cooperation between different political forces, the Venezuelans must decide for themselves whether Mr Maduro should remain in power or not & # 39; , he said.
Russia has strongly supported Maduro, while the US and a few dozen other countries have supported opposition leader Juan Guaido and recognized him as interim president.
Putin said that Guaido is a & # 39; nice person & # 39; is, but added that his leadership claim has set a precedent that & # 39; around the world can lead to chaos & # 39 ;.
On the subject of Venezuela, Putin said it was up to the Venezuelan people to decide whether President Nicolas Maduro should remain in power
Nevertheless, Putin told journalists that Moscow does not intend to deploy its troops or set up military bases in Venezuela.
But he said Russian experts have been in Venezuela to operate Russian weapons purchased by Caracas.
Earlier this week, Putin responded to a question about a tweet from US President Donald Trump who said Moscow had informed Washington that it had withdrawn its staff from Venezuela.
& # 39; We are not creating bases or sending troops there & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; But we will fulfill our obligations in the field of military and technical cooperation. & # 39;
The Russian leader said the US sanctions against Venezuela injured ordinary people and warned Washington against the use of force.
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