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Putin to Obama on July 4: Can US, Russia Kiss and Make Up?

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By    |   Tuesday, 05 Jul 2016 06:58 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent an Independence Day message to President Barack Obama saying he hopes ties between the two countries can get back on track, according to the Kremlin.

Monday's statement comes after years of tension between the two administrations, most recently with Russian warships and military airplanes engaging in "aggressive maneuvers" against American military forces and charges that the Kremlin has not been helpful in Syria in the battle against the Islamic State, reported CNN.

"The history of Russian-American relations shows that when we act as equal partners and respect each other's lawful interests, we are able to successfully resolve the most complex international issues for the benefit of both countries' peoples and all of humanity," Putin said in his message, according the Kremlin's website.

The Kremlin statement went on to paraphrase Putin as saying that he hoped the "positive experience of the past would help to set the dialogue between Russia and the United States back on a constructive track thus enabling both countries to counter more effectively the threats and challenges facing the international community today."

Putin also offered the United States "congratulations" on Independence Day in a Twitter post.



Last month, the Russian defense ministry charged that the American guided missile destroyer USS Gravely came within 200 to 230 feet of a Russian frigate that was in international waters and not threatening the U.S., noted The Hill newspaper.

Earlier this year, the U.S. military officials had complained that Russian flyers behaved in "unsafe," "unprofessional," and "aggressive" ways close to American ships and airplanes, said The Hill.

The relations between the two countries during the Obama administration appeared to reach its lowest point in 2014 when Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and supported separatists in eastern Ukraine, noted The Associated Press.

The two countries have also bumped heads over NATO's European missile defense system, U.S. Middle East policy, and Syria, said RT.com. Russia continues to support Syrian President Bashar Assad during the country's civil war while the Obama administration has said he must be replaced.

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