Putin sends Obama an Independence Day message
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Russian leader Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinKey Merkel ally set to test Trump amid tensions with Europe How global anti-corruption efforts are being corrupted Trump, racism and diversity in America MORE reached out to President Obama on Saturday to mark Independence Day and express confidence in relations between their respective countries.
 
"Russian-American relations remain the most important factor of international stability and security,” Putin told Obama, according to CNN.
 
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The Russian president said he believes the two nations can "find solutions to international issues and efficiently resist global threats and challenges as they base their dialogue on principles of equality and respect of each other's interests."
 
The two leaders spoke by phone last week, in a conversation where they “underscored the importance of continued P5+1 unity in ongoing negotiations to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” according to the White House.
 
During that call, Obama also voiced concern with Russia’s support for separatists operating in eastern Ukraine. 
 
“President Obama reiterated the need for Russia to fulfill its commitments under the Minsk agreements, including the removal of all Russian troops and equipment from Ukrainian territory,” the White House said at the time.