: Putin and May plan to meet "in near future"

10:58 Aug. 10, 2016

Putin and May plan to meet "in near future"

Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Theresa May (AP Photo)

Leaders of Russia and UK held phone talks, expressed "dissatisfaction with current parameters of cooperation", Moscow said

Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdome Theresa May held phone talks on August 9, 2016. The conversation took place after May's recent statement that the UK's position on the sanctions against Russia would not change.

Read also: UK's position on sanctions against Russia remains unchanged - Theresa May

Moscow said the talks had been initiated by the United Kingdome. The excerpt from the taped phone call was uploaded online by both the Kremlin and the British government. 

"The Prime Minister noted the importance of the relationship between the UK and Russia, and expressed the hope that, despite differences on certain issues, they could communicate in an open and honest way about the issues that mattered most to them"London said. 

The Kremlin, in turn, said both leaders had "expressed dissatisfaction with the current parameters of cooperation in political and economic spheres". However, they agreed "to step up joint work in some spheres, namely intelligence agencies", the message said.

Read also: RFE/RL: Putin seeks 'constructive dialogue' with new British leader

The Kremlin also claimed that May had confirmed the UK would take part in celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the first British Arctic convoy in Russia's Arkhangelsk, which took place several weeks after Nazi Germany's invasion of the USSR. The Kremlin said the event was scheduled for late August.

Both leaders also "made plans" to meet in person in the near future. 

According to the official website of the British government, Putin and May's meeting is expected to take place "at the G20 summit in China next month". 

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