Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his wish to his American counterpart Donald Trump that Moscow remains “open to dialogue”, while the past year has not seen the expected rapprochement between the two countries, said Sunday the Kremlin.
“Russian-US relations remain an important factor in ensuring strategic stability and international security,” Putin said in a statement.
Despite declarations of goodwill and a meeting in July between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in Helsinki, relations remained tense in 2018.
At the end of November, a planned meeting between the two leaders in Argentina was canceled at the last moment, against the backdrop of a renewed tension between Moscow and Kiev off the Crimea, and the withdrawal announced by Washington of a treaty banning intermediate range nuclear weapons.
Greetings to Turkey and Great Britain
President Putin also sent messages to other heads of state, including Britain’s Theresa May and Turkish President Recep Erdogan.
In her wishes to Theresa May, Vladimir Putin wished the British people “well-being and prosperity” in 2019.
In 2018, relations between the two countries were severely affected by the Skripal case . London has accused Russian military intelligence agents of poisoning this former Russian double agent, which Moscow has denied.
Addressing Turkish President Recep Erdogan, Vladimir Putin underlined the “promising direction” taken by relations between Moscow and Ankara after the launch of part of the Turkstream Russian-Turkish gas pipeline and the beginning of the construction of a nuclear power plant. of Russian manufacture in Turkey.
“The Russian head of state has confirmed that the joint forces of Moscow and Ankara will make a final decision on the fight against terrorism in Syria and on the continuation of the process of political regulation,” the Kremlin statement added.
After the surprise announcement of the withdrawal of US forces in Syria , which has already caused reversals of alliances, Russia and Turkey agreed Saturday to “coordinate” their actions on the ground, including the return of refugees and creation a demilitarized zone at Idleb, the last bastion of rebels in the country.
Dennis Nordstrom was born and raised in Tampa. Dennis has worked as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade and written for Tribune Media, the AP and MSNBC. As a journalist for Gator Ledger, Dennis mostly covers community events and human interest stories.