British PM will reiterate determination to bring suspects to justice when she meets Russian president
Theresa May will use a face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin on Friday to reiterate the UK’s determination to bring the suspects in the Salisbury poisoning to justice, she has insisted.
The announcement that the prime minister would hold a bilateral meeting with Putin at the G20 summit in Osaka sparked concerns that she was preparing to rekindle relations with Moscow, as one of the final acts of her premiership
But speaking to journalists en route to the G20, May said it was not yet time for a thaw. “We would be open to a different relationship with Russia but if that is going to happen then Russia needs to stop its activity that undermines international treaties and undermines our collective security like what happened on the streets of Salisbury,” she said.
And she said; she was determined to raise the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on the streets of Salisbury last year – in an attack that later led to the death of Dawn Sturgess.
Two suspects, believed to be intelligence agents Anatoliy Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin, were filmed visiting the city, have been identified by the police.
“I’m going to make absolutely clear the position the UK takes in relation to what happened in Salisbury. We believe these individuals should be brought to justice,” May said, adding that the meeting would be an opportunity to make that argument “leader to leader”.
“We believe that obviously, we have identified the evidence, we have identified two individuals, we believe that they should be brought to justice,” she added.