Putin tells Trump that Moscow is open for dialog

At the end of November Trump abruptly cancelled a planned meeting with Putin on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Argentina

At the end of November Trump abruptly cancelled a planned meeting with Putin on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Argentina

"Russian-US relations remain an important factor in order to guarantee strategic stability and worldwide security", the presidency said in a New Year statement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has reassured his United States counterpart Donald Trump that Moscow remains "open to dialogue" despite the year ending without the hoped-for warming of relations, the Kremlin said on Sunday. 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, ' the outlet reported.

At the end of November, Trump abruptly cancelled a planned meeting with Putin on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Argentina, citing tensions about Russian forces opening fire on Ukrainian navy boats and then seizing them.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a radio program aired Sunday he hopes to have a "specific discussion" with Russian President Vladimir Putin on a peace treaty between the two countries when the leaders meet next month.

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 US 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.

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

Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats over accusations the Kremlin was behind a nerve toxin attack in March on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury.

After the US' announcement of the withdrawal of it Troops from Syria.Russia and Turkey also agreed to "coordinate" their actions on the ground.

"(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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