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Russia open to talk with US: Putin


ANI Moscow [Russia]
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday said that Russia is "open to dialogue" with the United States.
In his holiday message, Putin congratulated US President Donald Trump on the occasion of Christmas, reported CNN.
The statement released by Kremlin read, "In a congratulatory message to President of the United States of America Donald Trump on the occasion of the Christmas and New Year holidays, Vladimir Putin emphasized that Russian-American relations are an essential factor in ensuring strategic stability and international security, and confirmed that Russia is open to dialogue with the United States on the widest possible agenda."
The message was included in a list of holiday greetings sent by the Russian President to heads of foreign states and governments.
The Russian President had lauded his American counterpart's decision of pulling out the armed troops from Syria.
Russia and the US have never seen eye-to-eye on several issues. The tension between the two countries was reflected when Trump cancelled his meeting with Putin which was scheduled to take place on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina.
Trump blamed Russia for the cancellation of the meeting after Moscow refused to release Ukrainian Navy ships and sailors seized during a maritime confrontation between the two countries.

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First Published: Dec 30 2018 | 7:24 PM IST

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