Vladimir Putin sends new year greetings to Donald Trump

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In his congratulatory message, Putin extended warm New Year greetings to Xi, and wished Chinese people happiness and good health.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has extended an invitation to USA president Donald Trump to discuss policy between the two nations in 2019.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday said that Russia is "open to dialogue" with the United States.

The Kremlin confirmed Putin's note by issuing a statement on Sunday, saying: "In a Christmas and New Year greeting message to President of the United States of America Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin stressed that Russia-US relations are the most important factor behind ensuring strategic stability and worldwide security, and reaffirmed that Russia is open to dialogue with the United States on the most extensive agenda".

In the annual summit here, India inked a United States dollars 5 billion deal to purchase the much-vaunted S-400 air defence system from Russian Federation, notwithstanding U.S. warnings of punitive sanctions against nations doing military transactions with Moscow.

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.

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Washington this year dramatically announced its intention to pull out of a key Cold War-era nuclear weapons deal - the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty - to which Putin responded that Moscow would develop new missiles.

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.

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.

The past year has been a tough one for Russia, as the countries that see Russia as a competitor for world dominance exert pressure on Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated during the interview with the Rossiya-1 channel, published on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website, TASS reports.

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.

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