Putin sends Trump a new year's greeting, invites him to meet

"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, in a New Year letter to his United States counterpart, Mr Donald Trump, said yesterday that Moscow was ready for dialogue on a "wide-ranging agenda", the Kremlin said.

The message was included in a list of holiday greetings sent by Putin to heads of foreign states and governments that was released by the Kremlin Sunday.

Trump and Putin had their first and only summit in Helsinki, Finland, on July 15.

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

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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.

At the end of November, Trump abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Putin on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Argentina, citing tensions after Russian forces opened fire on Ukrainian Navy boats before seizing them and capturing 24 Ukrainian sailors.

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. "Both our president and his representatives have said that we are ready for the talks when Washington is ready for it", the state-run TASS news agency quoted Lavrov as saying in televised remarks.

The letter is just one of several that Putin wrote to various world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. Putin responded by announcing that Russian Federation would develop new missiles.

Russian Federation and the U.S. have never seen eye-to-eye on several issues.

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