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

Putin Tells Trump in New Year's Letter He's Open to Meeting

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a New Year letter to his U.S. counterpart, Mr Donald Trump, said yesterday that Moscow was ready for dialogue on a "wide-ranging agenda", the Kremlin said.

Asked if Japan can address Putin's concern about the possibility of USA forces building a base on any of the islands if they are handed over to Japan, Abe said his government has "not yet" gained the consent of the United States to keep them free of a US military presence.

The Kremlin published a summary of Mr Putin's "greeting message" to Mr Trump on Sunday.

"[Putin] confirmed that Russian Federation is open for dialogue with the United States of America on the most wide-ranging agenda", the statement said.

Mr Trump cancelled a formal meeting with Mr Putin scheduled for December 1 at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, tweeting "it would be best for all parties" given Russia's seizure days earlier of three Ukrainian naval vessels.

The message to Trump was among dozens of holiday greetings Putin sent to other world leaders, each tailored to reflect a bilateral theme.

In a dispute over a separate, longer-range missile system, Washington has threatened to pull out of the landmark 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, alleging that a new Russian missile, the Novator 9M729 (called SSC-8 by Nato), violates the pact.

Since then, the Kremlin has repeatedly said it is open to dialogue.

Putin wished "well-being and prosperity to the British people", the Kremlin said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying that now it was up to the United States whether to hold a new meeting in 2019.

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.

Russian Federation and the U.S. have never seen eye-to-eye on several issues.



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