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Putin Congratulates Obama On July 4

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for better relations with the United States in a congratulatory message to President Barack Obama marking U.S. Independence Day on July 4.

The Kremlin said in a statement that "Putin also highlighted that Russia and the United States, as countries carrying exceptional responsibility for safeguarding international stability and security, should cooperate ... in the interests of the whole world."

Based on reporting by Reuters.