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Russian president Vladimir Putin has extended an invitation to US president Donald Trump to discuss policy between the two nations in 2019.

Vladimir Putin has told Donald Trump in a new year letter that Moscow is ready for dialogue on a "wide-ranging agenda", the Kremlin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday said that Russia is "open to dialogue" with the United States.

Vladimir Putin "has confirmed that Russian Federation is open to dialogue with the United States on the maximum number of subjects", the official statement added.

The Kremlin said that former President George W. Bush was among the former heads of state to whom Putin had also sent a holiday message.

At the end of November, Trump abruptly cancelled a planned meeting with Putin on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Argentina, citing tensions about Russian forces opening fire on Ukrainian navy boats and then seizing them.

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Washington this year made the bombshell announcement that it was pulling out of a key Cold War-era nuclear weapons agreement - the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty.

The last 12 months have been marked by the intensifying scrutiny of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian electoral interference, Trump's significant departures from recent US foreign policy in the Mideast and Europe - two areas of renewed focus for Putin - and perhaps most notably the remarkable July summit and subsequent press conference between the two leaders in Helsinki.

He similarly did not say whether Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election would come up when the two leaders sat down to meet.

Putin hailed the "significant potential" of Russia's relations with various countries including Japan, France and Germany, saying that Russian Federation looks forward to continuing constructive dialogue with their leaders and promoting cooperation in various fields.

The focus of the Japan-Russia talks on the territorial issue has shifted in recent months to the status of the islands, known as the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kurils in Russia, after the two countries promoted confidence-building steps centering on economic cooperation.

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