Putin says still 'open to dialogue' with US

Cheryl Sanders
January 1, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his New Year greeting messages to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, emphasised that Russia-India relations are developing in a constructive and dynamic manner.

In his congratulatory message to Putin, Xi said that the year 2018 has a special significance in China-Russia relations, and both countries have smoothly completed their respective important domestic political agendas and opened a new era for China-Russia ties, Xinhua reported.

In December 2017, Putin said he hoped to "normalise" relations with Donald Trump but the chances of that evaporated with multiple investigations of Moscow's alleged meddling in U.S. politics.

The Russian minister also noted that the USA openly state the need for the containment of Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.

The two leaders were expected to get together at a G-20 meeting in Argentina, but Trump abruptly canceled after Russian Federation in late November grabbed three Ukrainian Navy warships and their crews in the Black Sea.

"(Putin) stressed that Russian Federation will continue to provide all-round assistance to the government and people of Syria in their fight against terrorism and efforts to protect state sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The message to Trump was among dozens of holiday greetings Putin sent to other world leaders, each tailored to reflect a bilateral theme.

The Kremlin statement said Putin wished "wellbeing and prosperity to the British people".

Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats over accusations the Kremlin was behind a nerve toxin attack in March on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury.

The State Department announced December 4 that the United States would give Russian Federation 60 days to come into compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty or the United States would consider the treaty void.

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