Prime Minister Meets With Russian and French Leaders

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has today met with Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, and Emmanuel Macron, the French President, during the Libya conference currently being held in Berlin.

On the meeting with Macron, the Prime Minister’s spokesperson said:

“The Prime Minister met President Macron in the margins of the Berlin Conference on Libya. The Prime Minister and President discussed the ongoing conflict in Libya. The Prime Minister stressed the need to bring an end to the fighting and for all parties to support peace talks to determine a way forward for the Libyan people.

On Iran, the leaders reiterated their commitment to the JCPoA and also acknowledged the need to define a long-term framework to prevent Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon. They agreed on the importance of de-escalation and of working with international partners to find a diplomatic way through the current tensions.”

The spokesperson added with regards to the Russian meeting:

“The Prime Minister met President Putin in the margins of the Berlin Conference on Libya.

He was clear there had been no change in the UK’s position on Salisbury, which was a reckless use of chemical weapons and a brazen attempt to murder innocent people on UK soil. He said that such an attack must not be repeated.

The Prime Minister said that they both had a responsibility to address issues of international security including Libya, Syria, Iraq and Iran. The Prime Minister said there will be no normalisation of our bilateral relationship until Russia ends the destabilising activity that threatens the UK and our allies and undermines the safety of our citizens and our collective security.”