In his new year congratulations to US President Donald Trump Putin said that the bilateral dialogue between Moscow and Washington are essential for finding answers to global challenges and strengthening strategic stability in the world. Excerpts from the letter cited by the press service of the Kremlin on its website.

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The Russian leader stressed that relations between countries should be based on the principles of equality and mutual respect.

“This would advance the construction of pragmatic cooperation based on a long-term perspective”, — said Putin.

In addition to trump Putin also sent congratulations to President of Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, heads of South Ossetia, Argentina, Brazil, France, Hungary and other countries . Putin also congratulated Pope Francis, Queen of great Britain Elizabeth II, President of the International football Federation (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, Secretary General of the UN Antonio Guterres and others.

Earlier, the press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the main frustration of 2017 in the Kremlin consider, in particular, relations between Moscow and Washington. “Of course, this situation and the position taken by Washington against our country, cannot but cause regret,” said Sands.

According to Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov, trump retains a desire to improve relations with Moscow, despite the opposition in the form of sanctions.

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