Russia ready for ‘wide-ranging’ talks with US

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told his American counterpart Donald Trump that the Kremlin is ready for entering into dialogue with the White House on a “wide-ranging agenda” as Moscow-Washington relations are currently at their worst since the end of the Cold War era.

The Russian leader made the invitation in a letter sent to Trump on Sunday on the occasion of Christmas, a month after the US president abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Putin on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Argentina, citing tensions caused following Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian navy ships off the coast of Crimea.

“Vladimir Putin stressed that the (Russia – United States) relations are the most important factor for providing strategic stability and international security,” said the Kremlin in a statement on Sunday, adding, “He confirmed that Russia is open for dialogue with the USA on the most wide-ranging agenda.”

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