Vladimir Putin has taunted the United Kingdom about the leadership game in Tory because he said that Russia is more a democracy than Britain.
The Russian president met with Theresa May at a G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, but he had ruined the meeting before it began, after he offered the fight to succeed the prime minister and fight Western liberalism.
Mr. Putin mocks Britain with having a system in which a new prime minister can be installed without being elected by the nation, in reference to the leadership rules of the Conservative Party.
Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson are locked up in a fight to take over Mr May in July after Tory MPs chose them as the last two candidates.
It is now up to the members of the conservative party to vote and decide which man to move to number 10.
Mr. Putin told the Financial Times in a rare interview: & # 39; We are a democratic country. & # 39;
The Russian president would have laughed before he turned to British democracy.
& # 39; In your country, one leader has left, and the second leader, who is actually the highest figure in the state, is not chosen by a direct voice of the people, but by the ruling party, & # 39; he said.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, stimulated pleasure in the British democratic system when he focused on the Tory leadership competition
Boris Johnson, pictured today during a scam event in Exeter, remains the undisputed favorite to be the next prime minister
Human rights groups have repeatedly expressed concern about the restriction of liberties in Russia, while questioning the validity of election results in the country.
Mr Putin's remarks anticipated a meeting with Mrs May this morning, at which the two leaders greeted each other with an icy handshake.
The prime minister demanded answers about the salisbury spy attack and told Mr. Putin to give up the suspects.
Mrs. May told him that using the Novichok nerve gas agent in the city of Wiltshire last year was a & # 39; really despicable act & # 39; used to be.
She said the UK & # 39; irrefutable & # 39; had evidence that Russia was behind the attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March 2018.
Both survived the poisoning in Salisbury, but Dawn Sturgess died in July 2018 after coming into contact with Novichok, who is believed to have been in a perfume bottle.
& # 39; She told the president that there can be no normalization of our bilateral relationship until Russia stops the irresponsible and destabilizing activity that threatens the UK and its allies – including hostile interventions in other countries, disinformation and cyber attacks – that Russia undermining the world, & # 39; said a downing street spokesperson.
& # 39; The prime minister said the use of a deadly nerve agent in the streets of Salisbury was part of a broader pattern of unacceptable behavior and was a truly despicable act that led to the death of a British citizen, Dawn Sturgess. & # 39 ;
The UK authorities have named two Russians as the suspects of the GRU military intelligence agency – known by the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.
Online research group Bellingcat said that Boshirov is actually the highly decorated Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, and Petrov is a military doctor named Alexander Mishkin.
Mrs. May told Mr. Putin that such behavior as seen in Salisbury could never be repeated and that the UK wants to bring the two responsible people to justice.
Theresa May and Vladimir Putin had the most firm meetings at the G20 today when they demanded answers about the attack on Salisbury
Russia has always denied any error regarding the incident, with the Russian President rejecting it as a fuss about spies and counter spies that & # 39; no serious inter-state relations & # 39; were worthy and said that traitors should be punished.
The UK banned 23 Russian diplomats that Ms. May claimed to be undeclared intelligence officers following the attack on Salisbury and following international allies including the US.
But Mr. Putin said in the interview with the FT: & Listen, all this hassle about spies and countings, it is 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; And the issues related to interstate relationships, they are measured in billions and the fate of millions of people. How can we compare one with the other? & # 39;
Mr. Putin added: & # 39; 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. Not at all. But traitors must be punished. & # 39;
The prime minister used the meeting with Mr. Putin to say that the UK was & # 39; open to another relationship & # 39; with the Kremlin, but for that & # 39; the Russian government had to choose a different path & # 39 ;.
Mr. Hunt said he was concerned that Russia & # 39; their old tricks & # 39; was, as he was asked at an election meeting today, what he would have said to Mr Putin at the G20.
He said: “It is possible to rebuild relationships if Russia changes its behavior, but last year Russia used chemical weapons on British soil in Salisbury, leading to the death of a British citizen and my concerns about Russia are that they have old tricks in order. & # 39;
Jeremy Hunt, pictured today in Exeter, said he believed that Russia & # 39; their old tricks & # 39; used to be
Mr. Johnson also weighed when he praised the British ability to unite the world against Moscow after the Salisbury incident.
He said: & # 39; One of the saddest things I discovered in the Foreign Ministry is every British Prime Minister, every foreign secretary comes into office, I think in the last 10 years or so, thinking they can reset have, thinking that they have a standardization.
& # 39; They try and try and Russia always abandons you, it's so sad. & # 39;
Mrs. May has been a vocal critic of Russia since she became prime minister in July 2016.
She used an important speech in November 2017 to claim & # 39; it is Russia's actions that threaten the international order that we all depend on & # 39 ;.
She said: "We know what you are doing and you will not succeed because you underestimate the resilience of our democracies, the continuing attraction of free and open societies and the dedication of Western nations to the alliances that bind us." ;
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