White House Calls 1st Phone Conversation between Putin & Trump ‘Significant Start to Improving Relationship’

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The first telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump was held on Saturday night.

White House Calls 1st Phone Conversation between Putin & Trump ‘Significant Start to Improving Relationship’

US President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) (Photo: Reuters / Mike Segar, Sergei Karpukhin)

On Saturday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump held their first telephone conversation, which lasted about an hour. The leaders of the two countries indicated their intentions to cooperate on a number of issues, including fighting against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group and mending bilateral economic ties.

According to a Kremlin’s statement, released after the conversation, the “both sides expressed their readiness to make active joint efforts to stabilize and develop Russia-US cooperation on a constructive, equitable and mutually beneficial basis,” as well as “build up partner cooperation” on a wide range of international issues.

Meanwhile, the White House said that the “positive” conversation was “a significant start to improving the relationship between the United States and Russia that is in need of repair.”

“Both President Trump and President Putin are hopeful that after today’s call the two sides can move quickly to tackle terrorism and other important issues of mutual concern,” the White House announced.

“The Presidents have spoken in favor of establishing a real coordination between the US and Russian actions in order to defeat ISIS and other terrorist organizations in Syria,” the Kremlin added.

According to the reports, the Iran’s nuclear program and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were also discussed by Putin and Trump. “Major aspects of the Ukrainian crisis have been also touched upon,” the Kremlin’s statement noted. The two leaders noted that further development of the relationship between the nations needs restoration of economic ties, as well as agreed to initiate a process to “work out possible dates and venue of their personal meeting.” As the Kremlin noted, Putin and Trump expressed their desire to “maintain regular personal contacts.”

According to the Kremlin’s statement, Trump said that Americans “have warm feelings towards Russia and its citizens” and asked Putin “to wish the Russian people happiness and prosperity” on his behalf. The Russian President answered that these feelings were “mutual” and added that “for over two centuries Russia has supported the United States, was its ally during the two world wars, and now sees the United States as a major partner in fighting international terrorism.”

On Friday, during a joint briefing with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump expressed his hope for “fantastic relationship” with Russia and its President, but, at the same time, noted that he understands that it might not happen.

“I hope we have a fantastic relationship. That’s possible, and it’s also possible that we won’t. We will see what happens,” Trump said during the briefing.

Earlier, the US President said that he would welcome Moscow’s involvement in joint fight against the IS terrorist group.

“I don’t know Putin, but if we can get along with Russia that’s a great thing. It’s good for Russia; it’s good for us; we go out together and knock the hell out of ISIS, because that’s a real sickness,” he said in an interview with Fox News.

For its part, Russia repeatedly offered closer cooperation between the Russian Aerospace Forces and the US Air Force in carrying out airstrikes against terrorists in Syria. However, according to Moscow, the previous US administration, headed by Barack Obama, could not adequately respond to its entreaties.

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