British Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself sought contact with the Russian side during a conference on the Libyan settlement in Berlin. This was reported to TASS on January 20, citing a high-ranking source in Moscow.
“We are surprised by Downing Street’s comments on Johnson’s meeting with Putin. First, Johnson himself was looking for contact with the Russian side. Secondly, his tone was closer to conciliation and there were no sharp statements or speeches about it. Third, the main message of the British Prime Minister’s address was the desire to improve relations with Russia,” said the source.
The day before it became known about a meeting between Johnson and Putin on the sidelines of the Berlin conference on the settlement of the conflict in Libya. During the meeting, Johnson said that Russian activities “undermine the security” of British citizens and its allies. He also said that London’s position on poisoning in Salisbury in spring 2018 remained unchanged.
International conference on the settlement of the conflict in Libya was held in Berlin in the Office of the Federal Chancellor of Germany. It was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French leader Emmanuelle Macron, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as representatives of Italy, China, UAE, Egypt, Algeria, EU and African Union.