In holiday message, Putin says Russia 'open to dialogue' with US

In holiday message, Putin says Russia 'open to dialogue' with US

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his USA counterpart Donald Trump in a New Year's letter on Sunday that Moscow was ready for dialogue on a "wide-ranging agenda", the Kremlin said following a series of failed attempts to hold a new summit.

"Vladimir Putin stressed that the (Russia-United States) relations are the most important factor for providing strategic stability and global security", a Kremlin statement said.

Despite US warnings of punitive sanctions against nations doing military transactions with Moscow, India inked a Dollars 5 billion deal to purchase the much-vaunted S-400 air defence system from Russian Federation during annual summit in New Delhi.

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 United States politics. Washington's announcement of a pull out from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty did not receive a warm welcome from Moscow.

Trump canceled a formal meeting with Putin scheduled for December 1 at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, tweeting "it would be best for all parties" given Russia's seizure days earlier of three Ukrainian naval vessels.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) meets with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov. 30, 2018.

In his message to May, Putin wished the British people "wellbeing and prosperity" in 2019.

Referring to the October summit, which was held in New Delhi, Putin noted that the agreements reached between India and Russian Federation will contribute to strengthening the privileged strategic partnership between the two countries.

The US President pinned the cancellation on Russia's refusal to release Ukrainian Navy ships and sailors seized during a maritime confrontation between the two countries on November 25.

Russian Federation has been supporting Syria's military since 2015.

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