India, Russia A Privileged Partnership: Putin's New Year Message To PM

"Russian-US relations remain an important factor in order to guarantee strategic stability and global security", the presidency said in a New Year statement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told U.S. President Donald Trump in a New Year's letter that the Kremlin is "open to dialogue" on the myriad issues hindering relations between their countries.

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

The Kremlin said that former President George W. Bush was among the former heads of state to whom Putin had also sent a holiday message. Moscow has said one of the key issues it wanted to discuss with the United States is Washington's plans to withdraw from a Cold War era nuclear arms pact, ' the outlet reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow remains open for dialogue with Washington.

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.

The year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Russia, Xi said, noting that he is willing to work with Putin to prompt bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields to make new progress and bring more benefits to the two countries and peoples.

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

Putin, conveying his greetings to the two leaders, also noted that agreements reached during Indo-Russia annual summit in October contributed to strengthening the privileged strategic partnership between the two nations, according to the Russian Embassy here.

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

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