Putin sends his wishes to Trump and advocates dialogue.

Putin sends his wishes to Trump and advocates dialogue.


Vladimir Putin says he is ready to address a “wide range of topics” with the United States, in a letter to Donald Trump for the New Year, reports the Kremlin in a statement released Sunday.

The US President, who was scheduled to meet with his Russian counterpart on the occasion of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, November 30 and December 1, gave up at the last minute after the arrest of three Ukrainian vessels by the Navy Russian in the Kerch Strait.

“Vladimir Putin stressed that relations between Russia and the United States were the most important factor for ensuring international strategic stability and security,” Kremlin said in his statement.

“He confirmed that Russia is open to dialogue with the United States on a wide range of topics.”

Quoted by the TASS agency, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he was returning to the United States to say if they would like to hold a meeting.

“The question has to be asked in Washington, and our president and his representatives have said they are ready to discuss when Washington is ready,” he said.

The Russian president, who has expressed his wishes to other heads of state and government, has notably promised his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, to continue to help him in his “fight against terrorism”.

Other addressees include Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Theresa May, whom he said would like “the well-being and prosperity of the British people”.

The Russian embassy in Britain announced Friday the conclusion of an agreement on the return of some of the diplomats expelled from both sides after the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, at Salisbury, which London has imputed to Moscow.

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