Russian President Vladimir Putin advised his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in a New Yr’s letter on Sunday that Moscow was prepared for dialogue on a “wide-ranging agenda,” the Kremlin mentioned following a sequence of failed makes an attempt to carry a brand new summit.
On the finish of November, Trump abruptly cancelled a deliberate assembly with Putin on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Argentina, citing tensions about Russian forces opening fireplace on Ukrainian navy boats after which seizing them.
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Trump and Putin additionally failed to carry a full-fledged assembly in Paris on the sidelines of the centenary commemoration of the Armistice. The 2 leaders held their one and solely summit in Helsinki in July.
“Vladimir Putin burdened that the (Russia-United States) relations are an important issue for offering strategic stability and worldwide safety,” a Kremlin assertion mentioned.
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“He confirmed that Russia is open for dialogue with the united statesA. on essentially the most wide-ranging agenda.”
Moscow has mentioned one of many key points it needed to debate with the USA is Washington’s plans to withdraw from a Chilly Struggle-era nuclear arms pact.
Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying that now it was as much as the USA whether or not to carry a brand new assembly in 2019.
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“The difficulty ought to be addressed to Washington. Each our president and his representatives have mentioned that we’re prepared for the talks when Washington is prepared for it,” TASS information company quoted Lavrov as saying in televised remarks.
In a separate letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Putin pledged continuation of help to the Syrian authorities and other people within the “battle towards terrorism, in defence of state sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Putin additionally despatched New Yr greetings to different world leaders, together with prime ministers Theresa Could of Britain and Shinzo Abe of Japan in addition to Chinese language President Xi Jinping.
Putin wished “well-being and prosperity to the British individuals,” the Kremlin mentioned.
Russia’s embassy in London mentioned on Friday that Moscow and London had agreed to return some workers to their respective embassies after they expelled dozens of diplomats early this yr.
Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats over accusations the Kremlin was behind a nerve toxin assault in March on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter within the English metropolis of Salisbury.
Russia, which denies any involvement within the poisoning, despatched house the identical variety of British embassy staff in retaliation.