Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, telling him to “de-escalate stress” with Ukraine, Downing Street said.
The British leader resembled worry from the G7 on Sunday regarding the build-up of Russian forces on the border, urging a polite service to the stand-off, his workplace claimed.
His treatment follows a two-day meeting of the G7 in which the collection’s top mediators warned Moscow of “large consequences” if it attacks the previous Soviet state.
Straight contact between London and also Moscow has been rare given that London eliminated dozens of Russian mediators complying with a chemical tool assault in the English city of Salisbury.
Britain blamed Russia for the 2018 attempted murder of previous mole Sergei Skripal and his daughter with the Cold War-era nerve agent Novichok.
It had already charged the Kremlin of lagging the radiation poisoning fatality of another previous Russian agent, Alexander Litvinenko, in London in 2016.
Downing Street said Johnson told Putin of his “deep concern” at the Russian army accumulation on the boundary with Ukraine, which Moscow claims is defensive.
He “repeated the relevance of resolving polite channels to deescalate tensions and also determine resilient options,” the government declaration claimed.
“The prime minister stressed the U.K.’s commitment to Ukraine’s territorial stability and also sovereignty, and also advised that any kind of destabilizing action would be a critical blunder that would have substantial consequences.”
The G7, comprised of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, with one voice condemned Russia as well as warned it of severe consequences in comparable language.
All choices, including wide-ranging political and also financial permissions, were on the table if Russia ignores a polite remedy, officials suggested.