Can stand against the backdrop of & # 39; legacy hunting & # 39; face the LAST big summit before she stops: PM and husband Philip arrive in Japan to meet with the G20 in the run-up to the confrontation with Putin
- May warns Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in the Japanese city of Osaka
- The meeting will be the last conversation between the two leaders before Mrs. May leaves
- Putin's assistants suggest that this could provide an opportunity to normalize & # 39; relationships & # 39;
Theresa May arrived in Japan for her last major summit as Premier today – amid allegations she is & # 39; legacy hunting & # 39; by agreeing to a confrontation with Vladimir Putin.
Prime Minister and husband Philip were hit in Osaka, where world leaders gather for the G20 summit of powerful nations.
Tomorrow, Ms May will have her first personal talks with the Russian president since the Novichok attack in Salisbury last March.
She is expected to warn Mr. Putin that Russia will stay in the cold unless he is his & # 39; malicious & # 39; policy.
But Tory MP has complained that she should leave diplomacy to her successor – with Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt taking over the lead on Downing Street next month.
Relations between the two countries were frozen after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
Theresa May and husband Philip were hit in Osaka (photo), where world leaders gather for the G20 summit of powerful countries
Theresa May will warn Vladimir Putin about his & # 39; malicious & # 39; policy to leave at the G20 summit in the Japanese city of Osaka
It led to the death of the British Dawn Sturgess four months later after she took the discarded perfume bottle. Russian agents were used to carry the deadly nerves. Mrs May accused Moscow of having imposed the assassination attempt on the Skripals and pointed the finger at three members of the GRU, its military intelligence agency.
She banned Russian spies and, together with the then foreign secretary Boris Johnson, helped coordinate the deportation of dozens of Russian diplomats from other countries.
Details of the meeting were announced by the Kremlin and Putin assistants suggested that it could provide an opportunity to normalize & # 39;
Yury Ushakov, an employee of the Kremlin, told the Russian press agency Interfax: & # 39; The leaders will talk about sensitive matters, and a good number of them have accumulated in our relations with the UK.
& # 39; If there are opportunities to normalize our collaboration, we will only welcome it. & # 39;
Tory backbencher Bob Seely, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, told The Times: “There is a little too much legacy hunting going on here. The less she ties people's hands, the better. We must give the new leader, whoever it is, the freedom to act. & # 39;
Bill Browder, the British-American founder of the worldwide Magnitsky campaign to punish Russian human rights offenders, called the decision “# 39; gross negligence on Theresa May”. & # 39 ;, and added: & # 39; After Russia committed an act of domestic terrorism in Salisbury, this is the last Britain should do. & # 39;
Mrs May's spokesperson rejected any thought that the meeting with Mr Putin represented a normalization of relations.
The meeting will be the last conversation between the two leaders before Ms. May leaves Downing Street next month
The spokesperson added: & As she said, we are open to a different relationship, but that can only happen if Russia stops actions that undermine international treaties and collective security, such as the attack in Salisbury.
& # 39; The Prime Minister's position on Salisbury and the broader pattern of malicious behavior in Russia is well-known. & # 39;
Officials said the meeting was an important opportunity to get this message & # 39; leader to leader & # 39; to bring.
The last time the two leaders met was in 2016, at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China.
After the Salisbury attacks, Ms. May ordered a & # 39; secret war & # 39; against Mr Putin's espionage network. Moscow was humiliated when the details of the assassination attempt became public and the two men behind it were named and went on TV to claim they were sightseeing.
Putin has also been convicted all over the world for taking down the MH17 Malaysian Airlines passenger plane over Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea and interventions in the Syrian civil war.
The summit in Osaka, which takes place tomorrow and Saturday, is the last major performance of Mrs. May as prime minister. But she will travel to Brussels on Sunday for an EU Council summit.
… as Trump maintains: we will not send troops to Iran
The G20 summit is likely to be dominated by increasing hostility between the US and Iran.
Iran has been accused of attacking oil tankers and shooting an American drone.
Theresa May has the & # 39; deeply destabilizing activity & # 39; attacked Iran, and added: & # 39; Our priority must be the urgent de-escalation of tensions. & # 39;
Critics fear that American tensions with Tehran over a nuclear pact could lead to war by accident.
Yesterday, Donald Trump revealed that there are no US & # 39; boots on the floor & # 39; would be if he would take action against Iran.
When asked if the US could be in a war with Iran, the president said: & I hope we don't, but we are in a very strong position if something should happen.
& # 39; I'm not talking about boots on the floor. I'm only saying if something happened that didn't last long. & # 39;
Mr Trump, who signed new sanctions against Iran on Monday, caused global anxiety on Friday by launching an air raid against the country and stopping it at the last minute.
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