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Putin congratulates Trump, not Obama, in New Year's greetings for state heads

Updated: Dec 31, 2016 19:15 IST

New York [USA], Dec. 31 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated U.S. President-elect Donald Trump rather than President Barack Obama, in his annual New Year's greetings statement to foreign heads of state.

However, Putin did convey his seasonal greetings to Obama, his family and the American people in a separate statement on Friday, reports CNN.

In his annual greetings statement, Putin expressed hope that after Trump is sworn in as President on January 20, the two countries, "acting in a constructive and pragmatic manner, will be able to take real steps to restore the mechanisms of bilateral cooperation in various areas and take their interaction in the international arena to a whole new level."

"Major global and regional challenges that our countries have confronted in recent years clearly confirm that Russia-US relations are an important factor in ensuring stability and security in the modern world," reads Putin's message to Trump. (ANI)