Theresa May greeted Vladimir Putin with the most frosty handshakes during the meeting at the G20 in Japan in a meeting that was soured before the Russian President's attack on Western views on gay rights, immigration and multiculturalism began.
Mr Putin boasted prior to the confrontation between the couple that liberalism in Europe and the US surpassed its goal & # 39; and called the decision to make millions of migrants in the EU a & # 39; main error & # 39; to allow.
Mrs May seemed to have taken the remarks to heart when she met Mr. Putin and remained completely amazed when they briefly shook hands.
The meeting would already be a tense affair after Mrs. May promised to confront Mr. Putin with the attack on the Salisbury spy and demand that he extradite the suspects.
In anticipation of the confrontation, Ms. May put pressure on Mr. Putin, saying that what happened in the town in Wiltshire was a & # 39; despicable and irresponsible act & # 39; and that those responsible for justice had to appear.
She told the BBC: & # 39; Russia does not allow the extradition of its subjects, but European arrest warrants are out for those two individuals and if they set foot outside Russia, we will do everything we can to bring them to justice. & # 39;
In an interview with the Financial times, Putin said that & # 39; the liberal idea & # 39; was on his way when the public turned their back on liberalism and claimed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made a big mistake in her 2017 decision to let a million refugees into the country.
He said: & # 39; (Liberals) can't just dictate anything to anyone, just like they've been trying to do in the last few decades.
& # 39; This liberal idea assumes that nothing needs to be done. That migrants can kill, plunder and rape with impunity because their rights as migrants must be protected. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; Every crime must be punished. The liberal idea is outdated. It has come into conflict with the interests of the vast majority of the population. & # 39;
The G20 – the countries with the largest and fastest growing economies – meet in Osaka, Japan and pose for the famous & # 39; family photo & # 39; of world leaders who included, in addition to Mr. Putin and Mrs. May, US President Donald Trump, Xi Jinping from China, Saudi Arabia & Crown Prince Salman and their host, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The first important meeting was between Mr. Trump and the leader of Russia, where the American president had their & # 39; very good relationship & # 39; praised, adding: & # 39; It is a great honor to be President Putin & # 39 ;.
An extraordinary moment followed when their handshake, as Mr. Trump said to Mr. Putin: & # 39; please do not interfere with the election, & # 39; with a smile on his face, turning to grin at the Russian leader.
Their meeting was in stark contrast to the mutual fight between Mrs. May and Mr. Putin, which seemed unlikely to result in thawing in relationships.
In sharp contrast, Putin faced each other in a much freeze enemy with a grim look at Theresa May when the two shook hands this morning. The prime minister must demand that he take responsibility for Sergei Skripal's nerve-activating poisoning in Salisbury last year and tell him to hand over the Novichok killers sent by the Russian state to kill their former agent.
Theresa May and Vladimir Putin took a clumsy handshake at the start of their meeting in Japan today, after the Russian president had criticized Western values
Mrs. May did not seem willing to even look at Mr Putin when they shook hands after he attacked & # 39; liberalism & # 39; had deployed
Relations between Russia and Great Britain fell into disrepair during the March 4, 2018 attack on nerve agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury
Donald Trump met Vladimir Putin today with the American president who says with a smile & # 39; don't get involved & # 39; with the American elections, which was brought with a smile
The leaders of the G20 – the countries with the largest and fastest growing economies – meet in Osaka, Japan. Front row: Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, French President Emmanuel Macron, President Joko Widodo, President Xi Jinping, US President Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia & Crown Prince Salman, Prime Minister Shinxo Abe, Argentinian President Mauricio Macri, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, (Second) Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, British Prime Minister Theresa May, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, President of the European Union of the European Council Donald Tusk, Senegal President Macky Sall, President of Chile Sebastian Pinera and the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, and the invitees of the third row
Donald Trump shares some warm words with Theresa May, who is attending her last G20 before leaving office in July
French President Emmanuel Macron (L) greets US President Donald Trump by patting him on the shoulder today in Osaka, with leaders sharing a joke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (r)
President Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, a White House adviser, have joined The Donald on the trip to Japan
Mr Putin has reserved special praise for Donald Trump for trying to direct the flow of migrants and drugs to the US just before the men met today.
