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Putin, in New Year letter to Trump, says Russia is ready for dialogue

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By Reuters  with NBC News World News
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, in Moscow, on December 29, 2018.   -   Copyright  KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV

In a New Year letter to President Donald Trump, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that Moscow was ready for dialogue on a "wide-ranging agenda," the Kremlin said in a statement.

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.