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    Vladimir Putin said that Russian and British relations are not experiencing the best of times and cooperation needs to be analyzed and correct development plans for the future.

    ANTALYA (Sputnik) Russian and British relations are not experiencing the best of times and cooperation needs to be analyzed and correct development plans for the future, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday.

    “In regard to bilateral ties, then they are not experiencing the best of times, but there is some definite movement, including along the lines of the international rights commission,” Putin said during the meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in southern Turkey.

    Putin added that a good mechanism for interaction in many areas of cooperation had been created.

    “It seems to me that it’s necessary to analyze what has been done in the past, look into the future, and note concrete plans for development,” Putin said.

    In late October, Russia's Ambassador to the United Kingdom Alexander Yakovenko said London had almost completely suspended political dialogue with Moscow in light of Russia’s stance on the Syrian civil war and the Ukrainian crisis.

    According to Yakovenko, the stagnation in bilateral ties has been explicitly felt at the ministerial level, while the only developing area of collaboration was culture.

    At the same time, there is a need for cooperation in countering modern issues, including the fight against terrorism and cross-border crime, the ambassador noted.


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