Russia's Putin sends birthday telegram to President Obama

Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, told reporters “a telephone conversation is not on schedule but a telegram has been sent."
By Jared M. Feldschreiber  |  Aug. 5, 2015 at 12:43 PM
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MOSCOW, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his counterpart Barack Obama a card Tuesday to celebrate the U.S. president's 54th birthday.

Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman told reporters, "a telephone conversation is not on schedule but a telegram has been sent," TASS reported.

The erratic relationship of the two world leaders has faced varying moods in recent months. The U.S. Treasury Department last week imposed additional sanctions against Russian entities and individuals working with the Kremlin's defense sector.

While Russia criticized Obama's decision to authorize airstrikes to protect Syrian rebels to protect Syrian rebels from the Islamic State, the U.S. president personally thanked Putin for his integral role in reaching a nuclear deal with Iran.

"Such conversations do not remove disputable issues and cannot do so. Nevertheless, they are at least rather useful from the point of view of demonstration of the preparedness to resolve disputable issues by way of dialogue, which is definitely satisfying," the Kremlin press service said in a statement, as reported by Russia Beyond the Headlines.

News reports said that Obama celebrated at Rose's Luxury, a Washington eatery named the country's best new restaurant in 2014. He was joined by his sister, his niece and close senior adviser -- and family friend -- Valerie Jarrett.

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