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Putin Calls for Improved Relations with US in July Fourth Message

On July 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for better relations between the U.S. and Russia.

“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 wrote in his message to Obama, his office said.

The Hill reports:

The Russian president offered congratulations on the national holiday, officials said, adding that Putin is sure that 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’s message comes amid heightened tensions with the Washington.

Moscow in late June accused a U.S. Navy ship of coming dangerously close to one of its vessels, hitting back at the Pentagon’s recent accusations that Russian planes are doing the same thing.

The Russian defense ministry alleges the USS Gravely, a guided missile destroyer, came within 200 to 230 feet of a Russian frigate’s left side and then crossed in front of the bow at a distance of about 600 feet.

The Russian ship was in international waters at the time and “was not making any dangerous maneuver towards the US ship,” according to a statement.

The Pentagon in recent months has slammed Russian pilots’ “unsafe,” “unprofessional” and “aggressive” behavior for flying dangerously close to U.S. ships and planes.

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