Russian Federation relations developing dynamically: Putin Vladimir

Russian Federation relations developing dynamically: Putin Vladimir

In his congratulatory message to Putin, Xi said that the year 2018 has a special significance in China-Russia relations, and both countries have smoothly completed their respective important domestic political agendas and opened a new era for China-Russia ties, Xinhua reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin directed a New Year letter to the U.S. President Donald Trump, which reads that Moscow is ready for dialogue with the U.S. on a "wide-ranging agenda", reports Voice of America.

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 two leaders also failed to meet in Paris during the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

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.

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.

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

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.

Russian Federation has been flexing its military muscles overseas in recent years, and its involvement in the Syrian conflict and Ukraine has soured relations with the West.

In separate messages to Indian leaders, Putin also noted that agreements reached during the India-Russia annual summit in October contributed to strengthening the strategic partnership between the two nations.

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