Britain seeks better ties with Russia: official

25th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain hopes to start forging a "better relationship" with Russia when new Prime Minister David Cameron meets President Dmitry Medvedev at a G8 summit Friday, a British spokesman said.

The two countries have had a troubled relationship in recent years, colored by controversy over issues such as the death by poisoning of Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006.

Cameron will not shy away from raising such issues at the meeting but will take a "positive approach," his spokesman told reporters.

The British premier, who took power last month as head of a coalition government, is meeting for the first time with Medvedev on the fringes of a summit of Group of Eight leaders in Huntsville, Canada.

"The prime minister sees this meeting... as the opportunity for a better relationship between our two countries so I think he will take a positive approach but clearly he will be honest about problems where there are problems," Cameron's spokesman told reporters.

The US and Russia vowed to "reset" relations after the Obama administration took power last year.

© 2010 AFP

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