Russia and the United Kingdom will resume diplomatic dialogue. The Kremlin announced this in a telephone conversation between President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Two years ago, Russian-British relations hit rock bottom after a Russian former intelligence officer and his daughter were poisoned in Salisbury, presumably by Russian intelligence.
The two heads of government congratulated each other in the telephone call Friday on the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies, ending World War II in Europe.
“Both sides expressed willingness to establish dialogue and cooperation on Russian-British relations and solving international problems,” reports the Kremlin.
Relations between the two former allies have cooled for years after multiple assassinations of Russian nationals in the UK.
In 2006, former spy Alexander Litvinenko died in a London hospital from the effects of poisoning with radioactive poison. He had fallen out of favour with Putin.
After former double spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in Britain with the Russian nerve gas Novichok in March 2018, a diplomatic conflict ensued that evicted diplomats from both sides.
At the end of that year, Russia and the United Kingdom announced their intention to restore diplomatic ties.