Xi, Putin exchange New Year greetings

01 January, 2019, 19:25 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Putin Tells Trump in New Year's Letter He's Open to Meeting

Trump abruptly canceled a meeting with Putin in November two days before they were scheduled to sit down on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina.

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

Washington this year dramatically announced its intention to pull out of a key Cold War-era nuclear weapons deal - the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty - to which Putin responded that Moscow would develop new missiles.

The past year has been a tough one for Russia, as the countries that see Russia as a competitor for world dominance exert pressure on Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated during the interview with the Rossiya-1 channel, published on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website, TASS reports.

"The issue should be addressed to Washington".

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In a separate letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Putin pledged continuation of aid to the Syrian government and people in the "fight against terrorism, in defence of state sovereignty and territorial integrity".

Putin wished "well-being and prosperity to the British people", the Kremlin said.

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.

President Putin also noted that agreements reached during Indo-Russia annual summit in October contributed in strengthening the privileged strategic partnership between the two nations, says the Russian Embassy in New Delhi.

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