& # 39; Traitors must be punished & # 39 ;: Putin brands betray the & # 39; most serious crime possible & # 39; shaking off the Skripal line
Vladimir Putin said today that British allegations that his agents have carried out the Salisbury poisoning are not worth five pounds. – but justified attacks on Russian traitors say: & # 39; Betrayal is the most serious crime possible and should be punished & # 39 ;.
The Russian president will today meet Theresa May at the G20 in Russia, where the prime minister will demand that he admit the Novichok attack and hand over the two spies that killed Sergei Skripal last year.
Ms. May said her decision to speak to Putin in Osaka is not a return to & # 39; business as usual & # 39; with Russia, whose leader has tried to laugh today with claims that he has ordered the poisoning.
Putin told the Financial Times: & Listen, all this hassle about spies and countings, it's not worthy of serious interstate relationships. This espionage story, as we say, is not worth five kopecks. Or even five pounds, for that matter & # 39 ;.
But in a horrifying confession about how he believes his country should punish & # 39; like Skripal, who secretly shared secrets with the British, he added: “Treason is the most serious crime possible and traitors must be punished. I'm not saying the Salisbury incident is the way to do it. But traitors must be punished. & # 39;
And knowing that he is willing to take risks to protect his country, he said: "Anyone who does not take risks never drinks champagne."
Earlier, Putin said that Anglo-Russian relations began to improve prior to his personal meeting with Theresa May at this weekend's G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
The relationships have been rocky since the United Kingdom in March of last year pointed its finger at the Kremlin for the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.
Putin said: & I think that Russia and the UK are both interested in fully restoring our relationships, at least I hope that some preparatory steps are taken. & # 39;
But in a hair-raising recognition of how he believes his country should & # 39; punish people & # 39; like Skripal, who secretly shared secrets with the British, he added: “Treason is the most serious crime possible and traitors must be punished. I'm not saying the Salisbury incident is the way to do it. But traitors must be punished. & # 39;
And knowing that he is willing to take risks to protect his country, he said: "Anyone who does not take risks never drinks champagne."
Trump's critics accused him of being too kind to Putin and denounced him for not publicly confronting the Russian leader in Helsinki with the interference of Moscow in the 2016 presidential election.
An American lawyer, Robert Mueller, conducted a two-year investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 US elections and whether the Trump campaign coincided with Moscow.
Mueller discovered that Russia was involved in the elections, but that the Trump campaign did not illegally co-operate with Russia to influence the vote.
In a further attempt to ease the mood, Trump sought an agreement with Putin at the expense of the journalists who had gathered to capture the leaders at the start of their meeting.
& # 39; Let them disappear. False news is a good term, isn't it. You don't have this problem in Russia, but we do, & said Trump.
World leaders stepped down to one of their most committed G20 meetings in years on Friday, with rows stemming from a bleeding US-China trade war and climate change, despite a more conciliatory tone from US President Donald Trump.
After lashing out at a friend and foe on his way to Osaka in western Japan for the encounter, Trump appeared in a less combative mood when he met other world leaders face-to-face.
Fresh from describing traditionally close to the American allies Germany as & # 39; delinquent & # 39; because they did not pay enough in the NATO budget, he was exuberant when meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
& # 39; She is a fantastic person, a fantastic woman and I am happy to have her as a friend, & # 39; he said.
President Trump was the man who waited for his Russian counterpart, whom he greeted warmly with his arms open
Mr. Trump said it was a & # 39; honor & # 39; was to meet with the Russian leader, who he last met in Helsinki, Finland, last year before holding out
They shook hands and then Trump joked that he shouldn't & # 39; interfere & # 39; with the next US presidential election
Putin and Trump have rarely met, but both rumors of collusion have plagued President Trump for years
Trump and Putin walked together to the G20 & # 39; family photo & # 39; session after many other leaders gathered
President Donald Trump stood in the center of the photo and handed Chinese President Xi Jinping a hand with the countries currently in a trade war
Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shakes hands with US President Donald Trump for the family photo of world leaders
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with US President Donald Trump during a meeting at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan
Trade and horse trade: five main themes on the G20
World trade, geopolitical hotspots and even cow trade compared to the best EU jobs: G20 leaders have a lot to eat when they meet in Osaka on Friday.
