Russian President Vladimir Putin and UK Prime Minister Theresa May discussed efforts to tackle terrorist threats, as well as the Syrian crisis and aviation safety at a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Russian Economic Development Minister Aleksey Ulyukayev said on Sunday.

The sides have discussed a wide range of issues, which are challenging in the current situation, and tried to find contacts, where it is possible to renew the dialogue,” the minister told reporters, as reported by Sputnik news agency.

First of all they are the issues of security, of struggle against terror threat, the issues of settlement in Syria, of fight against drug trafficking and aviation safety,” Ulyukayev said.

Both sides pointed out negative developments in trade and investment sectors, while Putin declared a readiness to promote cooperation between the finance departments of the two governments.

May expressed her wish to have a “frank and open relationship” with Moscow despite the different points of view on a number of issues, AP reported.

While I recognize there will be some differences between us, there are some complex and serious areas of concern and issues to discuss, I hope we will be able to have a frank and open relationship and dialogue,” May stated.



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