Putin assures he is still 'open to dialogue' with Washington

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has reassured his United States counterpart Donald Trump that Moscow remains "open to dialogue" despite the year ending without the hoped-for warming of relations, the Kremlin said on Sunday.

Mr Trump cancelled a formal meeting with Mr Putin scheduled for December 1 at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, tweeting "it would be best for all parties" given Russia's seizure days earlier of three Ukrainian naval vessels.

Trump and Putin also failed to hold a full-fledged meeting in Paris on the sidelines of the centenary commemoration of the Armistice.

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He added: "I don't know the details and I wouldn't want to go into the details because I have not been doing the deal". Better in the second half, I think, because in the first half we did everything very well but too slowly.

Moscow has said one of the key issues it wanted to discuss with the United States is Washington's plans to withdraw from a Cold War-era nuclear arms pact.

Meanwhile, Putin expressed confidence in his address to South Korean President Moon Jae-in that the two countries will have closer interaction to help consolidate peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia in general.

Putin noted that the efforts of both countries contribute to anti-terror fight and political process in Syria.

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The investment will create up to 25,000 jobs in the country and reduce Foxconn's (and Apple's) manufacturing presence in China. According to a Reuters report , Apple will start assembling it's iPhones in India via the local unit of Foxconn.

The message to Assad comes weeks after Trump announced that the US will remove 2,000 troops from Syria.

Addressing President Erdogan, Putin underlined the "promising direction" of relations between Moscow and Ankara after the completion of the offshore phase of the TurkStream gas pipeline underneath the Black Sea and the start of work on Turkey's first nuclear power station, which is being built by Russian Federation.

Mattis will leave the post on January 1, 2019.

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Asked if Japan can address Putin's concern about the possibility of USA forces building a base on any of the islands if they are handed over to Japan, Abe said his government has "not yet" gained the consent of the United States to keep them free of a US military presence. The Russian president also sent notes in 2017, telling Trump that the two countries needed to come together to promote "pragmatic cooperation designed for the long term".

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