Putin Tells Trump in New Year's Letter He's Open to Meeting

Kirill Kukhmar  TASS

Kirill Kukhmar TASS

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a letter to his United States counterpart Donald Trump, has said Moscow is ready for dialogue on a "wide-ranging agenda", the Kremlin said.

In late November, Trump suddenly abolished the scheduled meeting with Putin at G20 Summit in Argentina, referring to the tension around the capture of Ukrainian warships by Russian Federation.

Trump and Putin also failed to hold a full-fledged meeting in Paris on the sidelines of the centenary commemoration of the Armistice.

According to a report from AOL, Putin wants to discuss the United States' plan to withdraw from a nuclear arms deal made during the Cold War.

The past year has been a tough one for Russia, as the countries that see Russia as a competitor for world dominance exert pressure on Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated during the interview with the Rossiya-1 channel, published on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website, TASS reports.

In his message to President Erdogan, Putin emphasized on the promising direction of relations between Moscow and Ankara.

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Putin noted that the efforts of both countries contribute to anti-terror fight and political process in Syria.

Putin, in his message to Assad, "wished the Syrian people the earliest return to peaceful and prosperous life".

The message to Assad comes weeks after Trump announced that the USA will remove 2,000 troops from Syria.

Russian Federation has been flexing its military muscles overseas in recent years, and its involvement in the Syrian conflict and Ukraine has soured relations with the West.

Mattis will leave the post on January 1, 2019.

"Russian-US relations remain an important factor in order to guarantee strategic stability and global security", the presidency said in a New Year statement. The Russian president also sent notes in 2017, telling Trump that the two countries needed to come together to promote "pragmatic cooperation designed for the long term".

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