Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent his Seasons Greetings to President Donald Trump through a New Year telegram where he says and wishes at the same time that a constructive dialogue between the two powerful countries is “essential for global stability.”
Kremlin said that Putin emphasized in his message to the American President that their nations could develop a “pragmatic cooperation aimed at long-term perspective” on the basis of “equality and mutual respect.”
Putin also said that “the development of a constructive Russian-US dialogue is particularly important for strengthening strategic stability in the world and finding the optimal answers to global threats and challenges.”
Ties between Washington and Moscow sank to a post-Cold War low during the administration of Barack Obama following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.
There were hopes that the ties would vastly improve with the victory of Trump. While the two leaders continue to profess mutual respect and admiration for each one’s competence as a leader, allegations of Russia’s supposed meddling in the U.S. presidential election last year are creating a bit of strain in the countries’ ties.
Last year, Putin curiously and symbolically addressed his holiday greetings not to then sitting President Barack Obama but to then President-elect Donald Trump instead. Putin said then that he hoped for a “whole new level” in the U.S. and Russia’s interaction.
Just a couple of days before Putin’s Season Greetings to Trump, Kremlin includes in its list for disappointments in 2017 the failure to restore ties with the U.S.
Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov blamed the “anti-Russian” hysteria in Washington related to the election meddling allegations as the culprit for the “disappointing” relations between the two countries in 2017. He said his country remains “hopeful” for the desired improved relations to still happen under Trump’s leadership, but that “it takes two to tango.”