Putin sends New Year's message to Obama

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In an annual news conference Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the country’s economic woes would last no longer than two years. Mr. Putin also struck a harsh tone about tensions with the West.
A woman walks under a board listing foreign currency rates against the Russian ruble outside an exchange office in central Moscow, on December 17, 2014. Russia scrambled on December 17, 2014 to halt a run on the ruble, selling billions of reserves to prop up the currency in the worst economic crisis of President Vladimir Putin's 15 years in power. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman walks past the head office of the Central Bank in Moscow on December 17, 2014. Russia scrambled on December 17 to halt a run on the ruble, selling billions of reserves to prop up the currency in the worst economic crisis of President Vladimir Putin's 15 years in power. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
An employee counts Russian ruble banknotes at the cash registry inside a Forever 21 fashion store in the Afimall shopping mall during the festive retail period in Moscow, Russia, on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. Currencies are tumbling after holding steady since President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea in March. Russia's deepening crisis and the ruble's 34 percent slump over the past six months hurt economies that rely on remittances and imports from the country. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during his annual address to the Federal council (the two houses of the Russian parliament) in the Kremlin in Moscow on December 4, 2014 AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)
GERMANY, BONN - DECEMBER 02: Hand with russian ruble banknotes and a framed Putin photo in the background, on December 02, 2014 in Bonn, Germany. (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images)
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MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in a New Year's message to U.S. President Barack Obama that Moscow is looking for equality in bilateral relations next year.

The Kremlin on Wednesday published several dozen New Year's messages addressed to heads of states and international organizations such as the Olympic Committee and FIFA.

Putin reminded Obama of the upcoming 70th anniversary of the allied victory in World War II and said that it should serve as a reminder of "the responsibility that Russia and the United States bear for maintaining peace and international stability." Moscow is anxious for the relations to advance but only as long as there is "equality and mutual respect."

Conspicuously absent from the list of the recipients of New Year's messages was Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

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People hold signs asking US President Barack Obama for his autograph near his vacation residence in Kailua on December 30, 2014 as his motorcade returns from nearby Marine Corps Base Hawaii where he went to the gym. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama taps his ball into the 18th hole as he plays golf at the Mid-Pacific Country Club in Kailua on December 30, 2014 . AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
The motorcade of US President Barack Obama makes its way to the beach at Bellows Air Force Station on December 27, 2014 . AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barak Obama (R) is seen walking the Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail on December 23, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The First Family is vacationing in Hawaii through the winter holidays. AFP PHOTO / KENT NISHIMURA (Photo credit should read Kent Nishimura/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama reacts to a putt as he plays golf with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razzak at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on December 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama talks to reporters as he plays golf with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razzak (back) at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on December 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama jokes with reporters as he plays golf with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razzak at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on December 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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