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Tough start to G20 for May amid post-Brexit trade warnings

Prime Minister Theresa May came under pressure on Sunday, as she touched down in China for her first G20 summit.

It was her first chance to mingle with fellow world leaders - but if she was hoping for an easy introduction, she didn't get one.

Mrs May began by predicting new trade opportunities for a post-Brexit Britain, despite the possibility of tough times ahead.

But the message from Barack Obama, among others, wasn't quite so encouraging.

ITV News political editor Robert Peston reports:


Theresa May: 'Open and frank' relationship with Russia needed

Theresa May said she wanted a 'frank' relationship with Russia Credit: Reuters

Theresa May said she hopes for a frank and open" relationship with Russia after her first meeting with the country's leader Vladimir Putin.

The Prime Minister made the comments in Hangzhou, eastern China, where global leaders are meeting at the G20 summit.

At an earlier press conference with Barack Obama, the pair discussed the situation in Syria, where Russian forces haven supported Bashar al-Assad.

Mrs May said she would urge Mr Putin to allow humanitarian access to war-torn areas in the country.

"While I recognise 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", she said.

Her comments came shortly after President Obama said he was confident the "special relationship" between the US and UK would continue to grow, despite the latter's decision to leave the EU.

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