Putin Tells Trump That Russia Open To 'Wide-Ranging' Dialogue With US

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In December 2017, Putin said he hoped to "normalize" relations with President Donald Trump but multiple investigations of Moscow's alleged interference in American politics made that impossible.

The Russian president also sent greetings to leaders of a number of global organizations including the United Nations, the worldwide Monetary Fund (IMF) and the worldwide Olympic Committee.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent New Year greetings to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and observed that the relationship between the two countries was developing in a constructive and dynamic manner.

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In his holiday message, Putin congratulated US President Donald Trump on the occasion of Christmas, reported CNN.

In 2018, the Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination reached an unprecedented level with substantiated political dialogues and rapidly expanding two-way trade, Putin said.

"Of course, now power in the Congress is changing and I'm sure that there will be more attacks on the President".

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At the end of November, Trump abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Putin on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Argentina, citing tensions after Russian forces opened fire on Ukrainian Navy boats before seizing them and capturing 24 Ukrainian sailors.

The focus of the Japan-Russia talks on the territorial issue has shifted in recent months to the status of the islands, known as the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kurils in Russia, after the two countries promoted confidence-building steps centering on economic cooperation.

The ministry also said that the Russian military had deployed Pantsir-S and S-400 complexes this year in Crimea, annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as well as in its Arctic region, the Kaliningrad exclave on the Baltic Sea, and in its eastern-most Khabarovsk region.

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He similarly did not say whether Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election would come up when the two leaders sat down to meet.