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Johnson tells Putin no change in UK stance since Salisbury chemical attack

The two leaders met at an international conference discussing the situation in Libya.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk to each other during their meeting on the sidelines of a conference on Libya in Berlin (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk to each other during their meeting on the sidelines of a conference on Libya in Berlin (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk to each other during their meeting on the sidelines of a conference on Libya in Berlin (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Berlin.

The two leaders met at an international conference discussing the situation in Libya.

Mr Johnson told the Russian leader there had been no change in the UK’s stance towards Russia in the wake of the chemical incident in Salisbury in 2018.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister met President Putin in the margins of the Berlin conference on Libya.

The Prime Minister said there will be no normalisation of our bilateral relationship until Russia ends the destabilising activity that threatens the UK and our alliesDowning Street spokesman

“He was clear there had been no change in the UK’s position on Salisbury, which was a reckless use of chemical weapons and a brazen attempt to murder innocent people on UK soil.

“He said that such an attack must not be repeated.

“The Prime Minister said that they both had a responsibility to address issues of international security, including Libya, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

“The Prime Minister said there will be no normalisation of our bilateral relationship until Russia ends the destabilising activity that threatens the UK and our allies and undermines the safety of our citizens and our collective security.”

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