Friday, July 4, 2014
(Undated) -- Russian president Vladimir Putin wants better relations with the United States. That's what Putin said in a message to President Obama, while congratulating Obama on Independence Day. A Kremlin statement said Putin expressed hope that ties between the long-time superpower rivals will "develop successfully on the basis of pragmatism and equality" in spite of disagreements and difficulties. Relations between the U.S. and Russia are the worst in years, with disagreements over conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.