The subject of the telephone conversation was the International Climate Summit (COP26) which began in Glasgow a week later, and the relationship between the two countries was also discussed.
Boris Johnson has welcomed steps Russia has taken in recent days to become a net zero-emissions economy by 2060. The Prime Minister expressed his hope that Russia will try to achieve the target by 2050, as well as take further steps to halt deforestation and make a nationally determined contribution.
President Putin expressed his regret at not being able to attend the COP26 summit in person due to the coronavirus situation in Russia.
Downing Street Information According to the British Prime Minister, he made it clear to the Russian President that the current UK relationship with Russia is not what the British government wanted.
Boris Johnson said that there are still great difficulties in bilateral relations, such as the poisoning in Salisbury 2018. The British Prime Minister also stressed the importance of Ukrainian sovereignty.
Johnson stated that the United Kingdom and Russia bear a responsibility as permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and as major global economies with a common history. The politician says it is therefore important to work together to address common challenges such as climate change and defend international agreements such as the Iran nuclear deal.
The leaders also discussed the current situation in Afghanistan. The British prime minister stressed the importance of recognizing the Taliban as a condition of their behaviour, including respect for human rights.
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