Putin tells Trump that Moscow open for dialogue

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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.

The summary states the Russian leader wrote: "Russia-US relations are the most important factor behind ensuring strategic stability and worldwide security".

Trump abruptly canceled a meeting with Putin in November two days before they were scheduled to sit down on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina. The two leaders also failed to meet in Paris during the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. Washington's announcement of a pull out from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty did not receive a warm welcome from Moscow.

Moscow hosted talks with Turkey on Saturday in which the two countries agreed to coordinate actions in northern Syria after Mr Trump's announcement that he was withdrawing U.S. forces from the country. "Both our president and his representatives have said that we are ready for the talks when Washington is ready for it", the state-run TASS news agency quoted Lavrov as saying in televised remarks.

In a separate letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Putin pledged continuation of aid to the Syrian government and people in the "fight against terrorism".

Putin also sent messages to other heads of state including Britain's Theresa May and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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

The U.S. also expelled Russian diplomats and imposed a number of sanctions on Russian officials and entities following global backlash over the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal on British soil.

"(Putin) stressed that Russian Federation will continue to provide all-round assistance to the government and people of Syria in their fight against terrorism and efforts to protect state sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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