British PM May Says Trump-Putin Talks Could Reduce Tensions

British Prime Minister Theresa May says Donald Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin could help reduce the risk of confrontation between Russia and the West.

The U.S. and Russian presidents are due to meet Monday in Helsinki, after Trump attends a NATO summit in Brussels and visits Britain.

The U.K. has led efforts to sanction Russia since a nerve-agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England in March. A second and possibly linked poisoning last month killed a woman and left a man in the hospital.

May told other NATO leaders at a dinner Wednesday night that the Skripal attack was an example of “a well-established pattern of Russian behavior to “undermine our democracies and damage our interests around the world.”

But she said that “open channels of communication between the U.S. and Russia are key to managing the risks of confrontation.”

Source: Associated Press