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Russia, US cooperation good for global security: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for “pragmatic cooperation” with Washington in his New Year wishes to US President Donald Trump.

According to a statement released by the Kremlin on Saturday, Putin told Trump that “a constructive Russian-American dialogue is especially needed to strengthen strategic stability in the world.”

He also noted that “mutual respect” should be “a base to develop relations” between the two nations.

“This would allow us to move towards building pragmatic cooperation, orientated on the long term,” it added.

Putin also sent messages to other world leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In his message to Assad, Putin stressed that Russia would “continue to render every assistance to Syria in the protection of state sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity, in the promotion of a political settlement process, as well as in efforts to restore the national economy.”

Russia started delivering aerial support for Syrian military operations against rampant extremism in September 2015.

Also receiving advisory military support from Iran, the Syrian government gradually retook much of the territory that had been overrun by militants, including those of the Daesh terrorist group.

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