Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual Christmas and New Year’s addresses to world leaders over the weekend.  Among a laundry list of talking points in the series of greetings, Russia’s leader called for “pragmatic cooperation” between his nation and the United States, and similar diplomatic efforts with other NATO nations that have seen heightening tensions with the Russian state in recent years.

According to Putin, who is seeking re-election in Russian presidential elections in the coming year, “a constructive Russian-American dialogue is especially needed to strengthen strategic stability in the world.”

In his message of greetings to President of the United States of America Donald Trump, Mr Putin noted, among other things, his strong belief that in the current challenging international environment, it is especially important for Russia and the US to engage in constructive dialogue with a view to enhancing global strategic stability and finding the best solutions to the global challenges and threats. The President of Russia stressed the importance of the principles of equality and mutual respect as the foundation for developing bilateral relations,” the Kremlin said.

“This would allow us to make progress in promoting pragmatic cooperation designed for the long term,” the greeting reads.