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Russian President Vladimir Putin solemnly welcomed dozens of leaders on Sunday, and President Donald Trump unveiled his list

Putin said relations between the US and Russia are the key to "ensuring strategic stability and international security." Putin added that Russia is "open to dialogue with the United States on the broadest agenda."

Putin made a similar note to Trump last year, calling for equality in bilateral relations, calling for "a step forward in promoting pragmatic cooperation for the EU".

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This year's one-sentence decision by Trump was released by the Kremlin, wedged between a note to Queen Elizabeth and Theresa May and one to Pope Francis. Putin wished the British health and happiness and expressed hope for stronger relations with the Vatican "in order to uphold the ideals of justice and peace in the world and promote dialogue between different religions."

Putin has not forgotten Syria in the midst of a devastating and deadly civil war that once again took the global limelight this month. Trump announced that the last US troops would be withdrawn, a decision that has been praised by Putin. The Russian President's Christmas greeting to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad promised his government and people "full support" in the fight against terrorism and efforts to protect state sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made Putin's list, but Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, another key player in Syria, was not mentioned in the Kremlin release.

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu received a call, Putin suggested that Israel and Russia would develop relations for the good of the peoples of both states and for the sake of strengthening peace, security and stability in the Middle East. "

China's Xi Jinping also drew New Year and Spring Festival greetings, and Putin said the two nations'" trusting partnership "has reached an" unprecedented "level.

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