Vladimir Putin: Paris attacks triggered a 'revival' in Russia-UK relations

Vladimir Putin also thanked David Cameron for sharing intelligence about the Sinai plane crash at G20 summit in Turkey 

Matt Dathan
Online political reporter
Monday 16 November 2015 12:06 GMT
Vladimir Putin meets David Cameron at G20 summit in Turkey
Vladimir Putin meets David Cameron at G20 summit in Turkey (PA)

Vladimir Putin has said the terror attacks on Paris has triggered a "revival" in relations between the UK and Russia after meeting with David Cameron.

Speaking at the G20 summit of world leaders in Turkey, the Russian president admitted that relations between the two countries were "not of the best" but he thanked Mr Cameron for sharing intelligence about events that led to the Sinai plane crash, which killed 224 Russians on a flight back from Sharm el-Sheikh.

After meeting with Mr Cameron at a bilateraly meeting in Antalya, Turkey, Mr Putin said: “The recent tragic events in France show that we should join efforts in preventing terror. Unfortunately our bilateral relations are not of the best.

“But there is certain revival as regards the inter-governmental commission. We created a working mechanism at different levels.

"Russia has analysed the positive groundwork that you have done in the past and to look into the future as to the way we should develop our relations."

At the bilateral meeting, Mr Cameron told Mr Putin: “We are meeting together after the appalling terrorist attacks in France, and it is clear to me that we must work together to defeat this scourge of terrorism that is a threat to Britain, a threat to Russia and a threat to us all.

"I'm sure we can discuss that and the situation in Syria this morning. And as you say there's an opportunity to talk about our bilateral relationship as well."

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