Russian Federation under pressure of states perceiving it as 'a competitor', says Lavrov

Putin attends a meeting with businessmen in Moscow

Russian Federation under pressure of states perceiving it as 'a competitor', says Lavrov

The Kremlin confirmed Putin's note by issuing a statement on Sunday, saying: "In a Christmas and New Year greeting message to President of the United States of America Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin stressed that Russia-US relations are the most important factor behind ensuring strategic stability and global security, and reaffirmed that Russia is open to dialogue with the United States on the most extensive agenda". A video of the match, which was a part of the "Amateur Night Hockey League" founded by Putin, features him warming up at the ice rink near the Kremlin walls, The Telegraph reported.

In the annual summit here, India inked a Dollars 5 billion deal to purchase the much-vaunted S-400 air defence system from Russian Federation, notwithstanding USA warnings of punitive sanctions against nations doing military transactions with Moscow.

In a dispute over a separate, longer-range missile system, Washington has threatened to pull out of the landmark 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, alleging that a new Russian missile, the Novator 9M729 (called SSC-8 by Nato), violates the pact.

Trump abruptly canceled a meeting with Putin in November two days before they were scheduled to sit down on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow remains open for dialogue with Washington.

The Kremlin statement said Putin wished "wellbeing and prosperity to the British people".

Russian Federation has been supporting Syria's military since 2015.

The year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Russia, Xi said, noting that he is willing to work with Putin to prompt bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields to make new progress and bring more benefits to the two countries and peoples.

After the surprise announcement of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, Russia and Turkey agreed on Saturday to "coordinate" their actions on the ground, including the return of refugees and the creation of a demilitarised zone in Idlib, the last bastion of rebels in the country.

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