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

Putin attends a meeting with businessmen in Moscow

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

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

Putin also wrote a letter to other leaders, including his US counterpart Donald Trump, saying that Moscow was ready for dialogue on a "wide-ranging agenda", the Kremlin said in a statement. Vladimir Putin responded with announcement that Moscow would be developing new missiles.His recent statement however may pave the way for more stable US-Russia relations.

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

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

Moscow has said one of the key issues it wanted to discuss with the United States is Washington's plans to withdraw from a Cold War-era nuclear arms pact.

In the letter, Putin stressed that U.S.

"The Russian head of state confirmed that the joint forces of Moscow and Ankara will make a final decision on the fight against terrorism in Syria and the continuation of the process of political regulation", the Kremlin stated.

Putin previously expressed his willingness to meet with Trump during his regular year-end press conference December 20, but said then that he was unsure whether it would come about.

Addressing President Erdogan, Putin underlined the "promising direction" of relations between Moscow and Ankara after the completion of the offshore phase of the TurkStream gas pipeline underneath the Black Sea and the start of work on Turkey's first nuclear power station, which is being built by Russian Federation.

The Year of China-Russia Local Cooperation and Exchange got off to a good start, and the two countries conducted fruitful cooperation to solve major global and regional issues, he said.

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