Putin Sent Trump Christmas, New Year Message Inviting Him To Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin repeated his invitation to U.S. President Donald Trump to visit Moscow in a Kremlin readout of Putin’s holiday greetings to foreign leaders, according to CNN.
“In a Christmas and New Year greeting message to President of the United States of America Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin noted that Russia and the U.S. were historically responsible for ensuring global security and stability, and that Moscow speaks in favour of normalising bilateral relations and establishing an equal dialogue based on the mutual respect of interests,” the statement said. “The President of Russia also reaffirmed his invitation to Donald Trump to visit Moscow to take part in the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War.”
The Kremlin on Sunday released a separate readout of a phone call between Trump and Putin. The statement said that “Vladimir Putin thanked Donald Trump for the information shared via the special services that helped prevent terrorist acts in Russia.”
Two Russian nationals, who intended to carry out terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg on New Year’s Eve, were detained Friday based on the classified information provided by the U.S.
The White House issued a readout of the call on Monday, saying that Putin called to thank Trump.
“Both Presidents committed to continuing counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement. “The Presidents also discussed the state of relations between the United States and Russia and future efforts to support effective arms control.”
Trump and Putin’s relationship has been the subject of intense scrutiny since Trump took office, as both have reinforced each other in denying Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
In November, Trump said he was considering Putin’s invitation to attend the Victory Day Parade set to take place in early May in Moscow.
“I was invited. I am thinking about it. It’s right in the middle of our campaign season, but I am thinking -- I would certainly think about it,” he said at the time. “President Putin invited me...it’s a very big deal, celebrating the end of the war...so I appreciate the invitation. I would love to go if I could.”