These are some of the most urgent issues that leaders face during the two-day meeting, where decisive action is likely to take place mainly on the sidelines.
– & # 39; Rates and trade & # 39; –
All eyes will be on whether the US and China, & # 39; the world's top two economies, can bury the hatchet in their protracted trade war that causes headwinds for an already fragile world economy.
The two leaders, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, will hold talks on the sidelines of the Osaka summit, their first personal meeting since December at the last G20 in Argentina.
Experts are skeptical that a definitive deal will be concluded in Japan, but many believe they can agree on a tariff file and a new deadline for a definitive agreement.
In the larger G20 meeting, trade will also be a major conflict, with battles likely to be related to the wording of the final statement – if the leaders can agree.
A G20 finance ministers who met earlier this month noted in a communiqué that trade tensions had been & # 39; intensified & # 39; and that the risks & # 39; s & # 39; were turned downwards & # 39; but even this claim lasted 30 hours in a violent quarrel.
– Letter from Pyongyang –
Relations between the United States and North Korea have been in the freezer since a February summit in Hanoi could not make progress with the Pyongyang nuclear program.
But a recent correspondence between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has raised hope that a third summit could be on the table and the US president travels to South Korea right after the G20.
Xi arrives in Osaka fresh from his first visit to Pyongyang and observers expect that he can pass on a message from Kim to breathe new life into diplomatic activities.
– Iranian powder keg –
With important regional players such as the United States, Saudi Arabia and Russia, rising tensions with Iran are certainly a popular topic of conversation.
The G20 host, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, tried to play a mediation role with a historic trip to Tehran, but this was overshadowed by two attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman accusing Washington of Iran.
At the last minute, Trump called off a planned military retribution for the downing of an unmanned American drone, saying that the estimated death toll of 150 was disproportionate.
And on Friday, he said there was no rush to calm tensions with Iran.
& # 39; Hopefully it will work out in the end, & # 39; he added.
EU President Donald Tusk warned that the tensions were a & # 39; serious concern & # 39; and urged Iran to abide by a nuclear deal despite Washington's decision to withdraw.
– Conflict about climate change –
Hosts Japan hope to reach consensus on the increasingly controversial topic of action against climate change.
But they will struggle to unite European leaders, such as French President Emmanuel Macron, who has said he wants to see ambitious language for action on climate change, and Trump, who is planning to withdraw Washington from the Paris climate agreement .
Macron said that a reference to the Paris deal on reducing emissions is a & # 39; red line & # 39; and that a German government source admits that negotiations & # 39; are particularly difficult this year & # 39; to be.
In last year's G20 communiqué, all members except the US saw the deal with Paris as & # 39; irreversible & # 39; with Washington inserting a rule repeating his commitment to withdraw from the deal.
– & # 39; Horse dealers in Brussels & # 39; –
Following the disagreement between the European Commission's successor, President Jean-Claude Juncker at a summit on Friday, EU leaders set the stage for a special meeting in Brussels on 30 June.
But Tusk confirmed on Friday that talks would continue with top EU leaders at the G20, adding that he had & # 39; 12 or 13 phone calls & # 39; with other EU players.
& # 39; What I feel is that we are closer to the solution, but still too far away to say anything more concrete today. & # 39;
Group leaders of 20 opened a high-stakes summit on Japan's Osaka Friday, which is expected to be one of the most broken years.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened the meeting, which will be dominated by controversial discussions on trade, geopolitical tensions and climate change.
But the mood seemed friendly in the opening minutes, with a smile on the faces of the upcoming leaders who were posing for the traditional & # 39; family photo & # 39 ;.
The American president Donald Trump and the Chinese Xi Jinping, whose countries are embroiled in a damaging trade war, exchanged a handshake for the photo. The two leaders are the result of long-awaited conversations on Saturday.
