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Russian president, UK premier speak by phone ahead of G20 summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke by phone ahead of the G20 summit, a Kremlin statement said Monday.

The two leaders discussed issues of climate change, the situation in Afghanistan and the restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.

Speaking about bilateral ties, the two leaders expressed the mutual opinion that Moscow and London would have to establish cooperation in a number of areas, "despite the existence of known problems."

In a separate statement, the UK prime minister's press office said Johnson "welcomed the steps Russia has taken in recent days to commit [to] net zero [carbon emissions] by 2060."

Johnson agreed that "the UK’s current relationship with Russia is not the one we want," pointing out among remaining "significant bilateral difficulties," including the alleged poisonings in Salisbury in 2018 of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia and differences over Ukraine.


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