The British and the Russian governments consider opportunities to arrange the meeting of the top leaders of these countries, Theresa May and Vladimir Putin, during the G20 Summit in Osaka.
'If a meeting were to go ahead it would be the first encounter at this level since the poisoning in Salisbury of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March last year – an episode that led to 23 Russian diplomats being expelled by the UK followed by the expulsion of a similar number of British diplomats from Russia. The loss of the quality of the expelled British diplomats has severely damaged Britain’s capacity to analyze Russia from inside the country. Moscow also closed the British Council offices and the UK’s diplomatic outpost in St Petersburg', wrote The Guardian.
The outlet assumes that the meeting is supposed to improve the bilateral relations; however, it would not take place unless both leaders are sure it is fruitful and the common agenda is accessible.
This international event, slated for late June in Japan will be the last one for May as the British Prime Minister; she leaves her office this month.