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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin Wishes Clinton Happy 2000

President Boris Yeltsin sent warm holiday wishes to U.S. President Bill Clinton on Monday, but acknowledged that 1999 was a chilly year for ties between the two countries.

"Nineteen-ninety-nine was not an easy year for Russian-American relations, and it required no small effort to support and strengthen the positive start to cooperation between Russia and the United States," Yeltsin's annual holiday card to the White House said.

This year Russia's relations with the United States reached their lowest point since the end of the Cold War.

Wars in Kosovo and Chechnya were the most public spats, but the two sides have also railed at each other over arms control, Iraq and high profile spy cases.

But in their two public meetings, in Cologne and Istanbul, Yeltsin and Clinton did manage to maintain some of the public bear-hugging that characterized relations in the early and mid-1990s.

Yeltsin's greeting, released by the Kremlin on Monday, said the two meetings proved "that at stressful times in our relations and the international situation, we have no trouble jointly finding mutually beneficial solutions for the most complicated problems."