United States President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had their first telephone call with each other on Monday night in which the two discussed fighting terrorism, and developing bilateral ties, according to the Kremlin in a statement.
Trump’s transition team confirmed the call and said the two discussed “a range of issues including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia, strategic economic issues and the historical U.S.-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years.”
“The Russian leader once again congratulated the interlocutor on his victory in the presidential election and wish him success … and noted the willingness to build affiliate dialogue with the new administration on the principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of each other,” said the Kremlin.
“During the conversation, Putin and D. Trump not only agreed to assess the current very poor state of Russian-American relations, but also spoke in favor of active joint work to their normalization and removal in the direction of constructive cooperation on a wide range of issues. Underlined, in particular, the importance of creating a solid foundation of bilateral ties through the development of their trade and economic component,” the statement says.
The Kremlin then went on to state that this will be the 210th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and the United States, which “should stimulate a return to pragmatic, mutually beneficial cooperation, which would meet the interests of both countries, stability and security throughout the world.”
Putin and Trump then also went on to talk about “the need for joint efforts in the fight against the common enemy number one – international terrorism and extremism” and discussed how to settle “the crisis in Syria.”
The statement ended with a confirmation that the two will to continue to talk on the phone, and in the future have a personal meeting.
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