Theresa May did not attempt to mask her discomfort while shaking hands with Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Reuters
Theresa May did not attempt to mask her discomfort while shaking hands with Vladimir Putin/CRIMSON TAZVINZWA//
British Prime Minister Theresa May confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the UK last year as the two leaders met at the G20 summit in Japan on Friday//euronews
“The prime minister said that the use of a deadly nerve agent on the streets of Salisbury formed part of a wider pattern of unacceptable behaviour and was a truly despicable act that led to the death of a British citizen, Dawn Sturgess,” May’s office said in a statement.
Putin confirmed he and May had discussed the issue but provided no details other than denying that Russia has ever had any aggressive intent with regards to anyone.
“She expressed her position in a rather tough manner, yes, this is true,” Putin said of his meeting with May on the sidelines of the G20 summit, but added that the meeting was “a small, but positive step in the right direction”.
Bilateral talks between world leaders were the main order of business in Osaka amid a host of simmering tensions on trade and climate change. DW breaks down the most important takeaways from the first day of the summit.
This year’s meeting is one of the most high-stakes G20 summits to take place in years. Here’s a roundup of what went down on Friday:
Trump appeared to take Abe’s appeal for unity to heart, as he toned down his usually derisive rhetoric and did a three-way fist bump with the Japanese leader and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
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In stark contrast to the past two G20 summits, which saw massive protests and sometimes violent clashes erupt in the prior host cities of Buenos Aires and Hamburg, the streets in Osaka have been calm, and patrolled by some 30,000 police officers.
Takashi Hatanaka, an employee at a hotel where G20 participants are staying, told DW’s Bernd Riegert that the cordoned off streets don’t bother him.
“The guests are welcome. Japan can show that it is taking on responsibility in the world,” he said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin took a spill on Friday as he waved to fans at an exhibition hockey game in Sochi which featured several former NHL players.
The 66-year-old was waving to fans as he circled the rink at the Bolshoi Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi when he inadvertently raced toward the edge of a red carpet that had been placed on the ice. Two of Putin’s teammates on the “Legends” tried to catch him but the Russian leader fell before they could reach him.
The fall inspired a frenzy of posts on social media mocking Putin and his authoritarian rule, and jokingly suggesting that someone would pay dearly for his or her role in the mishap. Putin, by the way, quickly picked himself up after the fall and continued waving to the seemingly adoring fans.
Former NHL star Viacheslav Fetisov, who won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, and former New York Ranger Pavel Bure were among those who joined him on the ice, including his teammate, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who scored three goals. Putin himself reportedly score eight goals. The opposing team was made up of high-profile amateur players, including Putin’s childhood friend, tycoon Gennady Timchenko, billionaire Vladimir Potanin and several Russian governors.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed a wide range of topics in a telephone conversation on May 3 — their first contact since the G20 summit in Argentina last year.
The topics included nuclear arms control, Venezuela, Ukraine, North Korea, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
Trump, speaking to reporters as he met in the Oval Office with Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, said, “We’re talking about a nuclear agreement where we make less and they make less and maybe where we get rid of some of the tremendous firepower that we have right now.”
Trump said China during trade talks had “felt very strongly” about joining the United States and Russia in limiting nuclear arms. House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than an hour Friday
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Alexander Zemlianichenko, AP
The leaders discussed “very, very briefly” about the Mueller report, Sanders said. But she dodged a question about whether they had discussed Russian election interference.
REPORTER: Mr President did you address the election meddling issues that came up in ‘The Mueller Investigation Report’ with Mr Putin today?
TRUMP: We discussed the …, actually the..er; he sort of smiled and said ‘it started off as a mountain, ended up a mouse.’
Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized that the decision to ease Russian citizenship for LPR and DPR residents “was not spontaneous” – TASS
BEIJING, April 27. /TASS/. Moscow is considering the possibility of easing citizenship rules for all Ukrainian nationals, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference wrapping up his visit to China.
“We are thinking about providing the right to obtain Russian passports under a simplified procedure to all Ukrainian nationals,” he said. Putin emphasized that the decision to ease Russian citizenship for LPR and DPR residents “was not spontaneous, it was not made at the spur of the moment.” “Before the decree was singed, we had made all the calculations concerning the number of people that may apply for citizenship, including the number of retired persons – they account for about 30% of the possible applicants,” Putin said. On April 24, the Russian president signed a decree, which eases Russian citizenship rules for residents of certain regions of southeastern Ukraine. “Individuals permanently residing in certain areas of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions have the right to apply for Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure,” the decree reads.
According to the document, the decision has been made “in order to protect human rights and freedoms” based on generally accepted international laws.