Vladimir Putin sends New Year greetings to Indian leaders

Larry Hoffman
January 2, 2019

"There are always loads of them before the New Year", Putin said.

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 has sent New Year messages to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and said relationship between the two countries was developing in a constructive and dynamic manner.

"He confirmed that Russian Federation is open for dialogue with the United States of America on the most wide-ranging agenda".

In December 2017, Putin said he hoped to "normalise" relations with Donald Trump but the chances of that evaporated with multiple investigations of Moscow's alleged meddling in USA politics.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin exchanged New Year greetings on Monday.

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.

The Kremlin said in March that Russian Federation would cut its defence budget to less than 3 per cent of the gross domestic product within the next five years.

Putin noted that the efforts of both countries contribute to anti-terror fight and political process in Syria.

Russian Federation has been supporting Syria's military since 2015.

The last 12 months have been marked by the intensifying scrutiny of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian electoral interference, Trump's significant departures from recent USA foreign policy in the Mideast and Europe - two areas of renewed focus for Putin - and perhaps most notably the remarkable July summit and subsequent press conference between the two leaders in Helsinki.

After the surprise announcement of the withdrawal of United States forces from Syria, Russia and Turkey agreed on Saturday to "coordinate" their actions on the ground, including the return of refugees and the creation of a demilitarised zone in Idlib, the last bastion of rebels in the country.

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