And as the leaders entered the first session, French President Emmanuel Macron leaned down to whisper something in Trump & # 39; s ear, covering his mouth for his privacy.
Last night Putin said that liberal governments had ignored their people in their pursuit of multiculturalism and tolerance of homosexuals. He said: & # 39; I am not trying to offend anyone because we have been convicted of our alleged homophobia. But we have no problem with LGBT people. God forbid, let them live the way they want.
& # 39; But some things seem exaggerated. They now claim that children can play five or six gender roles. Let everyone be happy, we have no problem with that.
& # 39; But this should not overshadow the culture, traditions, and traditional family values of millions of people who are part of the core population. & # 39;
This morning, Donald Tusk, President of the European Union, fired Putin because he suggested in the interview that liberalism & # 39; obsolete & # 39; used to be.
In a statement to journalists, Tusk said: & # 39; We are also here as Europeans to firmly and unambiguously defend and promote liberal democracy. & # 39;
He said: & # 39; What I find really obsolete is: authoritarianism, personality cult, the rule of oligarchs. Even though they sometimes seem effective. & # 39;
The Russian president (arrived in Japan today) criticized Western views on gay rights, immigration and multiculturalism – which he claimed to be an attack on & # 39; traditional family values & # 39;
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived at the G20 where he was welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who then met German leader Angela Merkel, who accused Putin of her immigration policy
Saudi Arabia & # 39; s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin participate in a meeting at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka
Quizzed: Mr. Putin (right) was interviewed by journalists Lionel Barber (center) and Henry Foy (left) from the Financial Times newspaper in the UK
Mr. Putin solved FT editor Mr. Barber with an icy look during their interview in Moscow
Trump greets smiling Saudi crown prince the CIA has decided & # 39; ordered Khashoggi & # 39; s murder & # 39;
Trump (L) shakes hands with Saudi Arabian prince Mohammad Bin Salman during family photo
President Donald Trump switched on a & # 39; family photo & # 39; at the G20 summit in Japan on Friday greetings with a grinning Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The two men could be seen during the conversation while the world leaders gathered on a single stage for the traditional photo op.
The Saudi crown prince has been under increased control since the murder of the Saudi dissident and columnist Jamal Khashoggi of Washington Post.
The CIA reportedly concluded that he ordered the murder.
Mr. Putin said that the threat of a new nuclear arms race between Russia and the US was a concern, and added: & # 39; The Cold War was a bad thing … but there were at least some rules which all participants in international communication more or less met or tried to follow. & # 39;
Despite the warm words in public, the meeting could be one of the most explosive years, with potential conflicts over trade, Iran and climate change.
The most anticipated part of the meeting will be on Saturday when Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold their first face-to-face since the last G20, to defeat a ceasefire in a long-standing trade war that has hampered the global economy.
Experts believe that there is little chance of a full deal immediately, saying that the best hope is for a ceasefire that Washington would avoid imposing new rates and stepping up the conflict.
But even a truce is not guaranteed, with the Wall Street Journal reporting Thursday that Beijing will not agree to any deal unless Washington lifts its ban on Chinese telecom company Huawei.
In a clear reference to this issue, Trump said during the opening session: & # 39; We must also ensure the resilience and security of our 5G networks. & # 39;
Before he arrived, Trump said that China wanted a truce because his economy left & # 39; the tubes & # 39 ;, and he also seemed to threaten another $ 325 billion in taxes in addition to the $ 200 billion that Washington had already imposed.
After Xi met with counterparts from Egypt, South Africa, and Senegal, Dai Bing, a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs official, said all leaders emphasized that … bullying practices are on the rise. 39;
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Ivanka Trump, adviser to the US President at the International Exhibition Center
Shinzo Abe & # 39; s wife Akie Abe (front center) poses with partners of the G20 leaders for a family photo at the summit on Friday
The wives of the heads of state take their place at the hall as the queue to pose for official photos prior to the procedure
The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan & # 39; s wife Emine Erdogan and the French first lady Brigitte Macron were the women of the leaders who posed in the photos.
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