Trump and Putin Speak, Will Work to Improve Bi-Lateral Ties
US President Elect Donald Trump and Russia’ President Vladimir Putin spoke over the phone Monday to discuss future efforts to improve the US-Russian ties, the Kremlin and Trump’s office said.
“President Elect Trump noted to President Putin that he is very much looking forward to having a strong and enduring relationship with Russia and the people of Russia,” Donald Trump’s office said in a statement.
The Kremlin said that Vlad Putin congratulated Donald Trump on his victory and expressed Russia’s readiness to “establish a partner-like dialogue with the new administration on the basis of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in domestic relations.”
President Putin called Donald Trump to “offer his congratulations on winning a historic election.”
“During the call, the two leaders discussed a range of issues including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia, strategic economic issues and the historical US-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years,” it said.
The Kremlin added that the 2 world leaders agreed that the US-Russian ties are in “extremely unsatisfactory” condition now.
“They spoke for active joint work to normalize ties and engage in constructive cooperation on a broad range of issues,” it said, adding that Putin and Trump emphasized the need to develop trade and economic cooperation to give a strong basis to US-Russia relations.
Both Putin and Trump agreed on the need to combine efforts in the fight against their #1 Enemy — “international terrorism and extremism” and discussed the settlement of the Syrian crisis in that context.
They agreed to continue phone contacts and to plan a personal meeting in the future.
Donald Trump said during the Presidential campaign that he wants to be friends with Russia and join forces in the fight against the Islamic State.
US President Barack Hussein Obama began his presidency with a goal to “reset” ties with Russia, but with the help of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton drove the relationship to the lowest point since the Cold War over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.
Russia’s state-controlled media made no secret of its support for Donald Trump.