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Russia hopes for better UK ties after Johnson quits

AFP  |  MOSCOW 

The Kremlin today said it hoped to see an improvement in ties with the UK after resigned as Britain's in disagreement over the country's strategy.

"We are waiting for things to clear up politically in Britain," Vladimir Putin's told reporters, suggesting was not too sad to see the go.

"Unfortunately his contribution to the development of bilateral ties with was rather modest, to put it mildly," he remarked.

"And certainly sooner or later, we will wait for some sort of rational explanations or arguments over the recent situation in Salisbury and the situation that followed," he added, referring to two cases of nerve agent poisonings in

Johnson had in December travelled to in an effort to mend ties after years of antagonism in the first official visit by a British in five years.

But relations hit a new low in March after a former double agent from Russia, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia, were targeted with a potent nerve agent in Salisbury in an attack blamed on

They have since recovered but 10 days ago, a couple in the same area became critically ill after coming in contact with the same nerve agent, Novichok, with the woman dying on July 8. Her partner remains in critically condition, with Britain once again pointing the finger at

But the Kremlin has dismissed as "absurd" suggestions Moscow had any involvement in the incident.

Peskov also wished the England team -- which has reached semi-finals for the first time in 28 years -- good luck when they face in tomorrow.

"Certainly we are expecting the England players to show us some beautiful football. They know how to do it," Peskov said.

British officials have boycotted which is being hosted by Russia after blaming Moscow for the attempted assassination of the Skripals.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 17:10 IST
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