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

10:35 Jul. 14, 2016

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

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the press at 10 Downing Street on July 13, 2016 in London, England. Former Home Secretary Theresa May becomes the UK's second female Prime Minister. (Getty Images)

Kremlin has said it hopes for an improved "understanding" with a post-Brexit Britain

Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready for "constructive dialogue" on "urgent issues" with Britain's new prime minister, Theresa May, the Kremlin announced on July 13.

Putin in a message to May said he is convinced that "preservation and increasing of the substantial potential of Russian-British cooperation in various spheres meets the vital interests of the two countries' peoples," it said.

Putin thanked May's predecessor, David Cameron, in a telegram and said, "I hope that your rich political experience will be put to good use for the United Kingdom and the whole world," the Kremlin said.

Putin warned last month that Britain's referendum vote to leave the European Union would have "consequences...for all of Europe and for us, of course."

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Britain's relations with Russia have soured in recent years, notably over efforts to prosecute the case of Kremlin critic Aleksandr Litvinenko, who was murdered by poisoning in London.

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