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.
A year ago to the day, Putin struck a similar note in his holiday message to Trump as he looked forward to a year of "cooperation" between the two countries.
The statement released by Kremlin read, "In a congratulatory message to President of the United States of America Donald Trump on the occasion of the Christmas and New Year holidays, Vladimir Putin emphasized that Russian-American relations are an essential factor in ensuring strategic stability and global security, and confirmed that Russia is open to dialogue with the United States on the widest possible agenda".
Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) meets with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov. 30, 2018.
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.
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Putin, in his message to Assad, "wished the Syrian people the earliest return to peaceful and prosperous life".
In 2018, relations between London and Moscow were badly damaged by the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on United Kingdom soil.
The events are believed to be carefully stage-managed to appeal to the president's huge number of supporters in Russian Federation.
In separate messages to Indian leaders, Putin also noted that agreements reached during the India-Russia annual summit in October contributed to strengthening the strategic partnership between the two nations.