Putin tells Trump that Moscow is ready for talks on an ‘extensive agenda’

Russian President Vladimir Putin told President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE in a holiday letter that the Kremlin is ready to have discussions with the U.S. on a wide variety of topics.

"In a Christmas and New Year greeting message to President of the United States of America Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin stressed that Russia-US relations are the most important factor behind ensuring strategic stability and international security, and reaffirmed that Russia is open to dialogue with the United States on the most extensive agenda," a statement from the Kremlin read. 

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The letter from Putin comes only weeks after Trump declined to meet with his Russian counterpart at the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Argentina. Trump canceled his meeting with Putin after Russian vessels opened fire on and seized Ukrainian ships. 
 
Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters earlier this month that a new meeting between Trump and Putin is possible. Ushakov also said that it's "very important" for the leaders to meet before next summer's G-20 summit. 
 
Reuters noted that Putin sent additional letters to prime ministers Theresa May of Britain and Shinzo Abe of Japan, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Syrian President Bashar Assad. 
 
In his letter to Assad, Putin reportedly pledged that Russia would continue to support the Syrian government in its “fight against terrorism, in defense of state sovereignty and territorial integrity."
 
Trump announced earlier this month that more than 2,000 U.S. soldiers in Syria would be returning home soon.