Putin praises ties with China in New Year greetings to world leaders

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his New Year greeting messages to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, emphasised that Russia-India relations are developing in a constructive and dynamic manner.

Putin "stressed that Russia-U.S. relations are the most important factor behind ensuring strategic stability and global security", the statement added.

A year ago to the day, Putin struck a similar note in his holiday message to Trump as he looked forward to a year of "cooperation" between the two countries.

Mr Trump cancelled a formal meeting with Mr Putin scheduled for December 1 at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, tweeting "it would be best for all parties" given Russia's seizure days earlier of three Ukrainian naval vessels.

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".

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According to a report from AOL, Putin wants to discuss the United States' plan to withdraw from a nuclear arms deal made during the Cold War.

In the letter, Putin stressed that U.S.

2018 did not prove to be a a very promising year for UK-Russia diplomacy relations after the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on UK soil.Fingers were pointed towards Moscow but any involvement was denied by them.

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

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.

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