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Putin Calls for Better US-Russia Relations

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin.
FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for better relations between Russia and the United States in a congratulatory message to President Barack Obama on the U.S. Independence Day holiday.

Putin expressed hope in his message Friday that the currently strained relations between the two nations will develop on a "pragmatic and equal foundation" despite their differences. The Russian president said the two nations carry special responsibility for safeguarding international stability and security, and should therefore cooperate in the interests of the entire world.

Relations between Washington and Moscow have been at a low not seen since the Cold War since Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula earlier this year.

The U.S. and its European allies have curbed diplomatic cooperation with Russia and introduced sanctions in response to the annexation. The United States and the European Union have threatened to enact more sanctions aimed at ending Moscow's support for pro-Russian separatists inside Ukraine's borders.  

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by: Sunny Enwerem from: Lagos Nigeria
July 05, 2014 6:48 AM
After this Putin's comment should be the best time to slam sanction on Russia to send an even more clearer message so Putin will understand fast and better.

by: Anonymous
July 04, 2014 11:37 PM
how come no one talks about minority peoples in Russia and that they need to have autonomy and autonomous republics and that they need to work on a taxing more the rich and give more to poor because Russians are struggling to make it and minorities 100 times even more ....same in Ukraine ,EU<and Balkans ..no one cares for minorities

by: ShuMot from: Brooklyn, USA
July 04, 2014 11:05 AM
Y would US government believe that KGB goon in the first place is beyond me. True both nations are super-nations and do have responsibility of stabilizing "world peace", but I DONT TRUST RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT and believe no 1 should.

by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 04, 2014 8:09 AM
Where are all those pro-Russian commentators!!!!!!!!!!!!! Berating the US and West (hehe, stupid term)!!!!!! All those pro-Russian commentators, that the US and it's stupid sanctions and threats to Russia will have NO EFFECT on Putin whatsoever!!! Where are you guys?? Come on, come out of the rat holes you guys crawled back into! Let me read your US bashing now, suckers! hahaha

Putin is caught red-handed with his hand in the cookie jar by giving rebels RUSSIAN weapons to KILL UNKRAINIANS in UKRAINE!!! hehehe This is rich people. Where's Igor, where's Gennady, where's Ivan? Come on guys, I'll be gentle.............NOT!

But have no fear guys, your peaceful and innocent Putin will be back to his good old Soviet KGB self tomorrow. Then things will be good again. He's just kidding, you know that. I think that Putin is just giving food and water to the rebels today, just to show the good natured side of himself.

I'm sure he has an arsenal load of RUSSIAN weapons, to give those rebels, to continue KILLING UKRAINIANS in UKRAINE! Love capital letters. Wish we could make capital letters of capital letters.
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by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
July 04, 2014 1:07 PM
To 1worldnow from: Earth
Please, behave youself in the polite society and be not a clown. When you are writing your rubbish, I wonder if you think about the things in questions. Do they pay you for your low-quality drivel?
1) When you say that Putin was caught red-handed with his hand in the cookie jar by giving rebels RUSSIAN weapons to KILL UNKRAINIANS in UKRAINE, can you prove your assertion or is it just your dirty insinuations and mockery? Don’t pretend that you do not know that AK-47, as the best automatic gun in the world, is produced without licence in dozens ries? Therefore, in conflict zones the AK-47 is often supplied without Russia being inviolved.
2) Do not pretend that you do not know who has instigated the Ukranian crisis. The timetable of events crystal clear showed it was not Russia that had started the bloodshed.
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by: meanbll from: USA
July 04, 2014 11:07 AM
REMEMBER? -- That the Russians have been protesting the US arming and training those thousands of Sunni Muslims in Jordan and Turkey, to wage war on the Shia Muslim led government of Syria, and now Iraq.... that is now stoking the fires of sectarian wars?.... did the US listen, or will they ever listen, to what their interference is causing in Syria and Iraq?.... those shouldered fired anti-aircraft missile launchers were supplied to the (ISIL) army by Saudi Arabia, who got them from the US acquired Libyan stockpiles....

QUESTION? -- The US is arming and training Sunni Muslims in Jordan and Turkey to wage war on the Shia Muslim led governments in Syria and Iraq... (and now tell me)... are these US armed Sunni Muslim foreign fighters, fighting for "their" country of Syria or Iraq, or are these US armed Sunni Muslim foreigners fighting to bring freedom and democracy, or "Sharia law" to Syria and Iraq, or are these foreign Sunni Muslims just being armed and trained by the US, to wage war on, and kill the Shia Muslims?...... (which one of the questions, are those US armed and trained foreign Sunni Muslims fighting for in Syria, and Iraq?)...... (tell me), because I'm confused, why is the US arming all these thousands of foreign Sunni Muslim fighters, and exactly, what are they doing it for?

by: Adam9 from: Dong Nai, Vietnam
July 04, 2014 8:04 AM
I think Mr. Obama had trusted you, Mr. Putin; and yet you betrayed his trust and you made him sad, very sad.

Of course you can try but any new tricks from you will not work

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