Xi, Putin exchange New Year greetings

Vladimir Putin sends new year greetings to Donald Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin has reassured his U.S. 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.

Asked if Japan can address Putin's concern about the possibility of USA forces building a base on any of the islands if they are handed over to Japan, Abe said his government has "not yet" gained the consent of the United States to keep them free of a US military presence.

In his holiday message, Putin congratulated US President Donald Trump on the occasion of Christmas, reported CNN.

On his way to the summit, Trump said he wouldn't be meeting with Putin, citing tensions over Russian forces opening fire on, then seizing Ukrainian Navy ships and their crews.

Moscow hosted talks with Turkey on Saturday in which the two countries agreed to coordinate actions in northern Syria after Trump's announcement that he was withdrawing us forces from the country.




Mr Putin also sent New Year greetings to other world leaders, including prime ministers Theresa May of Britain and Shinzo Abe of Japan, as well as Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Putin, in his message to Assad, "wished the Syrian people the earliest return to peaceful and prosperous life".

The U.S. also expelled Russian diplomats and imposed a number of sanctions on Russian officials and entities following worldwide backlash over the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal on British soil.

Conveying his greetings to the two leaders, Vladimir Putin also noted that agreements reached during Indo-Russia annual summit in October contributed to strengthening the strategic partnership between the two nations, the Russian Embassy in New Delhi said.

He similarly did not say whether Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election would come up when the two leaders sat down to meet.

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