Russia, UK vow to fix ties ahead of G20 summit

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Russian and British leaders agreed Friday to repair their relations and get over a longstanding dispute over the death of a former Russian agent in London.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and British Prime Minister David Cameron made that pledge when they met for the first time on the sidelines of the G8 Summit and ahead of the Group of 20 (G20) Summit. The talks lasted more than an hour.

The Russia-Britain ties went sour in 2006 after Moscow refused to extradite a Russian man to stand trial in Britain for the death of a former Russian spy who was allegedly killed by a rare radioactive isotope in London.

The incident led to a series of espionage accusations between Russia and Britain.

"We agreed that our bilateral relations required personal attention of the leaders," said the Russian president after the meeting. "And we are determined to make them more productive and more intense."

Cameron, who took office last month, said there was a "real opportunity to put the bilateral relationship on a new footing to try to make a stronger start and work through the issues where we have agreement and those where we still have things to work through."

The two leaders also touched upon such issues as Iran, the Middle East and the future of British energy giant BP, which has a 50-percent stake in Russia-based joint venture TNK-BP.

Source: Xinhua

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