Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to have “wide ranging” discussions with President Donald Trump in the new year.
‘Vladimir Putin stressed that the (Russia – United States) relations are the most important factor for providing strategic stability and international security,’ a Kremlin statement said.
‘He confirmed that Russia is open for dialogue with the USA on the most wide-ranging agenda.’
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’.
Putin also sent New Year greetings to world leaders including prime ministers Theresa May of Britain and Shinzo Abe of Japan, as well as Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Putin wished ‘well-being and prosperity to the British people’, the Kremlin said.
The letter comes days after Russia and Putin unveiled a new missile that American experts says the United States has no defense against, Sky News reported.
A new Russian missile system has been created that will render any defence systems useless, a top official from the country has claimed.
Yuri Borisov, Russia’s deputy prime minister, told state television that the device is impossible to intercept.
The Avangard was test-fired on Wednesday.
It is described as a hypersonic glide vehicle that flies 27 times faster than the speed of sound.
Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the weapon’s launch, comparing it to a “meteorite”.
It was launched from southwest Russia and successfully hit and destroyed a target 3,700 miles (5,954km) away in the country’s far east, he said.
Russian President Putin sent a holiday letter to President Trump in which he said Moscow is ready for dialogue on a wide-ranging agenda, the Kremlin said in a statement. https://t.co/4nf4CXCjsx
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said bilateral relations with China have reached an "unprecedented" level in a New Year letter he sent to President Xi Jinping on Sunday. https://t.co/7iosSXR6gl pic.twitter.com/pUuXUXnOCj
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